Declaration of faith

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What is the declaration of faith of What does believe?

1 section. The Bible

We believe that the Sacred Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. (Matthew 5: 18; 2 Timothy 3: 16-17). By faith, we hold that the Bible is inerrant in its original writings, inspired by God, and the complete and final authority of faith and practice. (2 Timothy 3: 16-17) Although he used the individual literary styles of human authors, the Holy Spirit supervised them perfectly to make sure they wrote precisely what He wanted them to write, without error or omission. (2 Pedro 1: 21)

2 section. God

We believe in one God, who is Creator of everything (Deuteronomy 6: 4; Colossians 1: 16), which has been revealed in three different Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13: 14), although it is One in presence, essence, and glory (Juan 10: 30). God is eternal (Psalm 90: 2), infinite (1 Timothy 1: 17), and sovereign (Psalm 93: 1). God is omniscient (Psalm 139: 1-6), omnipresent (Psalm 139: 7-13), omnipotent (Apocalypse 19: 6), and immutable (Malachi 3: 6). God is holy (Isaiah 6: 3), just (Deuteronomy 32: 4) and straight (Exodus 9: 27). God is love (1 John 4: 8), compassionate (Ephesians 2: 8), merciful (1 Peter 1: 3), and kindly (Romans 8: 28).

Section 3: Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is God incarnate, God in human form, the very image of the Father, who without ceasing to be God, became man to be able to reveal God and provide the means of salvation for humanity (Matthew 1: 21, John 1: 18; Columns 1: 15).

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; that He is truly God and truly man; who lived a perfect and sinless life; and that all His teachings are true (Isaiah 14, Matthew 1: 23) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind (1 John 2: 2) as a substitutionary sacrifice (Isaiah 53: 5-6). We hold that His death is sufficient to provide salvation for all who receive Him as Savior (John 1: 12; Acts 16: 31); that our justification is based on the shedding of His blood (Romans 5: 9; Ephesians 1: 17); and which is attested by His literal and physical resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28: 6; 1 Peter 1: 3).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven in His glorified body (Acts 1: 9-10) and that He is now seated at the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate (Romans 8: 34; Hebrews 7: 25).

4 Section: The Holy Spirit

We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5: 3-4). He regenerates the sinners (Titus 3: 5) and dwells in the believers (Romans 8: 9). He is the agent through whom Christ baptizes all believers in His body (1 Corinthians 12: 12-14). He is the seal by which the Father guarantees the salvation of believers until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1: 13-14). He is the divine Master who enlightens the hearts and minds of believers as they study the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2: 9-12).

We believe that the Holy Spirit is ultimately sovereign in the distribution of spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12: 11). We believe that the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, while in no way outside the power of the Spirit to empower, no longer function to the same extent as in the early development of the church (1 Corinthians 12: 4-11; 2 Corinthians 12: 12 ; Ephesians 2: 20; 4: 7-12).

5 Section: Angels and Demons

We believe in the reality and personality of the angels. We believe that God created the angels to be His servants and messengers (Nehemiah 9: 6; Psalm 148: 2; Hebrews 1: 14).

We believe in the existence and personality of Satan and the demons. Satan is the fallen angel who led a group of angels to rebel against God (Isaiah 14: 12-17; Ezekiel 28: 12.15) He is the great enemy of God and man, and demons are his agents in their wicked purposes . He and his demons will be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Matthew 25: 41, Revelation 20: 10).

Section 6: The Man

We believe that humanity came into existence through the direct creation of God and that mankind is only made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1: 26-27). We believe that all humanity, through the fall of Adam, has inherited a sinful nature, that all human beings choose to sin (Romans 3: 23), and that all sin is highly offensive to God (Romans 6: 23). Humanity is totally incapable of remedying its fallen state (Ephesians 2: 1-5,12).

7 Section: Salvation

We believe that salvation is a gift of God's grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross (Ephesians 2: 8-9). The death of Christ completely achieved justification by faith, and the redemption of sin. Christ died in our place (Romans 5: 8-9) and carried our sins in His own body (1 Peter 2: 24).

We believe that salvation is received by grace only, through faith alone, and in Christ alone. Good works and obedience are the results of salvation, not requirements for salvation. Because of the greatness, sufficiency, and perfection of Christ's sacrifice, all those who have truly received Christ as Savior are eternally secure in salvation, guarded by the power of God, secure and sealed in Christ forever (John 6 : 37-40; 10: 27-30; 8 1: 38, 39-1, 13: 14-1, 1 5, 24: 2, Judas XNUMX). Just as salvation can not be earned by good works, it does not need good works to be maintained or sustained. Good works and transformed lives are the inevitable results of salvation (Santiago XNUMX).

8 Section: The Church

We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all the believers of the present age (1 Corinthians 12: 12-14; 2 Corinthians 11: 2; Ephesians 1: 22-23; 5: 25-27 ). We believe in the ordinances of the baptism of believers in water by immersion as a testimony to Christ and an identification with Him, and in the Lord's Supper as a reminder of the death of Christ and the shedding of His blood (Matthew 28: 19- 20; Facts 2: 41-42; 18: 8; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26). Through the Church, believers must be taught to obey the Lord, testify concerning their faith in Christ as Savior, and honor Him for a holy life. We believe in the Great Commission as the main mission of the Church. It is the obligation of all believers to witness, by word and life, to the truths of the Word of God. The gospel of the grace of God must be preached to the whole world (Matthew 28: 19-20; Acts 1: 8; 2 Corinthians 5: 19-20).

9 Section: Things to Come

We believe in the blessed hope (Titus 2: 13), the personal and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to snatch His saints (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18). We believe in the visible and bodily return of Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His promised millennial kingdom (Zechariah 14: 4-11; 1 Thessalonians 1: 10; Apocalypse 3: 10; 19: 11-16; 20: 1- 6). We believe in the physical resurrection of all men - the saints for eternal joy and happiness on the New Earth and the wicked for the eternal torment of the lake of fire (Matthew 25: 46; John 5: 28-29; Revelation 20: 5 -6, 12-13).

We believe that the souls of the redeemed, when dying, are absent from the body and present to the Lord, where they await his resurrection, when the spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23: 43; 2 5 Corinthians: 8; 1: 23; 3: 21; 1 4 Thessalonians 16: 17-25). We believe that the souls of unbelievers, after death, remain in a conscious misery, until their resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they will present themselves before the judgment of the Great White Throne, and they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire to suffer the eternal punishment (Matthew 41: 46-9, Mark 43: 48-16, 19 26: 2-1, 7 Thessalonians 9: 20-11, 15 Revelation: XNUMX-XNUMX).

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