English Classes (ESL)
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- THE CREATION
- We believe in the historicity of the entire narrative in Genesis, including the direction creation by God of the universe and man in six literal days apart from any evolutionary process, a literal Adam and Eve as the parents of all mankind, a literal fall of man, and a catastrophic, worldwide flood.
- THE FALL OF MAN
- We believe that man was created in the image of God in a state of untested holiness, but that through his own disobedience man fell and became a sinner. As a result of the fall, all of mankind are sinners by choice, are under condemnation, and are without excuse before God. The corruption of man's nature extends to every aspect of his/her being, and he/she can do nothing to change his/her basic inclination toward sin.
- REDEMPTION FROM SIN
- We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through Jesus Christ, who voluntarily took upon Himself the form of man, yet without sin, and was crucified as a sacrifice for the sin of all mankind. This sacrifice was a substitutionary death in the place of the sinner, in which He suffered the penalty for sin, thereby paying the ransom to release the believing sinner from the bondage of sin for both time and eternity.
- SALVATION BY GRACE
- We believe that salvation is a free gift of God, imparted only to those individuals who, in conscious recognition of their own sinfulness and utter depravity before God, turn by faith to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation is provided by God's grace solely through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the sin-bearer for the world, and not through any works on the part of the individual. The one who is saved is given eternal life, has forgiveness of sins, is declared righteous, and is no longer under condemnation. Once given, salvation is never taken away.
- We believe that preparatory sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in setting apart and preparing the sinner to trust Christ unto salvation. Positional sanctification is the act of God whereby the believer, at the moment of salvation, is eternally set apart for God's purpose as an adopted son. Progressive sanctification is the continuous operation of the Holy Spirit, by which He delivers the believer from the pollution of sin, and renews him/her in the image of Christ, so that the believer is able to perform good works. Perfect sanctification will occur at the return of Christ, at which time the believer will be made like Christ, completely free from sin in every way.
- THE CHURCH
- We believe that the universal church is not an organization, but an invisible, spiritual organism, consisting of all believers from the day of Pentecost until the Rapture. In the universal church, God has brought Jews and Gentiles together in one body, and united them with each other and with Christ through Spirit baptism.
We believe that the local church is distinguished from other Christian organizations by the fact that it is a congregation of professing believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges vested in it by the New Testament. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government.