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Our Beliefs

One of our core values at SUPC is biblical faithfulness.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-25 "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock."

About the Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Bible is the only God-given authority which man possesses; therefore, all doctrine, faith, hope, and instruction for the church must be based upon it, and harmonize with it. The Bible should be read and studied. "No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:20-21)

One True God

We believe in the one ever-living and eternal God.
"He is Holy, all powerful, all knowing and without beginning or end. (Acts 17:24-26)" "The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord." (Mark 12:29, Deuteronomy 6:4) "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." (Ephesians 4:6)

Before the incarnation, this one true God manifested Himself in various ways. In the incarnation, He manifested Himself in the Son, who walked among men. As He works in the lives of believers, He manifests Himself as the Holy Spirit.

The Son of God

We believe the one true God, Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon Himself the form of man, and as the Son of man was born of the virgin Mary.
"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." (2 Timothy 3:16)
"He came unto his own, and his own received him not." (John 1:11)

This one true God was manifest in the flesh, that is, in His Son Jesus Christ.
"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them." (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Mankind

In the beginning God created man innocent, pure and holy; but through the sin of disobedience Adam and Eve, the first of the human race, fell from that holy state, and were removed from their paradise in the Garden of Eden. Thus, by mankind's disobedience, sin entered into the world and the human family. (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, 5:12)

Although every human being has tremendous potential for good, each of us is marred by our sinful nature and its actions, separating us from God and causing many problems in our lives. All men are eternally lost outside of the redemptive work of Christ. (Ephesians 2:12, Galatians 2:15-16, 5:6, Romans 3:23-26, 6:23, Mark 16:16)

Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God and cannot be gained by our own goodness, but by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We can receive salvation through obeying the Gospel by repenting of sins, baptism in water in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and by receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. (Romans 5:1, 6:1-6, 6:17, Ephesians 2:8, Acts 2:38, 1 Corinthians 12:13)There is no salvation outside of obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)

Living

Godly living must characterize the life of every child of God, and we must live according to the pattern and example given in the Word of God.
"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." (Titus 2:11-12)

Issues of holiness are not salvation issues in and of themselves; rather, they are Christian maturity issues."Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14) However, if we choose not to obey God in these areas, our willful disobedience will eventually become a salvation issue. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 6:17 - 7:1)

Eternity

We believe in the personal and soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ to "catch away" His church (the Rapture), and in a subsequent period of intense distress for those who remain on the earth (the Tribulation), which will be followed by the Lord's personal return to earth with His saints to rule for one thousand years (the Millennial Reign).
Thus, the people of God should earnestly and hopefully look forward to the Second Coming of Christ.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, Acts 1:11, 3:19-21, 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 1 Corinthians 11:26, 15:51-54, Philippians 3:20-21, Revelation 22:20, Titus 2:13-14, Matthew 24)

In the end, all the dead will be summoned before the Great White Throne for their final judgment, and all whose names are not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:15, 21:8)

The redeemed will live for all eternity in the presence of God. (Revelation 21:2-4, 21:23-27, 22:3-5, 22:14)

Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.