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We teach that there is also by the work of the Holy Spirit a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer

is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word

of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to

the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians

3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23).

In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict-the new creation in Christ doing battle

against the flesh-but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The

struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the

eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for

victory over sin (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-

9).

Security.

We teach that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever

(John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1

Peter 1:5; Jude 24).

We teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's

Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality (Romans

6:15-22; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13, 25-26; Titus 2:11-14).

Separation.

We teach that separation from sin is clearly called for throughout the Old and New Testaments, and that

the Scriptures clearly indicate that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall increase (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2

Timothy 3:1-5).

We teach that out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God granted to us and because our glorious God is so

worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to God

and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We also teach that separation from any association with

religious apostasy, and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by God (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13;

2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).

We teach that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; Hebrews 12:1-2) and

affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness demonstrated by a beatitude attitude (Matthew 5:2-12)

and a continual pursuit of holiness (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10).

THE CHURCH

We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual

body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-

8), of which Christ is the head (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; Col.1:18).

We teach that the formation of the church, the body of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21, 38-47) and

will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-

18).

We teach that the church is thus a unique spiritual organism designed by Christ, made up of all born-again believers in

this present age (Ephesians 2:11-3:6). The church is distinct from Israel (1 Corinthians 10:32), a mystery not revealed

until this age (Ephesians 3:1-6; 5:32).

We teach that the establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament

Scriptures (Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1) and that

the members of the one scriptural body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies (1 Corinthians

11:18-20; Hebrews 10:25).