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The Apostles Creed
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried. The third day he arose from the dead’ he ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
There is one eternal God, Who in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19)
The Holy Scriptures
The Bible is inerrant, infalliable and includes of all the books of the Old and New Testaments. In addition, the original writings are the divinely inspired Word of God written by holy men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. This is true and only written message of God is the final authority on all matters. As a result, it is also the source of all doctrine, instruction, and correction. (Psalm 19:7-8, Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
The Fall of Man and Salvation
Man was created in the image of God,. However, due to voluntary disobedience, man ‘fell’ thus allowing sin and death to enter the world. In effect, Man’s relationship with God was severed, and the innocence and purity of humanity ceased. Mankind however, was not lost forever because Christ later died for us. He pardoned all who believed in Him granting them salvation by grace through faith. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:6-7; John 3:16; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:6-10; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9)
Daily Holy Christian Living
God has given us everything we need to live daily as a Christian. Living as a Christian occurs as we use the Bible to determine our beliefs, actions and deeds while following Christ and depending on the Holy Spirit. Moreover, by walking with God we enter an ongoing, progressive sanctification process with Him. This trnsformation and sanctification process occurs throughout our lives and one day we will live eternally in His presence. (Hebrews 12:14; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:8-9; Colossians 4:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:3)
Jesus discipled His followers through times of prayer, small and large gatherings, fellowship, teaching, and serving others. We strive to continue Jesus’ model today as a lifestyle. We believe that after Salvation, Discipleship can begin if believers decide to follow Christ as their Lord. Although there are many approaches to discipleship (i.e. one-on-ones, small groups, classes, service, etc.) none would be effective without spiritual disciplines like studying the Word of God, Prayer, Fasting, Worship, Solitude, Service, and Giving. This discipleship lifestyle is essential to building an authentic and strong relationship with God and better relationships with others. (Matthew 16:24; Matthew 28:18-20; John 13:34-35; Acts 2:42-47; Galatians 5:13-14)
The Holy Spirit
We believe in the divinity of the Holy Spirit. Additionally, the work of the Holy Spirit continues today as He gives: spiritual gifts, guidance, comfort, counsel, revelation, protection, unity, and empowers believers to serve God and others. The spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12-14) are still active today. We believe that living a Spirit-filled life may be evidenced by love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Ephesians 5:15-20; Galatians 5:16-26; Acts 2:16-18).
The Church is not just a building or place of worship but is also the body of Christ. Furthermore, the role of the Church is to continue the work of Jesus Christ in the world today. The Church also exists everywhere believers do. In effect, we are a conglomerate of all the various church communities all over the world that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This is also known as the Universal Church. (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Colossians 1:18)
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe in Baptism by immersion in water as an outward expression of an inward commitment of faith in Jesus Christ. We believe the commemoration of the Lord's Supper with bread and wine and that the Lord’s Supper is done in remembrance of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross. (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 8:34-38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
The Return of Christ
Jesus Christ will come again as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and have final judgment of the living and the dead. This second coming and return of Christ is definite, but the day and time is unknown. This final judgment will determine the eternal status of both unbelievers and believers based upon each person’s individual faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Rewards will be given to believers and there will be a final judgment of unbelievers. In addition, He will reign for a thousand years. (Matthew 24:36, Matthew 24:42-44; Mark 13:32-37; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 1:7, Revelation 20:6)