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A Brief Statement of Faith For The Harris Family We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and new Testaments are divinely inspired, verbally and completely inerrant in the original writings and of supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and life. We believe in one sovereign God, eternally existing in three Persons: that of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, knowledge and understanding, unbounded in power, and measureless in love. God is the source of all creation and through the immediate exercise of His will, all things came into being. We believe that God the Father is the author of eternal salvation, having loved the world and given His Son for its redemption. We believe that Jesus the Messiah was eternally pre-existent and is co-equal with the Father; that He took on Himself human nature by being born of the Virgin Mary. Thus Jesus is both 100% God and 100% Man. We believe in Jesus sinless life and perfect obedience to the Law: in His atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven at the right hand of the Father, His high-priestly intercession on our behalf, and His personal return in power and glory. We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son; that He was active in the creation of all things, and that He continues to be active in providence; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement; and that He regenerates, sanctifies, baptizes, indwells, seals, illumines, guides, and bestows His gifts upon all believers. We believe that God created man in His image; male and female He created them. Because of the lack of faith and disobedience of Adam and Eve, they lost their purity for both them and their descendents were separated from God, suffered spiritual and physical death and slavery to Satan and sin and incurred Gods wrath. With the exception of Jesus Christ, all human beings are sinners by nature and practice. We believe that God instituted marriage between a man and woman for physical and spiritual union and for reproduction and pleasure and the nurturing of the young in a godly manner and that this union is sacred and indissoluble and shall be enjoyed exclusively by a male husband and a female wife. We believe that Jesus the Messiah (or Christ) died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; that all who repent of their sin and believe in Him in their heart, confessing him as Lord with mouth, are justified before God, not by any works of righteousness they have done, but by His perfect righteousness and atoning blood, and that there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. We believe that Jesus Christ will return in order to complete God's prophesied purposes concerning His Kingdom. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost, in the lake of fire. We believe that God set up an assembly of, called out of the world, believers in Jesus, called the church for His glory and the benefit of its members and indeed the world. In this community, the church worships, prays, instructs, and celebrates the wonders of all that God has done through His Son. We also believe that by the preaching of the gospel the church introduces people to Jesus and if they are convicted by the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus as Lord, then they are to be baptized in obedience to Christs command to signify that they are dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. The church observes an everlasting memorial of Christ's death in Communion or the Lord's Supper. The church also serves people in Jesus' name with ministries of mercy and mutual care. This church on earth is joined with the church in heaven in one, holy, catholic (or universal, not Roman catholic), and apostolic communion of saints spanning time and space.