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Our Faith: What we believe
First of all, we would like to remind you that being a Christian does not make ANYONE perfect. Christians are still human, we still sin, we still fall down and get back up again. The only difference is, we have Christ in our lives so we are not alone, and we strive to follow Him as best we can. BUT WE STILL FAIL. If you are coming here to look at us as an example, please don’t. We fail often, and have made many mistakes. But we love the Lord with all our heart, and try to please Him.
The Lord has given us soooooo much in our life! We would be nothing and have nothing without His blessings.
We are called “Grace Dispensationalists”. We are still learning that this is what you call what we’ve practically always believed! We will be updating this page when we have more time to go into detail. For now, we are posting various thoughts, along with the Statement of faith from Grace Online. We agree with almost everything they said, and didn’t post what we disagree with.
The following is what we believe regarding the Bible and Christianity:
1) THE BIBLE:
The Bible is the word of God. “Given by inspiration of God” it is not the product of human imagination or creativity. (II Timothy 3:16) I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, perfect and true in every aspect.
2) GOD & JESUS:
The Godhead eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I believe in the trinity. God is a triune being as he has made us to be also: Soul, body & spirit. (Genesis 1:26) Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh; the image of the invisible God. (John 1:1-18) I believe Jesus is the physical presence of the invisible God and is therefore God incarnate. (John 1:1) I believe the gospel of Christ, that is: that Jesus was born of a virgin (Mary), lived a sinless life, suffered on the cross (in place) for me, died on the cross for the sins of thw world, was buried, rose again on third day, fulfilling the prophecies concerning the Messiah, was
visible for forty days (teaching the disciples), and then ascended into heaven where He sits on the right hand of God interceding for the saints (Believers).
All men are sinners by nature and are unable to save themselves from the debt and penalty of their sins by anything they can do. (Romans 1:18-3:20)
I believe to become a Christian, a believer, (to be saved) you must accept the gift of His death and ressurection. We are saved by His grace, through faith, not by what we do, so none of us can claim responsibility for our salvation. God, out of His great love for us, has provided complete redemption through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection in our place. He offers to justify anyone freely by His grace through faith in Christ as one’s all-sufficient Savior. (Romans 3:21-26)
Faith in Christ is the issue of trusting exclusively in His redemptive work on the cross for one’s acceptance with God and not in any of one’s own works of any kind. This act of faith is the decision of one’s own will in response to the gospel of Christ. The purpose of God in election declares that it is the plan of God to provide salvation for all men, but in accordance with men’s own free will, to save those that believe.
5) ETERNAL SECURITY:
I believe that salvation is eternal (I am eternally secure in my salvation) and that nothing I do can ever revoke my salvation (John 3:16, 1 John 5:11-13, 1 Peter 3:18). Salvation is not something that can be lost or given back at anytime, no matter what! (John 6:40, John 10:28-29) Eternally secure salvation is the possession of all who trust the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. (Romans 5:1-21)
Everlasting punishment is the lot of all those who know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (II Thessalonians 1:7-9)
7) THE UNIQUE APOSTLESHIP OF PAUL:
The present dispensation of the grace of God was a “mystery,” not made known before, but God kept it hid in Himself until He raised up the apostle Paul. To Paul God committed the revelation of “the mystery of Christ.” Until God raised up Paul, His program and dealings with Israel were in effect. (Romans 16:25-27; Ephesians 2:11-3:12; Colossians 1:24-27)
8) THE CHURCH, THE BODY OF CHRIST:
The church the body of Christ being formed in this dispensation of grace is distinct from the nation of Israel and God’s program with them. The church is not the subject of prophecy nor the fulfiller of Israel’s promises and covenants. (Romans 11:1-36)
9) THE RAPTURE:
This dispensation of grace will end with the rapture of the body of Christ. I believe when Christ returns, it will be to Rapture His Church (those who are believers), and following will be the Tribulation. It will be followed by the resumption of God’s program and dealings with Israel, including the Lord’s day of wrath and the kingdom reign of Christ on this earth. (I Thessalonians 4:13-5:10; II Thessalonians 2:1-17) Being a believer entitles me to a right in the Lord’s eternal Kingdom, which is His new heaven.
Of all the different kinds of baptisms spoken about in the Bible, only one is of any importance to God, or has any application, in this present dispensation of His grace. That baptism is the one God Himself performs when the Spirit of God baptizes the believer “into Jesus Christ” at the moment of salvation, so identifying the believer with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Water baptisms in particular are “rudiments of the world” that functioned in accordance with the elementary purification, separation, and identification teachings of the Law Covenant, and as such were a natural part of God’s program and dealings with Israel. As described in I Corinthians 1, at the beginning of this dispensation of grace in connection with testifying to Israel outside of their land, the Apostle Paul used water baptisms on certain occasions as a sign to unbelieving Israel. With the exception of this limited use, water baptisms have no role or function in this present dispensation of grace.
To become a Christian yourself, please Read number 4 again. If you would like some prayer and/or advice, feel free to email us.