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ABOUT TOWALIGA

WHAT WE BELIEVE

1. We believe that there is one God who eternally exists as three co-equal yet distinct Persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-4; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 1).

2. We believe that God created the universe out of nothing. We believe that man is created by God and in God's image. All humans are created equally yet with distinctions between male and female (Genesis 1:26-27). God has made Himself known to us in the following ways.

- Creation (Genesis 1-2; Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1-3)

- The Bible, which is authoritative, clear and without error (2 Timothy 3:16;

1 Corinthians 2:14-16)

3. We believe that Jesus is the eternal God-man. He is the only man to live a perfect, sinless life. He died on the cross in the place of His people. He defeated death by rising from the grave after three days in a tomb. He has promised to return soon to judge all people and eternally rule with His followers (Romans 8:33-34; Ephesians 1:7-10; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Mark 10:45; Romans 5:11; Revelation 22:12; 2 Timothy 4:1).

4. We believe that the Holy Spirit lives in all true believers beginning at their moment of conversion. He ministers to those believers by distributing spiritual gifts as He pleases and by keeping them from falling away until the return of Christ (John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 5:18).

5. We believe that all human beings are sinful. No human can save himself. Salvation is only available by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ for the forgivness of sins. Those who trust in Christ will spend eternity with Him in perfect fellowship. Those who do not trust in Christ will face God's just judgment of their sin and spend eternity seperated from Him in hell (Genesis 3; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12; Psalm 58:3; Romans 3:23; Matthew 25:30-46)

6. We believe that the church is not a building but a body. It is a living organism made up of all beleivers, from all places, over all time (Ephesians 5:25; Colossians 1:18). At conversion, one automatically becomes a member of the universal church - the body of Christ. However, membership in a biblical local church is an important part of the Christian life. A good portion of the New Tetament addresses local churches (Hebrews 10:23-27; Acts 14:27; Acts 18:22; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11).

7. We recognize believers' baptism and the Lord's supper as the two ordinances of the church (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Corinthians 11:17-32).

8. We are a cooperating member of the Southern Baptist Convention and we support the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.

To find out more, contact us for information on our next membership class.

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