Statement of Faith
1. The Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God (2 Tim.3:16).
2. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4, Matt. 28:19).
3. In the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory. (John 1:1).
4. In the blessed hope - the rapture of the Church at Christ's coming (Titus 2:13).
5. The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ (John 14:6).
6. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation (Titus 3:5).
7. In water baptism by immersion (Matt. 28:19), following conversion.
8. The redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer (1 Peter 2:24).
9. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 1:4-5 and Acts 2:1-4, is given to believers who ask for it.
10. In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Galatians 5:16-25).
11. In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation (Rev. 20:11-15).
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Etching Below: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, by Gustave Dore. Biblical Reference: Luke 18:9-14:
"Jesus told a story to some people who thought they were better than others and who looked down on everyone else:
Two men went into the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood over by himself and prayed, "God, I thank you that I am not greedy, dishonest, and unfaithful in marriage like other people. And I am really glad that I am not like that tax collector over there. I go without eating for two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all I earn."
The tax collector stood off at a distance and did not think he was good enough even to look up toward heaven. He was so sorry for what he had done that he pounded his chest and prayed, "God, have pity on me! I am such a sinner."
Then Jesus said, "When the two men went home, it was the tax collector and not the Pharisee who was pleasing to God. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored." (cev)