There are now two adult Sunday School electives from which to choose. David Milligan is teaching a series on “The History of God’s People after the Exile” with a study through the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. David’s class meets in the Fellowship Hall. Ray Rodman is teaching a series entitled “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” based on the book by Donald S. Whitney (available in the Resource Center). Ray’s class meets in the Choir Room.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, that it is absolutely trustworthy, infallible, and being without error in the original manuscript, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Second Peter 1:19-21 and Second Timothy 3:16-17.
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God of the universe, eternally existing in and revealed as three persons in one Godhead — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct yet harmonious offices in the supreme work of creation and redemption. Genesis 1:1-23; Genesis 3:14-15; John 1:1-3; John 4:24; and John 14:23.
We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ. John 1:1-4, 12; John 3:14-17; Acts 4:12; Jeremiah 9:24
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sin of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people, and His personal bodily, visible return to the world according to His promise. John 1:18; John 20:28; John 10:30; John 17:1-26; Luke 1:26-38
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, to regenerate, sanctify, indwell, seal, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. John 16:7-8; 13-14.
We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16. We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God's presence and those who refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God in everlasting fire. John 6:37, 44; Romans 3:9-18; Second Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15.
We believe the church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. A visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with Him in baptism and associated for worship, service, and fellowship. God committed the ordinance of baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper to those visible churches for observation "til He comes". Ephesians 1:17-22; 2:19-22; Colossians 1:12-22.
We believe that salvation is by God's grace, not of man's works in any way (John 1:12-13; John 6:44; Ephesians 2:8-10). Genuine conversion and regeneration is evidenced by true repentance, faith, submission to God, and growth in obedience to Christ. (Acts 2:38; Second Peter l: 3ff; Matthew 28:18-20). God chastens and corrects His children to reprove sin and produce growth in holiness; we are to persevere in faith and good works and "pursue . . . holiness without which no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:4-12; Second Corinthians 6:14-7:1; First Peter 1:13-16) Within the Church, we are responsible to encourage, exhort, reprove, rebuke, and edify each other in the truth, and in love. Ephesians 4:15-16; Galatians 6:1)
We believe that each local church is directly responsible to God to obey the dictates of Scripture. Therefore it must be free from obstruction by any ecclesiastical or political authority in the pursuance of this purpose. The State must refrain from restricting or obstructing the exercise of true faith and the church must promote Biblical ethics and morals in society. (Acts 20:28; Matthew 5:13-16)