Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
Luke 1:26-42 is a very interesting account of a women who willingly rendered herself to God’s service, to God’s plan, to God’s program, and to God’s proposal. It challenges me when I read Mary’s humble response to
THE SCRIPTURES – The holy Scriptures, consisting of 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation of God to mankind, is verbally and fully inspired by Him, is sufficient for the knowledge of all mighty God and His will that is necessary for the eternal welfare of mankind, is infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts, and is the supreme and final authority for all Christian faith and conduct. The Bible is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. All the words of Scripture are God’s words. To disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God. (II Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Cor. 2:13; Deut. 29:29; 2 Tim. 3:15; John 10:35)
GOD – There is but one true, living sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God; Creator and sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and coeternally and coexisting in three distinct persons, each person being equally and fully God in essence, each with distinct personal attributes: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 45:22, Rom. 11:36; 1 Cor. 8:4; 1 Cor. 15:28; John 4:24; 5:26; Genesis 1:1; Col. 1:16, 17: Matt. 28:19).
THE FALL OF MAN – God originally created man in His own image and free from sin; but the first man, Adam sinned by disobedience and fell from his original holiness and righteousness. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind. All men have sinned and come short of the glory of God; and that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is absolutely essential. (Gen 3:1-24, Rom. 2:23, John 1:12, Titus 3:5)
THE MEDIATOR – Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is true God and true man; that is, He is fully divine and also fully human. He preexisted eternally with the Father, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death for the sins of mankind.
We believe that He arose from the dead and ascended to His Father in heaven, at whose right hand He lives forever to make intercession for His people. (Philippians 2:5-11; John 1:1; Matt. 1:23-25; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Timothy 2:6; 1 Cor. 15:20; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 14:3; Acts 4:12)
THE HOLY SPIRIT – The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that He convicts the world of sin and regenerates the believing sinner, baptizing him into the church (which is the Body of Christ). We believe that He indwells, guides, instructs, and empowers believers for godly living and service. We believe that God gives all believers at least one spiritual gift so we can use this gift for the growth, maturity and witness of the Church. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; I Cor. 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5).
SALVATION – Salvation is God’s free gift. It is neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any human virtue, work, ceremony, or effort. We believe in the doctrine of justification by faith, realizing that it is impossible for man through works to save himself. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners who believe in Christ from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made. It is given not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but, on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receive and rest on Him and his righteousness by faith. (Rom. 5:1, Eph. 2:8-9)
THE CHURCH – The true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
THE RESURRECTION – The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God – the righteous to rest in him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to judgement. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised. (Acts 24:15)
THE JUDGEMENT – God has appointed a day wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds: the wicked into eternal punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life. (I Thes. 4:16,17, II Thes. 1:7-9)
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