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Table of Contents (Click on each Topic)

I. The Person and Character of God

II. The Fall and Degeneracy of Mankind

III. Jesus Christ

IV. Salvation

V. The Destiny of the Non-believer

VI. The Christian Rituals

VII. The Holy Bible

VIII. The Purpose of the Local Church

IX. Attitude Toward Spiritual Gifts

X. The Cessation of the Gifts of Prophecy, Tongues, and Knowledge

XI. The Imminency of the Lord’s Return

XII. The Leadership of the Local Church

XIII. Angels, Demons, and Satan

 

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I. The Person and Character of God -- God is perfect, [Matthew 5:48] holy, [1 Peter 1:15–17] all powerful, [Matthew 28:18] and one [Deuteronomy 6:4, John 17:11, 21] existing in the three persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (lit. Holy Spirit). [Matt. 3:16–17, Mark 1:9–11, Luke 3:21–22] (Back To Top)

II. The Fall and Degeneracy of Mankind -- Adam and Eve, the first of Mankind, were created in the image of God [Genesis 1:26–27] to walk with God. [Genesis 3:6–9] But sin, that is disobedience to the Word of God, caused all mankind to fall from this place of walking with God. [Genesis 3:23–24] Therefore, mankind now needs a perfect Savior, or Redeemer, to restore each individual to that place of fellowship with God. [Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 15:22] (Back To Top)

III. Jesus Christ -- The Savior Redeemer is Jesus Christ, [Titus 2:13–14] the Son of God, born of a Virgin and thus free from the nature of sin. [Romans 8:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21] He is indeed God who came to Earth in human flesh. [Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1, 1:14, 10:31–33, 20:28] He also received worship as God [Matthew 8:2, 9:18, 14:33, 15:25, 28:9, 17] when God mandated that all men and angels bow in worship only to God [Exodus 20:5, Hebrews 1:6]. All godly men [Acts 10:25–26] and angels [Revelation 19:10, 22:8] are to refuse being worshipped. He was unjustly condemned and put to death, [Acts 3:13–15] but was bodily resurrected on the third day according to the Scriptures. [1 Corinthians 15:3–4] He is now in heaven as the head and high priest of His body the Church. [Hebrews 4:14, 7:26–27] It is by His sinless sacrifice the sins of each individual has been paid. [Romans 5:12–19, 6:23] (Back To Top)

IV. Salvation -- is granted freely apart from works [Galatians 2:16] and completely to those who trust the person, work, and character of Jesus Christ. [Ephesians 2:8–9] To put one’s faith in Christ means one both trusts and confesses Jesus as Lord and Saviour. [Romans 10:9–10] Even though the Christian has been saved apart from good works, he or she has also been saved to do good works. [Ephesians 2:10, Titus 2:14, James 2:14–20]

Thus, a person who has really been saved will began to practice good works because of their love for God. [1 John 4:19] When such persons put their trust in Jesus Christ they become a new creature in Him. [2 Corinthians 5:17] A new creature in Christ is a "born-again Christian." [John 3:3,7] When a person is "born-again" she or he then becomes part of the priesthood of all believers. [1 Peter 2:5,9] This person is given "everlasting life" which means they are kept saved by the power of God for all eternity. [John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 1 Timothy 1:16, 1 Peter 1:3–5] This person will also live and reign eternally with Jesus Christ in heaven. [1 Thessalonians 4:16–17, Revelation 22:2–5] (Back To Top)

V. The Destiny of the Non-believer -- Those who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior by faith will go to hell when they die. [Luke 16:19–31] Then, when this world comes to an end, hell, and those in it, will be put into the "lake of fire" where they will be in torment for eternity. [Revelation 20:10–15] Once a person goes to hell, they are separated from God for ever. [Matthew 25:41–46, 2 Thessalonians 1:9] (Back To Top)

VI. The Christian Rituals -- Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, or communion, are the two rites given for Christians to practice.

A. Baptism (i.e., baptismw a "dipping") is to symbolically and publicly identify each new convert with the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord. [Romans 6:3–4] Since one cannot be buried by someone pouring or sprinkling dirt on a corpse, neither can one be properly identified with the death, burial, and resurrection in being baptized by pouring or sprinkling. Thus the proper mode for baptism is to be submerged in water. [Matthew 3:11–16, Mark 1:8–9]

B. Communion is to remember the Lord’s death and coming, and it is to be practiced with broken unleavened bread and unleavened or non-fermented nonalcoholic juice. [Luke 22:1–18, 1 Corinthians 5:7–8, 11:24–26] The juice is to be served in separate cups which have been filled and previously passed out. The juice is to be drank after the bread has been eaten. [Luke 22:17–20, 1 Corinthians 11:33]

Baptism or communion does not help a person to be saved from sin no more than circumcision or any other "rite" can make one righteous before God. [Galatians 3:21, 5:2–4] In fact, if a person believes observing any particular rite helped them to be originally saved, they are not saved by the grace of God because salvation is by only trusting in Jesus Christ. [Galatians 5:4–5] Thus, if trust in Christ is shared with any rite then one’s trust is not completely in Jesus. Therefore, it is only by having one’s trust completely in Jesus Christ a person can be saved. [Galatians 5:6–9] (Back To Top)

VII. The Holy Bible -- The Bible is the wholly inspired Word of God [2 Timothy 3:16], and the writing of it was finished, completed, and closed with the last book to be written by an apostle.   [2 Peter 3:2] The last book is the Book of Revelation written through John on the island of Patmos. [Revelation 1:1–9] We believe the Word of God to consist of the 66 Books of the Bible which have been recognized as being part of the inspired "Canon," or rule of God’s word. (Back To Top)

VIII. The Purpose of the Local Church -- The believers are to meet in a local place for the purposes of encouraging one another, fellowship, partaking of communion, receiving biblical instruction, [Acts 2:42, Hebrews 10:24,25] and to help meet the needs of those who are hurting in real tangible ways. [Galatians 6:10, 1 Timothy 5:3–5, James 2:15–16] The church is to equip or "perfect the saints," (i.e., the living Christians) to carry out the work of the ministry and refute false doctrine. [Ephesians 4:11–14] The work of the ministry is to evangelize [Matthew 28:19–20, Luke 24:46–47] and spread the Gospel [the good news] of Jesus Christ, [Mark 16:15] and to minister to the needs of those in the body of Christ first, and last to reach out to and serve those in their community. [Galatians 6:10] (Back To Top)

IX. Attitude Toward Spiritual Gifts -- The Bible teaches that "spiritual gifts" have been given to all believers. [1 Corinthians 12:7–10,28, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Peter 4:10–11] These "gifts" have been given by God to profit, or benefit, the whole body of Christ. [1 Corinthians 12:7, 1 Peter 4:10] However, they were not given for the benefit, nor for the profit, nor for the edification of the individual, but instead they are for the benefit and edification of others. [Romans 14:19, 15:2, 1 Corinthians 10:33, 12:21–22, 14:3–5, 12, 26, Ephesians 4:11–12] The Bible teaches that there is not any particular gift which every believer will have, [1 Corinthians 12:29–30] but each child of God has been given at least one. [1 Corinthians 12:7, 1 Peter 4:10] The Bible does not teach that one receives any particular gift because they seek for it, but the gift is given as God determines for the profit of the whole body. [1 Corinthians 12:11] The Bible also teaches that some gifts have ceased operating today. (see next article) (Back To Top)

X. The Cessation of the Gifts of Prophecy, Tongues, and Knowledge -- The Bible teaches that the three gifts which provided revelation of the Word of God directly from God ceased. [1 Corinthians 13:8] The gifts which have ceased are prophecy, tongues, and the word of knowledge. These particular gifts ceased when that which was in "part," and also like a "dark glass," was completed and became clear. [1 Corinthians 13:9–12] That which was in "part" and like a "dark glass" was the Word of God [James 1:23–25] which was still being revealed by God. The completion of the Word of God occurred with the completion of the Book of Revelation penned by John who was the last living apostle. (Back To Top)

XI. The Imminency of the Lord’s Return -- Simply stated, we hold to a 'pre-tribulational' rapture and 'pre-millennial' return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth in our eschatological beliefs. We believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ could come at anytime to take His church. His church is His body made up of all those who have put their faith in Him as their Savior. When Jesus comes to take His church this means He will catch away or "catch up" all Christians to meet the Lord in the air. [1 Thessalonians 4:15–18] This event could take place at anytime, thus believers are to be watching for Him by living according to the Bible. [Luke 12:36–40, 1 Thessalonians 1:9–10] Such anticipation of the Lord’s momentary return will have a purifying effect upon the Christian who is "watching." [1 John 3:2–3] After the church has been removed a terrible time of tribulation will come upon the Earth. [Matthew 24:3–31, 1 Thessalonians 4:15–18, 5:1–11] In addition, after this terrible time has run its course for seven years, Jesus will then come to and set His feet on Earth to destroy the armies of the wicked [Zechariah 14:1–7, 12–15, Revelation 19:15–21] and cleanse the Earth of all other wicked people. [Matthew 25:31–41] (Back To Top)

XII. The Leadership of the Local Church -- The local church body is to have only one head, who is Christ, who leads the church through the elder pastor/shepherd. [1 Corinthians 11:1, Ephesians 5:23] The elder pastor is to lead the local church by way of example and in teaching. [1 Timothy 4:11–15, 1 Peter 5:1–3] The elder pastor is to work to perfect and equip the lay people so they in turn can minister to each other and those outside the church. [Ephesians 4:11–13] The elder pastor is to also help prepare other men to serve as deacons and also elders or bishops. The terms "elder" and "bishop" are both terms which stand for pastors or assistant pastors. [Titus 1:5–9] The various leaders are to be ordained by others who have first examined them to ensure they each hold to proper doctrine. [Galatians 2:7–9, 1 Timothy 1:3–4, 2:7, 3:10, Titus, 1:5] (Back To Top)

XIII. Angels, Demons, and Satan -- The Bible teaches that angels are spiritual [Hebrews 1:13–14] and immortal [Luke 20:35–36] creatures which have been created by God [Psalm 148:2–5, Colossians 1:16]. However, these spiritual beings have a humanoid (i.e., anthropological or manlike) appearance [Genesis 19:1–5]. The Bible also teaches that angels who have rebelled against God are sometimes called evil spirits or demons. Satan (i.e., the Serpent of Old, the Devil, and the Dragon [Revelation 12:9]) is the leader of all evil angels [Matthew 12:24–26, Revelation 12:7], nevertheless, he is also merely an angel, but very powerful [1 Peter 5:8]. Angels, good or evil, have numerous supernatural abilities. (Back To Top)


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