Confession – Biblical Doctrines

Confession – Biblical Doctrines


Justification

·         I believe that justification is a work of God that brings a person into a right-standing relationship with Himself. (Rom 3:23-24, 4:25, 5:1-2, 9; Gal 3:8)

Repentance

·         I believe that repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change in attitude that leads to a turning away from sin toward God by faith, which is all initiated by God; that it is necessary for salvation. (Matt 4:17; Mark 1:4; Luke 13:3, 5, 24:46-47; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30; 2 Pet 3:9)

Salvation

·         I believe that salvation is a work of God’s saving grace that is extended to all who receive by faith the biblical message of Christ’s life, death, resurrection and ascension; that this is accomplished by faith in Christ alone and not from any of our own good works. (John 3:36, 5:24, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom 1:16; 2 Cor 7:10; 1 Thes 5:9; 1 Pet 3:18)

The Church

·         I believe that the Church is the assembly of God’s people living in community and learning to live obediently according to Scripture, with one another who have received His gift of salvation and now proclaim that message to the world. (Acts 9:31, 12:5, 14:27, 20:28; 1 Cor 1:2; 1 Tim 3:15)

Sanctification

·         I believe that sanctification is both a position before God as His people, set apart for Him, and a lifelong process of being spiritually transformed by God into the likeness of Christ. (Jn 17:18-19; Acts 20:32, 26:18; 1 Cor 1:2, 6:11)

Spiritual Gifts and Church Leadership

·         I believe that God has gifted all believers for service to the body of Christ; that certain gifts, such as teaching and nurturing, are for the training, care and oversight of the Church in order to train the believers in scriptural obedience and for them to go and do likewise. (Acts 20:28; Rom 12:6-8; 1 Pet 2:5, 9, 5:2; Eph 4:11-12; Tit 1:7; Heb 13:17)

Pastoral Ministry

·         I believe that pastoral ministry is the service of gifted believers who are able to teach, protect, oversee, and care for the spiritual well-being of the Church. (Acts 20:28; 1 Tim 3:1, 5:17; 1 Pet 5:2; Tit 1:7)

 Baptism

·         I believe that baptism is an ordinance instituted by Christ for all who profess belief in Him and who are saved by His grace; that it is the public profession of faith for the individual and the entry into the community of believers; that it is a symbolic identification with Christ’s death, burial and resurrection by the power of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that the normative means is to dip, dunk or immerse the believer completely in the water. (Ac 2:38-41, 8:12-13, 36-38, 18:8; 1 Cor 12:13)

The Lord’s Supper

·         I believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance instituted by Christ for all believers as a remembrance and memorial of Christ’s giving of Himself as a sacrifice for our sins; that the elements of bread and wine are symbolic of Christ’s body and blood and they hold no supernatural effect of their own. (Luke 22:19; 1 Cor 11:24-25)

Suffering and Affliction

·         I believe that suffering and affliction are a part of daily life that both believers and unbelievers experience as a result of the Fall of humanity, in which sin, evil and death entered into God’s Creation by way of man’s disobedience; that both the disordered universe and our sinful nature contributes; that God is not the author of sin or evil, but rather allows, and oftentimes inflicts, suffering in order to bring both glory to Himself and holiness in us. (Job 36:15; Ps 22:24; Rom 5:3, 8:17-18, 12; 2 Cor 1:5; Phil 3:10-11; Rev 2:10)

Death

·         I believe that death is a consequence of sin and an unnatural invasion into God’s Creation; that it is separation from life and those whom we love.
(Jn 11:33-36; Rom 5:21, 6:23, 7:5, 8:6, 13)

Judgment

·         I believe that judgment is from God to either reward those whom He has saved or to punish those whom have rejected Him and broken His laws. (Mat 12:36; Rom 2:1-3, 5, 14:10; 2 Cor 5:10; Rom 1:18, 2:5, 5:9; Eph 5:6; Heb 9:27, 10:26-28; 2 Pet 2:4-9)

Heaven and Hell

·         I believe that Heaven is an intermediate place of dwelling for our souls with God after we die until the final resurrection when at that point our souls will be given new bodies; that Hell is a place of separation from God and everlasting torment for the souls of those who have rejected Christ as their Savior. (Mat 5:10, 12, 6:1, 19-20, 7:21, 10:32; Lk 10:20; 2 Cor 5:2, 4; Phil 3:14; 1 Col 1:5-6; 1 Pet 1:3-5…Mat 10:28, 23:33; Lk 12:5; 2 Pet 2:4-9)

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