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What We Believe

It would be impossible to sum up all that we believe in one sitting. We decided long ago to keep things basic for the sake of our mission, which is to help people come to God through Christ. The great missionary Paul said that he first and foremost preached one thing: Christ and Him crucified. Our beliefs are simple and in accordance with "the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints"(Jude 2). But since you asked...

The Bible

The basis of our belief is the Bible. We believe that scripture in its entirety originated from God, and that this was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture at one and the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We believe that the scriptures are infallible and inerrant in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice and there are no other writings wholly inspired by God.

God

We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-each of Whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. Out of His power, wisdom and goodness, God created the world and all the things in it. By His power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal second person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as our substitute. In this way, He satisfied divine justice and accomplished salvation for all who trust Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession of His own. He will come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

Salvation

The central purpose of God's revelation in scripture is to call all people into relationship with Him. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way, and was therefore alienated from God and suffered the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation is, then, a work of God's free grace.

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