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Statement of Faith

The Doctrinal Statement of Healthy Missions

What We Teach
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Scripture taken from, except those noted otherwise, the NEW
AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®. Replicated from Grace Community Church.

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THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We teach that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man, and
thus the 66 books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit constitute
the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God
(1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

We teach that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation
(1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13), verbally
inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the
original documents, infallible, and God-breathed. We teach the
literal, grammatical-historical interpretation of Scripture which
affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation
in six literal days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17).

We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith
and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17;
1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter
1:20-21).

We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual
authorship. 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 (2 Peter
1:20-21) without error in the whole or in the part (Matthew 5:18;
2 Timothy 3:16).

We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any
given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The
meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal
grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the
enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17; 16:12-15;
1 Corinthians 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20). It is the responsibility of believers
to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture,
recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations.
Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men
stand in judgment of it.

GOD

We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy
6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing
Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)—each equally deserving
worship and obedience.

<b>God the Father.</b> We teach that 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; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the
Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9). As the only
absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in
creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans
11:36). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the
Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father
to all men (Ephesians 4:6), but He is spiritual Father only to believers
(Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed for His own
glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He continually
upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles
29:11). In His sovereignty He is neither the author nor approver of
sin (Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38-47), nor does He abridge the
accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has
graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as
His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He saves from sin all who come to Him
through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to
Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John
1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9).

<b>God the Son.</b> We teach that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the
Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is
coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father (John 10:30;
14:9).

We teach that God the Father created according to His own will,
through His Son, Jesus Christ, by whom all things continue in existence
and in operation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews
1:2).

We teach that in the incarnation (God becoming man) Christ surrendered
only the prerogatives of deity but nothing of the divine
essence, either in degree or kind. In His incarnation, the eternally
existing second Person of the Trinity accepted all the essential
characteristics of humanity and so became the God-Man
(Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9).

We teach that Jesus Christ represents humanity and deity in indivisible
oneness (Micah 5:2; John 5:23; 14:9-10; Colossians 2:9).

We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14;
Matthew 1:23, 25; Luke 1:26-35); that He was God incarnate (John
1:1, 14); and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God,
redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 9:6;
John 1:29; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 7:25-26; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

We teach that, in the incarnation, the second Person of the Trinity
laid aside His right to the full prerogatives of coexistence with God
and took on an existence appropriate to a servant while never
divesting Himself of His divine attributes (Philippians 2:5-8).
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption
through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross
and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory,
and redemptive (John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter
2:24).

We teach that on the basis of the efficacy of the death of our Lord
Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, the
penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin; and that
he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the
family of God (Romans 3:25; 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter
2:24; 3:18).

We teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical
resurrection from the dead and that He is now ascended to the right
hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and
High Priest (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39; Acts 2:30-31; Romans
4:25; 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1).

We teach that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave,
God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has
accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross. Jesus’ bodily resurrection
is also the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all
believers (John 5:26-29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10;
1 Corinthians 15:20, 23).

We teach that Jesus Christ 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 millennial kingdom on earth (Acts 1:9-11; 1 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 (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
• 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 (1 Timothy 2:5), the Head
of His Body the church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18), and
the coming universal King, who will reign on the throne of David
(Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:31-33), He is the final Judge of all who fail to
place their trust in Him as Lord and Savior (Matthew 25:14-46;
Acts 17:30-31).

God the Holy Spirit

We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine
Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality
and deity, including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13), emotions
(Ephesians 4:30), will (1 Corinthians 12:11), eternality (Hebrews
9:14), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience (Isaiah
40:13-14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness (John
16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial
with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26;
1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Jeremiah 31:31-34 with
Hebrews 10:15-17).

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

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 (1 Corinthians 12:13). The
broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of
sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus
Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ (John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 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 (1 Corinthians 12:13). The Holy Spirit also indwells,
sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them
unto the day of redemption (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 3:6;
Ephesians 1:13).

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the
apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing
God’s revelation, the Bible (2 Peter 1:19-21). Every believer possesses
the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment
of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be
filled with (controlled by) the Spirit (John 16:13; Romans 8:9;
Ephesians 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).

We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the
church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by
ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing
His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the
most holy faith (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11;
2 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 and the working of sign miracles in
the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing
to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and
were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of believers
(1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians
4:7-12; Hebrews 2:1-4).

MAN

We teach that man was directly and immediately created by God in
His image and likeness. Man was created free of sin with a rational
nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral
responsibility to God (Genesis 2:7, 15-25; James 3:9).
We teach that God’s intention in the creation of man was that man
should glorify God, enjoy God’s fellowship, live his life in the will
of God, and by this accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world (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, man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of
spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God,
and became 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, man
is hopelessly lost. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace
through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis
2:16-17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14;
Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).

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

SALVATION

We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of
the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and 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 given
(John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5). 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) when the repentant sinner, as
enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision
of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of
repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct.
Good works are the proper evidence and fruit of regeneration
(1 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; 2 Peter
1:4-10). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed
to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorification at Christ’s coming (Romans 8:17; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 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 (Romans 8:28-30;
Ephesians 1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter
1:1-2).

We teach that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the
responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord
(Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22-23;
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 22:17). Nevertheless, since
sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation
as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God
determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in
faith, and all who come in faith the Father will receive (John
6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8).

We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants to totally
depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own part or
to God’s anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but
is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7; Titus
3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2).

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, wisdom, grace, and love
(Romans 9:11-16). This sovereignty will always exalt the will of
God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed
in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-28; 2 Timothy
1:9).

Justification

We teach that justification before God is an act of
God (Romans 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who,
through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38;
3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:6-7) and
confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians
12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:11). This righteousness is
apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20; 4:6) and
involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21). By this means God is
enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in
Jesus” (Romans 3:26).

Sanctification

We teach that every believer is sanctified (set apart)
unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and
is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional
and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive
sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s
standing, not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:32;
1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11;
3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2).

We teach that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a
progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is
brought closer to the standing the believer positionally 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 our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans
6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23).

In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a
daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the
flesh—but adequate provision is made for victory through the
power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle nevertheless 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 sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit
does provide for victory over sin (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians
4:22-24; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16;
1 John 3:5-9).

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;
6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8;
Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 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 2:11-14).

Separation

We teach that separation from sin is clearly called for
throughout the Old and New Testaments, and that the Scriptures
clearly indicate that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall
increase (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5).

We teach that, out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of
God granted to us, and because our glorious God is so worthy of our
total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to
demonstrate our adoring love to God and so as not to bring
reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We also teach that separation
from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded
of us by God (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13;
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).

We teach that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus
Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; Hebrews 12:1-2) and affirm that
the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the
teaching of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-12) and a continual pursuit
of holiness (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14;
Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10).

THE CHURCH

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

We teach that the formation of the church, the Body of Christ,
began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-21, 38-47) and will be
completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture
(1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

We teach that the church is thus a unique spiritual organism
designed by Christ, made up of all born-again believers in this present
age (Ephesians 2:11-3:6). The church is distinct from Israel
(1 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;
1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:1) and that the members of
the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves together
in local assemblies (1 Corinthians 11:18-20; Hebrews 10:25).

We teach that the one supreme authority for the church is Christ
(1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18) and that
church leadership, gifts, order, discipline, and worship are all
appointed through His sovereignty as found in the Scriptures. The
biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the
assembly are elders (also called bishops, pastors, and pastorteachers;
Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11) and deacons, both of whom
must meet biblical qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9;
1 Peter 5:1-5).

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

We teach the importance of discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20;
2 Timothy 2:2), mutual accountability of all believers to each other
(Matthew 18:5-14), as well as the need for discipline of sinning
members of the congregation in accord with the standards of
Scripture (Matthew 18:15-22; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13;
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; Titus 1:10-16).

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
(Titus 1:5).

We teach that it is scriptural for true churches to
cooperate with each other for the presentation and propagation of
the faith. Each local church, however, through its elders and their
interpretation and application of Scripture, should be the sole judge
of the measure and method of its cooperation. The elders should
determine all other matters of membership, policy, discipline,
benevolence, and government as well (Acts 15:19-31; 20:28;
1 Corinthians 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

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 (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16-17),
by fellowship (Acts 2:47; 1 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 service
(1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 4:12; Revelation 22:12).
We teach the need of the church to cooperate with God as He
accomplishes His purpose in the world. To that end, He gives the
church spiritual gifts. He gives men chosen 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; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31;
1 Peter 4:10-11).

We teach that there were two kinds of gifts given the early church:
miraculous gifts of divine revelation and healing, given temporarily
in the apostolic era for the purpose of confirming the authenticity
of the apostles’ message (Hebrews 2:3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:12); and
ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edifying one another.
With the New Testament revelation now complete, Scripture
becomes the sole test of the authenticity of a man’s message, and
confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are no longer necessary to
validate a man or his message (1 Corinthians 13:8-12). Miraculous
gifts can even be counterfeited by Satan so as to deceive even
believers (1 Corinthians 13:13-14:12; Revelation 13:13-14). The
only gifts in operation today are those nonrevelatory equipping gifts
given for edification (Romans 12:6-8).

We teach that no one possesses the gift of healing today, but that
God does hear and answer the prayer of faith and will answer in
accordance with His own perfect will for the sick, suffering, and
afflicted (Luke 18:1-6; John 5:7-9; 2 Corinthians 12:6-10; James
5:13-16; 1 John 5:14-15).

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 (Acts 8:36-39) is the solemn and beautiful
testimony of a believer showing forth his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Romans 6:1-11). It is also a sign of
fellowship and 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 always preceded
by solemn self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:28-32). We also
teach that, whereas the elements of Communion are only representative
of the flesh and blood of Christ, participation in the Lord’s
Supper is nevertheless an actual communion with the risen Christ,
who indwells every believer, and so is present, fellowshipping with
His people (1 Corinthians 10:16).

ANGELS

Holy Angels

We teach that angels are created beings and are therefore
not to be worshiped. Although they are a higher order of creation
than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him
(Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Revelation 5:11-14; 19:10;
22:9).

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 (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19), by taking numerous
angels with him in his fall (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1-14),
and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of
Eve (Genesis 3:1-15).

We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and
man (Isaiah 14:13-14; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:9-10); that
he is the prince of this world, who has been defeated through the
death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20); and that he
shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-17;
Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

LAST THINGS

Death

We teach that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial
consciousness (Revelation 6:9-11), that the soul of the
redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke
23:43; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8), that there is a separation
of soul and body (Philippians 1:21-24), and that, for the
redeemed, such separation will continue until the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17), which initiates the first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6), when our soul and body will be reunited to be
glorified forever with our Lord (Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians
15:35-44, 50-54). Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in
Christ remain in joyful fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ (2
Corinthians 5:8).

We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal
life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14), and
the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2;
John 5:29; Revelation 20:13-15).

We teach that the souls of the unsaved at death are kept under punishment
until the second resurrection (Luke 16:19-26; Revelation
20:13-15), when the soul and the resurrection body will be united
(John 5:28-29). They shall then appear at the Great White Throne
Judgment (Revelation 20:11-15) and shall be cast into hell, the
lake of fire (Matthew 25:41-46), cut off from the life of God forever
(Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
The Rapture of the Church.

We teach the personal, bodily return
of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year tribulation
(1 Thessalonians 4:16; Titus 2:13) to translate His church from this
earth (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-
5:11) and, between this event and His glorious return with His
saints, to reward believers according to their works (1 Corinthians
3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Tribulation Period

We teach that immediately following the
removal of the church from the earth (John 14:1-3; 1 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;
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 16), and that these judgments
will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the earth
(Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31-46; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12). At that
time the Old Testament and tribulation saints will be raised and the
living will be judged (Daniel 12:2-3; Revelation 20:4-6). This period
includes the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy (Daniel
9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-31; 25:31-46).

The Second Coming and the Millennial Reign

We teach that,
after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved (2 Peter 3:10) and replaced with a new
earth, wherein only righteousness dwells (Ephesians 5:5;
Revelation 20:15; 21:1-27; 22:1-21). Following this, the heavenly
city will come down out of heaven (Revelation 21:2) and will be
the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship
with God and one another (John 17:3; Revelation 21-22).

Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will
then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father (1 Corinthians
15:24-28), that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and
ever (1 Corinthians 15:28).

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN

Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular
religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian
means you have embraced what the Bible says about God,
mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in
Scripture.

God Is Sovereign Creator

Contemporary thinking says man is the
product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a
personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him.
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created
everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns
and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority
over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and
worship.

God Is Holy

God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3),
therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God
requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be
holy, for I am holy.”

Mankind Is Sinful

According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of
sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46).
That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human
kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or
pleasing God on our own. (Romans 3:10-12).

Sin Demands a Penalty

God’s holiness and justice demand that all
sin be punished by death: (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing
our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate
its consequences.

Jesus Is Lord and Savior

The New Testament reveals it was Jesus
Himself who created everything (Colossians 1:16). Therefore He
owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has
authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience,
and worship. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your
mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him
from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice
demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the
penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied
the demands of God’s justice and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the
demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling
Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him
(Romans 3:26).

The Character of Saving Faith

True faith is always accompanied
by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you
are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious
choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue
Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him
(1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ.
Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19),
but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always
responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

If you have questions about how you can become a Christian, or
want help in knowing how to live the Christian life, please write to:

Healthy Missions, 4203 Genesee Ave. #103, San Diego,
California 92117.

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