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What We Believe

WE BELIEVE that only the sixty-six books of the Bible are the inspired, and
therefore inerrant, Word of God. The Bible is the final authority for all we believe
and how we are to live. [Matthew 5:18; John 10:35 and 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16–
17; 2 Peter 1:20–21]

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, that He
was conceived and born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as a
penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. By His blood shed at the Cross, He
obtained for us eternal redemption, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
He was raised bodily on the third day and ascended to the right hand of the
Father, there to make intercession for the saints forever. [Matthew 1:18–25; John
1:1–18; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:1–28; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians
3:10–14; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6–11; Colossians 1:15–23; Hebrews 7:25,
9:13–15 and 10:19; 1 Peter 2:21–25; 1 John 2:1–2]

WE BELIEVE that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ
alone. No ordinance, ritual, work or any other activity on the part of man is
required or accepted in order to be saved. This saving grace of God, through the
power of the Holy Spirit, also sanctifies us by enabling us to do what is pleasing
in God’s sight in order that we might be progressively conformed to the image of
Christ. [John 1:12–13, 6:37–44 and 10:25–30; Acts 16:30–31; Romans 3–4 and
8:1–17, 31–39 and 10:8–10; Ephesians 2:8–10; Philippians 2:12–13; Titus 3:3–7;
1 John 1:7, 9]

WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit, in
whom we are also sealed for the day of redemption. The Holy Spirit regenerates,
forever indwells, and graciously equips the Christian for godly living and service.
Subsequent to conversion, the Spirit desires to fill, empower and anoint believers
for ministry and witness. We also believe that signs and wonders, as well as all
the gifts of the Spirit described in the New Testament, are operative today and
are designed to testify to the presence of the Kingdom and to empower and edify
the Church to fulfill its calling and mission. [Matthew 3:11; John 1:12–13 and 3:1–
15; Acts 4:29–30; Romans 8:9 and 12:3–8; 1 Corinthians 12:12–13; 2
Corinthians 1:21–22; Galatians 3:1–5; Ephesians 1:13–14 and 5:18]

WE BELIEVE that the one true God exists eternally in three persons—Father,
Son and Holy Spirit—and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power
and glory. We believe that God not only created the world but also now upholds,
sustains, governs and providentially directs all that exists and that He will bring
all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of His name.
[Psalm 104 and 139; Matthew 10:29–31 and 28:19; Acts 17:24–28; 2 Corinthians
13:14; Ephesians 1:9–12 and 4:4–6; Colossians 1:16–17; Hebrews 1:1–3;
Revelation 1:4–6]

WE BELIEVE that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances
of the Church to be observed until the time of Christ’s return. They are not a
means of salvation, but are channels of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to
the faithful in Christ Jesus. [Matthew 26:26–29 and 28:19; Romans 6:3–11; 1
Corinthians 11:23–34; 1 Peter 3:21]

WE BELIEVE that the Church is God’s primary instrument through which He is
fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. To equip the saints for the work of
ministry, God has given the Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and
teachers. We also affirm the priesthood of all believers and the importance of
every Christian being joined with and actively involved in a local community of
the saints. We believe that women, no less than men, are called and gifted to
proclaim the Gospel and do all the works of the Kingdom. [Matthew 16:17–19;
Acts 2:17–18, 42; Ephesians 3:14–21 and 4:11–16; 1 Timothy 2:11–15; Hebrews
10:23–25; 1 Peter 2:4–5 and 9–10]

WE BELIEVE that God has called the Church to preach the Gospel to all nations,
and especially to remember the poor and to minister to their needs through
sacrificial giving and practical service. This ministry is an expression of the heart
of the Lord Jesus Christ and is an essential part of the Kingdom of God. [Isaiah
58:6–12 and 61:1; Matthew 5–7, 28:18–20; Luke 4:18 and 21:1–4; Galatians
2:10; 1 Timothy 6:8]

WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally the great and good angel Lucifer, rebelled
against God, taking a multitude of angels with him. He was cast out of God’s
presence and is at work with his demonic hosts to establish his counter-kingdom
of darkness, evil and unrest on Earth. Satan was judged and defeated at the
cross of Christ and will be cast forever into the lake of fire which has been
prepared for him and his angels. [Isaiah 14:10–17; Ezekiel 28:11–19; Matthew
12:25–29 and 25:41; John 12:31 and 16:11; Ephesians 6:10–20; Colossians
2:15; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7–9 and 20:10]

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