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The Bible is God's Love letter
poured out through
Jesus Christ's blood for us...
John 3:16

The Bible is the inspired Word of God
A revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason. The Bible is the mind of Christ and as it is inspired, it is the only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
II Timothy 3:15-17, Peter 1:23-25, Hebrews 4:12


Our God is one, but manifested in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
All are equal and eternal.  Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Word made flesh, and God manifested in flesh. John 1:14; Hebrews 1:2-3; 1 John 5:7


Man was created good and upright
For God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after our likeness.” By voluntary transgression, sin entered into the world  through Adam and Eve, causing man's separation from God, with his only hope of redemption in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21


Redemption through Jesus Christ,
Frees man from the curse of sin (spiritual death, poverty, and sickness) and enables him to reign over and live independent of the circumstances of life. Romans 5:17, 8:1-2; 3 John 2 


The Salvation of Man
a.      Man's Only Hope of Redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind,  (Psalm 103:3) being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace, we are saved through faith.
Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10
b.      The Evidences of Salvation.  The inward evidence, to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.”  I John 3:23
c.       Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ, through His grace, and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity. Romans 10:9-11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:20-21; II Corinthians 5:10

Baptism in Water
Baptism in water is a proclamation of our faith but does not give a person salvation, nor is it required for salvation.  Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ alone.  The ordinance of baptism, symbolizing being buried and raised with Christ, should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have repented in their hearts, and all who have truly believed on Christ Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life.  Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4;
Colossians 2:12

The Lord's Supper
“And when he had given thanks, He broke it, and said, 'Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also  the cup, when he had supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.'  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”  I Corinthians 11:24, 25, 28

The Holy Spirit
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father; empowerment with the great Comforter, the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is promised to every believer to bring power for life and service, the giving of spiritual gifts and their use in the work of the ministry.  Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8, 2:4-8, 10:44-46, 19:2,6;
I Corinthians 12:1-31


The Church is the Body of Christ
The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the first born, which is written in Heaven. Ephesians 1:22; 2:18-22; Hebrews 12:23


Jesus to Gather His Saints
Jesus is coming again to gather His Saints to Heaven. When He comes, the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we, who are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. I Corinthians 15:51-52;
I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Acts 1:11; II Thessalonians2:1