We believe the Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible.
Now lets break that down a little:
The Bible:The Word of God, the sixty six Books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given by God (2. Tim. 3:16; 2Peter 1;21).
The One True God: Existing eternally in three persons the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22;Matthew 28;19; 2. Corinthians 13:14).
The Lord Jesus Christ: His preexistence and diety (John 1:1), incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14), sinless life (Heb. 4:15), substitutionary death (2. Cor. 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36), ascension into heaven and present ministry (Heb. 4:14-16) and coming again (Acts 1:11).
The Holy Spirit: His personality (John 16:7-15) and diety (Acts 5:3-4), and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (1. Cor.12:13), and filling (Eph. 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Eph. 3:16).
Man: His direct creation in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Gen. 3:1-24) and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:3-5)
Salvation: A complete and eternal salvation by God's grace alone received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Eph. 2:8-9).
The Church: One true church, the body and the bride of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23), composed of all true believers of the present are (1. Cor. 12:22-23); and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world wide gospel witness, each local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work (Eph. 4:11-16).
Christian Life: A life of righteousness, good works and separation to God from the evil customs of the unsaved world (Rom.12:1-2), shown by speaking the truth (James 5:12), maintaining the sanctity of the home (Eph. 5:22 / 6:4), settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God (1. Cor. 6:1,8), not engaging in sinful strife but showing a Christ like attitude toward all men (Rom. 12:17,21), exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), and maintaining a life of prayer (Eph. 6:18), including the privilege, when sick, of calling for the elders of the church to pray and anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:13, 18).
Ordinances: We observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ which we believe are: 1. baptism of believers by triune immersion (Matthew 28:19) and the threefold communion service, consisting of washing the saint's feet (John 13:1-17), the Lord's Supper (1. Corinthians 11:20-34) and the communion of the bread and the cup (1. Corinthians 11:23-26)
Second coming: The personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His church from the earth (1. Thes. 4:16-17) before the tribulation (1. Thes. 1:10), and afterward to descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth (Rev. 19:11).
Future Life: The conscious existence of the dead (Phil. 1:21-23), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgement and reward of believers (2. Cor. 5:10), the judgement and condemnation of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the lost (Rev. 20:15).
George Swain M. Div.
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