Statement of Faith

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Scripture

We believe the Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) is the Word of God, written. As a “God-breathed” revelation, it is thus verbally inspired and completely without error (historically, scientifically, morally, and spiritually) and that in accordance with God’s nature, His omniscience and sovereignty has preserved the original writings, the Antiochan MSS known as the Texttus Receptus and that the King James Version of the English Bible is a divinely preserved verbally inspired and inerrant text that will be ultimately proven so. Scripture reveals the being, nature, and character of God, the nature of God’s cosmic creation, and especially His will for the salvation of his human creation through Jesus Christ. The Bible is therefore our supreme and final authority in all matters in this life and unto the life to come.

Creation

We believe that the physical universe, the realm of nature, is the visible creation of God. It declares God’s existence and gives a trustworthy revelation of God’s character and purpose. In Scripture, God declares that through His creation all humanity recognizes His existence, power, glory, and wisdom. An honest study of nature — its physical, biological, and social aspects — can prove useful in a person’s search for truth. Properly understood, God’s Word (Scripture) and God’s world (nature), as two revelations (one verbal, one physical) from the same God, will never contradict each other.

God

We believe in one infinitely perfect, eternal and personal God, the transcendent Creator and sovereign Sustainer of the universe. This one God is Triune, existing eternally and simultaneously as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three persons in the Godhead share equally and completely the one divine nature, and are therefore the same God, coequal in power, nature, and glory.

Person of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is both true God (the second Person of the Trinity) and true man (the Incarnate Son of God). We also believe in the great events surrounding Jesus Christ’s life and ministry, including: His eternal preexistence, His virgin birth, His attesting miracles, His sinless life, His sacrificial death on the cross, His glorious bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, and His present work in heaven as High Priest and Advocate. He will return in glory to resurrect and judge all mankind.

Person of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is indeed a Divine Person, coequal with the Father and the Son. We also believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in salvation, a ministry which includes anointing and glorifying Christ, convicting men of their sin, bringing about the regeneration of lost sinners, and indwelling believers and empowering them to do the supernatural works of Christ through the nine gifts of the Spirit, and for empowering them to live a holy life of supernatural character and spiritual service.

Mankind

We believe God created mankind in His image and likeness (having rational, moral, relational, and spiritual capacities) to fellowship with Him and give Him glory. Human beings are therefore the crown of God’s creation (possessing inherent dignity and moral worth), and thus distinct in kind from all other life on earth. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own autonomous way. As a result, all of mankind became separated from God, the image of God in man distorted, and the sinful nature passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin (which includes both corruption and guilt), unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind’s pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.

 Redemption

We believe God has acted sovereignly to bridge the gap that separates people from Himself. He sent His Son, born of a virgin, attested by miracles and by a sinless life, to bear the full penalty for humanity’s sin. Jesus Christ suffered and died in the place of sinners, thus satisfying the Father’s just wrath against human sin, and effecting true reconciliation between God and mankind for those who believe. In the atoning death of Christ, both God’s love and God’s justice are fully manifested. The righteousness of Jesus Christ in perfectly fulfilling the law of God has been graciously credited to all believers. Redemption is solely a work of God’s grace, received exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ, and never by works of human merit.

 Justification at the cross

We believe justification is a judicial act of God’s grace wherein He acquits a person of all sin and accepts that person as righteous in His sight because of the imputed righteousness of Christ. Justification is strictly a work of God’s grace, apprehended through faith alone, and solely on the account of Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9.

 Justification after the cross

We believe that after repentance the believer continues to maintain his justified state by his loving obedience to the Word of God. Ephesians 2:10; James 2:14-26. That faith at the cross grants instantaneous justification and faith after the cross continues to perfect the saint by works of faith and not apart from faith.

 Sanctification

We believe that salvation and sanctification is the two vital doctrines that constitute the doctrine of salvation. That the believer is sanctified ceremonially at the cross and set aside from the world for God’s service. That once sanctified at the cross I continue to pursue the godly life and perfect holiness in my spirit, my soul and my body and that this is a continuing process that can have a sudden beginning in a moment of total surrender to God.

Resurrection

We believe Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, conquering sin, death, and all the powers of Satan. The resurrection is God’s historical affirmation and vindication of Jesus Christ’s unique identity, mission, and message. Historical evidence of the resurrection is manifest in Christ’s empty tomb, His many resurrection appearances, and in the emergence of the Christian church. Jesus Christ now resides at the right hand of the Father, and lives to indwell all who recognize their sinfulness, who repent, and who turn their lives over to His authority.

The Church

We believe the church is the spiritual body of Jesus Christ (its Founder, Head, and Shepherd) and that it encompasses all true believers at all times and places. The function of the church is to carry out the Lord’s expressed will through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the central purposes of the church is to preach the Gospel (in both word and life), the good news that humankind can find salvation from sin through faith in Jesus Christ. All people who have placed their faith (confident trust) in Jesus Christ for salvation belong to the church and are, thus, the people of God. This community of believers is made up of people who are neither perfect nor sinless, but by grace their lives are coming more and more under the control of the Holy Spirit,
expressing His love, joy, peace, and other Christ-like qualities.

 Future Things

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth, personally, bodily, and visibly to establish his glorious reign in a kingdom that will never end. As the sovereign Lord, He will resurrect and judge all humanity. Those who have received His offer of life through the Gospel will go to eternal blessings in heaven; those who have rejected it, to eternal conscious torment in hell. We look forward to the blessed hope, Christ’s Second Coming in glory.

The Great Commission

We believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. And since Christ has commissioned His people, the church, to go into all the world to disciple, to baptize, and to teach everyone everywhere to obey His Word, we desire, by His grace, to play our part in reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ.

 The Word of God

We believe that God by His sovereign power has preserved for the world his words of revelation for the posterity of the church and in His divine providence has preserved the original inspired text through the church age according to many profound evidences, and that the English form of that text (Textus Receptus) has been faithfully and accurately translated by methods that disallowed the interjections of humans by scholars of the highest degree providing for the world an accurate English textual rendering of the Greek Textus Receptus. We believe the Bible to be the central part of God’s kingdom on earth and that for that reason God would carefully preserve the very foundation of His kingdom on the earth. We believe the Scriptures to be the final authority for the church which God would rightfully preserve and that He is not the author of commercial versions of the Bible. We reject the westcott and Hort text on the basis of their heretical background and doctrines. We therefore resolve to recognize only one Bible which is that preserved text determined by divine appointment only and not by the conclusions and claims of so-called scholars. We believe the King James Bible to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God. By the term Word of God we mean that the Bible contains words which God inspired to be written for the purposes of inspiration and instruction which include, history, biographies and poetry. The second and highest degree of truth are the records of God speaking directly to man by revelation in prophecies, true instruction in righteousness, commandments, laws, precepts and words of counsel verbally given for the edification of the church and the world directly from God – altogether referred to as the Word of God.

 God

There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is sovereign in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgement. The Bible, as originally given, is the inspired and infallible Word of God. It is the supreme authority in all matters of belief and behavior. Since the fall, the whole of humankind is sinful and guilty, so that everyone is subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

The Lord Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son, is fully God; he was born of a virgin; his humanity is real and sinless; he died on the cross, was raised bodily from death and is now reigning over heaven and earth. Sinful human beings are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death once and for all time of their representative and substitute, Jesus Christ, the only mediator between them and God. Those who believe in Christ are pardoned all their sins and accepted in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ credited to them; this justification is God’s act of undeserved mercy, received solely by trust in him and not by their own efforts.

The Holy Spirit alone makes the work of Christ effective to individual sinners, enabling them to turn to God from their sin and to trust in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives in all those he has regenerated. He makes them increasingly Christlike in character and behavior and gives them power for their witness in the world.

The one holy universal church is the Body of Christ, to which all true believers belong. The Lord Jesus Christ will return in person, to judge everyone, to execute God’s just condemnation on those who have not repented and to receive the redeemed to eternal glory.

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