The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. The Church is not a building or a location, but a people who are filled with the Spirit of God on the mission of God for the glory of God. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
We believe that Christian baptism is an initiatory rite signifying entrance into relationship with God by which those who have repented and placed their faith in Christ identify with his death, burial, and resurrection. We believe that this union with Christ is best portrayed by immersion of the believer in water, representing death to the old life of unbelief and resurrection into new life with Christ. This rite is to be done in the name of the Triune God and practiced by the Church until Jesus returns. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ to signify the continuation of covenant in commemorating His atoning death and resurrection. We believe that only those who give a believable profession of faith and show reasonable evidence of believing in Christ should be baptized or partake in the communion elements.
We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 2:41, 8:12, 10:47-48, 16:14-15; Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 6:1-11; Galatians 3:2,5, 24-29 I Cor. 11:23-30. Matt. 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:17-20.
We believe that every human being has direct relationship with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9, 12)
We believe that marriage is a biblical institution established by God as clearly described in the Scriptures. We believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in an exclusive covenant commitment for a lifetime. (Genesis 1-3, Ephesians 5, 1 Corinthians 7, Romans 1).
We believe the Bible teaches that sexuality is a good gift from God and that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. We believe all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, pedophilia, transgender behavior, bi-sexuality, bestiality, lascivious conduct, the distribution and/or viewing of pornography, and any other sexual deviation, are incompatible with the teaching of the Bible (Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 5-6).
We believe the consummation of all things will happen in the visible and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ to judge the just and the unjust and to fulfill His kingdom in the establishing the new heavens and the new earth. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous, and the endless, conscious suffering of the wicked in hell. (Matt. 24:44, 25:13; Mark 13:32-33; Luke 12:40; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 1:9-11, 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:28, James 5:8; I John 3:2; Rev. 20:11-15, 22:8-20
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