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The Bible

We believe the God who inspired the Bible is powerful enough to PRESERVE the Bible. We believe the King James Bible is the complete, inspired, inerrant and preserved revelation of God to man and is the FINAL AUTHORITY for all faith, conduct, practice, and judgment. Psalms 12:6-7

The Nature of God

We believe that there is one, and only one, loving and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; holy and worthy of all possible honor, worship and love; that in the unity of the Godhead or Trinity there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These three are one, and equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of man's salvation. Exodus 20:2-3; Colossians 2:9; Genesis 17:1; Philippians 2:5-6; Revelation 4:11; I John 5:7

The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression he fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3

The Virgin Birth of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman; and that He is the Son of God, and God, the Son. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25

The Atonement for Sin

We believe that all men everywhere must be saved by the redemption in Christ's blood, that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatory offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is the way, truth and life, and all-sufficient Saviour for all of mankind. Acts 20:28, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Philippians 2:7; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 1:1-3

Grace in the New Birth

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a miraculous transaction whereby the sinner becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the gift of God; that the new birth is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, not by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel. John 3:3-5; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:11-13; Colossians 2:12-13; John 1:11-13, Ephesians 2:8-9

The Gift of Salvation Without Works

We believe in the gift of God's grace; that the blessings of salvation are made a gift to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept those blessings by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own willful rejection of the gospel. Eph. 2:8-9, I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3:12; Romans 8:29; John 3:15-16, 18, 36; Revelation 22:17; Isaiah 55:1-3

The Devil or Satan

We believe that Satan once enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present evil world, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness--destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son and to the judgment of an eternal justice in Hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:9; I Peter 5:8; II Corinthians 4:4; Ezekiel 28:14-17; II Corinthians 11:13-15

The Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God's image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind." Genesis 1:1, 11, 24, 26-27; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; John 1:1-3

The Church

This forum is not a church, nor is it intended to take the place of a church. We believe that regular assembly and membership in a local, Bible believing church is essential to the growth of believers, and a vital part of your spiritual life—including the well-being of your children and your marriage. We believe that a church is a congregation of believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, said church being understood to be the "pillar and ground of the truth," observing the ordinances of Christ; baptism being a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour; that it pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life and is the obedient submission of the child of God, and does not constitute in part or in whole salvation or redemption; that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relationship and to the Lord's supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and the unfermented fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the undying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination. Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:6, 16; Matthew 28:19; John 3:23; I Corinthians l~:23-28

The Eternal Security of the Believer

We believe that those who are born again become "new creatures in Christ Jesus" and because of the "operation made without hands," are eternally secure in the grace of God and have been given eternal salvation. We believe that they are forever sealed via an incorruptible seed and shall never "come into condemnation;" positionally, believers are seated in Christ in heavenly places, and God has given them an incorruptible seed (see 1 John 3:9, 1 Pet. 1:23 and Eph. 2:5-6). That grand attachment to Christ is the mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. II Corinthians 5:17; John 10:28-29; Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 8:1, 35-39; I Peter 1:3-5

The Resurrection and Return of Christ, and Related Events

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the resurrection we believe that Christ rose bodily "the third day according to the Scriptures;" that He alone is our "merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;" "that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven. .." bodily, personally and visibly; that the "dead in Christ shall rise first;" that the living saints "shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;" "that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David;" and that "Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet." We are therefore pre-millennial and pre-tribulation as it pertains to the return of Christ. Matthew 28:1-7; I Corinthians 15; Revelation 20:1-6; Acts 1:3, 11; I Thessalonians 4:13-16; Revelation 19:11-16

Missions

The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable, and this Commission was given by Christ. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Romans 10:13-15


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