Gages Lake Bible Church

Our Beliefs

 

Gages Lake Bible Church is a member of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America (IFCA). We support the IFCA as a fellowship committed to biblical ministry. Our mission: we are called through prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit to proclaim Jesus Christ, to make disciples everywhere, and to love our community.

Statement of Faith

1. We believe all of the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, complete, inerrant, and authoritative for all matters of faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21)

2. We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Matt 28:19; Heb. 1:1-3; 2 Cor. 13:14)

3. We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and his sinless life, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension to heaven, and His future visible, immanent return to earth in power and glory. (John 1:1, 14, 18; I Tim. 3:16; Luke 21:27)

4. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truth. (John 16:8-15; II Cor. 3:6; Acts 1:8)

5. We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell from his position as a result of sin; and, as a consequence of sin, was given the penalty of death; both immediate spiritual death, and subsequent physical death. (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3; Eph. 2:1-3)

6. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace, not of ourselves, but by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19)

7. We believe that the life of the believer should be a walk after the Spirit, and not the flesh. We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others. (Rom. 8:12-13; Rom. 12:1-2) We believe that Satan is a created angel, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man. (Is. 14:12-17; Job 1:6-7)

8. We believe the true Church, beginning at Pentecost, comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone, and that it is manifest in local churches. (Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:25-27; I Tim. 3:1-13) We recognize both of the ordinances of believer’s water baptism and the Lord’s supper as being scriptural means of testimony for the church age. (Matt 28:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-26) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. (I Cor. 12:4-11)

9. We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 5:19-20)

10. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (John 5:28-29; John 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-13) We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones. (I Thess. 4:13-18) We believe dispensations to be periods of time during which man is tested in respect to his obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God, yet salvation has always been by grace through faith alone. (Eph. 1:10)

11. We believe that the definition of marriage as defined in the Bible is a covenant monogamous relationship to be entered into solely by one natural-born man and one natural-born woman. (Gen 2:27; Matt. 19:4-6)

12. We believe that the universe originated by the creative act of God (ex nihilo “out of nothing”) in six [6] consecutive solar days as revealed in Holy Scriptures. (Gen. 1:1-2:4a; John 1:1-3; Heb. 11:3; Ps 33:6,9) We believe God created the first man in His own image, Adam from the dust of the ground and the first woman Eve from his side. (Gen. 1:27-28; Gen. 2:7) We believe the days in Genesis do not correspond to geologic ages, but are six [6] consecutive twenty-four [24] hour days of creation. (Ex. 20:11)


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