All Scripture, containing both the Old Testament and the New Testament, is the complete, inerrant and God inspired revelation of Himself to humankind. In its pages we find all things that pertain to life and godliness.
We serve the only true and living God of creation...beside Him there is no other. Eternal and never changing, He reveals Himself in three Persons...the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father reigns with Providential care over all His creation. Omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, He is perfect in grace, mercy, love, justice, righteousness and holiness. The Son is none other than Jesus Christ. Being 100% God, He left His eternal glory in Heaven to be conceived of the Holy Spirit. Being 100% man, He was born of a virgin, He lived a perfect life, died on the cross as the only perfect substitutionary sacrifice to make atonement to satisfy God's wrath for all who trust in Him by faith. After being in the grave for three days, He rose from the dead and soon after ascended to Heaven where He is now seated at the Father's right hand. He will one day rapture His Church to Himself. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, illuminates their hearts to understand Scripture and at the moment of regeneration, baptizes them into the Body of Christ. He works in the sanctifying process of every believer as His Fruit grows more and more evident in their lives. He seals every believer for salvation until the Day of Redemption.
The crowning work of creation, God created mankind in His own image. God created them male and female for His glory and to procreate and fill the earth. Through the sin of pride, Adam disobeyed God and as a result, the entire human race from that time forward, are born with an inherent sin nature. Because of this, the entire human race is totally and completely unable to approach the Holy God and is spiritually dead. No person seeks after God apart from the intervention of God in his or her life.
Before the foundation of the world, God chose His elect in Jesus Christ according to His eternal purpose. He accomplished this because of His great love for us and according to the good pleasure of His will. This sovereign choice is neither God "looking down the corridor of time" to see who be saved nor is it based upon any good that we could do. God's election is based solely upon the riches of His grace which will result in His people being born again, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Because we are inherently sinful and no one seeks after God, all humankind will one day suffer the wrath of God in the eternal Hell as payment for our sin. However, God provided the only way to forgive our sin...this was accomplished by Jesus Christ's perfect life, His atoning death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. We are saved from God's wrath by His grace exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life...no one comes to the Father except through Him. The gospel call goes out to all Mankind for whoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. Those whom God saves will be eternally kept by His power through faith.
God did not reveal His Scripture in sound bytes. His inspired Word was given in complete thoughts and in a context that is not of private interpretation. Therefore, we preach in an expository way...that is, Scripture is explained in an historical, grammatical and Biblical context, verse by verse. Presented in this way, all Scripture is profitable for doctrine (what is right), for reproof (what is not right), for correction (how to get right) and instruction in righteousness (how to stay right). This in turn will allow for the person of God to be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.
We believe that God, in His perfect and sovereign control, will bring an end to the world as we know it. Jesus Christ will physically return in the sky to rapture His church unto Himself. This in turn will lead into the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth where He will judge and reign as Sovereign for one thousand years. After this time, the devil will have one final time of deception. God will then judge the devil, as well as those not written in the Lamb's Book of Life, at the Great White Throne Judgement. These will ultimately, finally and for all eternity be cast in the Lake of Fire. Death and Hades will be no more. The New Jerusalem will descend upon the New Earth where God will reign for all eternity. We who are the children of God by faith will enjoy and worship our Lord Jesus and our Father forever.
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