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faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life

(Romans 6: 1-11). It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible body of Christ (Acts 2:41-42).

We teach that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be

always preceded by solemn self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:28-32). We also teach that whereas the elements of

communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, the Lord's Supper is nevertheless an actual

communion with the risen Christ who is present in a unique way, fellowshipping with His people (1 Corinthians 10:16).

ANGELS

Holy Angels.

We teach that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshiped. Although they are a higher

order of creation than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him (Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7;

Revelation 5:11-14; 19:10; 22:9).

Fallen Angels.

We teach that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by

rebelling against his Creator (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19), by taking numerous angels with him in his fall (Matthew

25:41; Revelation 12:1-14), and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve (Genesis 3:1-15).

We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Isaiah 14:13-14; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:9-

10), the prince of this world who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20),

and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; Revelation

20:10).

LAST THINGS (ESCHATOLOGY)

Death.

We teach that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Revelation 6:9-11), that the soul

of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8), that

there is a separation of soul and body (Philippians 1:21-24), and that, for the redeemed, such separation will continue

until the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17), which initiates the first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6) when our soul and

body will be reunited to be glorified forever with our Lord (Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:35-44, 50-54). Until that

time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:8).

We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians

4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Revelation 20:13-15).

We teach that the souls of the unsaved at death are kept under punishment until the second resurrection (Luke 16:19-

26; Revelation 20:13-15), when the soul and the resurrection body will be united (John 5:28-29). They shall then appear

at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15) and shall be cast into hell, the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41-

46), cut off from the life of God forever (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

The Rapture of the Church.

We teach the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year

tribulation (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Titus 2:13) to translate His church from this earth (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-

53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11) and, between this event and His glorious return with His saints, to reward believers

according to their works (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Tribulation Period.

We teach that immediately following the removal of the church from the earth (John 14:1-3;

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world (Jeremiah 30:7;

Daniel 9:27; 12:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 16), and that these judgments will be climaxed by the return of

Christ in glory to the earth (Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31-46; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). At that time the Old Testament and

tribulation saints will be raised and the living will be judged (Daniel 12:2-3; Revelation 20:4-6). This period includes the

seventieth week of Daniel's prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-31; 25:31-46).

The Second Coming and the Millennial Reign.

We teach that after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth

to occupy the throne of David (Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:31-33; Acts 1:10-11; 2:29-30) and establish His Messianic