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Longview, TX 75605

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Statement of Faith

HOLY BIBLE

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant. 

II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21, Proverbs 30:5, Romans 16:25-26


TRINITY

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal. 

I John 5:7, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19, Luke 1:35, Isaiah 9:6, Hebrews 3:7-11


JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man in 100% unity. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father through the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary's womb, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind, and in doing so, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, intercedes for the Saints, and will return again in power and glory. 

John 1:1,14; 20:28, Matthew 1:18, 25, Luke 1:35, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18, 23-25, Luke 1:27-35, I Timothy 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, Philippians 2:5-6, I Timothy 2:5


SALVATION

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ - His death, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, and is not a result of our good works or of any human effort. 

Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16, 3:8, Titus 3:5, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 16:31, Hebrews 9:22


THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord, and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses us from our old nature, and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit. All believers are biblically encouraged to earnestly desire the manifestation of these gifts in their lives. Spiritual gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. 

Joel 2:28-29, Matthew 3:11, Mark 16:17,Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6, Hebrews 2:4, Romans 1:11,12:4-8, Ephesians 4:16, II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14, I Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40, I Peter 4:10


THE CHURCH

The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the Church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22, Hebrews 12:23, John 17:11, 20-23


RESURRECTION AND SECOND COMING

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. Similarly, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected - those who are saved to the resurrection of life and those who are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation. Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures. 

Luke 24:16, 36, 39, John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4, Acts 24:15, I Corinthians 15:42, 44, Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21, Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64, Acts 1:9-11, I Thessalonians 4:15-17, II Thessalonians 1:7-8, Revelation 1:7