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Baptists are a people who profess a living faith. This faith is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ who is "the same yesterday, and today, and forever." Therefore, the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptist is Jesus Christ whose will is revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

A Living faith must experience a growing understanding of truth and must be continually interpreted and related to the needs of each new generation. Throughout their history Baptist bodies, both large and small, have issued statements of faith, which comprise a consensus of their beliefs. Such statements have never been regarded as complete, infallible statements of faith, or as official creeds carrying mandatory authority. Thus this generation of American Baptist is in historic succession of intent and purpose as it endeavors to state for its time and theological climate those articles of the Christian faith, which are most surely held among us.

Baptists emphasize the soul's competency before God, freedom in religion, and the priesthood of the believer. However, this emphasis should not be interpreted to mean that there is an absence of certain definite doctrines that Baptist believe, cherish, and with which they have been and are now closely identified.


The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.

Exodus 24:4 Deuteronomy 4:1-2 Deuteronomy 17:19 Joshua 8:34 Psalm 19:7-10 Psalm 119:11 Psalm 89 Psalm 105 Psalm 140 Isaiah 34:16 Isaiah 40:8 Jeremiah 15:16 Jeremiah 36 Matthew 5:17-18 Matthew 22:29 Luke 21:33 Luke 24:44-46 John 5:39 John 16:13-15 John 17:17 Acts 2:16ff Acts 17:11 Romans 15:4 Romans 16:25-26 2 Timothy 3:15-17 Hebrews 1:1-2 Hebrews 4:121 Peter 1:25 2 Peter 1:19-21


There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the human history according to the purpose of his grace. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Genesis 1:1 Genesis 2:7 Exodus 3:14 Exodus 6:2-3 Exodus 15:11ff Exodus 20:1ff Leviticus 22:2 Deuteronomy 6:4 Deuteronomy 32:6 1 Chronicles 29:10 Psalm 19:1-3 Isaiah 43:3 Isaiah 15 Isaiah 64:8 Jeremiah 10:10 Jeremiah 17:13 Matthew 6:9ff Matthew 7:11 Matthew 23:9 Matthew 28:19 Mark 1:9-11 John 4:24 John 5:26 John 14:6-13 John 17:1-8 Acts 1:7 Romans 8:14-15 1 Corinthians 8:6 Galatians 4:6 Ephesians 4:6 Colossians 1:15 1 Timothy 1:17 Hebrews 11:6 Hebrews 12:9 1 Peter 1:17 1 John 5:7

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ he was conceive of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself the demands and necessities of human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, partaking of the nature of God and of men, and in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.

Genesis 18:1ff Psalm 2:7ff Psalm 110:1ff Isaiah 7:14 Isaiah 53 Matthew 1:18-23 Matthew 3:17 Matthew 8:29 Matthew 11:27 Matthew 14:33 Matthew 16:16 Matthew 27 Matthew 17:5 Matthew 28:1-6 Matthew 19 Mark 1:1 Mark 3:11 Luke 1:35 Luke 4:41 Luke 22:70 Luke 24:46 John 1:1-18 John 29 John 10:30 John 38 John 11:25-27 John 20:1-20 John 28 Acts 1:9 Acts 2:22-24 Acts 7:55-56 Acts 9:4-5 Acts 20 Romans 1:3-4 Romans 3:23-26 Romans 5:6-21 Romans 8:1-3 Romans 34 Romans 10:4 1 Corinthians 1:30 1 Corinthians 2:2 1 Corinthians 8:6 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 2 Corinthians 5:19-21 Galatians 4:4-5 Ephesians 1:20 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 1 Timothy 2:5-6 1 Timothy 3:16 Titus 2:13-14 Hebrews 1:1-3 Hebrews 4:14-15 Hebrews 7:14-28 Hebrews 9:12-15 Hebrews 9:24-28 Hebrews 12:2 Hebrews 13:8 1 Peter 2:21-25 1 Peter 3:22 1 John 1:7-9 1 John 3:2 1 John 4:14-15 1 John 5:9 2 John 7 2 John 8 2 John 9 Revelation 1:13-16 Revelation 5:9-14 Revelation 12:10-11 Revelation 13:8 Revelation 19:16

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgement. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the assurance of God to bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.

Genesis 1:2 Judges 14:6 Job 26:13 Psalm 51:11 Psalm 139:7ff Isaiah 61:1-3 Joel 2:28-32 Matthew 1:18 Matthew 3:16 Matthew 4:1 Matthew 12:28-32 Matthew 28:19 Mark 1:10 Mark 12 Luke 1:35 Luke 4:1 Luke 4:18-19 Luke 11:13 Luke 12:12 Luke 24:49 John 4:24 John 14:16-17 John 14:26 John 15:26 John 16:7-14 Acts 1:8 Acts 2:1-4 Acts 2:38 Acts 4:31 Acts 5:3 Acts 6:3 Acts 7:55 Acts 8:17 Acts 8:39 Acts 10:44 Acts 13::2 Acts 15:28 Acts 16:6 Acts 19:1-6 Romans 8:9-11 Romans 8:14-16 Romans 8:26-27 1 Corinthians 2:10-14 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 12:3-11 Galatians 4:6 Ephesians 1:13-14 Ephesians 4:30 Ephesians 3:16 Hebrews 9:8 Hebrews 9:14 2 Peter 1-21 1 John 4:13 1 John 5:6-7 Revelation 1:10 Revelation 22:17


Man was created by a special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence; whereby his posterity inherits a nature and an environment inclined toward sin, and as soon as they are capable of moral action become transgressors and are under ondemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-30 Genesis 2:5 Genesis 2:7 Genesis 2:18-22 Genesis 3 Genesis 9:6 Psalm 1 Psalm 8:3-6 Psalm 32:1-5 Psalm 51:5 Isaiah 6:5 Jeremiah 17:5 Matthew 16:26 Acts 17:26-31 Romans 1:19-32 Romans 3:10-18 Romans 3:23 Romans 5:6 Romans 5:12 Romans 5:19 Romans 6:6 Romans 7:14-25 Romans 8:14-18 Romans 8:29 1 Corinthians 1:21-31


Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God.. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship of peace and favor with God.

B. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purpose, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life.

C. Glorification is the caution of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Genesis 3:15 Exodus 3:14-17 Exodus 6:2-8 Matthew 1:21 Matthew 4:17 Matthew 16:21-26 Matthew 27:22 to 28:6 Luke 1:68-69 Luke 2:28-32 John 1:11-14 John 1:29 John 3:3-21 John 3:36 John 5:24 John 10:9 John 10:28-29 John 15:1-16 John 17:17 Acts 2:21 Acts 4:12 Acts 15:11 Acts 16:30-31 Acts 17:30-31 Acts 20:32 Romans 1:16-18 Romans 2:4 Romans 3:23-25 Romans 4:3ff Romans 5:8-10 Romans 6:1-23 Romans 8:1-18 Romans 8:29-39 Romans 10:9-10 Romans 10:13 Romans 13:11-14 1 Corinthians 1:18 1 Corinthians 1:30 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 1 Corinthians 15:10 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Galatians 2:20 Galatians 3:13 Galatians 5;22-25 Galatians 6:15 Ephesians 1:7 Ephesians 2:8-22 Ephesians 4:11-16 Philippians 2:12-13 Colossians 1:9-22 Colossians 3:1ff 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 2 Timothy 1:12 Titus 2:11-14 Hebrews 2:1-3 Hebrews 5:8-9 Hebrews 9:24-28 Hebrews 11:1-12 Hebrews 11:8 Hebrews 11:14 James 2:14-26 1 Peter 1:2-23 1 John 1:6 to 2:11


Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in connection with the end. It is a glorious display of God's sovereign goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy, and unchangeable. It excludes boasting and promotes humility.

All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctifies by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall preserve to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgements on themselves, yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

Genesis 12:1-3 Exodus 19:5-8 1 Samuel 8:4-7 1 Samuel 8:19-22 Isaiah 5:1-7 Jeremiah 31:31ff Matthew 16:18-19 Matthew 21:28-45 Matthew 24:22 Matthew 24:31 Matthew 25:34 Luke 1:68-79 Luke 2:29-32 Luke 19:41-44 Luke 24:44-48 John 1:12-14 John 3:16 John 5:24 John 6:44-45 John 6:65 John 10:27-29 John 15:16 John 17:6 John 17:12 John 17:17-18 Acts 20:32 Romans 5:9-10 Romans 8:28-39 Romans 10:12-15 Romans 11:5-7 Romans 11:26-36 1 Corinthians 1:1-2 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 Ephesians 1:4-23 Ephesians 2:1-10 Ephesians 3:1-11 Colossians 1:12-14 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 2 Timothy 1:12 2 Timothy 2:10 2 Timothy 2:19 Hebrews 11:39-12:2 1 Peter 1:2-5 1 Peter 1:13 1 Peter 2:4-10 1 John 1:7-9 1 John 2:19 1 John 3:2

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth.

This church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In such a congregation members are equally responsible. Its Scriptural officers are pastors and deacons.

The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.

Matthew 16:15-19 Matthew 18:15-20 Acts 2:41-42 Acts 2:47 Acts 5:11-14 Acts 6:3-6 Acts 13:1-3 Acts 14:23 Acts 14:27 Acts 15:1-30 Acts 16:5 Acts 20:28 Romans 1:7 1 Corinthians 1:2 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 5:4-5 1 Corinthians 7:17 1 Corinthians 9:13-14 1 Corinthians 12 Ephesians 1:22-23 Ephesians 2:19-22 Ephesians 3:8-11 Ephesians 3:21 Ephesians 5:22-32 Philippians 1:1 Colossians 1:18 1 Timothy 3:1-15 1 Timothy 4:14 1 Peter 5:1-4 Revelation 2-3 Revelation 21:2-3


Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matthew 3:13-17 Matthew 26:26-30 Matthew 28:19-20 Mark 1:9-11 Mark 14:22-26 Luke 3:21-22 Luke 22:19-20 John 3:23 Acts 2:41-42 Acts 8:35-39 Acts 16:30-33 Acts 20:7 Romans 6:3-5 1 Corinthians 10:16 1 Corinthians 10:21 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 Colossians 2:12 Colossians 2:12


The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. It is a Christian institution for regular observance. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercise of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and by refraining from worldly amusements, and resting from secular employment's, work of necessity and mercy only being excepted.

Exodus 20:8-11 Matthew 12:1-12 Matthew 28:1ff Mark 2:27-28 Mark 16:1-7 Luke 24:1-3 Luke 24:33-36 John 4:21-24 John 20:1 John 20:19-28 Acts 20:7 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Colossians 2:16 Colossians 3:16 Revelation 1:10

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King.

Particularity the Kingdom in the realm of salvation into which men enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Jesus Christ. Christians ought to pray and to labor that theKingdom may come and God's will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.

Genesis 1:1 Isaiah 9:6-7 Jeremiah 23:5-6 Matthew 3:2 Matthew 4:8-10 Matthew 4:23 Matthew 12:25-28 Matthew 13:1-52 Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew 26:29 Mark 1:14-15 Mark 9:1 Luke 4:43 Luke 8:1 Luke 9:2 Luke 12:31-32 Luke 17:20-21 Luke 23:42 John 3:3 John 18:36 Acts 1:6-7 Acts 17:22-31 Romans 5:17 Romans 8:19 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 Colossians 1:13 Hebrews 11:10 Hebrews 11:16 Hebrews 12:28 1 Peter 2:4-10 1 Peter 4:13 Revelation 1:6 Revelation 1:9 Revelation 5:10 Revelation 11:15 Revelation 11:21-22


God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:4 Isaiah 11:9 Matthew 16:27 Matthew 18:8-9 Matthew 19:28 Matthew 24:27 Matthew 24:30 Matthew 24:36 Matthew 24:44 Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew 26:64 Mark 8:38 Mark 9:43-48 Luke 12:40 Luke 12:48 Luke 16:19-26 Luke 17:22-37 Luke 21:27-28 John 14:1-3 Acts 1:11 Acts 17:31 Romans 14:10 1 Corinthians 4:5 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 2 Corinthians 5:10 Philippians 3:20-21 Colossians 1:5 Colossians 3:4 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 1 Thessalonians 5:1ff 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff 2 Thessalonians 2 1 Timothy 6:14 2 Timothy 4:1 2 Timothy 4:8 Titus 2:13 Hebrews 9:27-28 James 5:8 2 Peter 3:7ff 1 John 2:28 1 John 3:2 Jude 14 Revelation 1:18 Revelation 3:11 Revelation 20:1 to 22:13


It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.

Genesis 12:1-3 Exodus 19:5-6 Isaiah 6:1-8 Matthew 9:37-38 Matthew 10:5-15 Matthew 13:18-30 Matthew 13:37-43 Matthew 16:19 Matthew 22:9-10 Matthew 24:14 Matthew 28:18-20 Luke 10:1-18 Luke 24:46-53 John 14:11-12 John 15:7-8 John 15:16 John 17:15 John 20:21 Acts 1:8 Acts 2 Acts 8:26-40 Acts 10:42-48 Acts 13:2-3 Romans 10:13-15 Ephesians 3:1-11 1 Thessalonians 1:8 2 Timothy 4:5 Hebrews 2:1-3 Hebrews 11:39 to 12:2 1 Peter 2:4-10 Revelation 22:17


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; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth.

Genesis 14:20 Leviticus 27:30-32 Deuteronomy 8:18 Malachi 3:8-12 Matthew 6:1-4 Matthew 6:19-21 Matthew 19:21 Matthew 23:23 Matthew 25:14-29 Luke 12:16-21 Luke 12:42 Luke 16:1-13 Acts 2:44-47 Acts 5:1-11 Acts 17:24-25 Acts 20:35 Romans 6:6-22 Romans 12:1-2 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 1 Corinthians 6:12 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 2 Corinthians 8-9 2 Corinthians 12:15 Philippians 4:10-19 1 Peter 1:18-19


Christ's people should, as occasion requires, 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 the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Members of New Testament churches should cooperate with one another in carrying forward the missionary, educational, benevolent ministries for the extension of Christ's Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by various groups of Christ's people. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.

Exodus 17:12 Exodus 18:17ff Judges 7:21 Ezra 1:3-4 Ezra 2:68-69 Ezra 5:14-15 Nehemiah 4 Nehemiah 8:1-5 Matthew 10:5-15 Matthew 20:1-16 Matthew 22:1-10 Matthew 28:19-20 Mark 2:3 Luke 10:1ff Acts 1:13-14 Acts 2:1ff Acts 4:31-37 Acts 13:2-3 Acts 15:1-35 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 1 Corinthians 12 2 Corinthians 8-9 Galatians 1:6-10 Ephesians 4:1-16 Philippians 1:15-18


Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration on the individual by the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus. The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness, and vice. He should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.

Exodus 20:3-17 Leviticus 6:2-5 Deuteronomy 10:12 Deuteronomy 27:17 Psalm 101:5 Micah 6:8 Zechariah 8:16 Matthew 5:13-16 Matthew 5:43-48 Matthew 22:36-40 Matthew 25:35 Mark 1:29-34 Mark 2:3ff Mark 10:21 Luke 4:18-21 Luke 10:27-37 Luke 20:25 John 15:12 John 17:15 Romans 12-14 1 Corinthians 5:9-10 1 Corinthians 6:1-7 1 Corinthians 7:20-24 1 Corinthians 10:23 to 11:1 Galatians 3:26-28 Ephesians 6:5-9 Colossians 3:12-17 1 Thessalonians 3:12 Philemon 1-25 James 1:27 James 2:8


We are a Baptist Family who profess a living faith. This faith is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ who is "the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

Therefore, the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptist is Jesus Christ whose will is revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

A living faith must experience a growing understanding of truth and must be continually interpreted and related to the needs of each new generation. Throughout their history, Baptist bodies, both large and small, have issued statements of faith which comprise a consensus of their beliefs

Baptist emphasize the soul's competency before God, freedom in religion, and the priesthood of the believer. However, this emphasis should not be interpreted to mean that there is an absence of certain definite doctrines that Baptist believe, cherish, and with which they have been and are now closely identified.

It is the purpose of this statement of faith and message to set forth certain teachings which we believe.

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