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What We Believe?

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Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures teach that the Holy Bible was written by people divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instructions; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth for its contents; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge humankind; and therefore is and will remain until the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.

God

We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one and only one living and true God, an omnipotent and omnipresent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe, infinite in holiness and all other perfection: To whom we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with the distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence, or being.

Jesus Christ

We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blood of the Passover Lamb saved the children of God from the plague of death. Although God displayed love for humankind by this miracle, disobedience continued. In order to reconcile humankind with their Creator, a sacrifice of an unblemished lamb to atone and rescue humankind from eternal death was needed. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God that died to atone humankind to God the Father, and free all that believe in Him from eternal death.

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ promised not to leave the believers comfortless. That a comforter would be sent to keep the believers in the will of the Creator until the fulfillment of the restoration of God’s kingdom. God is manifested in the world in the person of the Holy Spirit, who comforts, and empowers believers to carry out the ministries of God. God moves in the person of the Holy Spirit with gifts and graces. The Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost are the same person of God.

Salvation

We believe the Scriptures teach that God sent the Son into the world, so that through Him the world might be saved. “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus {as} Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. Romans 10:9 (NAS)

 

Salvation is evidenced inwardly by a change of heart to accept God’s control of our life. Salvation is evidenced outwardly by public confession of Jesus Christ as Messiah and Savior of humankind.

Justification

We believe the Scriptures teach that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. It brings us into a state of blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other needed blessing.

Repentance and Faith

We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Jesus Christ, God turns us with deep regret, confession, and participation for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest, and king, relying on Him alone as the only all-sufficient Savior.

Sanctification

We believe the Scriptures teach that the progressive work began in regeneration is called Sanctification. Through this process we gradually attain moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit living in our hearts. We accomplish this by grace and by the Word of God, throughout our earthly life.

The Gospel Church

We believe the Scriptures teach that the church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel. Being governed by God’s Laws, we exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges invested by the Word to prepare believers for the work of ministry that will draw others to seek Christ. There are no members in the Gospel Church, just ministers seeking to execute their calling from God.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe the Scriptures teach that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are Holy ordinances of Christian faith. Baptism is the immersion into the death of Jesus Christ, being raised from under the water in the resurrection to eternal life. Baptism is in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The believer has put to death their old life and risen to walk in the newness of life in Christ Jesus. Only persons that show an understanding of their salvation through Christ Jesus, by the Holy Spirit shall be candidates for Baptism. Therefore infants cannot be considered for baptism. Infants have eternal security based on ignorance. There is no need to baptize infants or children who have not first been saved.

After baptism one is eligible to receive the Lord’s Supper. We must examine ourselves to ensure that we have sincerely repented and are intending to live a new life following the commandments of God before receiving the Lord’s Supper. The bread and wine represent Christ’s broken body and shed blood, which commemorate the dying love of Christ.

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