THE SCRIPTURES

 

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” God, the Divine Author of Scripture, cannot lie, thus the Bible cannot lie or contain error. The Word of God is inerrant in the words of the original manuscripts, not just in “spiritual” matters, but on every issue it may touch. The human authors--holy men--wrote the very words of Scripture as “they were borne along by the Holy Spirit.”

 

THE GODHEAD

 

God, Who is one eternally, exists in a Trinity of persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. While voluntarily assuming different roles, they possess the same nature, attributes, and perfections.

 

GOD THE FATHER

 

God the Father is the first member of the Trinity and the source of all things. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Father of all those who trust Jesus Christ as their Savior.

 

GOD THE SON

 

Jesus Christ, the Son, is the second member of the Trinity, who shares all the attributes of the Father. He became man by being conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary’s womb, and was subsequently virgin born.  Jesus Christ is the only One who has two perfect and distinct natures joined in one Person forever. He is fully God and truly man, the only Mediator between God and man. He accomplished man’s redemption through His substitutionary death on the cross. He arose physically from the grave, guaranteeing the believer’s justification. He is now in heaven at the Father’s right hand interceding for the believer.

 

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity. He shares the same nature and attributes that the Father and the Son possess. He is the Divine Author of Scripture. He is the efficient Agent in man’s redemption. He indwells, baptizes, gifts, and empowers believers when they exercise faith in Christ. He is also the Divine and final Teacher, who guides believers into all truth. Believers have the privilege and responsibility to be controlled by the Holy Spirit, who desires to make believers like Christ in thought, words, and actions.

 

MANKIND

 

Mankind was created by God in the image of God on the sixth twenty-four-hour day of creation. Mankind fell when Adam, the representative head of mankind, sinned. As a result, mankind (except Jesus Christ) has a sin nature and is totally depraved, totally unable to change his sinful condition.

 

SALVATION

 

All of mankind are sinners, and declared dead in Adam. God’s justice was satisfied solely by the death and bodily resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ in our place. Jesus Christ was made to be sin and was made a curse for us, dying in our place. There is nothing a person can do or needs to do to add to or improve upon what Christ did on our behalf. The Grace of God in Justification is an unconditional free gift. God made the only way for all men to receive His free gift is through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Faith (believe) is a personal response, apart from works, whereby one is persuaded that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that He gives everlasting life (that cannot be lost) to all who believe in Him for that life because of His death and resurrection. A believer is justified (declared righteous), and immediately accepted before the Father just as Jesus Christ is accepted, and loved as Jesus Christ is loved.

 

SANCTIFICATION

 

Sanctification is a “setting apart” unto God. Believers are fully sanctified before God at the time of their justification. Believers are being sanctified presently by the work of the Holy Spirit in making them like Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit’s work in the believer’s life is to produce spiritual maturity reflected in consistent Christ-like behavior and attitudes. Therefore, obedience to the Word of God, while not necessary for obtaining eternal life, is the essential responsibility of each believer. Believers will be sanctified completely (glorified) when they see Jesus Christ and will be “like Him.” Believers are called with a holy calling to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh, and to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that they will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. The flesh with its fallen sinful nature, which in this life will never be erased, needs to be kept by the Spirit constantly in subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence in our lives to the dishonor of our Lord.

           

THE CHURCH

 

All who believe in Jesus Christ are united to Christ and are members of the church. The church is the spiritual body of Christ. As members of the body of Christ, believers are also members one of another. Believers are to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian differences, and loving one another with a pure heart. Spiritual gifts (supernatural abilities) are given by the Holy Spirit to all believers at salvation, as the Holy Spirit decides. All spiritual gifts are for the equipping of believers so that they can do the work of ministry. Believers in Jesus Christ are sent forth by Him into the world, even as He was sent forth by the Father into the world. One of their primary purposes in life should be to make Jesus Christ known to the whole world.

 

THE FUTURE

 

At death, the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation during the present church age pass immediately into His presence until the resurrection of their glorified bodies. At the resurrection, the believer’s soul and body reunited shall always be with Him forever. The spirits and souls of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium. Unbelievers, after the great white throne judgment as their names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, shall be cast into the lake of fire forever which is the second death.