We Believe:

  • That the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired, infallible Word of God and is therefore the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • In the one true God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • In Jesus Christ as truly God and truly man, in His virgin birth, in His death in our place and on our behalf, in His bodily resurrection and His promised return.
  • That through the rebellion of Adam the human race is fallen from original righteousness, born with a nature inclined to evil, separated from God by sinful deeds and in need of divine salvation.
  • That sin includes both a condition of inward spiritual corruption and any act of willful transgression of the known will of God.
  • That salvation consists of two distinct works of God within the soul. The first is called justification, is conditioned upon repentance and faith, involves forgiveness of sins and the imparting of spiritual life and results in the believer ceasing the practice of sin and beginning a new life of following Christ. The second is called entire sanctification, is conditioned upon full surrender and faith, involves both the instantaneous cleansing of the Christian’s heart from the inherited inclination to sin and the infilling of the Holy Spirit and results in a new power to love God with our whole heart and our neighbors as ourselves.
  • That the believer is secure in Christ as long as obedience and faith are maintained. It is possible to depart from grace and fall into sin and if one remains in this state, to be finally lost. However, by the grace of God and through repentance and faith, the backslider can be restored to righteousness and true holiness.
  • That the various gifts of the Spirit are given to believers as God wills for the purpose of edifying the Church and are in no sense proof of the Spirit’s fullness nor are they necessary for salvation. Specifically, regarding the claim of a “gift of tongues,” we believe that the use of the term “speaking in tongues” in Scripture has reference to the use of known human languages for the purpose of communicating the Gospel. Therefore, we cannot accept the claim that speaking in unintelligible languages in public or private is a practice affirmed by Scripture.
  • That genuine Christian living consists of “walking as He walked.” We believe that good works themselves do not save us, but are the necessary fruits of the new birth and therefore serve as evidence that we are converted just as a tree is discerned by its fruit.
  • That Christ instituted two sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
  • That there is a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous, a Day of Judgment in which all will give account for the deeds done in the body, and an endless state of rewards in which the righteous dwell forever in heaven and endless torment in hell for the unrighteous.

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