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A.THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:
We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God written by men in God’s control, without error and infallible in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in faith and life (II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 19:7-9).

B.THE GODHEAD:
We believe in one God [“What He Is”], eternally existing in three persons [“Who He Is”] – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – these three being identical in essence and possessing precisely the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14).

C.THE CONDITION OF MANKIND:
We believe that mankind was created in the image and likeness of God in innocence and without sin, but that in Adam’s sin humanity fell, inherited a sinful nature, became spiritually dead and alienated from God. Mankind of themselves are incapable of remedying their lost and depraved condition (Gen. 1:26, 2:1-24; Roman 3:10-18, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3).

D.THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful mankind. This redemption He accomplished by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin. After confirming that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave, He ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of those who trust Him (John 1:1,2,14,18; Luke 1:34-35; Romans 3:24-26, 8:34).

E.THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine Person who convicts the world of sin, that He brings spiritual life to those who are spiritually dead, that all believers are baptized with the Holy Spirit and thus placed into the one true Church, which is the Body of Christ, that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, and empowers them for service (John 16:7-11, 3:5-8; I Cor. 12:7-11, 13; John 14:16-17; Eph. 4:30, 5:18; Acts 1:8).

F.SALVATION:
We believe that salvation from the penalty of sin is the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained by meritorious works, but is freely bestowed upon all who put their faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary and His glorious resurrection. All who so trust the Savior are forgiven of their sins – past, present and future – and born into the family of God by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:7, 2:8-9; John 1:12).

G.SECURITY, ASSURANCE, AND RESPONSIBILITY:
We believe that all saved (those whom God has redeemed) are kept by His power and are thus secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation. However, this assurance must not be the occasion for sin, for God in Holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:28-29; I John 5; 13; Heb. 12:6; Matt. 7:20; James 2:20).

H.THE CHURCH:
We believe that the true Church, called in Scripture the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism into which every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation in this present age has been baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Scripture also teaches the establishment and continuance of local churches, groups of redeemed individuals joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship, service, and evangelism to the lost in the world (Eph. 1:22-23; I Cor. 12:13; Acts 2:42, 13:1-2; Matt. 28:18-19).

I.THE ORDINANCES:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers until His return, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Their observance by each new believer is urged (Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 11:23-26).

J.THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST:
We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church (I Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6).

K.THE ETERNAL STATE:
We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the physical body at His coming for the Church, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; II Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15).

L.MARRIAGE AND FAMILY:
We believe that marriage and the family were God's idea, and as divine institutions they are not open to human renegotiation or revision. Further, we believe that the Bible clearly teaches that God instituted marriage as a sacred and permanent covenant, witnessed and protected by God between one man and one woman as biologically designed by their natural birth (Gen. 2:22-25; Eph. 5:22-30; I Cor. 7:2-5).