Beliefs

• There is one God, the Father (1 Corinthians 8:6), the one God of the creed of Israel affirmed by Jesus Christ (Mark 12:28ff). The Father is "the only true God" (John 17:3).

• There is one lord Messiah, Jesus (1 Corinthians 8:6), who was supernaturally conceived as the Son of God (Luke 1:35), and foreordained from the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:20).

• The Holy Spirit is the personal, operational presence and power of God extended through the risen Christ to believers (Psalms 51:11).

• The Bible, consisting of the Hebrew canon (Luke 24:44) and the Greek New Testament Scriptures, is the inspired and authoritative revelation of God (2 Timothy 3:16).

• In the atoning, substitutionary death of Jesus, his resurrection on the third day, and his ascension to the right hand of the Father (Psalms 110:1; Acts 2:34-36), where he is waiting until his enemies are subdued (Hebrews 10:13).

• In the future visible return of Jesus Christ to raise to life the faithful dead (1 Corinthians 15:23), establish the millennial Kingdom on earth (Revelation 20:1-6, etc.) and bring about the restoration of the earth promised by the prophets (Acts 1:6; 3:21; 26:6, 7).

• In the regenerating power of the Gospel message about the Kingdom (Matthew 13:19; Luke 8:12; John 6:63), enabling the believer to understand divine revelation and live a life of holiness.

• In baptism by immersion upon reception of the Gospel of the Kingdom and the things concerning Jesus (Acts 8:12; Luke 24:27).

• In the future resurrection of the saved of all the ages to administer the renewed earth with the Messiah in the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:2; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 5:10).

• In the existence of supernatural, cosmic evil headed by (the) Satan (Matthew 12:26) or Devil, as distinct from and in addition to human enemies and the natural evil of the human heart. Satan is the name of a wicked spirit personality, "the god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4; cp. Ephesians 6:12). And in the existence of demons (daimonia) as non-human personalities whom Jesus addressed and they him (Luke 4:41; James 2:19).

• In the freedom "under grace" and not "under law," inaugurated at the cross in the New Covenant, in contrast to and replacing the Mosaic covenant enacted at Sinai (Galatians 3 and 4; 2 Corinthians 3). Issues of physical circumcision and "the whole law" (Galatians 5:3) associated with circumcision, including calendar and food laws, are concerns of the old and not the new covenant. Compare Colossians 2:16-17 where the temporary shadow is contrasted with the permanence and newness of Christ.

• Christians ought never to take up arms and kill their enemies and fellow believers in other nations (Matthew 26:52; John 15:19; 18:36; 1 Peter 2:9-11; 1 Chronicles 22:8).

• We oppose all abortion, without exception, as the taking of human life.

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