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Articles of Faith

Verbal Inspiration of the Bible

We believe the Holy Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, to be verbally inspired of God in the original documents, infallible and God-breathed, a perfect rule of faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; Proverbs 30:5

The Triune God

We believe in the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who is holy, loving, good, wise and almighty; who has created his world out of
nothing, who sustains, provides for and rules all things, who is our only Redeemer and who will judge all people. Luke 3:21-22; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 1:3-14

God the Father

We believe in the person of God the Father who sends both God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in redemptive history. We believe that the Father has provided a great salvation for those who repent of their sins and trust Christ and His finished work through the Holy Spirit; that He calls, regenerates, justifies, forgives, adopts, sanctifies, keeps and will glorify them. John 14:26; Romans 8:28-39; John 4:24

God the Son

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son, the only mediator between God and humans, who added full humanity to his perfect deity through the virgin birth, obeyed God perfectly, died for our sins on the cross and bodily rose again to defeat Satan, returned to heaven to pour out the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and to intercede for his people. John 14:1-11; 1 Timothy 2:5; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1; Philippians 2:5-11

God the Holy Spirit

We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit who has been sent to complete and perfect in us all of the works that Jesus did for us. He convicts, regenerates, sanctifies, gifts us for ministry and assures us of our salvation. While we believe in the continued expression of the spiritual gifts, we further believe that the more demonstrative or “sign gifts” such as healing, raising the dead, and speaking in tongues were essentially given for the authentication of the apostolic generation and are not normative for today. Romans 8:1-27; John 16:7-15;1 Corinthians 12; 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Humanity

We believe that God created men and women in His image and likeness for fellowship with Himself and to carry out the creation ordinances, that Adam
sinned and that through his disobedience the entire race was alienated from God and is born depraved and totally lost. We further affirm that all human life is sacred and to be protected since it is the image of God. Genesis 1-3; Romans 5:12-21; Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 139:13-16

Salvation

We believe that God freely justifies His people by granting them faith in the sinless life, shed blood, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. This faith receives and rests on Christ and His righteousness alone. Thus, believers are born again by grace through faith apart from works. Ephesians 2:8-10; John 3:16-18; Acts 4:8-12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:1-9

A Personal Devil

We believe that Satan is a person, that he is a fallen angel, that he is the deceiver of humanity, and that someday, God will cast him into the lake
of fire. Ezekiel 28:13-14; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-10; Revelation 20:10

Heaven and Hell

We believe that heaven is a place prepared for all born-again believers. We further believe that hell is a place prepared for the devil and his angels and those who die in unbelief. John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 2 0 : 1 4 – 1 5 ; Revelation 21:1-8

Baptism and Communion

We believe that Jesus gave two ordinances to the church, baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and is a testimony to the world of the believer’s faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 6:1-5
We believe that communion (the Lord’s Supper) is a symbolic ordinance, picturing Christ’s body given for our sins and His blood shed for our redemption. The Lord’s Supper is not a saving ordinance, but helps us to remember Jesus’ death as we look forward to His coming again. This ordinance is to be observed by regenerate, obedient believers. 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Corinthians 10:16; Luke 22:17-20

Eternal Security

We believe that once a person is born again, he cannot lose his salvation, that he is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ. John 10:27-29; Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Peter 1:3-5

The Church

We believe that God has established the universal church, the body of Christ, which is composed of all born-again believers of this age and that Christ is the only head of that church. 1 Peter 2:9-10; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
We believe that local churches are organized manifestations of the universal church and should be comprised of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. Galatians 1:2; 1Corinthians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1.

Second Coming of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ may return at any moment to deliver his people from the coming wrath, defeat the kingdom of Satan, and establish His millennial kingdom. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; John 14:3; Revelation 20

Resurrection

We believe that there will be a bodily resurrection and final judgment of the just and the unjust resulting in the everlasting blessedness of
believers and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost. John 5:24-29; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 20:11-15

Separation of Church and State

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment and that we are responsible to be good citizens. However, should
government command us to violate God’s Word, we must obey God rather than men. Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13; Acts 4:18-20

Marriage

We believe that Adam and Eve's union as man and woman models God's design for marriage and perpetually stands as God's loving and righteous will for human sexual intimacy.  Marriage is a lifelong, sacred covenant instituted by God and is intended to express the "one flesh" union of a man and a woman.  The marriage union reflects the unity of our triune God and uniquely models the relationship between Christ and the church.

For a more detailed statement of faith, we encourage you to consult the New Hampshire Confession of Faith, which our church affirms. Click on the image or Title to be taken to the NHCF PDF.

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