Plan of Salvation
Kids 4 Truth
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Ps. 119:105
ARTICLES OF FAITH
I. OF THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions, shall be tried. II Tim. 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19-21
II. OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Ex. 20:2,3; I Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11; I John 5:7
III. OF JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been born of the virgin Mary, begotten by the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner as no other man was ever born or could ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son, so that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35
We believe He died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice to make atonement for our sins, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. Rom. 3:24,25; I Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 2:14
We believe that He ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest He fulfills the ministry of Intercessor and Advocate. Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1,2
IV. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He baptizes all believers upon the new birth into the body of Christ; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. John 1:33; 3:5,6; 14:16,17,24; 16:8-11; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; Luke 1:35; 24:49; Gen. 1:1-3; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Eph. 1:13,14; Mark 1:8; Rom. 8:14,26,27; I Cor. 12:13
V. OF THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. Isa. 14:12, Ez. 28:12-15; Matt. 4:1-3; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10
VI. OF CREATION
We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. We believe in the 24 hour days of creation. Gen. 1 and 2; Col. 1:16,17; John 1:3
VII. OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Therefore, he is totally depraved. Gen. 3:1-6,24; Rom. 1:18,32; 3:9-18; 5:1-12,19; Eph. 2:1,2
VIII. OF THE ATONEMENT OF SIN
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitute in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust; He was Christ the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree; and having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is in every way qualified to be suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior. Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21
IX. OF GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe that in order to be saved sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. John 3:3,6-8; II Cor. 5:17,19; I John 5:1; Acts 16:30-33; II Peter 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13
X. OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification:
(A) That justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness;
(B) That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood His righteousness is imputed to us. Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 5:1a; 8:1
XI. OF FAITH AND SALVATION
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, including repentance, is the only condition of salvation. Acts 3:19; 16:31; Titus 3:5; Eph 2:8,9
XII. THE CHURCH
(A) Universal (the body of Christ).
We believe that the church universal is a New Testament institution which was unknown to the Old Testament prophets and established by Jesus Christ, Who is its sole Head. It was revealed through the holy apostles, empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit, is Christ's "body" for service and His "bride" for glory. It began with the New Testament saints and will be consummated with the second coming of Christ in the rapture. It is composed of all those born again in this age of grace. Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:1-13,41-47; I Cor. 12:12-28; Eph. 1:22,23; 3:21; 5:23-33; I Thess. 4:13-18; Col. 1:18
(B) The Church (local).
We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties, are clearly defined in the Scripture. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit. It is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. Each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence. The will of the local church is final. Acts 2:41,42; 20:17-28; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22,23; 4:11; 5:23,24; I Tim. 3:1-15
XIII. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relationship. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He returns and our continued fellowship with Him. It should be preceded by baptism and always by solemn self-examination. Acts 2:41,42; 8:26-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; I Cor. 11:23-28
XIV. OF THE SECURITY OF THE SAINTS
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. Phil. 1:6; John 10:28,29; Rom. 8:35-39; Jude 1
XV. OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in His esteem. All such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both in and after death in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17,18,23; 7:6; I John 5:19; Prov. 14:32; Luke 6:25; John 8:21
XVI. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society. Magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed except in things opposed to the revealed will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. Rom. 13:1-7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21,22; Acts 4:19,20; 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Dan. 3:17,18; Rev. 19:16
XVII. OF THE CHRISTIAN DAY OF WORSHIP
We believe that Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, and should be set aside for worship and fellowship with God's people. Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:1,2; Heb. 10:25
XVIII. OF MARRIAGE AND THE HOME
We believe the home was the first institution God provided for man and that marriage is a sacred relationship and honorable in all. "What God hath joined together let no man put asunder." Marriage is used as an emblem of the union of Christ and His church. Gen. 2:18-24; Heb. 13:4; I Cor. 7:2; Eph. 5:21,23; Mark 10:9
XIX. OF THE RESURRECTION, PERSONAL, VISIBLE PRE-MILLENNIAL RETURN OF CHRIST, AND RELATED EVENTS
(A) We believe in the Bodily Resurrection.
Matt. 28:6,7; Luke 24:2-6,39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6
(B) The Ascension.
Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 12:2
(C) The High Priesthood.
Heb. 2:17; 5:9,10; 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1
(D) The Second Coming.
(1) The imminent (pre-tribulation) return of Christ in the air for the church.
I Thess. 1:9,10; 4:13-18; Rom. 5:9; Rev. 3:10; 6:17; Luke 21:36; II Peter 2:6-9; John 14:3; I Cor. 15:42-44,51,52; Titus 2:13a
(2) The Revelation of Christ with the church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom on earth.
Col. 3:4; II Thess. 2:7-9; Titus 2:13b; Rev. 19:11-16
(E) The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead.
I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:42-44,52
(F) The Change of the Living in Christ.
I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thess. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20,21
(G) The Judgment Seat of Christ. We believe that every saved person will appear before the "Judgment Seat" to be judged by the Lord in regard to faithful service.
I Cor. 3:11-15; II Cor. 5:10; Rom. 14:10
(H) The Tribulation Period.
Dan. 9:24-27; Matt. 24:15-30; Rev. 7:9-14; 11:2,3; 13:6,7
(I) The Throne of David.
Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6,7; Acts 2:29,30
(J) The Millennial Reign.
I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1; 11:4,5; Ps. 72:8; Rev. 20:4,6
(K) The Resurrection of the Unsaved Dead.
John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15; Rev. 20:5,12-15
(L) The Great White Throne Judgment of Unsaved.
(M) A New Heaven and New Earth.