2. GOD

There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience that springs from faith (Deut. 6:4, Ps. 145:3, John 1:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17).


The Scriptures reveal that the one God eternally  exists in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Each person has distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being (mt. 3;16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).


God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destory the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures (Is. 46:9-11; Prov. 16:33; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3;  James 1:13-15).


  God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, Adam transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law.  As a result, they are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3).


  Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners.  it is consistent with the free agency of man and comprehends all the means in connection with the end.  It is the glorious display of Gods' sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable.  It excludes boasting and promotes humility.

    All true believers endure to the end.  Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.  Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptations, whereby they grieve the Spirt, impair their graces, and comforts, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgements, on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation (Gen 12:1-3; Ex. 19:5-8; Mt. 16:18-19; 21:28-45; 24:22,31; 25:34; 19:41-44; 24:44-48; John 1:12-14; 3:16; 5:24; 6:44-45, 65; 10:27-29; 15:16; 17:6, 12, 17-18; Acts 20:32; Rom. 5:9-10, 8:28-39; 10:12-15; 11:5-7, 26-36; 1 Cor. 1:1-2; 15:24-28; Eph. 1:4-23; 2:1-10; 3:1-11; Col 1:12-14; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; 2 Tim. 1:12; 2:10, 19; Heb. 11:39-12:2; James 1:12; 1 peter 1:2-5, 13: 2:4-10; 1 John 1:7-9, 2:19; 3:2)


Since Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, fully God and fully man, He is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man.  Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners.  He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people.  he will return again visibly and bodily.  he is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church and Sovereign of the Universe (Is. 53:10-12; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Gal. 3:13; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 1:1-3)


We believe that God the Holy Spirit brings glory to the Father and the Son.  he applies the work of Christ to believers and distributes spiritual gifts to very believers according to His sovereign good pleasure for the purpose of building up the body of Christ.  he is the Comforter, the Spirit of Adoption, the Seal of our Salvation, and the Guarantor of our inheritance in Christ (John 14:16-17; 16:14; Acts 5:3; Romans 8:14-17; Eph. 1:13-14)


Regeneration is a change of heart, brought about by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and  savingly to understand the word of God, renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness.  It is a work of God's free and special grace alone (Eph. 2:1-6; Titus 3:5; 1 John 5:1)


Repentance is a gift of God, wherein a person, being by the Hoy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with Godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things (Acts 2:37-38, 11:18; 2 Cor. 7:10-11)


Saving faith is the belief, on Gods' authority, of whatever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ, accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life.  It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness (Rom. #:27-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 10:14, 17: Phil. 1:29; Eph. 2:8; Jas. 2:14-26).


Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believer in Christ, from all sin, through the propitiation that Christ has made, not for anything wrought in them or done by them, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receive and rest on Him and His righteousness by faith (Acts 13:38-39; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:34; 10:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9).


Individuals who have been regenerated are sanctified by GOd's Word and the Spirt dwelling in them.  This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in joyful obedience to all Christ's commands (Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:27; Romans 8:1-17; Gal. 5:13-24; 2 Peter 1:3-11).


The Lord Jesus is the head of the church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him remains supremely all power for its government.  According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed.  The regular officers of a church are Elders (pastors) and Deacons.  The mission of the church is to engage in God's mission of redeeming people from all the peoples of the world (Mt. 28:18-20; John 10:16; Acts 20:17, 28; Eph. 1:22; 5:23; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-18, Titus 1:5-9; Heb. 10:25.


Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to tGod to live and walk in newness of life.  It is prerequisite to church membership and to participation in the Lord's Supper (Mt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 12:13.)


The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of break and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world.  It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him and of their church membership until he returns (mt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-34).


God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it.  Civil magistrates, being ordained of God, ought to be yielded by us in the Lord through subjection in all lawful things commanded by the, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake (mt. 15:9; Rom. 13:1-7; 14:4; Acts 5:29; Col. 2:20-23).


The Bodies of men after death return to dust but their spirits return immediately to God--The righteous to rest with Him; the wicked , to be reserved under darkness to the judgement.  The bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised (John 5:28-29; 1 Cor. 15:12-28; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil 1:23).


The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private (Acts 20:7;     1 Cor. 16:1-2; Rev. 1:10).


God has appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when ever one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting and conscious punishment and the righteous into everlasting life (Mt. 25:46; John 5:22, 27-29; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:6-11; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Thess 1:7-10; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 7:13-17; 14:9-11).