WE BELIEVE:That the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God.(II Timothy 3:16
; II Peter 1:21
II Tim. 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
) There is one God, eternally existent in three persons — God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Ghost. (Deuteronomy 6:4
II Peter 1:21
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
; Hebrews 11:3
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.
) In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal future return to this earth in power and glory. (Matthew 3:16-17
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
) In the Blessed Hope — the rapture of the Church at Christ’s coming. (Daniel 7:13-14
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
; Matthew 24:30-31
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
; Acts 1:11
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
; I Thessalonians 4:15-17
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
; Revelation 22:20
I Thess. 4:15-17
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
) That the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ. (Psalm 130:4
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
; Jeremiah 36:3
But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
; Acts 13:38-39
It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
; Romans 5:1
Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
; I John 3:7
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
; Revelation 19:8
I John 3:7
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
) That there is one Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, Who came from the Father and the Son, to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; to regenerate the believing sinner, and to indwell, guide, instruct, cleanse and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 14:16, 17, 26
And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
; John 15:26
John 14:16, 17, 26
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
; Matthew 28:19
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.
; II Corinthians 13:14
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
) That regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation. (Isaiah 55:3
II Cor. 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
; John 3:3, 5
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
; Ephesians 2:1
John 3:3, 5
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
; Colossians 2:13
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
; Titus 3:5
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.
) In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life. (Leviticus 11:44-45
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
; Luke 1:73--75
For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
; John 17:17
The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
; I Thessalonians 5:23
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
; Hebrews 10:14-15
I Thess. 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
) In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost — the one to everlasting life, the other to everlasting damnation. (Psalm 9:17
For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before.
; Matthew 25:46
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
; John 5:28-29
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
; John 14:1-3
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
; Romans 14:10
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
; I Corinthians 15:10
But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
; Revelation 20:12-13
I Cor. 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
; Revelation 21:8
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.