DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

I. The Bible is the Word of God
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free from error in the originals and completely accurate in every way.
- The 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament
have been inspired by the Holy Spirit and are the one and only standard
of faith and practice.  (Psalm 119:128; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:21)

II. The Doctrine of God (Theology), the Triune God:
- He is One God, eternally existing as three Persons
- Who are equally Unchangeable, Omnipotent, Infinite, Holy, Just, Good,
True and All Wise.
- The same in essence and glory, the Three Persons are
The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:1-2; Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19;
2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:3-14; Hebrews 1:1-4)
- God created all things from nothing.
- The LORD formed all things in six days and declared them very good.
- Living things on earth procreate according to kind.
(Genesis 1:1- 2:3; Exodus 20:11; Hebrews 11:3)

III. The Doctrine of Jesus Christ (Christology):
- the absolute deity of the Lord Jesus Christ,
- the Second Person of The Holy Trinity.
- He, born miraculously of Mary while she was still a virgin,
is fully God and fully man.
- Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life
and then became the substitutionary and redemptive sacrifice
for the sin of the world, "The Lamb of God".
- Christ literally died, was buried, arose bodily from the dead
and ascended into heaven.  (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-14;
Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 15:1-57)

IV. The Doctrine of The Holy Spirit (Pneumotology):
- the Third Person of the Holy Trinity.
- He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement.
- He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel;
- is the Agent of the New Birth (regeneration);
- He seals, baptizes, empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies and helps
the Believer.  (John 16:8-15; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14;
1 Peter 1:2).
- The Holy Spirit distributes gifts to the Believer as He chooses.
- While many gifts mentioned in the Bible continue to be granted
in our time, I believe that certain gifts and offices
of the first century church are no longer in effect today
(ex. - tongues, apostle).  (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; cf. Acts 1:21-22 &
1 Corinthians 15:5-8; cf. Acts 5:12 & 2 Corinthians 12:12)

V. The Doctrine of Man (Anthropology):
- God created man in His own Image.
- Although created in innocence, Adam - the first man, by free choice,
transgressed the specific directions given to him by the Lord,
resulting in death (both spiritual and physical).
- Each of Adam's descendants has inherited a sinful and depraved nature,
causing all men to be afflicted with both spiritual and physical death.
Due to the original sin of Adam and the actual sin in thought,
word and deed enacted by every human being, all people are without excuse
under the just condemnation and wrath of God.  (Genesis 1:27-31;
Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 3:9-23; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 2:10)

VI. Doctrine of Salvation (Soteriology):
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forgiveness of sin is only possible through faith
in the gracious provision of God on the basis of the atoning death
and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Who is God, The Son.
- There is no hope of salvation outside of personal faith in Jesus Christ.
- Salvation is a free gift for which humans can add no meritorious works.
- The blood of Jesus Christ was spilled on the cross in order to satisfy
the justice of God with regard to human sinfulness.
- The Spirit of God effectually calls sinners to repentant faith,
allowing no room for Believers to boast.
- The gift of eternal life through our Lord Jesus is irrevocable,
each Believer being kept securely by the power of God.
(John 10:27-30; Romans 8:28-39; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Ephesians 2:8-9;
Titus 3:5-6; John 1:10-13; Romans 6:23; cf. Leviticus 17:11
with Ephesians 1:7 and Hebrews 9:22)
- Believers in Jesus Christ are justified.  Justification involves
the imputation of the Believer's transgressions to the record of Christ
and the imputation of Christ's righteousness to the record of the Believer.
- Believers are sanctified in Christ. Sanctification involves
(a) authorization to enter the Holy presence of the Lord in worship and
(b) the life long process of being conformed to the image of God's Son.
(Romans 4:1- 5:11; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 6:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24;
2 Corinthians 5:21)

VII. The Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology):
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the Church of Jesus Christ, universal and invisible
as well as local and visible.
- Jesus is building His Church.  He is The Head of His Body
and the Believers are the various members of His Body.
- Local churches are autonomous in governmental structure
and consist of a regenerated, water baptized membership.
- The members of the local church willingly submit to the authority
of the Biblically established leadership of elders/bishops/pastors
and deacons.  (Matthew 16:18; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1;
1 Corinthians 12:1-28; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Philippians 1:1;
Colossians 1:18; 1Timothy 3:1-15)
- Two ordinances are to be observed by local churches:
Baptism and The Lord's Supper.  The ordinances,having been
(a) commanded by the Lord Jesus;
(b) taught and administered by the Apostles;
(c) enacted by the churches described in the New Testament
    - are symbolic in nature.
1.  Baptism (immersion in water)
- is a one-time act of obedience by a Believer
which communicates his/her new birth in Christ
and personal identification with His Church.
2.  The Lord's Supper is a repeated act of obedience
by the Believer which symbolizes his faith in and thanksgiving
for the sacrifice lovingly made by Jesus Christ.
- The Bread represents the body and
- the Cup represents the blood of the Lord Jesus.  
(Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:14-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 10:47-48; Acts 20:7;
Romans 6:1-6; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Colossians 2:12)

VIII. The Doctrine of Last Things (Eschatology):
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the imminent, personal, bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ,
is the blessed hope of the church. The Believers who are alive
at the moment of His coming will be "caught up" (raptured)
to be with Him while those who have died in Christ will be raised up
to meet Him in the air.  All regenerated individuals will be changed
to dwell in an incorruptible body at His Coming. They will have
an imperishable body - like Christ's glorious Body - for eternity.
(1 Corinthians 15:20-57; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)
- The unregenerate will be raised to face the judgement and subsequent
damnation in the Lake Fire, which is conscious torment forever.
(John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15)
- God will replace the heavens and the earth with a New Heaven
and a New Earth, containing the Holy City - the New Jerusalem.
Believers of all human history will dwell in this City forever with God.
It will be a perfect existence in which no evil or remnants of the curse
will ever enter.  The first heaven and earth will have passed away.
(Mark 13:31; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation chapters 21-22)
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