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The Apostles' Creed

 

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; which was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell [that is, the place of the departed righteous]; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic [universal] church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen.

 

• We Believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1 ,Deuteronomy 6:4 , Matthew 28:19 , John 10:30 )

 
• We Believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33 ); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14 , Matthew 1:23 , Luke 1:34-35 ); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15 , Hebrews 7:26 ); His miracles (John 2:11 ); His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3 ,Ephesians 1:7 , Hebrews 2:9 ); His resurrection (John 11:25 , I Corinthians 15:4 ); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19 ); His personal return to earth in power and glory. (Acts 1:11 , Revelation 19:11-13 ,Revelation 19:14-16 )

• We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, Who gifts us to accomplish Christ's purposes in the world and Who manifests His presence to the world through Christ's church (Romans 8:13-14 ; Romans 12:1-21 ; 1 Corinthians 3:16 ,1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 , 1 Corinthians 14:1-40 ; Ephesians 4:30 , Ephesians 5:18 )

• We Believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that all are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace through faith alone are we saved. (John 3:16-19 ; John 5:24 , Romans 3:23 ;Romans 5:8-9 , Ephesians 2:8-10 , Titus 3:5 )

• We Believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved by faith in the finished work of Christ unto the resurrection of life, and those who are not unto the resurrection of damnation. (John 5:28-29 )

• We Believe in the spiritual unity of the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:9 , I Corinthians 12:12-13 ,Galatians 3:26-28 )

• We Believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, given at Pentecost, the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29 ; Matthew 3:11 ; Mark 16:17 ; Acts 1:5 , Acts 2:1-4 , Acts 17:38-39 , Acts 8:14-17 , Acts 10:38 , Acts 10:44-47 , Acts 11:15-17 , Acts 19:1-6 ).

• We Believe in the healing of the sick as illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, that it was included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples, is given as a sign, which is to follow believers, and was a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3 ; Isaiah 53:5 ; Matthew 8:16-17 ; Mark 16:17-18 ; Acts 8:6-7 ; James 5:14-16 ; I Corinthians 12:9 , I Corinthians 12:28 ; Romans 11:29 )

• We Believe in God's will for provision, that it is the Father's will for believers to full and whole in all areas of life. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God's will while on Earth. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ's provision in order to better serve others.

             • Spiritual
             (John 3:3-11 ; II Corinthians 5:17-21 ; Romans 10:9-10 )
             • Mental and Emotional
             (II Timothy 1:7 , 2:11 ; Philippians 4:7-8 ; Romans 12:2 ; Isaiah 26:3 ).
             • Physical
             (Isaiah 53:4 ,5 ; Matthew 8:17 ; I Peter 2:24 ).
             • Financial
             (Joshua 1:8 ; Malachi 3:10-11 ; Luke 6:38 ; II Corinthians 9:6-10 ; Deuteronomy 28:1-14 ; Psalm 34:10    ,84:11 ; Philippians 4:19 ).

 

• We Believe that we as Christians are called to live life on mission as a people sent into the world for the demonstration and proclamation of God's love as made evident in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (I John 4:16-17 )

• We Believe The Church to be people of God, called to God, and sent by God, for the glory of God, to meet the needs of the world with God.

• We Believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God. (II Timothy 3:15-17 , II Peter 1:21 )

We practice two sacraments:

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19 ; Acts 2:38 ; Mark 16:16 ; Acts 8:12 , Acts 8:36-38 ; Acts 10:47-48 ).

The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29 ; I Corinthians 10:16 , I Corinthians 11:23-25 ).

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