The Holy Scripture

 

Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, entirely true, and God breathed. 

(Ps. 119:1602 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12, 13)

 

The Godhead

 

The triune God revealed in Scripture eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.

(Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Matt. 28:19)

 

     1. The Person and Work of the Father


          A. God the Father is holy, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to become our only means of salvation.

 

(Is. 6:3; Ps. 139:1-4, 7-16, Jn. 3:16)


          B.  God the Father, along with the Son and Holy Spirit, created the heavens and the earth in six literal twenty-four hour days.

 

(Gen. 1:1-2; Ex.20:11; Col. 1:16) 


          C.  God the Father is Sovereign and calls the sinner. He becomes the believer's Father at    the new birth.

 

(Jn. 3:16, 6:44, 8:42, Gal. 4:6-7)     

 

          D.  God the Father sends the Holy Spirit to abide in the believer forever in response to the Son's request. This takes place at conversion.

 

(Gal. 4:4-7; Jn. 14:16-17; Acts 10:44-45)

 

          E.  God the Father answers believing prayer when asked in accord with His will in Jesus name.

 

(Jn. 16:23-24)

 

     2. The Person and Work of the Son     

 

          A.  The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God,  having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man.

 

(Jn.1:1-2, 14; Lk. 1:35)

    

          B.  The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a  representative, vicarious sacrifice and the sufficiency of this atoning sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.

 

(Rom. 3:24-25;  Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5, 2:24)     

 

          C.  The Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.

 

(Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 7:25,  9:24; Rom. 8:34; 1 Jn. 2:1)

 

     3. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit   

 

           A.  The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity who convicts the world of sin,  righteousness, and impending judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration,   baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of            redemption.  

 

(Jn. 16:8-11; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14)

 

           B.  He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and it is the privilege and duty of all the redeemed to be filled with the Spirit.

 

(Jn. 16:13; 1 Jn. 2:20,27; Eph. 5:18)

 

The Total Depravity of Man

 

Man was created in the image and likeness of God but in Adam's sin, the race fell, became sinful children of wrath, alienated from God. Mankind is now totally depraved and, in and of himself, is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.

 

(Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23, 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3,12)

 

Salvation

 

Salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. 

 

(Eph. 1:7, 2:5-10; Jn. 1:12; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)

 

The Eternal Security and Assurance of  Believers

 

      1.  All the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and, being impossible to lose that salvation, are safe and secure in Christ forever.

 

(Jn. 6:37-40; 10:27-30;  Rom. 8:1, 38-39; Cor:1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:5)

 

      2.  All true born again believers in Christ will persevere in faith and bear spiritual fruit. Those  whose life is devoid of faith or Christian character ought to make certain of his calling and election.

 

(Rom. 8:1-4; Gal. 5:13, 19-25; 1 Pet. 1:5)

 

The Conflict of the Believer's Spirit and Flesh

 

      1.  All true believers posses a regenerated spirit which desires to honor God and a fleshly  body which desires to sin.

 

(Rom. 7:25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10)

 

      2.  God has made provision for His children to have victory over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, but all claims to the eradication of the sinful desires of the              flesh in this life are unscriptural.

 

(Rom. 6:13, 18, 22, 8:1-4; Gal. 5:16-25; 1 Jn. 1:8)

 

      3.  God has made provision for His children to have victory over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, but all claims to the eradication of the sinful desires of the  flesh in this life are unscriptural.

 

(Rom. 6:13, 18, 22, 8:1-4; Gal. 5:16-25; 1 Jn. 1:8)

 

Christian Living

 

It is the privilege and duty of all the saved to live in joy, peace, and continued fellowship with believers in Christ and our great God and Savior who, although setting us free from the law, has commanded us to live separate from sinful pleasures, practices, and associations and to keep our mind set on things above, not on things of the earth.

 

(Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; Gal. 5:1; Titus 2:12; 1 Jn. 1:4-7, 2:15-17: Col. 3:1-3)