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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Statement of Faith

I believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21), inspired by the Holy Spirit.

I believe in Jesus Christ and that He is both man and God manifested in the flesh. That He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died, and was buried, that He arose bodily from the grave and ascended into heaven.

I believe that the blood shed by Jesus upon the cross made atonement for the redemption of all who respond in faith to His call to salvation by repenting of sin and yielding to the preeminent Authority of Jesus Christ and the Written Word of God. (Luke 1:68).

I believe that sin is the transgression of God's law (1 John 3:4), that all have sinned (Romans 3:23); and that death is the penalty for sin (Romans 6:23).

I believe that salvation comes about through the Word of God. It is by grace through faith in the Word and completed work of Jesus Christ and not of our own works (Eph. 2:8-9).

Grace through faith brings about repentance for sin, obedience to the Word of God and receiving the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38).

I believe that by having a repentant and willing heart, by diligent study of the Scriptures, and by the leading of the Holy Spirit, a believer will discover God's truth, which is sufficient for all matters of faith and practice.

I believe in the resurrection of the dead and in a future state of rewards and punishments (Revelation 20:12ff).

I believe that the Holy Spirit was given to us to testify of Christ in His physical absence, to lead man into truth, and to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8).

I believe that "...the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:11-14)

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