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Tenants of Faith

WE BELIEVE in the unique divine inspiration of all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, and that they are infallible and uniquely authoritative and free from error of any sort, in all matters with which they deal, scientific and historical as well as moral and theological.

WE BELIEVE in the special creation of the existing space-time universe and all its basic systems and kinds of organisms in the six literal days of the creation week.

WE BELIEVE in the full historicity and perspicuity of the biblical record of primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal Fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, the world-wide cataclysmic deluge and the origin of nations and languages at the Tower of Babel.

WE BELIEVE in the triune Godhead - one eternal, transcendent, omnipotent, and personal God existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

WE BELIEVE that God the Father, the first person of the Divine Trinity, is infinite spirit - sovereign, eternal, and unchangeable in all His attributes. He is worthy of honor, adoration, and obedience.

WE BELIEVE in the perfect, sinless humanity and the absolute full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, indissolubly united in one divine-human person since His unique incarnation by miraculous conception and virgin birth.

WE BELIEVE in the substitutionary and redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sin of the world, through His literal physical death, burial and resurrection, followed by His bodily ascension into heaven.

WE BELIEVE in personal salvation from the eternal penalty of sin provided solely by the grace of God on the basis of the atoning death and resurrection of Christ, to be received only through personal faith in His person and work.

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who convicts, regenerates, indwells and seals all believers in Christ and fills those that yield to Him. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers; however, the manifestation of any particular gift is not required as evidence of salvation.

WE BELIEVE in the existence of a personal, malignant being called Satan who acts as a tempter and accuser, for whom the place of eternal punishment was prepared, where all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity.

WE BELIEVE in the future, personal, bodily return of Jesus Christ to the earth to judge and purge sin, to establish His eternal Kingdom, and to consummate and fulfill His purposes in the works of creation and redemption with eternal rewards and punishments.

WE BELIEVE in the literal, visible, personal return of Jesus Christ for His church. At this event, the dead in Christ and living believers will be translated to meet Him in the air.

WE BELIEVE in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest, and that there is no mediator between God and humanity other than Jesus Christ.