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STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTALS AND ESSENTIAL TRUTHS

1. HOLY SCRIPTURES

    The Holy Scriptures to be the divinely inbreathed and authoritative
word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16,17            2 Peter 1:20,21
  Psalm 119:                         Matthew 5:17,18
1 Corinthians 2:12-14      Proverbs 30:5,6

2. THE GODHEAD

The Father

    The Father exists eternally as the Creator of heaven and earth, the
Giver of the law, to whom all things will be subjected, so that He may be
all in all.
  Genesis 1:1             1 Corinthians 15:28

The Son

    The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of the
Father, is true God and true man. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary, and by His sinless life, miracles and teaching,
gave full revelation of the Father. He died upon the cross, the Just for
the unjust, as a substitutionary. He rose from the dead. He is now at the
right hand of the majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come
again to establish His kingdom in righteousness and peace.
   John 1:1, 14; 10:30; 17     Philipians 2:6,7
Hebrews 1:8                          Luke 1:26-35
   John 12:49                            Acts 2:22
   2 Corinthians 5:21               Hebrews 7:26
   Romans 5:6,8                       1 Corinthians 15:3
   1 Corinthians 15:4, 20       1 Peter 3:18
   Matthew 28:6                       Acts 1:9-11; 2:33
                         Hebrews 8:1

The Holy Spirit

    The Holy Spirit is also God, performing actions and possessing the
attributes of Deity. His personality is shown by the fact that He has
personal characteristics and that individuals may relate to Him as a
person.
  Acts 5:3, 4                            John 16:13-14

3. SALVATION

Atonement of Christ

    Salvation has been provided for all men through the sacrifice of
Christ upon the cross. It is the only perfect redemption and
substitutionary atonement for all the sins of the world, both original
and actual. His atoning work has been proven by his resurrection from
the dead.
 
   Isaiah 53: 3-6                John 12:32,33
  1 Peter 2:24                    Acts 2:36
  Romans 4:25                   1 Corinthians 15:14,17,20
  Hebrews 10:12               1 John 2:2
  2 Timothy 3:16,17        2 Peter 1:20,21

    Those who repent and believe in Christ are born again of the Holy
Spirit and receive eternal life. Furthermore, in the atonement, divine
healing was provided for all believers.
 
  Acts 20:21                      1 Peter 1:23,25
  Isaiah 53:4,5                  Matthew 8:16b,17

Repentance and Faith

    Salvation has been provided for all men through the sacrifice of
Christ upon the cross. It is the only peMan must be born again only
through faith in Christ. Repentance, a vital part of believing, is a
complete change of mind wrought by the Holy Spirit, turning a person
to God from sin.
 
  Isaiah 55:7                      Acts 17:30
  Galatians 3:22, 26          Ephesians 2:8
                      1 John 5:10-13

Regeneration

    Regeneration is a creative work of the Holy Spirit by which man is
born again and receives spiritual life.
 
   John 3:3b, 5b, 7              2 Corinthians 5:17, 18a
                          1 Peter 1:23

Justification

  Justification is a judicial act of God by which the sinner is declared
righteous solely on the basis of his acceptance of Christ as Saviour.
 
                      Romans 3:24; 4:3,5; 5:1,2

4. THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE

Assurance

    Assurance of salvation is the privilege of all who are born again by
the Spirit through faith in Christ, resulting in love, gratitude and
obedience toward God.
 
   John 10:27-29                Romans 8:35-39

Sanctification

    Sanctification is dedication to God and separation from evil. In
experience it is both instaneousness and progressive. It is produced in
the life of the believer by his appropriation of the power of Christ's
blood and risen life through the Person of the Holy Spirit. He draws the
believers attention to Christ, teaches him through the word and
produces the character of Christ within him. Believers who sin must
repent and seek forgiveness through faith in the cleansing blood of Jesus
Christ.
 
  2 Corintians 6:14; 7:1            John 17:17,19
  Hebrews 10:10, 14                 Romans 6:11, 13, 14, 18
  1 Corinthians 13                      Galatians 5:22,23
  2 Peter 1:3-4                          1 John 1:9; 2:1-2

The Gifts of the Spirit

    The gifts of the spirit are supernatural abilities given by God through
the exercising of which believers are enabled to minister effectively
and directly in particular situations. The serve the dual function of
building up the Church, and of demonstrating the presence of God within
His Church.
 
    1 Corinthians 12:4-10          1 Corinthians 12:7; 14:12,24-25

Divine Healing

    Divine healing provided in the atonement of Christ is the privilege of
all believers.
                          Matthew 8:16,17

5. THE CHURCH

The Universal Church

    All who are born again are members of the universal church, which
is the Body and Bride of Christ.
 
 1Corinthians 12:13           Ephesians 5:25b
  Colossians 1:18                  1 Timothy 3:15

The Local Church

    The local church is a body of believers in Christ who have joined
together to function as a part of the universal church. The local church
is ordained by God and provides context in which believers corporately
worship God, observe the ordinances of the church, are instructed in
faith and are equipped for the evangelization of the world.
   Acts 14:23                    1 Corinthians 16:19
   John 4:23                      Acts 20:7
   Acts 1:8; 11:19-24     2 Timothy 2:2
                         1 Peter 5:2

Ordinances

   The Lord's supper is a symbol, memorial and
proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. This
ordinance of communion is to be participated in by believers until
Christ's return.
 
   Matthew 26:26-28          1 Corinthians 10:16-17 ;11:23-26

Water Baptism

    Water baptism signifies the believer's identification with Christ in
His death, burial and resurrection.
 
  Matthew 28:19                  Mark 16:15-16
  Acts 2:38, 41; 8:36-39   Romans 6:3-5

6. THE THE END OF TIME

The Second Coming of Christ-
The Rapture

    The rapture, the blessed hope of the church, is the imminent coming
of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself His own, both the living who
shall be transformed, and the dead in Christ who shall be resurrected.
This event takes place before the wrath of God is poured out during the
tribulation. Believers then will appear before the judgment seat of
Christ to be judged according to faithfulness in Christian service.
 
  1 Corinthians 15:51-57       Phil 3:20-21
  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18      Titus 2:13
  Romans 14:10-12                 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
                   2 Corinthians 5:9-10

The Eternal State of the
Righteous

    The righteous will share the glory of God in the new heaven and the
new earth for eternity.
 
  Matthew 13:43                     John 17:24
  2 Peter 3:13                         Hebrews 11:10
             Revelation 21:1-2, 10, 22-23