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What SWB Believes                                                                   page 2 of 2

The Lord's Day - The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. ...It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.

Last Things - God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. ...Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly...the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. ...The righteous...will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Evangelism & Missions - It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations ... to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort.

Education - The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence...there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. ...The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.

Stewardship - God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.

Cooperation - Christ's people should...organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over he churches. ...Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations.

The Christian & the Social Order - Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. ... The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness, and vice.

Religious Liberty - Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. ...A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.

Family - God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. ...Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. ...The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. the marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. ...Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.

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