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STATEMENT OF BELIEFS

SALVATION

We believe it is by grace ye are saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 2:8-9, Gal 6:14).  We believe that, by definition, one cannot be saved by both grace and works (Rom 4:4, 11:6).  As such, we believe Salvation is "of faith, that it might be by grace." (Rom 4:16).  We believe God set forth Jesus to be a propitiation for our sins through faith in His blood, not through anything we've done to earn, merit, or qualify for Salvation (Rom 3:25, 4:4).  We believe Salvation includes, in sum, justification, sanctification, and glorification, and that the whole process of Salvation, from beginning to end, is received by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ and Him crucified alone.

THE WORD OF GOD

We believe all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).  We believe all Scripture is contained the Bible.

THE GODHEAD

We believe there is one God (Rom 3:30, 1 Cor 8:6, Eph 4:6), who describes Himself as a Godhead (Acts 17:29, Col 2:9).  We also believe that the Father is God (Jn 20:17), Jesus is God manifest in the flesh (Jn 1:1,14, 1 Tim 3:16), and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4, 1 Cor 3:16, 6:19).  Lastly, we believe that "these three are one." (1 John 5:7).

THE GOSPEL

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Old Testament Scriptures which prophesied that the Messiah would die for our sins, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Old Testament Scriptures that prophesied that the Messiah would rise again to reign eternally on the throne of David (1 Cor 15;1-4; Psalm 2, 16:10, 22, 89; Isaiah 9:6-7, 52:13-53:12; 2 Samuel 7:12-16).

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe everyone who has believed on the Lord Jesus Christ from the heart has been born again (Acts 10:44, 16:31, Rom 10:10,17, Gal 3:2).  We believe the Holy Spirit dwells in all those who have been born again (Rom 8:9, Eph 1:13).  We believe that even after a believer has believed the Gospel, and thus become born of the Spirit, there is a second work of grace the believer is to desire in which the Holy Spirit comes on the believer and he/she is endued with power to be witness of the Gospel (Acts 1:8, 8:5,12,14-17).

THE GIFTS HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, as well as all the rest of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are just that: gifts of the Holy Spirit and not manifestations of the devil.  We also believe that theses gifts continue to be given to this day and have not, as a rule, ceased to be given.  We believe that while some have experienced demonic manifestations and claimed it was a move of the Holy Spirit, and others have faked manifestations of the Holy Spirit, there are others who have truly been given "the manifestation of the Spirit . . . to profit withal." (1 Cor 12:7).  Finally, we do not believe in extra-biblical revelations supposedly given during prophecies or interpretations of tongues.

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