On These We Stand

bible_7nnmgw0chWe Believe… in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, and that the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are the inspired Word of God given through people. They contain a true history of the creation of heaven, earth, and humanity and proclaim a correct prophecy of the ages to come. Thus the Scriptures we possess today are the sufficient rule of faith and practice and the final authority for truth and salvation. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)

We Believe…in the one true and living God, maker of all creation; the all-knowing, all-powerful, everywhere-present, eternal God; the source of all goodness, truth and love; who has manifested himself to mankind as the Father
of all things by creation, as the Son in redemption, and as the Holy Ghost for the purpose of regeneration in the lives of humanity. He is the First and the Last, and beside Him there is no God. There was no God formed before Him; neither shall be there any after Him. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 44:6, II Corinthians 13:14, I Timothy 1:17; 3:16; 6:13-16)

We Believe… in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which declares Him to be the
only begotten Son of God, who was born of a virgin and who lived to show us
the words and works of God. Jesus is the Son of God according to the flesh
(Romans 1:3) and the very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matthew 1:23).
Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-
17); God with us (Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-14); God manifested
in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16); He which was, which is, and which is to come,
the Almighty (Revelation 1:8); the mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince
of peace (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when He
said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:7-11) and “I and my
Father are one” (John 10:30).As the Savior, He was crucified and died on the
cross in our place to be the supreme sacrifice for sin. He was buried in a tomb
but rose again on the third day, as the Scriptures foretold, and is now exalted as
King of kings and Lord of lords. As God manifested in the flesh, He is true God
and man; in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. (Acts 10:38-40; I
Corinthians 15:1-4; Colossians 2:9)

We Believe… that by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by
sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: It Is not in man
to direct his own steps; and that there is a way which seemeth right to a man,
but then end thereof are the ways of death. Further, since man is by nature
separated from God because of sin, man could/cannot save himself. Therefore
God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin
in the flesh: As the scriptures declare: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling
the world unto himself, (Prov. 14:12, Romans 3:23, 5:12, 8:3, 2Cor. 5:19)

We Believe… in the plan of salvation, proclaimed on the Day of Pentecost on the
birthday of the New Testament church, which includes faith in Jesus Christ as
Savior and Lord, sincere repentance (death), water baptism (burial) by immersion
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost
(resurrection) which is evidenced by speaking with other tongues as the spirit
gives the utterance(Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:1-39; 10:44-48; Acts 19:1-7)

We Believe… in living a life of holiness, both inwardly and outwardly, as a result
of the working of God’s grace in us. The scriptures admonish us that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in
this present world; (Titus 2:12) thus each person is led by the spirit to become
more like Christ out their love for him. The Word of the Lord declares that all
who names the name of Christ should depart from sin and separate themselves
from the evil practices of this present age. (Ephesians 4:21-24; II Timothy 2:19;
Hebrews 12:14)

We Believe… in the sanctity of marriage, and in the Biblical mandate that marriage
is to be one man married to one woman. (Genesis 2:18-24, Matt. 19:4-6, Titus 1:6)

We Believe… in practicing genuine Christianity, through love for God and
people, prayer, obedience to the Word of God, heartfelt worship and expressive
praise, sharing our faith, commitment to our marriage companions and families,
availability to help one another in time of need, honesty and diligence in our
employment, honor and respect for our government as it submits to the divine
plan for human society, and the dedication of our time, talent, and treasure to
advance of the kingdom of God on earth. (Romans 12-13; Colossians 3-4)

We Believe… in the local and universal church, established by our Lord as a
unique and special fellowship for all who believe. It is the spiritual community
ordained for worship, stewardship, and service to God and people, of which
every believer must become a part, for it is the body of Christ in the world today,
displaying the same miraculous power and spiritual gifts experienced by the early
church. (I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:4-16)

We Believe… in the imminent return if Jesus Christ, that glorious appearing when
our Lord shall come with the sound of a trumpet, when both those who have died
in Christ and those who now live in Christ will rise to meet Him in the air to be
with Him forever. (I Corinthians 15:51-55; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

We Believe… in the judgment of all people, when the wicked shall receive their
Punishment and the righteous shall receive their reward.

We Believe… in the ultimate triumph of righteousness and in the life Everlasting.

(Romans 14:10-12; II Thessalonians 1:6-10; Revelation 20:12-21)