We believe that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself in nature, and in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yet as one God.
He is God’s Son revealed in flesh. In his Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man. He is the One crucified for man’s sin, the now risen and glorified Savior and Lord who mediates between God and man and who gives us access to the Father through His intercession. None can come to the Father unless they come through Him.
All of the attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit by the Scriptures. He convicts and convinces men of sin. He also convinces man of what is right, and that a final day of judgment will come. He comes to live in us at conversion, to open our understanding to the Scripture, and to lead us into the truth.
God used holy men to write the Scriptures. They are, in both the Old and New Testaments, the very words God intended us to have. They are without error and are our only rule of faith and practice. We profit from them by learning the truth about many things; they speak to us about wrongdoing; they correct us and get us back on course and instruct us in right living.
God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner and incurring God’s judgment upon sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and in need of salvation.
GOD'S RELATIONSHIP TO HIS CREATURES AND CREATION
God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things. He maintains the law of nature and performs special acts as the highest welfare of mankind and His Created order.
Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner, and in godly sorrow, turns from them and trusts in the work of Christ as redemption for sin. This acceptance of God’s great salvation involves belief in Christ’s death on the cross as man’s substitute of God’s raising Him from the dead. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works.
WHO CAN BE SAVED?
It is God’s will that all be saved, but since man has the power of choice, God saves only those who repent of their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the cross. Those who refuse in this life to repent and believe have no later chance to be saved and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation by their unbelief.
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