WHAT WE BELIEVE
  
What It Means To Be A Christian
 
Being a Christian is more than identifying with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means, you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and what it means to be saved.
 
 
The Holy Scriptures
 
We believe and teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute the full  (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God
(1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21). 
 
 
God 
 
We believe and teach that there is but one living and true God
(Deut 6:4; Isa 45:5-7; 1 Cor 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14) - each equally deserving worship and obedience.
 
 
God the Father
 
We believe and teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders all things according to His own purpose and grace
(Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9).
 
 
God the Son
 
We believe and teach that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and co-eternal with the Father (John 10:30;14:9).
 
  
God the Holy Spirit
 
We believe and teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect (1 Cor 2:10-13), emotions (Eph 4:30), will (1 Cor 12:11), eternality (Heb 9:14), omnipresence (Ps 139:7-10), omniscience (Is40:13-14), omnipotence (Rom 15:13), and truthfulness (Jn 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:2526; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah 31:31-34 with Hebrews10:15-17).
  
  
  
Man
 
We believe and teach that God directly and immediately created man in His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, self-determination, the ability to make conscious choices, and moral responsibility to God (Gen 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9).
 
 
Salvation
 
We believe and teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John1:12;
Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
 
 
Regeneration
 
We believe and teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (Jn 3:3-7; Tit 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (Jn 5:24) when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works are the proper evidence and fruit of regeneration (1 Cor 6:19-20; Eph 2:10), and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God
(Eph 5:17-21; Phil 2:12b; Col 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4-10).  
 
This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Such conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorification at Christ’s coming
(Rom 8:17; 2 Pet 1:4; 1 John 3:2-3).
  
Election
 
We believe and teach that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, sanctifies (Rom 8:28-30; Eph 1:4-11; 2 Thes 2:13; 2 Tim 2:10; 1 Peter1:1-2).
  
  
Justification
 
We believe and teach that justification before God is an act of God (Rom 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Rom 2:4; 2 Cor 7:10; Isa 55:6-7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans10:9-10; 1 Cor 12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man
(Rom 3:20; 4:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ
(Col 2:14; 1 Pet 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Cor 1:30; 2 Cor 5:21). By this means God is enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom 3:26).
  
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