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Statement of Faith & Righteous Love
Statement of Faith

Section 1: The Bible
We believe the Bible, comprised of the Old and New
Testaments, to be the inspired, infallible, and authoritative
Word of God (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). In faith we
hold the Bible to be inerrant in the original writings, God-
breathed, and the complete and final authority for faith and
practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17). While still using the individual
writing styles of the human authors, the Holy Spirit perfectly
guided them to ensure they wrote precisely what He wanted
written, without error or omission (2 Peter 1:21).

Section 2: God
We believe in one God, who is Creator of all (Deuteronomy 6:4;
Colossians 1:16), who has revealed Himself in three distinct
Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14), yet
who is one in being, essence, and glory (John 10:30). God is
eternal (Psalm 90:2), infinite (1 Timothy 1:17), and sovereign
(Psalm 93:1). God is omniscient (Psalm 139:1-6), omnipresent
(Psalm 139:7-13), omnipotent (Revelation 19:6), and
unchanging (Malachi 3:6). God is holy (Isaiah 6:3), just
(Deuteronomy 32:4), and righteous (Exodus 9:27). God is love
(1 John 4:8), gracious (Ephesians 2:8), merciful (1 Peter 1:3),
and good (Romans 8:28).

Section 3: Jesus Christ
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God
incarnate, God in human form, the expressed image of the
Father, who, without ceasing to be God, became man in order
that He might demonstrate who God is and provide the means
of salvation for humanity (Matthew 1:21; John 1:18; Colossians
1:15).

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit
and was born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23); that He is
truly fully God and truly fully man (John 1:1,14); that He lived
a perfect, sinless life (1 John 3:5); that all His teachings are true
(John 14:6). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the
cross for all humanity (1 John 2:2) as a substitutionary
sacrifice (Isaiah 53:5-6). We hold that His death is sufficient to
provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior (John 1:12;
Acts 16:31); that our justification is grounded in the shedding of
His blood (Romans 5:9; Ephesians 1:7); and that it is attested
by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:
6; 1 Peter 1:3).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in
His glorified body (Acts 1:9-10) and is now seated at the right
hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8:34;
Hebrews 7:25).

Section 4: The Holy Spirit
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:
3-4). He regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5) and indwells believers
(Romans 8:9). He is the agent by whom Christ baptizes all
believers into His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-14). He is the seal
by whom the Father guarantees the salvation of believers unto
the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14). He is the Divine
Teacher who illumines believers’ hearts and minds as they
study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the
distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:11). We believe
that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, while by no means
outside of the Spirit’s ability to empower, no longer function to
the same degree they did in the early development of the
church (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians
2:20; 4:7-12).

Section 5: Angels and Demons
We believe in the reality and personality of angels. We believe
that God created the angels to be His servants and messengers
(Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2; Hebrews 1:14).

We believe in the existence and personality of Satan and
demons. Satan is a fallen angel who led a group of angels in
rebellion against God (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-15). He is
the great enemy of God and man, and the demons are his
servants in evil. He and his demons will be eternally punished
in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

Section 6: Humanity
We believe that humanity came into existence by direct
creation of God and that humanity is uniquely made in the
image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that
all humanity, because of Adam's fall, has inherited a sinful
nature, that all human beings choose to sin (Romans 3:23),
and that all sin is exceedingly offensive to God (Romans 6:23).
Humanity is utterly unable to remedy this fallen state
(Ephesians 2:1-5,12).

Section 7: Salvation
We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s grace through faith
in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-
9). Christ’s death fully accomplished justification through faith
and redemption from sin. Christ died in our place (Romans 5:8-
9) and bore our sins in His own body (1 Peter 2:24).

We believe salvation is received by grace alone, through faith
alone, in Christ alone. Good works and obedience are results of
salvation, not requirements for salvation. Due to the greatness,
sufficiency, and perfection of Christ’s sacrifice, all those who
have truly received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in
salvation, kept by God’s power, secured and sealed in Christ
forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39;
Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24). Just as salvation
cannot be earned by good works, neither does it need good
works to be maintained or sustained. Good works and changed
lives are the inevitable results of salvation (James 2).

Section 8: The Church
We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual
organism made up of all believers of this present age (1
Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:
25-27). We believe in the ordinances of believer’s water baptism
by immersion as a testimony to Christ and identification with
Him, and the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of Christ’s death
and shed blood (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42, 18:8; 1
Corinthians 11:23-26). Through the church, believers are to be
taught to obey the Lord and to testify concerning their faith in
Christ as Savior and to honor Him by holy living. We believe in
the Great Commission as the primary mission of the Church. It
is the obligation of all believers to witness, by word and life, to
the truths of God’s Word. The gospel of the grace of God is to be
preached to all the world (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2
Corinthians 5:19-20).

Section 9: Things to Come
We believe in the blessed hope (Titus 2:13), the personal and
imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His saints
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). We believe in the visible and bodily
return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His
promised millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11; 1
Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6). We
believe in the physical resurrection of all human beings—the
saints to everlasting joy and bliss on the New Earth, and the
wicked to eternal punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:
46; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13).

We believe that the souls of believers are, at death, absent from
the body and present with the Lord, where they await their
resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be
glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8;
Philippians 1:23, 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). We believe
that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious
misery until their resurrection when, with soul and body
reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne
judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer
everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48;
Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15).


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