STATEMENT OF FAITH

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Summary

Gospel Life Church is a Christ-centered, Scripture-focused, community-oriented group of believers that has roots in the Baptist distinctives. We are autonomous in that we are not associated with any conventions or affiliations.

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The Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Since the Scriptures are God-breathed in the original autographs, inspiration extends to the very words of the Bible so that the entire Bible, and only the Bible, is the Word of God. As such, the Bible is infallible, inerrant, and our only rule of faith and practice.

(Mat. 5:18; John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:21‐25; Heb. 4:12; Rev. 22:18-19)

The One True God
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing as one in His essence yet three in His persons. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, and co-equal in power and glory. He is the uncreated Creator.

(Gen. 1:1; Deut. 6:4; Ps. 90:2; Mat. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; I Cor. 8:6)

God The Father
He is eternal, immutable, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. He is the sovereign God of the universe, the Creator and Preserver of all things. He is perfect in holiness, righteousness, justice and love. Having extended His grace and mercy to people by sending His Son to die in their place, He desires to have fellowship with them.

(Ps. 65:2; 139:1-24; I Chr. 29:11; John 1:12; 3:16; Eph. 1:3-9; Rom. 11:36)

Jesus Christ
He is the Son of God. He is one Person, with both a divine nature (He is truly God) and a human nature (He is truly man). He existed from everlasting with the Father, was born of a virgin when He took on human flesh, lived a sinless life, and gave Himself willingly on the cross for the sins of people. He arose from the tomb on the third day, ascended to the Father, and will return to earth one day as Judge and King.

(John 1:1-3, 18; 5:22-23; 20:28; Rom. 9:5; Heb. 1:3, 6, 8; 9:24; Phil. 2:6- 11; Col. 1:15-20; II Cor. 5:21; Mat. 25:31; Rev. 19:11-20:6; I John 2:2)

Holy Spirit
He is a divine Person and not an impersonal force. He is fully God, proceeding from the Father and the Son. The work of the Holy Spirit included creation and the inspiration of the Scriptures. He calls people to salvation through Christ and dwells in the hearts of believers.

(Mat. 28:19; John 16:7-14; Tit. 3:5; Eph. 1:13; 5:18; Rom. 8:9-16, 26)

Creation
We believe the Genesis account of the creation of the world as a literal, historical record of the direct acts of God, without the involvement of any evolutionary process.

(Gen. 1-2; John 1:3-10; Col. 1:16; Heb. 11:3)

Man
We believe that man was created in innocence and in the image of God. However, in Adam’s disobedience, sin entered the world and passed to all mankind, destroying man’s relationship with God and resulting in death. Thus, all are sinners by nature and by choice, and therefore are under just condemnation without defense or excuse, and deserve eternal punishment in hell. Many’s only hope of eternal life is through redemption in Jesus Christ, which is provided by the grace of God through faith alone. We believe that mankind, being created in the image of God and for His glory, has great worth in God’s eyes and should be treated with respect and dignity. We believe that from the moment of conception man is given an eternal soul and therefore will live forever either in heaven or the Lake of Fire.

(Gen. 1-3; Ps. 8:4-9; Rom. 3:10-12, 23; 5:12; 8:7-8; Gal. 3:26; Eph. 2:1-3, 8-9; 4:17-19; Col. 3:9-11; John 3:3,5; John 6:44; Acts 4:12; I John 4:19; Is. 64:6; Jer. 17:9)

Salvation
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace through faith alone in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and that all who receive Him as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become children of God. The believer is kept by the power of God and is eternally secure in Christ. We believe that the scope of salvation includes forgiveness of all our sins, past, present and future; as perfect standing before God as in Jesus Christ; and the changing of our earthly body to be conformed like unto the body of our Lord at His return for His own.

(Eph. 2:8-9; John 1:12,29; 10:28; Romans 6:23; I Peter 1:18-19; I John 2:2; Is. 53:4-12 Rev. 20:12-15)

Regeneration
When an individual responds in faith to the Gospel, repents of his sin and turns to Christ for salvation, the Holy Spirit causes a spiritual change in which he is freed from the guilt of his inherently sinful nature, receives the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, and thus is born again into God’s family. Regeneration involves an illumination of the mind, a change in the will, and a renewed nature.

(John 3:3-7, 16; 1:12; II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:22-28; I Pet. 1:23; Tit. 3:5; Acts 2:38; 17:30)

Justification
This is the act of God whereby He declares the sinner to be righteous in His sight. On the basis of the work of Christ, God does not impute sin to the individual, imputing instead the righteousness of Christ.

(Rom. 3:22-28; 4:1-8; 5:1-2; Gal. 2:16)

Sanctification
Whereas regeneration is a one-time event in the life of the believer, sanctification is a continuing process by which God gradually transforms him into the image of Christ. This process will be completed when believers join Christ in heaven, perfected in holiness.

(John 17:17; II Cor. 3:18; Eph. 5:26; I John 3:2; Acts 20:32)

Preservation
Since salvation is based solely upon the grace of God and not on the merit of the individual, everyone who truly accepts Christ as Savior is eternally secure in his salvation and is kept by God’s power. Scripture, however, gives a solemn warning to those who profess salvation but whose lives give no evidence of change because of the willful, continual practice of sin.

(John 6:37, 39; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:38-39; I Pet. 1:5; II Pet. 1:10; I John 3:7- 10; James 2:14-26)

The Church
We believe that the universal church, composed of all who have trusted Christ as Savior since Pentecost, is the body and espoused bride of Christ. Christ Himself is the Head of the Church.

(Mat. 16:18; Acts 2:1-12; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:23)

We believe that the local church is a group of believers who are autonomous and self-governing with no ecclesiastical organization in authority over them. The local church has the responsibility to meet regularly for fellowship, worship, and Bible study; to observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; to fulfill the Great Commission; and to exercise the gifts, responsibilities, and privileges invested in them by Christ’s work.

(Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 1:15-20; I Pet. 5:4; Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; I Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 8:11; 12:4; 16:1-3; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Pet. 5:1-4 Jude 2,3)

The scriptural offices of the church are those of pastors (also called elders or bishops) and deacons. The qualifications, claims, and duties of these offices are clearly defined in the Scriptures

(Acts 14:23, 6:5,6, 15:23, 20:17-28; I Peter 5:1-4; I Timothy 3:1-13)

Ordinances
Christ instructed the church to observe two ordinances, both of which are an outward testimony of an inward transformation but do not impart grace or merit. These ordinances are baptism in water & participation in the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism
Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer. (Acts 8:36-39; Matthew 3:6; John 3:23; Romans 6:4, 5; Matthew 3:16) in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) to show forth in a solemn testimony and picture of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life.

(Romans 6:3, 5; Colossians 2:12)

The Lord's Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes, by the sacred use of broken bread and the freshly pressed juice of the vine as symbols of the price He paid for us. This commemoration should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.

(1 Corinthians 11:23-28)

Purity
Christians are to live a life of obedient righteousness that is separated unto God and separated from sin, which includes religious apostasy, worldly practices, and sinful behavior.

(Romans 12:12, 1 Cor. 5:9-13; 2 Cor 6:14-7:1; 1 Jn 2:15-17; 2 Jn 9-11; Heb 12:14; 2 Thess. 1:11-12; Titus 2:11-14; 1 Jn 3:1-10)

Marriage / Family
Marriage of a man to a woman is the plan of God and sacred in His sight.

(Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:3-9; Ephesians 5:18-32; 1 Timothy 3:4, 5, 12; Malachi 2:13, 14)

Roles

The roles of husband, wife, parent, and child are clearly defined in Scripture. (Ephesians 5:21-32; Colossians 3:16-21; 1 Peter 3:1-7).

Sexual relationships are sacred and fulfilling only within the bonds of marriage, and is condemned outside the marriage relationship. (1 Corinthians 7:3, 4; Hebrews 13:4)

Family
Children are a blessing of God and the responsibility for them rests solely upon the parent and they are to be brought up in loving structured control and conscientious instruction in the truths of God and His principles of life.

(Psalm 127:3; Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6:6, 7; Psalm 78:4-7; Proverbs 22:6; Proverbs 17)

The Last Things
We believe in the personal, bodily return of Jesus Christ; His literal, physical reign on earth for a thousand years; the eternal punishment of unbelievers in hell; and the eternal blessings for believers in heaven.

(Mat. 25:1-13; I Thes. 4:14-18; I Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 19:11-20:15; 21-22)

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