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OUR BELIEFS

The BIBLE alone is the inspired Word of God, and the only authoritative rule for faith and practice. It alone, is able to make a man wise unto salvation.

All MANKIND are born in a state of total sinful depravity. Therefore, no person has the will, or the ability to come to God in his own strength.

GOD is sovereign in creation, providence and salvation.

JESUS CHRIST, the Son of God, willingly died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of His people.

SALVATION cannot be merited by our 'good works'—but is entirely a gift of God's free grace. We are accounted righteous before God—only by the merit of our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith—and not for our own works and deservings. We maintain that in the matter of our justification, our own goodness and holiness have nothing whatever to do. Salvation, once received, cannot be lost.

GOOD WORKS, which follow after justification, spring necessarily out of a true and living faith. We maintain that a living faith may be as evidently discerned, by the good works which spring from it—as a tree is discerned by its fruit; and that, consequently, the man in whom no good works and holiness can be seen—is not yet a converted man.  God requires man to repent of his sins, and commit himself by faith to Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. All true believers will persevere in the faith, and in a holy lifestyle.

At the time of salvation, all Christians receive the indwelling and fullness of the HOLY SPIRIT, and are baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ. As he lives by the power of the Spirit, the believer is enabled to live a godly life in this present evil world.

In ETERNITY the saved shall enjoy everlasting life—and the lost shall suffer everlasting punishment.

The CHURCH consists of all who are—

  • chosen by the Father,

  • redeemed by the Son, and

  • born again by the Holy Spirit.

The church finds its visible expression in a local assembly of believers, gathered together by the Spirit, to glorify God by—

  • promoting His worship,

  • teaching His Word to believers, and

  • proclaiming His gospel to the lost.

 

We unashamedly believe and teach the historic Doctrines of Grace — which are held by the Puritans, the Reformers, Charles Spurgeon, John MacArthur, etc.

1. Total Depravity

2. Unmerited Election

3. Limited Atonement

4. Irresistible Grace

5. The Perseverance of the Saints

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We hold and teach — that the above doctrines are the primary and principal things in true Christianity. We maintain that other points of doctrine, however important and valuable in their due place — are by comparison, things of secondary importance.


Please be aware that we publish no infallible materials. All authors have their particular theological strengths and weaknesses.

"Remember your exalted privilege—you have the Bible in your hands, and are not bound to follow books or preachers any farther than what they teach agrees with the Oracles of Truth. We have great reason to be thankful for the instructions and writings of spiritual men—but they are all fallible—even as ourselves. One is our master, even Christ—what He says, we are to receive implicitly—but we do not owe implicit subjection to the best of our fellow-creatures. The Bereans were commended because they would not implicitly believe even the Apostle Paul—but searched the Scriptures to see whether the things which he taught were true. May the Lord give us a spirit of humility and discernment in all things." John Newton

"When we eat an apple — we usually first cut out the blemishes, then eat what is good, and lastly throw the core away. Such a rule I would observe in reading human authors — the best may be defective, and the wisest may be mistaken. We are not only permitted, but enjoined, to call no man master." John Newton

"For now we know in part." 1 Corinthians 13:9

"Test everything. Hold on to the good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21
 

 

 
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