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What We Believe

Theological Method

Biblical theology has to be developed before systematic theology can be produced. The first step to attaining the goal of correct biblical theology will be to gather all the relevant biblical passages on the doctrine being investigated.

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Doctrine of Scripture

Necessity. The knowledge of God’s existence, character, and moral law, which comes through creation to all humanity, is often called “general revelation” (because it comes to all people generally).

General revelation is distinct from “special revelation” which refers to God’s words addressed to specific people (Rom. 10:13-17). The bible is necessary for knowing the gospel, for maintaining spiritual life, and for knowing God’s will, but it is not necessary for knowing that God exist or for knowing something about God’s character and moral laws.

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Doctrine of God

Attributes. When we speak of the attributes of God, we are referring to those qualities of God, which constitute what he is. They are the very characteristics of his nature. We realize that we cannot say everything the bible teaches us about God’s character at once. Several different methods of classifying God’s attributes have been used.

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Creation

The Purpose of Creation. God created the entire universe out of nothing; it was originally very good. Before God began to create the universe, nothing else existed except God himself. Col 1:16 is clear, all things were created through him and for him and he created it to glorify himself.

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Anthropology

Creation of Man/Woman. God did not need to create man, yet he created us for his own glory (Isa. 43:7; Eph. 1:11-12). The fact that man is in the image of God means that man is like God and represents God (Gen 1:26). Likeness refers to something that is similar but not identical to the thing it represents.

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The Person and Work of Christ

The Atonement. This is the work Christ did in his life and death to earn our salvation.The nature of atonement was Christ’s obedience for us in which he obeyed the requirements of the law in our place. First, Christ was perfectly obedient to the will of God the Father as our representative. Secondly, Christ demonstrated obedience through his suffering for us, in which he took the penalty due for our sins by dying and paying for our sins on the cross (Phil 3:9).

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The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit

I. Interchangeable with God: In many passages, which refer to the Holy Spirit, He is referred to as if God were being referred to. Luke 1:34-35; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 2:3-4; II Corinthians 3:17-18; Psalm 139:7

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The Church

The Nature of The Church. The church is the community of all true believers for all time. The church is made up of those who are truly saved. Both believers in the New Testament age and Old Testament age as well. The Church is Invisible, yet visible (2 Tim. 2:19). The invisible church is the church as God sees it.

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The Sacraments

Baptism by immersion is the mode used in the New Testament. Baptism commonly means to plunge or immerse in water. This is the commonly recognized meaning in ancient Greek and literature inside and outside the bible i.e. Mark 1:5, 10 etc. The symbolism of union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection seem to require baptism by immersion i.e. Rom. 6:3-4.

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Regeneration

We believe that God created man in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God. The consequence of man’s rebellion is that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation.

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Christian Conduct

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that personal conduct should be blameless before the world; that each should be a faithful steward of possessions; and should seek to realize for oneself and others, the full stature of maturity in Christ.

I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10 Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 3:17-23; 1 Thess. 5:17,18)

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Eschatology

Eschatology is a major theme permeating scripture, particularly Jesus’ teachings. The content of Jesus’ message was not only a future coming and a future kingdom; rather, with the advent of Jesus the kingdom of God had already arrived and will be consummated at the second coming.

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