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Posted 15 July 2004 - 09:09 PM

What We Believe

...that the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of

...that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the
Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

...in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in
His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His
ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal future return to this earth in
power and glory to rule a thousand years.

...in the blessed hope - the rapture of the church at Christ's coming.

...the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the
precious blood of Christ.

How to Become Saved
Have you come to a place in your life that you know for
certain you have eternal life and that you will go to heaven when you die?

Suppose you were standing before God right now and He asked you, "Why should I let
you into My heaven?" What would you say?

God's Purpose

God loves us and has a purpose for our lives. The Bible
states it this way,
"For 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).

God's purpose is that we have eternal life.
We receive eternal life as a free gift (Romans 6:23).

We can live a full and meaningful life right now (John
We will spend eternity with Jesus in heaven (John 14:3).

Our Need

As we search for meaning in life, we discover our sinful
nature keeps us from fulfilling God's purpose for our lives.
We are all sinners by nature and by choice.

"For all have sinned, and come short of the
glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

We cannot save ourselves (Ephesians 2:9).
We deserve death and hell (Romans 6:23).

God's Provision

God is holy and just and must punish sin. Yet He loves us
and provides forgiveness for our sin. Jesus said,
"l am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).

Jesus is God and became man (John 1:1,14).
Jesus died for us on the cross (I Peter 3:18).
Jesus was resurrected from the dead (Romans 4:25).

Our Response

The only way Jesus can affect our lives is for us to
receive Him. The Bible says,
"But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12).

We must repent of our sin.

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that
your sins may be blotted out..
." (Acts 3:19).

Repentance is not just feeling sorry for our sin (Acts
Repentance is turning away from our sin and turning to God
through Jesus.
We must place our faith in Jesus.

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8).

Faith is not just believing facts about Jesus (James 2:19).
Faith is trusting in Jesus.
We must surrender to Jesus as Lord.

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in shine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:9-10).

Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is not just saying we give our
lives to Jesus (Matthew 7:21).
Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is giving Jesus control of our


As evidence of giving Jesus control we will want to
identify with Him. The New Testament way to identify with Jesus is to confess Jesus
publicly and follow Him in baptism and church membership (Romans 10:13).
"Does what we have been discussing make sense to
"Is there any reason why you would not be willing to
receive God's gift of eternal life?"
"Are you willing to turn from your sin and place your
faith in Jesus right now?"
"If so, pray the following prayer in your heart."

Prayer of Commitment

Dear Lord Jesus . . . I believe You are the Son of God . .
. and died to forgive me of my sins . . . I know I have sinned . . . I ask You to forgive
me . . . I turn from my sins and I receive You as my Lord and Savior . . . thank You for
saving me. Amen.
My commitment: Lord Jesus, thank You for saving me.
I want to live for You the rest of my life.
If you have just made a commitment to the Lord, we at want
to know about it. Please call the during regular office hours and ask to speak to one of
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Posted 15 July 2004 - 09:41 PM

We also believe the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, light from light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became truly human.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son],
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

*The word "catholic" refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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