The Scriptures

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We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures as originally given. These Scriptures are inerrant in all that they affirm and are our final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The Godhead

We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are the same in essence and co-equal in power and glory.

Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully Man in one person. Prior to His incarnation he eternally existed with the Father. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. Though tempted by Satan, He lived a sinless life on this earth. He paid the penalty for the sins of all the people with His own blood on the cross. He arose bodily from the grave and ascended into heaven, where He now intercedes for His own as their great high priest.

The Holy Spirit

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We believe in the personality of the Holy Spirit. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgement. At conversion He regenerates, indwells, seals and baptizes the believer into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit fills and conforms the yielded believer increasingly to the image of Christ. He enables the believer to live a life of Christian victory through faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to the Word of God. As He wills, the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts and empowerment for spiritual service.

Creation

We believe in the direct creative acts of God as recorded in Genesis 1.

Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan, a fallen angel, who, with other angelic beings, rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. Although he was defeated at the cross and his final destiny shall be the lake of fire, he continues to be the arch-enemy of God, angels and humanity.

Man and Sin

sf-bethel-tarpWe believe man was created in the image of God. In Adam he fell because of disobedience and rebellion against God and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. As a consequence, all mankind is declared by God to be totally depraved, having inherited a sinful nature and having become sinners in thought, word and deed.

Salvation

We believe the grace of God provides salvation from sin for all humanity only through personal repentance and faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning work.

The Church

sf-girls-2We believe the universal Church is composed of all true believers. With Christ as its head, the Church exists in local expression to glorify Him by edifying believers and evangelizing lost people everywhere.

The Second Coming

We believe in the literal, physical, pre-millennial Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Future State of the Dead

We believe that at death all human beings continue in conscious existence: the just in the presence of Christ, the unjust in torment in Hades. The just await their bodily resurrection, at the rapture of the Church, to the reward of everlasting life and blessedness. The unjust await their bodily resurrection at the Great White Throne, to judgment and everlasting punishment of conscious torment in the lake of fire.