Statement of Faith
1. The Bible is the inspired, eternal, inerrant written revelation of God to man. As such, it is authoritative in all matters temporal and eternal. (II Timothy 3:16,17 Isaiah 40:8 Matthew 5:18)
2. The Scriptures declare that God exists; a personal being transcendent and immanent, infinite, immutable, omniscient, sovereign, just, loving, holy and good. (Deuteronomy 6:4 Exodus 3:14 Isaiah 43:10,11 Hosea 11:9 Jeremiah 23:23,24 Psalm 90:2 Malachi 3:6 James 1:17 Psalm 139 Proverbs 15:3 Revelation 19:6 Jeremiah 32:27 Psalm 93:1,2 Deuteronomy 32:4 Acts 17:31 I John 4:8 Romans 5:8 John 3:16 I Peter 1:14-16 Leviticus 19:2 Isaiah 6:3 Matthew 19:17 Psalm 34:8 Psalm 25:8)
3. The Scriptures declare that within the unity of the One Deity, there are three distinct persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are co-equal in power, nature and eternity.
One God (Isaiah 44:6,8 Isaiah 45:5,6,18,21,22 Isaiah 43:10 Isaiah 46:9 I Corinthians 8:4-6 James 2:19 I Timothy 2:5 Deuteronomy 4:35,39 Deuteronomy 32:39)
Plurality within the Godhead (Genesis 1:26 Genesis 11:5-7 Isaiah 6:8 Deuteronomy 6:4)
The Father called God (I Corinthians 8:6 Ephesians 5:20 I Thessalonians 1:1 II John 3) The Son called God (John 1:1,14 John 20:28 Titus 2:13 John 10:27-33 John 8:54-59 with Exodus 3:14 Hebrew 1:5,8 Colossians 2:9)
The Holy Spirit called God (Acts 5:1-4 Acts 28:25-27 with Isaiah 6:8-10 Hebrews 10:15-17 with Jeremiah 31:33 Luke 1:35)
4. The Scriptures declare that man, alone of all God’s creation, was made in the image of God. Although created in right relationship with God, man expressly and willfully disobeyed his Creator. The consequence of this sin was a breach in relationship between man and God, and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). From the beginning to the present, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and thus are naturally separated from God. (Romans 3:23 Genesis 3 Romans 5:12 Isaiah 53:6 Isaiah 59:2)
5. The Scriptures declare that God, in a sovereign exercise of grace and love, determined to provide the means of reconciliation with man. This reconciliation is found only in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s mediator, who by His sacrificial death became the propitiation for man’s sin once and for all (I John 4:10). Only in the blood of Christ is there forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with a just and loving God.
6. Reconciliation with God is personally applied only through individual recognition of and repentence from sin, and placing trust in Christ alone. God’s provision for forgiveness and new life. This reconciliation, or salvation, is a gift of God’s grace, and is in no manner earned or merited. (John 14:6 I Timothy 2:5,6 Ephesians 2:8,9 Romans 5:8 Romans 3:23-26 II Corinthians 5:21 Romans 10:9 John 3:16 Acts 2:38 Acts 4:12)
7. The Scriptures declare that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God’s power and thus are secure in Christ forever, and that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality. (John 5:24 John 6:37-40 John 10:27-30 Romans 5:9-10 Romans 8:1,31-39 I Corinthians 1:4-8 Ephesians 4:30 Hebrew 7:25 Hebrews 13:5 I Peter 1:5 Jude 24 Romans 6:15-22 Romans 13:13-14 Galatians 5:13,25-26 Titus 2:11-14)
8. The Scriptures declare that God desires to transform the character of those who are reconciled to Him into the image of Jesus Christ. This is accomplished by a life yielded and obedient to God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and seeking God’s glory in all things. (I Peter 1:14-16 Romans 12:1,2 Mark 8:34 Galatians 2:20 II Corinthians 5:17)
9. The Scriptures declare that there is but one true church, the Body of Christ. Christ alone is the head of the church, and all who are saved are members thereof. The Body of Christ is composed of many local assemblies, of which Grace Fellowship is but one. The role of the church, universally and locally, as Christ’s body, is to manifest Jesus Christ. This is done in part through worshipping God, edifying the believer, proclaiming the Gospel and accomplishing good works, all to the glory of God. (Galatians 3:28 I Corinthians 1:2 Ephesians 5:23 I Corinthians 12:12-27 Ephesians 1:22,23 Matthrew 28:18-20 Ephesians 4:11-16 II Timothy 2:1,2 I Corinthians 13 Hebrews 10:23-25)
10. The Scriptures declare that Jesus Christ, in rising physically from the grave, demonstrated victory over death once and for all. Because of His resurrection, all who are in Christ have assurance of eternal life with Him. The resurrected Christ will return to gather His people, to judge the world and to establish His kingdom of righteousness. (Luke 24:36-43 I Corinthians 15:12-19 John 11:25-26 Matthew 25:31-46 Revelation 20:11-15 Hebrews 9:27,28 Romans 14:10-12 Acts 1:9-11 Matthew 24:27 II Thessalonians 1:5-10 Revelation 22:12,13)