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FAITH CHAPEL 


STATEMENT OF FAITH - (Short Version)
  (Full version follows short version)


The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Faith is intended simply as a basis of fellowship in our local congregation (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, (1 Cor. 1:10 and Acts 2:42). The phraseology employed in this Statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to any full-gospel ministry (not only meaning salvation but including healing, delieverance, baptism in the Holy Spirit). No claim is made that the following Statement of Faith contains all Biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.


WE BELIEVE:

1. THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD.
2. THE ONE TRUE ETERNAL GODHEAD.
3. THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
4. MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION.
5. THE SALVATION OF MAN.
6. BAPTISM IN WATER.
7. THE LORD'S SUPPER.
8. THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
9. THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
10. SANCTIFICATION.
11. THE CHURCH.
12. DIVINE HEALING.
13. THE BLESSED HOPE.
14. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS.
15. THE FINAL JUDGMENT.
16. THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH.
17. FAITH, THE CHRISTIAN WAY OF LIFE:



ORDINANCES: (details at bottom of this page.)


1. Water Baptism
2. The Lord's Supper - Holy Communion
3. Dedication of babies and infants to the Lord
4. Anointing with oil/Laying on of hands for the sick



1. THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD:
  The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man; the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct; that they are superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason.  


  (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17) so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


  (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV) And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as  
  the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you 
  who believe.


  (2 Peter 1:20-21 NIV) 20) Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. 21) For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried
  along by the Holy Spirit.


2. THE ONE TRUE ETERNAL GODHEAD:
  We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as ONE God
  existing in THREE persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, distinguishable but  
  indivisible. He has further revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-
  revealed "I AM". He is the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of
  mankind.


  (Deuteronomy 6:4 NIV) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.


  Mark 12:29 NIV) "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.


  (Isaiah 43:10 NIV) "You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.


  (Matthew 28:19 NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
  them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,....


  (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV) May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.


3. THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST:
  The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and therefore Deity as attested to
  by: His conception by the Holy Spirit, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His
  miracles, His substitutionary work on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the
  dead, and His exaltation to the right hand of God; very God and very man.

  (a) His conception by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth.
  (Matthew 1:23 NIV) "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,
  and they will call him Emmanuel-which means, "God with us."


  (Luke 1:31 NIV) You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are
  to give him the name Jesus. 32) He will be great and will be called the Son
  of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,
  33) and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never
  end." 34) "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
  35) The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power
  of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be
  called the Son of God.

  (b) His sinless life
  (Hebrews 7:26 NIV) Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.

  (1 Peter 2:22 NIV) "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his
  mouth."

  (c) His miracles
  (Acts 2:22 NIV) "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man  
  accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did
  among you through him, as you yourselves know.

  (Acts 10:37 NIV) You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning
  in Galilee after the baptism that John preached--38) how God anointed
  Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around
  doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because
  God was with him.

  (d) His substitutionary work on the cross
  (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV) God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so
  that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

  (e) His bodily resurrection from the dead
  (Matthew 28:6 NIV) He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and
  see the place where he lay.

  (Luke 24:39 NIV) Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me
  and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."

  (1 Corinthians 15:3 NIV) For what I received I passed on to you as of first  
  importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4) that
  he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the
  Scriptures, 5) and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.

  (f) His exaltation to the right hand of God
  (Acts 1:9-11 NIV) After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes,
  and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10) They were looking intently up into
  the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood
  beside them. 11) "Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here
  looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into
  heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

  (Acts 2:33 NIV) Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the
  Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and
  hear.

  (Philippians 2:9 NIV) Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and
  gave him the name that is above every name, 10) that at the name of Jesus
  every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11) and
  every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
  Father.


4. MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION:
  Man was created good, and upright, for God said, "Let us make man in Our image and after Our likeness." However, by voluntary transgression, fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:17); (Romans 5:12-21).

  (Genesis 1:26 NIV) Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." 27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28) God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." 1:29) Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30) And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so. 31) God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.

  (Genesis 3:17 NIV) To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.

  (Romans 5:12 NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--13) for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14) Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. 15) But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16) Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17) For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. 18) Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19) For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20) The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21) so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.


5. THE SALVATION OF MAN:
  Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

  (a) Conditions of Salvation:
  The grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace through faith, he became an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life.

  (Titus 2:11 NIV) For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.

  (Romans 10:13-15 NIV) ....for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14) How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15) And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

  (Luke 24:47 NIV) ....and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

  (Titus 3:5-7 NIV) ....he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6) whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7) so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

  (b) Evidences of Salvation:
  The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all man is a life of righteousness and true holiness.  

  (Romans 8:16 NIV) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.

  (c) Scope of Salvation:
  We understand that both the Hebrew and Greek words for "salvation" imply the ideas of forgiveness, healing, deliverance, provision, safety, and soundness. It is the great inclusive word of the Gospel.


6. BAPTISM IN WATER:
  The ordinance of Baptism by immersion is symbolic of our burial and resurrection with Christ and should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures, by all who have repented of their sins and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life 

  (Matthew 28:19 NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

  (Acts 10:47 NIV) "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." 48) So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ....

  (Romans 6:4 NIV) We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.


7. THE LORD'S SUPPER:
  The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements, unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the Divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ, a memorial to His suffering and death; and a prophecy of His second coming; and is commanded of all believers "until He comes".

  (John 6:48 NIV) I am the bread of life.

  (Luke 22:19-20 NIV) And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." 20) In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

  (1 Corinthians 11:26 NIV) For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.


8. The Baptism In The Holy Spirit:
  All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect, and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes, power for life and service, the impartation of spiritual gifts, and their uses in the work of the ministry.

  (Luke 24:49 NIV) I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

  (Acts 1:4-8 NIV) On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5) For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." 6) So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7) He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

  (1 Corinthians 12:1 NIV) Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. (Read the next 10 verses.)

  This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth. (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

  (Acts 2:38 NIV) Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  (Acts 10:44-46 NIV) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45) The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46) For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. 

  (Acts 11:15-16 NIV) 15) "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16) Then I remembered what the Lord had said: 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'  

  (Acts 15:7-9 NIV) 7) After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: "Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8) God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us.9) He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.


9. THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT:
  The full consummation of the Baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is historically evidenced by the initial, subjective, physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance; and by the subsequent manifestation of spiritual power in public testimony and service.

  (Acts 2:4 NIV) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

  (Acts 8:18-21 NIV) When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money 19) and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit." 20) Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21) You have no part or share in this *ministry, because your heart is not right before God. (*The Greek word here is "logos" or utterance.)

  (Acts 9:17 NIV) Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here--has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." (Note that the following passage tells that he spoke in tongues frequently.)

  (1 Corinthians 14:18 NIV) I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you.

  (Acts 10:44 NIV) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45) The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46) For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God......

  (Acts 11:14-16 NIV) He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.' 15) "As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16) Then I remembered what the Lord had said: 'John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'

  (Acts 19:2 NIV) and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."

  (Acts 19:6 NIV) When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.


10. SANCTIFICATION:
  Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. The Scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, "Be ye holy, for I am holy". Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God's Word.  

  Sanctification is a two sided coin. The one side being "Positionally" and the other being "Experientially," meaning that at the very moment when we accept Christ as our personal Savior, we are "Sanctified", set apart by God, for God. That is what we call, "Positionally". As far as God is concerned, it has already happened. Yet, we know that "Experientially" we have not yet arrived to the same place God sees us.

  (The same can be said of "Righteousness". We have been made the righteousness of God, by Christ Jesus, yet, we do not always act righteous.)

  (Hebrews 12:14 NIV) Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

  (1 Peter 1:15 NIV) But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."

  (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV) May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24) The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

  (1 John 2:6 NIV) Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

  (Romans 6:1-11 NIV) What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2) By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3) Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4) We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5) If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6) For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--7) because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. 8) Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9) For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10) The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11) In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

  (Romans 6:13 NIV) Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.


11. THE CHURCH:
  The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of The Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the "general assembly and the church of the first-born".

  (Ephesians 1:22-23 NIV) And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

  (Ephesians 2:19-22 NIV) Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20) built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21) In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22) And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

  (Hebrews 12:23 NIV) to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,

  Since God's purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His son, the main priorities of Faith Chapel are:
  (a) To worship God and enjoy Him forever.

  (b) To fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, consisting of:
  1. evangelizing the world - home and abroad
  2. teach, train, and equip God's people for works of service
  3. recognize and release God's people in areas of ministry/service.

  (c) To enjoy Christian fellowship inside and outside the church.


12. DIVINE HEALING:
  Divine healing is an integral part of the Gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.

  (Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV) Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions,, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

  (Matthew 8:16-17 NIV) When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

  "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases."

  (Mark 16:18 NIV) they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."


13. THE BLESSED HOPE:
  The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the Church.

  (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NIV) For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17) After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18) Therefore encourage each other with these words.

  (Romans 8:23 NIV) Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

  (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NIV) Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed---- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

  (Titus 2:12-13 NIV) It teaches us to "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope -- the glorious appearing of our great God, and Savior, Jesus Christ.


14. THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS:
  The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years.

  (Revelation 19:11-16 NIV) I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 12) His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13) He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14) The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15) Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16) On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.


15. THE FINAL JUDGMENT:
  There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the Devil and his angels, and the Beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

  (Matthew 25:46 NIV) "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

  (Mark 9:43 NIV) If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.

  (Mark 9:45-48 NIV) And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell.

  (Mark 9:47 NIV) And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48) where "'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

  (Revelation 19:20 NIV) But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

  (Revelation 21:8 NIV) But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."


16. THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH:
  We, "according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness".

  (2 Peter 3:13 NIV) But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

  (Revelation 21:1 NIV) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.


17. FAITH, THE CHRISTIAN WAY OF LIFE:
  Everything we are taught in the Scriptures; everything we receive from God is by faith, without which it is impossible to please God. It is to be the normal way of living for the true believer and it is our responsibility to maintain our faith at a level which gets the job done and pleases God, who gives all "the measure of faith".  

  (Hebrews 11:6 NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

  (Hebrews 10:38 NIV) But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him."

  (Romans 14:23 NIV) But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

  (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV) We live by faith, not by sight.

  (Romans 12:3 NIV) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.



ORDINANCES:

1. The ordinance of Baptism by immersion should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have fully repented and believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.

  (Matthew 28:19 NIV) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

  (Acts 2:37-38 NIV) When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38) Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

  (Romans 6:3-5 NIV) Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4) We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5) If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.


2. The ordinance of the Lord's Supper should be regularly observed as prescribed upon the believer.

  (Luke 22:19-20 NIV) And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." 20) In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

  (1 Corinthians 11:23-26NIV) For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24) and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me." 25) In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." 26) For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.


3. Infants and small children may be dedicated to the Lord in the assembly whenever requested by the parents.

  (1 Samuel 1:21-28 NIV) When the man Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow, 22) Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, "After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD, and he will live there always." 23) "Do what seems best to you," Elkanah her husband told her. "Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word." So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him. 24) After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. 25) When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, 26) and she said to him, "As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. 27) I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 28) So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there.

  (Luke 2:22 NIV) When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

  (Mark 10:13-16 NIV) 13)People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14) When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15) I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." 16) And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.  

  (Luke 18:15-16 NIV) People were also bringing babies to Jesus to have him touch them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. 16) But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.


4. The sick should be prayed for by the anointing with oil and the laying on of hands upon their request.

  (Mark 16:18 NIV) they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

  (James 5:14 NIV) Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.