Posts with the category “our-beliefs”

Our Beliefs - Marriage & Family
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The Bible teaches that God ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The family unit is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption (or connected through guardianship). Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a lifetime marital covenant. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the Church. He has the God-given responsibili...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Stewardship
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
God is the Source of all blessings. All that we have, we ultimately owe to Him. God commands His people to be good stewards. Christians have a spiritual obligation to the entire world, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions as He so directs. (See Psalm 24:1...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Healing
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
It is God’s will to heal the sick through various means – including, but not limited to, the laying on of hands, the prayer of faith, anointing with oil, and the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, healing is provided in the redemptive work of Christ and is available to every believer everywhere. (See Mark 16:18; James 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4-5.)...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural endowments that equip believers, contribute to the edifying and building up of the Church, and demonstrate Christ’s power and character to the world. These gifts are operational in the Church today and will continue to operate until the end of the Church age. (See Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 1:5-9; 1 Corinthians 12-14.)...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a promise offered to all believers that is distinct from the new birth. With it comes power for life, power for service, and the bestowment of gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is evidenced by the physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance. (See Matthew 3:11; John 14:16; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4; Acts 2:38-39; Acts 19:1-6.)...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - The Great Commission
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
It is the duty and privilege of every believer and church to actively endeavor to make disciples of all nations. We are charged by Christ to constantly seek to win the lost through our verbal witness, undergirded by a Christian lifestyle and by other methods that are in harmony with the Gospel of Christ. In accordance with the Great Commission, every church should prayerfully and financially be co...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - The Final Judgment
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The Bible teaches that there will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels and the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. (See Revelation 20:6-1...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Hell
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is eternally lost in the lake of fire and therefore has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or of repenting. The lake of fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting,” used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the lake of fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used ...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Resurrection
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the Cross. We believe in the return of the resurrected Christ for His saints, both those alive on the earth and those preceding them in death. Both the saved and the lost will ultimately be resurrected – those who are saved to the resurrection of life and those who are lost to eternal damnation ...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Last Things
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
In His own time and in His own way, God will bring this age to its appropriate conclusion. At the end of this age, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly. The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to hell, and the righteous will receive their reward and will dwell forever with the Lord. (See Matthew 16:27; 2 Corinthians 5:9-...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Communion
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The Scriptures established Communion as an ordinance to be celebrated until Jesus comes. The Lord’s Supper consists of the elements – bread and the fruit of the vine – which represent the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and serve as symbols that remind us of our unbroken covenant with Him. In addition, healing and restoration are released as believers receive the Communion elem...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Water Baptism
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
Scripture commands all who repent and who receive Jesus Christ as Lord to be water-baptized. In this act, Christians declare to the world that they have died with Christ and have been raised with Him to walk in the newness of life. Water baptism is not a requirement for salvation, but it is a required part of embarking on a life of obedience for every Christian. (See Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Col...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - The Church
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The Church is the habitation of God through the Spirit on the earth. It is visibly experienced in a local congregation of water-baptized believers who are related by faith and fellowship of the Gospel, whose lives and conduct are governed by the Word of God, who exercise the spiritual gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by grace, and who seek to extend the Gospel to the ends of the eart...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Sanctification
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
We believe sanctification is a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return. Although sanctification occurs instantly when a person is saved, it is also an ongoing process that occurs as a believer reckons himself dead to sin and alive to God, relies daily upon the power of the Holy Spirit, and...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Salvation
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
Man’s only hope of salvation is through the blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation is the gift of God to man, separate from works and the Law, and is made operative by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God. Salvation is received through repentance by acknowledging Jesus as Lord and placing one’s faith in Christ’s redemptive work alone. There is salvation in no other name...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - Man, His Fall & His Redemption
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God. But through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. Man thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death and all of its ramifications. Man’s willful transgression brought about separation from God and put the entire human race in need of redemption. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo t...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - God the Holy Spirit
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and is fully divine. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to Christ and effects regeneration. He supernaturally produces Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows spiritual gifts by which believers serve God through His Church. The Holy Spirit seals believers unto the day of final redemption, and H...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - God the Son
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
Christ is the eternal Son of God. Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the Cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was physically raised from the dead on the third day and ascended into Heaven, where He is seated at the Father’s right hand as the He...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - God the Father
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
God the Father reigns with care over His created universe and over all His creatures, including man, who is created in His image. God orchestrates human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (See Ephesians 1:3-10; 1 John 3:1.)...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - God
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
There is One and only One living and true God. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – three distinct Persons – with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (See Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:18-20; John 1:1; John 14:26; John 17:3; Roman 3:30; James 2:19.)...  Read More
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Our Beliefs - The Scriptures
by Jay Randolph on December 31st, 2020
The Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. It has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and r...  Read More
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