WHAT WE BELIEVE

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In the New Testament the word faith is used with two different meanings. First, it means the action of believing (Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:8; Heb. 11:1). We have faith in the Lord Jesus, and this is the action of believing. This is the subjective meaning of the word faith. There is also the second meaning, that is, the objective meaning of the word faith. Faith used in this way refers to the things in which we believe, the object of our faith, our belief (Titus 1:4; Rev. 14:12; 2 Tim. 4:7). This is what we call our Christian faith. As Christians we have a unique faith.

The Bible

The Holy Bible is the word of God written under His inspiration word by word (2 Tim. 3:16) and which contains the complete divine revelation. Every word in the Scriptures comes to us through the action of the Holy Spirit to bear the word of God through human writers (2 Pet. 1:21). The Holy Scriptures are fully sufficient to lead people to salvation and to guide them into glory.

All that we believe is simply based on and limited to what is in the Bible.

God

God is uniquely one (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4b; Isa. 45:5a) yet triuneā€”the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, who are each fully God. Yet there are not three Gods, but one God in three persons. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are not three temporal manifestations of the one God; rather, They coexist eternally, distinct but not separate from one another (Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18; Eph. 3:14-17; Rev. 1:4-5). We can believe and enjoy the mysterious Trinity of God as the apostle Paul encourages us: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all" (2 Cor. 13:14).

Christ

Eternally, Christ is the only begotten Son in the Godhead (John 1:1, 18). In time He became a genuine human being through incarnation (John 1:14). He is like us in all respects, yet He is without sin (Heb. 4:15; 1 John 3:5; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22). Christ is the complete God and perfect man.

The Work of Christ

God sent the Son (Jesus) in the likeness of the flesh of sin to condemn sin in the flesh (Rom. 8:3), and in dying on the cross for our sins, Jesus Christ accomplished an eternal redemption for us (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:12) and brought us back to God (1 Pet. 3:18).

Christ was raised from the dead, both spiritually and bodily, and as the resurrected Christ He is our Savior, who saves us not only from our sins but "much more...in His life" (Rom. 5:10). After His resurrection He ascended bodily to the Father, who exalted Him to His right hand as Lord of all (Acts 5:31; 10:36).

Christ will come again to receive His believers to Himself (1 Thes. 2:19).

Salvation

Whenever any person repents to God and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38; Acts 16:31; Acts 26:20; John 3:15-16) he is forgiven of his or her sins and redeemed, justified, and regenerated (born again) to become a member of the Body of Christ (Acts 10:43; Rom. 3:24; Acts 13:39; John 3:6; 1 Cor. 12:27; Rom. 12:5).

God produced the church composed of all persons irrespective of time and space who are believers in Christ. Our heart and attitude toward other believers can be summarized by: "Therefore receive one another, as Christ also received you to the glory of God" (Rom. 15:7).

We commit to and embrace these points as essential items of the common faith. Beyond these, numerous other teachings and doctrines on other items are of interpretation where there has historically been room for disagreement among Christians.

We don't contend for things other than the common faith of all believers (cf. Jude 3).