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Statement of faith

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  • God
    We believe in one God, holy, eternal and almighty, Creator of heaven and earth (Gen. 1; Is. 43:10-13). As we confess that God is One, we also maintain the distinction of the Persons of the Godhead. God has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
  • Jesus Christ
    We believe in the perfect divinity and the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God (John 1:1; 20:28; Rom. 9:5; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:8-12). We believe that he was born of the virgin Mary, being conceived through the Holy Spirit (Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25). We believe in His bodily resurrection, his ascension and his presence at the right hand of the Father (Luke 34:34,39; Acts 1:9-11; 2:33). We believe in his return to raise the dead, take the Church, judge humanity and establish his glorious reign (John 5:25-29; John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
  • The Holy Spirit
    We believe in the personality and the divinity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4; Eph. 4:30). He was poured out in fullness on the Church, on the day of Pentecost (a unique and historic day), following the glorification of Jesus (Acts 1:4-5; 2:32-33). The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, regenerates and incorporates believers into the Church (the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the initial experience of the Christian life) (John 16:8; Acts 2:37-40; Titus 3:5-6; 1 Cor. 12:13).
  • The Bible
    We believe that the Bible is the word and revelation of God, our unique and infallible authority. We affirm that the sixty-six canonical books were inspired by God and are therefore inerrant (2 Tim. 3:16). We affirm the unity and finality of biblical truth in the areas of history and science as well as in its saving message (2 Pet. 1:19-21; John 10:35; Matt. 5:18).
  • Salvation
    We believe in the total depravity of man who is dead in sin, the universality of sin and the guilt of the sinner (Gen. 3:1-8; Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3). We believe in the forgiveness of sin through the shed blood of the Son of God and in salvation by grace. We believe that those who are regenerated are saved for time and eternity, God completing the work He has begun (Rom. 3:23-24; 5:8; Eph. 2:8-9; Phil. 1:6).
  • The Church
    We believe in the unity of the members of the body of Christ, the Church, which is composed of all people regenerated by the incorruptible seed of the Word and the Spirit of God (John 3:3,5,8; Eph. 4:1-16).
  • Satan
    We believe that Satan exists and that he is a powerful personality (John 14:30; 2 Cor. 4:4). We believe that his activity is particularly oriented against the members of the Church in order to disarm, seduce and accuse them (Luke 22:31-32; 1 Pet. 5:8-9).
  • Eschatology
    We believe that we are living in the last days with their undeniable characteristics of apostasy, ungodliness, violence, seduction and political and social turmoil (Matt. 24:1-14; 2 Tim. 3:1-5). We believe that these conditions are preparing the way for the manifestation of the antichrist, and call for God's judgment (1 John 2:18; 4:3; 2 Thess. 2:1-12). We believe in the reign of peace and righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ with his own on earth (Is. 9:6; 11:1-10; 2 Thess. 1:6-10; Rev. 20:4-6).
  • Eternity
    We believe in a heaven of eternal and perfect happiness for the regenerate in the immediate presence of God, as well as a place of eternal conscious punishment for the ungodly in the lake of fire and brimstone, separated from God and in the presence of Satan, the beast and the false prophet (Matt. 25:46; Rev. 20:10-15,21,22).