Testament Of Faith

We walk by faith,
not by sight.
{2 Corinthians 5:7}

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The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation
of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for
its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for
its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals
the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the
end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard
by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried.All
Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation

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God
There is one and only one living and true God. �The eternal triune
God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with
distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence,
or being
. God the Father
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His
creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to
the purposes of His grace. �God is Father in truth to those who
become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ,
He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. �
He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His
substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the
redemption of men from sin.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. �He exalts Christ
. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. �He
enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship,
evangelism, and service.

Man
Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created
them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. �By
his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the
human race. � The sacredness of human personality is evident in
that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for
man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is
worthy of respect and Christian love.

Salvation
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered
freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by
His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its
broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification,
sanctification, and glorification.

God's Purpose of Grace
Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates,
justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. �All true believers endure to the end.
Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never
fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.

The Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous
local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the
faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ,
governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in
them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the
earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through
democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible
and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and
deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church,
the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture

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Baptism & the Lord's Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. �It is an
act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried,
and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life,
and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. The
Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members
� memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Evangelism & Missions
It is the duty and privelege of every follower of Christ and every church of
the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations... to seek
constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a
Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

The Lord's Day
The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. �It commemorates the
resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises
of worship and spiritual devotion.

The Christian & the Social Order
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ
supreme in our own lives and in human society... in the spirit of Christ,
Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and
vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality,
and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy,
the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf
of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception
to natural death..

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Stewardship
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we
have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship
to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding
stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation
to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.

Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human
society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage,
blood or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in
covenant commitment for a lifetime. ... The husband and wife are of equal
worth before God, since both are created in God's image. A husband is to
love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility
to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself
graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly
submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her
husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her
husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the
next generation... Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and
heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's
pattern for marriage.

Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to
its appropriate end. �Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly
� the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness
. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. The righteous will
receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

In His Love

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