Statement of Faith

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1. The Divine Inspiration and consequent authority of the whole canonical Scriptures; the fulfillment of its prophecies and the reliability of its promises. (II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:16)

2. The Doctrine of the Trinity: One God, able to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19)

3. The Fall of man through the working of Satan (who is a created being and the enemy of God); his consequent moral depravity; his need of regeneration; the resurrection of the body both the just and the unjust; the eternal life of the saved in Heaven and eternal punishment of the lost. (Romans 5:12; 6:23; Genesis 1:16)

4. The Atonement through the substitutionary death, shed blood, and physical resurrection of the virgin born, True-God, True-Man, Jesus the Christ. (Romans 5:8-9)

5. The Doctrine of Justification by Faith through God's grace. (Romans 3:21-26; John 1:12)

6. The personal, "At any moment" return of Jesus Christ to catch up the redeemed to be with Himself. (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

7. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit the moment a person accepts Jesus Christ as personal savior. (Romans 8:9, 11, 13, 14)

8. The bestowing of Spiritual Gifts on the member of the body (the church) as God sovereignly deems it best. Such gifts are for the edification of the whole body, not merely for the enjoyment or enrichment of the individual members possessing them. (1 Peter 4:10-11; Ephesians 4:11-13; Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12, 14)

9. No particular gift, including speaking in tongues (which were unlearned languages; Acts 2:4-12) is a necessary sign of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit nor a sign of spirituality. We are not directed to seek any certain gift, but we are to desire the greater gifts. (I Corinthians 12:27- 31)

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