The Bible: We believe that the inspiration of the books of the Old and New Testaments as originally given are infallible, authoritative and free from error. The Triune Nature of God: We believe that the triune Godhead exists as One God eternally, although God is “Three Eternal Deities”—the Father; the Son; and the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19), who works in unity for the salvation of humanity. The Holy Spirit and the Son share the same nature with the Father who is eternal, transcendent, and sovereign; He is Holy, also personal, immanent, loving, just, merciful and faithful. God the Father is the first person within the Holy Triune. He is eternal, unchangeable and sovereign of the entire universe. He is worthy of adoration, praise and obedience (Gen. 1:1; Jn 1:3). Jesus Christ the Son:We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person within the Godhead and is fully God and fully man; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and borne by the Virgin Mary (Mt. 1:18) and became one sinless, perfect divine-human person. Jesus Christ is the only true way to God the Father. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Triune Godhead who convicts, regenerates, indwells, seals, guides and empowers Believers. We are advised “grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).” We believe that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, and temperance: (Galatians 5:22-23;John 16:13 )” and should be manifested in the life of all believers. Salvation from sincomes from God by grace through faith in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” "For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (II Corinthians 5:21).. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).” This substitution paid the price for our transgressions and separation from God because our sins separate us from God and righteousness. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).” We “must be born again (John 3:7)” and “...Except we are born again, we cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3).” Satan is the ex-covering Cherub that rebelled against God in Heaven (Revelation 12:7-12) and was cast out to this earth. He the deceiver, accuser, tempter and destroyer (Genesis 3:4-6). He is a powerful, eternal being that commands a third of the ex-heavenly host and God has prepared Hell Fire for him and his angels (Revelation 20:14). The Return of Jesus and the Judgment is imminent. Jesus Christ will return to this earth with all of his angels with Him, to judge and purge sin and establish His kingdom, renewing His creation, redeeming His people all who chose to be with Him, rewarding them and punishing those to chose to disobey with Satan and his Hell bound gang. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be (Rev. 22:13). The Church is a fellowship of believers from many different ecclesiastical affiliation/denominations united together by the power of the Holy Spirit to form the one Church of Jesus Christ.
God Holds The World In His Hands
The Bible:is the inspired Word of God infallible, authoritative and free from error as originally given.
The Triune Nature of God:We believe that the triune Godhead exists as One God eternally, although God is "Three Eternal Deities" --the Father; the Son; and the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19) who works in unity for the salvation of humanity. The Holy Spirit and the Son share the same nature with the Father who is eternal, transcendent, and sovereign, He is Holy, also personal, immanent, loving, just, merciful and faithful.
God the Fatheris the first person within the Holy Triune (Gen. 1:1; Jn 1:3). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
God tells us in His Word that by nature we are "...dead in trespasses and sin;" (Ephesians 2:1) and that we are "...alienated from the life of God..." (Ephesians 4:18). "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
We cannot deal with our sin by "cleaning ourselves up" on the outside, when our problem is a heart condition. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever commits sin is the servant of sin." John 8:34 We are all slaves to our sinful nature, and we can only be cleansed from within by the working of God.
The "new birth" is not a religion, not living up to a creed, not a set of rituals, nor joining a church or denomination. It's a transformation. Our old nature is changed and we receive a new one. Old things pass away and all things become new in Christ. We receive a new heart, new desires, new ideas, and a new direction because of this new nature. A birth is the coming into being of a new life that has the nature of its parents. When you were born the first time, you were made a partaker of the nature of natural man. When you are born again, you become a partaker of the divine nature (II Peter 1:4). God can become your heavenly Father.
The greatest attribute of God is that He is a God of love. He loves you and me. He loves all sinners and wants to save every one of us from hell and the terrible results of our sin. His Word tells us, "But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). "For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (II Corinthians 5:21). God hates sin because of what it produces-- war, sickness, poverty, etc., but God loves the sinner.
God sent Jesus Christ, His only Son, so that we might have new, everlasting life. The Bible tells us, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). By His death and resurrection, Jesus paid for our salvation. He broke the power of sin and death, making it possible for us to have everlasting life. The life of God raised Jesus from the dead and He was the first-born Son into the kingdom of God
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