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Preaching The Truth in Love

Section 1 - Concerning the Holy Scriptures

Section 2 - Concerning God

Section 3 - Concerning Man

Section 4 - Concerning the Church

Section 5 - Concerning Angels

Section 6 - Concerning Last Things (Eschatology)



Section 1. Concerning the Holy Scriptures

We teach that the Bible is the written revelation of God, and the sixty-six books of the Bible thus constitute the plenary (complete) Word by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 2:7-14, II Peter 1:21 ).

We teach that the Word of God is verbally inspired (in every word) (II Timothy 3:16 ), in the original documents absolutely inerrant (Isaiah 30:8), infallible, and God breathed.

We teach that it constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18 , 24:34; John 10:35 , 16:12 -13, 17:17 ; I Corinthians 2:13; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 11:20-21, 3:15 ; Hebrews 4:12).

We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship, in which the Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God's Word to man (II Peter 1:20-21), without error in the whole or in part (Isaiah 30:8, 40:8; Matthew 5:18; II Timothy 3:16).

We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation, and it is to be found as one diligently applies the grammatical historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17, 16:12-15; I Corinthians. 2:7-15; I John 2:20)

Section 2. Concerning God

We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; I Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, intelligent Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence but eternally existing, and subsistent (existing of and by itself) in three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Psalm 139:3; II Corinthians. 13:14) - each equally deserving the same worship and obedience (Acts 17:24-29; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 19:10).

God The Father

God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8,9; I Corinthians 8:6). As the absolute and highest ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Job 1:6; Romans 11:33 ). He is the creator of all things (Genesis 1). His Fatherhood denotes a spiritual relationship, first of all within the Trinity; and secondly, within mankind, creatively in relation to all men, but spiritually only in relation to believers.

He has decreed for his own glory all things that come to pass, and continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (I Chronicles 29:11). This does not in anyway show Him to be the author and approver of sin (John 8:38 -44.), nor to abridge the accountability of moral intelligent creatures (I Peter 1:17 ). He has graciously chosen from all eternity those whom He would have as His own (Ephesians 1:3-6); He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; and He relates Himself to His own as their Father (Luke 3:38; John 1:12,18; Ephesians 1:3-6).

God The Son

Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is co-equal with the Father, and He is co-substantial (one of the same substance) and co-eternal with Him (John 10; 27-30; John 14:9).

We teach that in the incarnation He surrendered only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine essence, either in degree or kind. In His incarnation, Christ's divine nature united with a true nature in an indissoluble union, and so He became the God-man (Philippians 2:5-8).

We teach that Jesus Christ represents the fusion of humanity and deity into an indivisible oneness (Micah 5:2; Colossians 2:9-110; I John 5:20 ; Jude 25).

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 11:25; Luke 1:26-35), that He was God incarnate (John 1:1,3,14,18; I John 1:3), and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem mankind, and rule over God's kingdom (Psalm 2:7-9; lsaiah 9:6; Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 1:19, 2:22; John 1:29).

We teach that in The Incarnation the second Person of the Trinity laid aside His right to the full prerogatives (the privilege that nobody else has) of co-existence with God to assume the place of a Son and an existence appropriate to a servant; however, He did not divest Himself of His divine attributes (Philippians 2:5-8).

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood through His death on the cross, that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (I Peter 2:24; Romans 3:25, 5:8).

We teach that, upon the basis of the efficacy (effectiveness) of His death, the believing sinner is freed from punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin, declared righteous, given eternal life, and admitted to the family of God (John 10:15; II Corinthians 5:14-15; I Peter 2:24, 3:18; Romans 3:25, 5:8).

We teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead, that He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father where He is now ministering as our Advocate and High Priest (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38,39; Acts 2:30,31; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24).

We teach that in the resurrection of Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of Christ; God accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross, and His bodily resurrection as the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers (John 14:19; Romans 1:4, 4:25, 6:5-10; I Corinthians 15:20; John 5:28,29).

We teach that He will return to receive the Church, which is His Body, unto Himself at the Rapture, and returning with His Church in glory, will establish His Kingdom in its Millennial manifestation (Acts 1:9,10,1l; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20).

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one through whom God will judge "all mankind (John 5:22 -23):

· Believers (II Corinthians 5:10 ; I Corinthians 3:10 -115);

· Living inhabitants of the earth at His glorious return (Matthew 25:31-46);

· Unbelieving dead at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11 -15).

As the mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5), the head of His body the Church (Ephesians 5:23, 1:22; Colossians 1:18), the coming universal King who will reign on the throne of David (Isaiah 9:6), He is the final judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as the Lord of life and the only Savior (Luke 1:31-33; Acts 117:30,3 l; Matthew 25:14-46; Hebrews 7:25).

God The Holy Spirit

We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, un-derived (not created from something), possessing all the divine excellencies, and that in these He is co-equal with the Father and the Son, and is co-substantial (of one and the same substance) with them. (Acts 5:3,4); also compare Isaiah 6:8,9 with Acts 28:25,26.

The Holy Spirit possesses the following attributes:

· Intellect (I Corinthians 2:10 -13)

· Emotion (Ephesians 4:30 )

· Will (I Corinthians 12:11 and also compare Jeremiah 31:31-34 with Hebrews 10:15-17)

· Co-equal (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14 ; I Corinthians 12;4-6)

· Eternal (Hebrews 9:14 )

· Omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-10)

· Omniscient (Isaiah 40:13-14)

· Omnipotent (I Corinthians 12:11 )

· Truth (John 16:13 )

We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to the world of men. We recognize His sovereign activity in creation, the incarnation, the written revelation, and the work of salvation (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 1:18; John 3:5-7; II Peter 1:20,21).

We teach that the work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father, as promised by Christ, (John 14:16 -17, 15:26 ) to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ, which is His Church (I Corinthians 12:13 ). The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; of glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ, and transforming believers into Christ likeness (John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5, 2:4; II Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 2:22).

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:14), indwelling, sanctifying, instructing, empowering for service, and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11l; II Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13).

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher who guided the apostles into all truth, as they submitted to God's revelation in Scripture. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from salvation on, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13 ; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18 ; I John 2:20 ,27; I John 1:8-9).

We teach that the Holy Spirit alone administers spiritual gifts to the Church, not to glorify Himself or the gifts by ostentatious displays, but to glorify Christ and implement His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 12:4-11; II Corinthians 3:18).

We teach, in this respect, that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today; and that speaking in tongues (unlearned languages) and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (l Corinthians 12:4-1 II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4; l Thessalonians 5:11).

Section 3. Concerning Man

We teach that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. He was created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, (volition), self-determination, moral responsibility to God (Genesis 1:26 -28; 2:15 -25; I Thessalonians 5:23 ; James 3:9).

We teach that the purpose of man's creation was with the divine intention that he should glorify God, enjoy His fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish His purpose for man in the world (Genesis 1:26-30; Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11).

We teach that in Adam's sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, he lost his innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death; became subject to the wrath of God; inherently corrupt, and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God, apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, he is hopelessly lost, apart from the salvation which is in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 2.:16-17, 3: 1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; I Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; I Timothy 2:13-14; I John 1:8).

We teach that all men were in the loins of Adam, and that the consequence of that sin has been transmitted (imputed) to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the exception. All men thus are sinners by divine declaration, by nature, and by choice (Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9-18,23, 5:10 -12; James 2:10 ).

We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace, through the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood; not on the basis of human merit, or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

Regeneration

We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are communicated (John 3:3-7). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24 ), so as to secure voluntary obedience to the Gospel. Regeneration will be manifested by repentance, faith, and righteous living.

Good works are its proper evidence and fruit (I Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 2:10), and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17-21; Philippians 2:12b; Colossians 3:16; II Peter 1:4-10). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 3:18 ). Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer's glorification at Christ's coming (Romans 8:17 ; II Corinthians 5:17; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:4; I John 3:2-3).

Election

We teach that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves and sanctifies (Mark 13:27; Ephesians 1:4-11; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 2:10; I Peter 1:1-2; Romans 8:28-33).

We teach that election :is consistent with responsibility of man, because it comprehends all the means in connection with the end achieved (John 6:37 ,44; Acts 13:48 ).

We teach that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly sovereign, but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, and wisdom (Romans 9:11 -16). This sovereignty must never exalt the will of God as separate and apart from His character, as revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-28; John 1:6-9; II Timothy 1:9).

JUSTIFICATION

We teach that justification before God is an act of God by which He declares righteous those who believe in Christ (Romans 8:33 ). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20 ), and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Col. 2:14; I Peter 3:18 ), and the imputation of Christ's righteousness to us (Romans 4:6; I Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 5:21). By this means God is enabled to "be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus" (Romans. 3:20 ; 4:3-5).

Sanctification

We teach that every believer is "set apart" (sanctified) unto God by the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every believer is therefore declared to be holy and identified as a Saint. This is not a progressive sanctification; this sanctification has to do with the believer's standing, not his present state (Acts 20:32; I Corinthians 1:2,30; 6:11; II Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 2:11, 3:1, 10:10,14, 13:12; Jude 1).

We teach that there is, by the work of the Holy Spirit, an experiential sanctification, by which the state of the believer is progressively brought closer to the standing the believer enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like the Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17,19; Romans 6:1-22; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:26; 1 Thessalonians 4:3,4, 5:23).

In this respect we teach that every saved person is involved in a conflict - the new man in Christ is set against the flesh - but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of the sin nature is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over it (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9,10; I Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9; Philippians 3:12).

Security

We teach that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 5:24, 6:37-50, 10:27,30, 17:15,20; Romans 5:9,10, 8:1,31-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25, 13:5; I Peter 1:5; Jude 24).

We teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality (Romans 6:15-22, 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13,25,26; Titus 2:11-15).

Separation

We teach that the doctrine of separation from sin is clearly evident throughout the Old and New Testaments, and that the Scriptures clearly indicate that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall increase (II Corinthians 6:14 7:1; II Timothy 3:1-5).

We teach that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord and that separation from all religious apostasy, and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of God (Romans 12: I-2, 14:13; II Corinthians 6:14; 7:1; Tim 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11; I Corinthians 5:9-13).

We teach that believers should be separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ (Leviticus 19:2; John 15:1-5; Galatians 5:16; I Thessalonians 2:11-12; I Thessalonians 1:9; Hebrews 12:1-2).

Section 4. Concerning the Church

One Body

We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body - the Church (I Corinthians 1.2:12-13), of which Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:22, 4:15; Colossians 1:18), and which is His espoused Bride (II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7,8).

We teach that the formation of this Body began, on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21, 38-47), and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own in the Rapture (I Corinthians 15; I Thessalonians 4:13 -18).

We teach that the Church is, then, a unique spiritual organism (Matthew 16:118) made up of all born again believers in this present age (Ephesians 2:11 -22, 3:1-6). The Church is distinct from Israel (I Corinthians 10:32 ), a mystery not revealed until this age (Ephesians 3:1-6, 5:32 ).

We teach that the establishment and continuity of local, churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:23-27, 20:17,28; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; I Thessalonians 1:l ; II Thessalonians 1:1 ), that the members of this one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies (I Corinthians 11:18-20; Hebrews 10:25).

We teach that the one, the supreme authority for the Church is Christ (I Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22 ; Colossians l:18), and that the order, discipline, and worship are appointed through His sovereignty. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the assembly are Pastors and Pastor-Teachers (Acts 20:28 ; Ephesians 4:11 ), and Deacons who must fit biblical qualifications (I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-5).

We teach that these leaders lead or rule as the ministers of Christ (I Timothy 5:17 -22; I Peter 5:1-5) and have His authority in leading the Church. The congregation is to submit to their leadership (Hebrews 13:7,17).

We teach the disciplining of sinning members of the congregation in accord with the standards of Scripture (Matthew 18:15-22; Acts 5:1-11; I Corinthians 5; II Thessalonians 3:6-15; I Timothy 1:19-20; Titus 1:10-16; Galatians 6:1).

We teach the autonomy of the local church, free from any external authority or control, with the right of self-government and freedom from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations (Acts 6:1-7; Titus 1:5). It is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other for the presentation and propagation of the faith. (I Thessalonians 4:9,10; Philippians 4:14-18; II Corinthians 11:9; Acts 11:28-29).

We teach that the purpose of the Church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:21) by building itself up in the faith (Ephesians 4:13-16), by instruction of the Word (II Timothy 2:2,15; II Timothy 3:16,17), by fellowship (Acts 2:42; I John 1:3), by keeping the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42), and by advancing and communicating the Gospel to the entire world (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8, 2:42).

We teach the calling of all saints to the work of the ministry (I Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 4:11-12; Revelation 22:12).

Gifted

We teach the accomplishment of God's purpose in the world. For the accomplishment of that purpose He has given the Church spiritual gifts. First, He gave gifted men for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:7-12), and He also gives unique and special spiritual abilities to each member of the Body of Christ (Romans 12:5-8; I Corinthians 12; I Peter 4:10 -11). At the moment of spiritual birth every believer receives such a gift or gifts (I Corinthians 12:4-13). These gifts are sovereignly bestowed and cannot be sought (I Corinthians 12:11 ). It is essential that every believer discovers, develops, and employs his spiritual gift or gifts for the edification of the Body and the accomplishment of the work of Christ in the World (Romans 12:3-8; I Peter 4:10-11).

We teach that there were two kinds of gifts: temporary confirming gifts and permanent edifying gifts. With the New Testament revelation at last complete, the confirming gifts are no longer a necessary (I Corinthians 13:8-12) criteria for evaluating the validity of a man and his message, since they can be counterfeited by Satan so as to deceive even believers (Colossians 2:18 ; Rev. 13:13-14).

We teach that the temporary confirming gifts - healing, speaking in tongues (unlearned languages), interpretation, and the working of sign miracles - gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and its authority became established (I Corinthians 13:8-10; II Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:3,4; Acts 19:11-12 with I Corinthians 12:1-31) throughout eternity ( Isaiah 40:8).

We teach that no one possesses the gift, of healing today, but that God does hear and answers the prayer of faith on the part of every believer, and will answer in accordance with His own perfect will, for the sick, suffering, and afflicted (Luke 18:1-6; John 5:7; II Corinthians 12:6-10; James 5:13-16).

Ordinances Observed

We teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Acts 2:38 -42). Christian baptism (by immersion) is the testimony of a believer, showing forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, and our union with Him in death to sin, and resurrection to a new life (Romans 6:1-11; Acts 8:36-39). It is also a sign of fellowship, identification with the visible Body of Christ (Acts 2:41 ,42).

We teach that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination (I Corinthians 11:23 -38). We also teach that while Christ's flesh and blood is not present actually, the Lord's Supper is an actual communion with the risen Christ who is present in a unique way fellowshipping with His People (I Corinthians 10:16)

Section 5. Concerning Angels

Holy Angels

We teach that angels are created beings, and therefore are not to be worshipped although they are a higher order of creation than man, created to serve God and to worship Him (Luke 2: 9-14; Hebrews 1:6,7,14, 2:6,7; Revelation 5:11).

Fallen Angels

We teach that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator, involving numerous angels in his fall (Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12 -17; Ezekiel 28:11-19), and introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve (Genesis 3:1-15).

We teach that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Matthew 4:1-11; 25:41), and the prince of this world who was defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20 ), and he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Job 1:6,7; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Revelation 20:10 ).

Section 6. Concerning Last Things (Eschatology)

Death

We teach that physical death (Revelation 6:9) involves no loss of consciousness (Revelation 6:9-11; Matthew 10:28), that the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:23), that there is a separation of soul and body (II Corinthians 5:8), and that such separation will continue until the Rapture (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:50-58), when spirit, soul and body will be reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Philippians 3:21; I Corinthians 15:35-44,50-54). Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:8).

We teach the bodily resurrection of all men (Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:11 -15; John 5:28 -29), the saved to eternal life (Romans 8:10 -11,19-23; II Corinthians 4:14 ; John 5:29 ; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:6), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29 ; Rev. 20:6,13-15).

We teach that the souls of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades (Luke 16:19 -26), where they are kept under punishment until the second resurrection (Luke 16:19 -26; Revelation 20:1-15), when the soul and a resurrection body are united (John 5:28 ,29). They shall then appear at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11 -15) and shall be cast into the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41-46), separated from life with God forever (II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41-46).

The Rapture of the Church

We teach the personal bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 4:16; Titus 2:11-13), to translate His Church from this earth (John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:15, 5:11), and to reward them according to their works (Romans 14:10-12; I Corinthians 3:11-15; II Corinthians 5:10), with sufficient time elapsing between this event and His glorious return with His Church to allow for the judgment of believers' works, and that this period includes the 70th week of Daniel's prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-31, 25:31-46).

The Tribulation Period

We teach that immediately following the removal of the Church from the earth (John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:13 -18), the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27 , 12:1; II Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 16:1-21). These judgments will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the Earth (Matthew 24:15-31, 25:31-46; II Thessalonians 2:7-12: I Timothy 6:14), at which time the Old Testament and Tribulation Saints will be raised and the living will be judged (Revelation 20:4-6; Daniel 12:2,3; Revelation 6:9-11).

The Second Coming and The Millennial Reign

We teach that, after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of David (Matthew 25:31; Luke 1:31 -33; Acts 1:10 -11, 2:29 ,30), and establish His Messianic kingdom for a thousand years on the earth (Revelation 20:1-7). During this time the resurrection saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth (Daniel 7:17-22; Revelation 19:11-16). This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan from the world (Daniel 7:17 -27; Rev. 20:1-7).

We teach that the kingdom itself will be the fulfillment of God's promise to Israel (Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 8:1-17), to restore them to the land which they forfeited through their disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15-68, 30:1-10), with the result that Israel was temporarily set aside (Matthew 21:43; Romans 11:1-26), but who will once again be awakened through repentance (Jeremiah. 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:22-32; Romans 11:25-29), to enter into the land of blessing (Revelation 20:4-6).

We teach that this time of our Lord's reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, righteousness, and long life (Isaiah 11:1-16, 65:17-25; Ezekiel 36:33-38), and will be brought to an end with the release of Satan (Rev. 20:7).

The Judgment Of The Lost

We teach that following the release of Satan after the thousand year reign (Revelation 20:7), Satan will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints and the beloved city (Revelation 20:9). At that time Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven (Revelation 20:9). Following this, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10 ), whereupon Christ, who is the judge of all men (John 5:22 ), will resurrect and judge the great and small at the Great White Throne judgment.

We teach that this resurrection of the unsaved dead will be a physical resurrection, whereupon receiving their judgment (Revelation 20:11 -15), they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11 -15).

Eternity

We teach that after the closing of The Millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers, the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God (Revelation 21:3); that the elements of this Earth are to be "dissolved" and replaced with a new earth wherein only righteousness dwells (II Peter 3:10; Revelation 21:1-7); that the heavenly city that comes down out of heaven is to be the dwelling place of the Saints (Revelation 21:2), where they will enjoy forever, fellowship with God and one another (John 17:24). The Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up The Kingdom Of God to the Father, (I Corinthians 15:24-28), that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever (I Corinthians 15:28).


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