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 the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible, authoritative, written word of God, (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:21)

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3)

3. We believe that the universe originated by the creative act of God as revealed in Holy Scriptures, and that the form of every kind of life was fixed at the time of its creation. We believe in the 6-day, literal creation of the earth. (Gen 1:1; John 1:1-3)

4. We believe that man, originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, fell from his high and holy estate as a result of sin, and, as a consequence, was given the penalty of death; both immediate spiritual death, and subsequent physical death. (Gen. 1:26; John 5:40; Eph. 2:1-3)

5. We believe that all men are lost and sinful, and that salvation is received through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and by the act of regeneration of life by the Holy Spirit of God. (Rom. 3:23-26; Titus 3:5)

6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. (I Tim. 2:5)

7. We believe in the true deity and true humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His pre-existence, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His future visible, immanent return in power and glory. (Col. 1:13-20; John 5:39; Rom. 15:4)

8. We believe that it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ, to be assured of their salvation from the very day they take Him to be their Savior.  (I John 5:13; Luke 10:20; Rom. 8:33-39)

9. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt. 16:16-18; Eph. 1:20-23; John 17:20-23)

10. We believe that by the present indwelling ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, that we are called with a holy calling to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Rom. 8:12-13; Eph. 4:22-24; I John 3:5-9)

11. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved will pass in death immediately into His presence until the reunification with the glorified bodies at His coming. The lost remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment when they will be cast into eternal punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; John 5:24-25,28-29; Rev. 20:11-15; II Thess. 1:7-9)

12. We believe in the personal imminent, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (I Thess 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6; I Thess 1:10, 5:9; Rev. 3:10)

13. We believe in the support of and participation in the task of fulfilling the Great Commission is an obligation of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:19-20)

14. We believe that the definition of marriage as defined in the Bible is a covenant monogamous relationship to be entered into solely by one man and one woman. Any other redefinition of marriage, is against the ordinances of God. (Gen. 2:27; Malachi 2:14-15; Matt. 19:4-6; I Cor. 6:9-11)

15. 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; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were compiled and their authority became established. (I Cor. 12:4-11; II Cor. 12:12)

16. We recognize the ordinances of water baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:23-26)


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