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Beliefs

There are many differing views on some of the statements listed below.  Our pastor does not base his beliefs on theologians.  These statements are taken from the teaching of the Holy Word of God.

God and the Trinity

There is one living and true God who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
(Matthew 28:19,   II Corinthians 13:14)

The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. 
(Isaiah 9:6,   John 1:1-14,   John 14:20,    Acts 5:3-4)

The Virgin Birth

The Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. 
(Isaiah 7:14,   Mathew 1:18-25,   Luke 1:26-38)

The Resurrection and Ascension of Christ

Christ rose bodily from the dead and ascended unto God the Father.
(Matthew 28,    Mark 16,   I Corinthians 15,   Romans 1:14)

The Return of Christ

Christ will return first for the "dead in Christ" who will be resurrected bodily; and for those who are alive at His coming.  This resurrection not only precedes His return to earth to reign for 1,000 years, but also precedes the Tribulation.  
(I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:9)

Christ's second return will be to reign for 1,000 years on earth.
(Revelation 20:1-6,     II Timothy 2:12)

Total Depravity of Man

All men inherit a depraved (morally corrupt) nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation.
(Romans 3:9-19,    Ephesians 2:1-3)

Salvation

God has provided salvation through offering His Son on the cross of Calvary, and allowing His blood to be shed to atone for our sins.
(Romans 3:25,      Hebrews 9:22)

We are saved and justified when we recognize ourselves as sinners, and we put our trust in Christ as the Son of God and His finished work on the cross of Calvary.  Salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing. 
(Romans 3:24, 4:5,    Ephesians 2:8-9)

Once saved, we cannot be lost; we are eternally secure in Christ.  
(John 3:16,   Philippians 1:6,    John 10:27-29,     Romans 8:38-39)

The Lord's Supper

We should regularly and consistently remember the Lord's death by practicing the Lord's Supper.
(I Corinthians 11:23-32)

Baptism

Baptism is the total immersion of the body in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 
(Matthew 28:19-20,    Acts 8:38)

Only people who have been saved, that is, only those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior should be baptized. 
(Acts8:36-38,    Acts 2:41)

Only those who are already saved should be baptized.  Baptism does not wash away sins or help a person to be saved.  Baptism is a symbolic act of obedience. 
(Romans 6:3-6,     Acts 10:47-48)