Doctrinal Statement...

The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, the 66 books of the Bible to be the verbally (in its words, thought, and concepts), plenary (in its entirely), inspired (God breathed, God delivered), Word of God, and that it is infallible (perfect truth) and inerrant (without error) in the original languages, and the final authority of faith and life.

The Godhead
We believe in the one true and living God who is eternal, omnipotent (all powerful, almighty), omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (everywhere present), and perfect in all of His attributes. Within the Being of this one true God exist three-eternally distinct and coequal Persons: The Father (the first person of the Godhead), The Son (the second person of the Godhead), and the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Godhead).

The Angels
We believe that God created an innumerable number of sinless beings known as cherubs, seraphs, and angels. We believe that one of these created beings, ďDay Star, Son of the Morning,Ē the highest in rank, sinned through pride, thus becoming Satan the adversary. We believe that Satan is an actual person with all the characteristics of personality. We believe that he is the originator of sin and that he operates today as the prince and god of this world. We believe that he is the arch enemy of God and the people of God and deceiver of humanity. We believe that he led the first parents into transgression causing their fall and that he was judged at the cross, a judgment yet to be executed in the Lake of Fire. We believe that a great company of angels followed Satan in his fall, some of whom became demons who are active as Satanís agents in the carry out of unholy purposes, while others who fell are reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are ministering spirits of God for the carrying out of His purpose, especially to those who inherit salvation.

The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adamís sin, in Adamís fall, we sin all, and have inherited a sinful nature, and are alienated from God. We believe that we are totally depraved and, of ourselves, utterly unable to remedy our lost condition.

Salvation and the Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that salvation is wholly a work of Godís free grace and not the work of man in whole or in part, or due to manís goodness. We believe that salvation is a free gift to us received by personal faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We believe that once saved, we are eternally secure forever because of the nature and work of Christ and the very nature of the divine gift of eternal life. We believe that assurance is the privilege of all who are saved to be assured of our salvation from the very moment that we accept Him as Savior. We believe that this assurance is not based on our own merit, but by the testimony of the Scripture and the witness of the Holy Spirit.

The Nation of Israel
We believe that God called a people to Himself who are the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We believe that Israel is the wife of Jehovah, unfaithful in the past, divorced in the present, but will be reunited in the future. We believe that there will be a national regeneration of Israel at which time all the provisions of the four unconditional covenants given to Israel will be fulfilled.

The Church
We believe that the Church is the body and Bride of Christ. We believe that it is composed of all Jewish and Gentile believers from Pentecost to the Rapture. We believe that entrance into this body is by Spirit-Baptism. We believe that all believers are obligated to assemble together for the purpose of participation in the ordinances, to be taught the Scriptures by gifted men, to edify each other, and to worship God. We believe that this assembling is to be organized as a local church under authoritative leadership. We believe that the believer is called to holy living in the power of the indwelling Spirit; to fight the spiritual warfare against the world, the flesh, and the devil; to use his or her spiritual gift(s) for the purpose of building up the local body of Christ. We believe that it is the responsibility of both the church and individual believers to evangelize and disciple all nations both actively (doing the work of evangelism) and passively (supporting those doing the work of evangelism). We believe that the specific procedure for discipling the nations is to the Jew first and this is also true in both active and passive evangelism.

The Ordinances
We believe that an ordinance is a practice that is commanded by Christ, practiced in the Book of Acts, and expounded in the epistles. We believe that only two ordinances exist; water baptism and the Lordís Supper, both of which are limited to believers only. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinance of baptism by immersion and the Lordís Supper to be observed until His return. Baptism is for believers only and is a symbolic testimony of identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Lordís Supper is also for believers only and commemorates the unique person and the perfect work of Christ dying on the cross for our sins.

The Rapture
We believe that Christ will return into the air for the purpose of gathering the Church to himself both dead and live. We believe that the Rapture is both imminent and pre- Tribulational. We believe that the Rapture is the blessed hope of the Church.

The Tribulation
We believe that sometime after the Rapture, the Tribulation of Danielís Seventh Week will occur for a period of seven years. We believe it is a time of judgment of all humanity and that it will bring to an end the times of the Gentiles and result in the national regeneration of Israel.

The Messianic Kingdom
We believe in a literal 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth over Israel and the Gentiles during which time the Church will co-reign with Christ, the 4 unconditional covenants with Israel will be fulfilled. We believe that Israel will be restored along with the resurrection of the Old Testament saints. We believe that Satan will be bound in the Abyss, the curse will be lifted, and the knowledge of God will fill the earth, and peace will be maintained by the iron rod rule of Christ.

The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in the personal, visible, and bodily return of Christ to the earth with his saints after the Tribulation and before the Millennium in the clouds of heaven with glory and great power at the request of and to save Israel from her enemies, to judge all living Gentiles for the purpose of determining who will be excluded from the Kingdom and who will be included in the Kingdom

The Eternal State
We believe that at physical death, the souls of the redeemed are absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in full conscious bless and fellowship with the Lord, await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. We believe that at physical death, the souls of unbeliever enters immediately into eternal conscious misery, separated from God in Hell until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. We believe in the eventual resurrection of all believers before the Kingdom to fellowship with Christ in the Kingdom on this earth and then in the New Jerusalem on the New Earth in eternity after the Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of all unbelievers after the Kingdom to appear before the Great White Throne Judgment and then to abide in the Lake of Fire forever.

 

Please direct your comments and questions to Gabriel B. Johnson at gabejohnson@greatestlovestory.com .