S T A T E M E N T O F F A I T H
+ The Word of God was inspired by God and written by men.
+ God the Father - The Bible describes Him as God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, with different purposes and attributes, but the same being. He is the giver and sustainer of life.
He is a loving, benevolent, gracious spiritual Father who instructs and disciplines His children.
His word sets the standard for right and wrong.
+ God the Son - Jesus Christ. The eternal Son of God is Christ. He was sent to Earth by the Father to take
a human form. He was concieved by the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin girl named Mary.
The relationship between mankind and God was damaged when the first man sinned against God.
He is the only sinless man who ever lived, unworthly of death. He was cruicified on a cross, buried, and rose from the dead in physical bodily form by God. He died on our behalf, bridging the gap between man and God. Through faith in His sacrifice, we can have the hope of living forever with Him in Heaven when we die. We earnestly await his visable return to earth for His believers at His Second Coming.
+ God the Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of Scripture with words of God.
After Jesus' earthly ministry, He has empowered the Church and drawn people to the Father through Jesus. He graces believers with various abilities called gifts of the Spirit that help strengthen the Chruch.
+ Man - The Bible says that God created man in His own image, as beings designed to relate to God. The original man abused the freedom God gave them through their disobedience. They damaged the realationship with God for all people by bringing sin into the world. In spite of their sin, God loved people enough that He provided a way for broken relations to be mended through the sacrafice of His Son, Jesus Christ.
+ Hell - We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. Hell is a place of eternal suffering and a place of permanent separation from God for those who die without accepting Christ. There will be a resurrection of the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting death.
+ Salvation - Because of sin, mankind’s eternal destiny was separation from God after we die.
But through the death and resurrection of Jesus, who was without sin, God offers us the chance to be saved from a hopeless fate. Salvation is available to anyone who hears the Good News
about Jesus Christ and believes that He truly was and is God’s son who died and rose again on
our behalf. God desires that all people recognize their sinfulness, turn from it, and trust Him to
be saved. He promises that if we do so, it is like we are born again spiritually into God’s everlasting family.
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