Our Doctrine

The elders of Grace Bible Fellowship encourage a level of doctrinal tolerance and openness and we welcome and value fellowship with all members of the body of Christ. However, there are fundamental scriptural truths that one will need to affirm if they desire to be comfortable within our fellowship and minister in our body.

  • We believe and teach that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe and teach the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory. 


INTRODUCTION

The following document outlines the position of Grace Bible Fellowship on key biblical doctrines. The Elders recognize that there may be those who choose to fellowship with us who do not agree in all points with our teaching positions. We welcome these to participate freely with us, yet this document outlines what will be taught in the various ministries of Grace Bible Fellowship. They also provide a scriptural anchor to protect this local body against the theological drift and the undue influence of worldly fads.

For this reason, though we welcome and value fellowship with all believers in Jesus Christ, we do not allow teaching within our various ministries that is at significant variance with our stated teaching positions.

This document is in annotated, outlines format so that it will serve as a useful tool so people can easily determine our teaching positions. It is our hope and prayer that this document will encourage a deeper study of God’s Word and growth in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

God

  1. Existence of God
    1. There is one living and true God – Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7.
    2. Scripture assumes the existence of God – Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7.
    3. God is personal, spirit, infinite and perfect – John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Acts 17:28.
  2. Attributes of God.
    1. Creator – Gen. 1; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11.
    2. Self-existent – John 5:26; Rom. 11:36.
    3. Sovereign – Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 45:5; Jeremiah 32:17; Matthew 19:26; Romans 11:36. 4. Unchanging – Mal. 3:16; James 1;17.
    5. Perfect – Psalm18:30; Matthew 5:48; Hebrew 1:13.
    6. Eternal – Psalm 90:2; is. 46:10; 2 Peter 3:8.
    7. Unlimited by space (infinite) – 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:24.
    8. Holy – Job 34:10; Is. 6:1-3; Mt. 5:48.
    9. Truthful – Numbers 23:19; Rom. 3:24; Ephesians 2:8-9
    10. Loving – John 3:16; Romans 5:8.
    11. Merciful – Romans 11:32; Titus 3:5.
    12. Righteous – Psalms119:137; 145:17; Habakkuk 1:13.
    13. Just – Romans 1:18; 2:6-8.
  3. Trinity
    1. Unity – God is one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – Genesis 1:1-2; Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
    2. Diversity

a) God the Father is:
(1) The first Person of the Trinity – 1 Corinthians 11:1-3.

  1. (2)  The Father over all creation – Acts 17:29; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Hebrews 12:9; James 1:17.
  2. (3)  The Father of Christ -John 2:17; Acts 13:33; 17:5, 24; Colossians 1:15.
  3. (4)  The Father of believers – Matthew 6:8-9; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6.

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  1. b)  God the Son is:
    (1) The second Person of the Trinity.
    (2) Deity (fully God) – John 1; 10:30; Hebrews 1:3.
    (3) Human (fully man) – Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 2:9.
    (4) Virgin born – Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35.
    (5) The atoning sacrifice for man – Romans 3:25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24. (6) Resurrected – Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3. (7) Ascended – at the Father’s right hand – Hebrews 1:3
    (8) Believer’s advocate and High Priest – Hebrews 7:25; 9:24.
    (9) The Head of the Church – Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18.
  2. c)  God the Holy Spirit is:
    (1) The third Person of the Trinity.
    (2) A Person, not a force – John 14:26; 16:13.
    (3) Deity (fully God) – Psalms 139:7-10; Acts 5:3,4; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Corinthians 2:10; Romans 5:13.
    (4) Involvement in salvation – 1 Corinthians 12:13; John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; Ephesians 1:13.
    (a) Regenerates (b) Baptizes
    (c) Indwells
    (d) Sanctifies (e) Instructs
    (f) Empowers (g) Seals (5) Involvement in Scripture – 2 Peter 1:12-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 1 John 2:20, 27. (a) Superintendent over biblical writers.
    (b) Inspire text of Scripture.
    (c) Illumination of believers to understand Scripture.

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Christ

  1. The Old Testament Appearances of Christ
    1. The Angel of the LORD.
      1. a)  Refers to Himself as God and does the works of God – Genesis 22:1-12; Exodus 3:2-6; Judges 13:18-22.
      2. b)  Neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit ever take bodily form – John 1:18.
      3. c)  The Angel of the Lord has no NT appearance.
    2. As a Man.
      1. a)  There are instances in the OT where the Christ appears in bodily appearance of a man – Genesis18:1-2; 32:24; Joshua 5:13; Daniel 3:24.
      2. b)  The sound of Him walking in the garden may require Him to have a human body – Genesis 3:8.
    3. Incarnation
      1. a)  This is the condescension and humiliation of Christ, wherein He voluntarily waived the rights and privileges of deity taking upon Himself the limitations of humanity – Philippians 2:5-9; John 1:14; 6:51; 17:5; 2 Corinthians 8:9.
      2. b)  This act includes Christ’s voluntary giving up of the full independent expression of His divine rights, privileges, and attributes (“kenosis”).
      3. c)  This also involved the unique miraculous combination of full deity and true humanity in the person of Christ (“hypostatic union”).
  2. Deity
    1. Jesus Christ explicitly claimed to be God – John 5:17-18; 8:58; 10:30.
    2. Jesus Christ was called by divine names – Joel 2:32; Matthew 1:23; Romans 10:13. 3. Jesus Christ possessed divine attributes: a) Eternality – Micah 5:2; John 8:58; Revelation 22:13. b) Omnipotence – Matthew 28:18.
    c) Omniscience – John 16:30.
    d) Immutability (unchanging) – Hebrews 13:8. 4. Jesus Christ performed divine works:
    a) Creation – John 1:3; Colossians 1:16 b) Forgiveness of sins – Matthew 9:2 c) Raised the dead – John 11:25
  3. Sinless humanity
    1. Jesus Christ represented fallen humanity without sinful condition – 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; 2 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:17.
    2. He had a human birth but of a virgin – Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:2-15, 23; Galatians 4:4.
    3. He had normal human growth – Luke 2:52; Philippians 2:5-8.
    4. He had human functions and emotions – John 11:35; 19:28; Luke 24:39.
    5. He had perfect humanity – Luke 1:35; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15.
    6. He has eternal humanity – Luke 24:39; 1 Timothy 2:5; Acts 17:31.


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  1. His Temptation
    1. Jesus Christ was incapable of sinning because His deity was not dependent upon the weakness of humanity.
    2. The reality of Christ’ temptation. a) Temptation does not demand the ability to sin – Luke 4:1-13; Hebrew 4:15.
    b) The purpose of the temptation was not to see if Christ could sin, but to show that He could not sin.
    c) The Holy Spirit initiated Christ to enter the wilderness to be tempted.
    d) If Jesus could have sinned, then the Holy Spirit called Him to sin – Matthew 4:11. 3. The Absence of the Potential to Sin
    1. a)  Jesus Christ only does what the Father does. Therefore to say Christ could sin would demand that God the father could sin as well – John 5:19.
    2. b)  Jesus Christ could not sin in eternity past nor eternity future, and thus not during His temptation on earth. If it was possible for Christ to sin while on earth then He could still sin now – Hebrews 13:8.
    3. c)  Jesus Christ perfectly knew all the ramifications of sin. Sin depends upon ignorance so that people are deceived – John 16:30.
    4. d)  If Jesus Christ were only a man like Adam was, He would have had the potential to sin. But because He was 100% God and 100% Man with both natures making up One Person, he couldn’t have sinned.
    5. e)  The perfect human nature of Jesus Christ. Temptation to sin works in humanity because it calls on the inner sin nature to respond to the outward temptation. Yet, Jesus didn’t possess a sin nature, and so there was nothing within Him by which He could respond to temptation.
  2. The Resurrection

1. Significance

  1. a)  Our entire salvation is dependent upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ – Romans 4:25; 10:10; 1 Corinthians 15:17; 1 Peter 1:3.
  2. b)  Evidence
    (1) Jesus’ missing body – Matthew 28:6; John 20:6-8.
    (2) The testimony of the guards – Matthew 28:11-12.
    (3) The eyewitnesses – Luke 24:39; Acts 3:15; 1 Corinthians 15:6.
    (4) The unmistakeable transformation of the disciples – John 19; Acts 2.
  3. c)  The work of the Trinity – All three Members of the Trinity were involved in the resurrection of Jesus Christ – John 10:18; Gal. 1:1; Philippians 2:9.
  1. Jesus Christ’s Glorification – Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, was restored to His former state of full and unrestricted deity – John 17:5; Philippians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3.
  2. The Present Ministry of Christ.
    1. Jesus Christ intercedes for believers – Romans 8:34
    2. Jesus Christ helps the believer when tempted – Hebrews 2:18
    3. Jesus Christ is the believer’s mediator – Hebrews 10:19; 1 Tim. 2:5. 4. Jesus Christ is preparing a place for his children – John 14:2. 


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The Bible

The inspired Scriptures contain the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments and we’re finished with the completion of the New Testament (NT) – 1 Corinthians 14:37; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Jude 3; Hebrews.1:1-2; 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:15-16; Revelation 22:18-19.

A. Revelation

  1. By ‘revelation’ we mean God’s disclosure of Himself to mankind.
    1. a)  General Revelation – God’s foundational revelation based upon creation and demonstrated in history, nature, and the conscience – Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-20; 2:14-115; Matthew 5:45; Acts 17:24-27.
      (1) General revelation is general in that it is truth that is set before all humanity. This aspect of “general” does not mean that it refers to all truth. There are things that are true, which are not general revelation-Romans 1:17-18; 2:14-15.
      1. (2)  General revelation is so clear and irrefutable that it is known intuitively by all human beings. It is misleading to assign the category of “revelation” to humanly deduced or discovered facts or theories-Romans 1:19; Psalms 19:1-6.
      2. (3)  General revelation is authoritative truth that condemns rejectors for all eternity- Romans 1:20.
    2. b)  Special Revelation – God’s special revelation is found in Jesus Christ and the Bible – John 1:1, 14-18; Hebrews 1:1-2; Romans 1:16.
    3. c)  Progressive Revelation – throughout human history God revealed more and more of His person, character, and will. Through history, God did modify how He dealt with specific people in line with His sovereign plan. No previous revelation was ever contradicted – Hebrews 1:1-2.
  2. Inspiration The Holy Spirit worked through the individual personalities and different styles of the human authors so that, they composed and recorded God’s Word to man. Inspiration extends to the very selection of the words of Scripture – 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
  3. Inerrancy – The Scriptures are absolutely without error in anything part in the original manuscripts – Isaiah 30:8; Matthew 5:18; John 10:32; 2 Timothy 3:16.
  4. Interpretation –
    1. a)  Each passage of Scripture has one intended meaning which is found by the Grammatical- Historical hermeneutic. Our goal is to find that meaning and its life application.
    2. b)  The Holy Spirit helps the believer to understand the Scriptures – John 7:17; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20.
  5. Authority – Scripture is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for individual believers and for the church – 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12.
  6. Completion of the Canon of Scripture – the inspired Scripture (the Canon) contains the 66 books of the Old Testament (OT) and New Testament (NT). No church council or group of men made certain books canonical. Rather, these 66 books were recognized as clearly inspired by God.

a) The primary issue for inclusion into the Canon was authorship. During the two primary times when God gave written revelation (OT&NT), the main issue was whether or not the author was a spokesman for God; whether an OT prophet, or a NT apostle (prophet) – 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 2:3-4; Ephesians 2:20.

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  1. b)  The writers of Scripture recognized the divine inspiration of their writings – Jeremiah 1:3; Ezekiel 3:10-11; Amos 7:15-17; 1 Corinthians14:37; Galatians 3:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
  2. c)  The NT writers recognized the OT as Scripture – Luke 24:44; John 10:35; Rom. 15:4; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Gal. 3:8; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
  3. d)  Since the completion of the NT, God has given no further written revelation.
    (1) All things necessary for the Christian faith were revealed in the OT and the NT – Jude 3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17.
    1. (2)  God’s special revelation is contained in only two resources; The Old and New Testaments – Hebrews 1:1-2.
    2. (3)  There are serious consequences for those who add to or subtract from God Word – Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19.

Man

  1. Created
    1. Man was created in the image of God with intellect, emotion and will – Genesis 1.
    2. Man was created completely free of sin – Genesis 2.
    3. Mankind’s primary reason for being is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever – Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16.
  2. Fallen
    1. When tempted by Satan, Adam rebelled against God and disobeyed – Genesis 3:12; Psalm 14:1-3; 51:5.
    2. Adam’s sin resulted in spiritual and physical death – Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19.
    3. Man became inherently corrupt and incapable of pleasing God – Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14.
  3. Total Depravity
    1. Unregenerate man is fundamentally evil to the core of his being. There is no part of him that is left untouched by sin. Man’s mind, will, and body are all affected by evil – Ecclesiastes 7:20; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 7:14, 23; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19.
    2. The Scriptures reject the false idea that all people struggle with sin yet are inherently good. Form the point of conception all mankind is sinful in every aspect of his being – Romans 3:23; Psalm 51:5.
    3. Total depravity is not utter depravity. Not everyone is as wicked as they could possibly be – Isaiah 64:6.
    4. Only by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit may we be brought out of this state of spiritual death. It is God who makes us alive as we become His workmanship – Jeremiah 13:23; Romans 8:11; Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 3:5; 1 John 1:8-10.
  4. Salvation-salvation is that gracious act of God, whereby, through the atoning blood (death) of Jesus Christ He redeems and reconciles certain individuals to Himself. Salvation is not on the basis of merit, or works – John 1:12; 3:3; Romans 3:24; 8:15, 23; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2 Peter 1:4. 1. Regeneration

a) Regeneration is that instantaneous work of the Holy Spirit through the truth of the Word

of God, which enables people to believe the gospel and imparts new life to them – John 1:13; 3:3-8; Romans 10:17; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5; James 1;18; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 2:29.

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b) Regeneration will result in good works and a transformed life – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:10.

  1. Election
    1. a)  That eternal act of God whereby upon th3e basis so f HIs sovereign will, He chose certain persons, who had no merit, to be the recipients of His special grace and eternal salvation – Mark 13:27; Romans 8:23-33; Ephesians 1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13.
    2. b)  God’s sovereign election is consistent with mankind’s accountability to respond – Deuteronomy 30:19; Matthew 11:28; John 6:37, 44; Acts 13:48; Romans 10:21.
  2. Saving Faith – saving faith is that gift of God which brings a person into intimate relationship with Christ. It is based upon God’s grace rather than a person’ works and when genuine has several main aspects. The following are not “steps” that a person must work through, but are elements that will be present as a total package when there is true saving faith – Acts 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:29; 2 Peter 1:1.
    1. a)  Knowledge of the facts – faith must be based upon the facts of teh Gospel found only in the Word of God – Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 2 Timothy 3:15.
    2. b)  Assent to this knowledge – a person must agree that the facts of the Scriptures are true – Hebrews 11:6.
    3. c)  Repentance – saving faith includes a turning from sin and turning towards God – Acts 2:38; 20:21; 26:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:9.
    4. d)  Submission to Christ – true saving faith implicitly involves a subjection to the person and will fo Jesus Christ with a desire and willingness to know, love, and obey Him – Luke 6:46; John 3:36; 17:3; 20:28; Acts 2:36; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:9-11; James 2; Revelation 19:16.
  3. Justification
    1. a)  Justification is the act of God whereby He declares righteous those who believe in Christ – Romans 3;20; 5:1; 8:33; Philippians 3:9.
    2. b)  Justification is apart from any virtue or work – Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 3:18.
    3. c)  The believer’s sin is imputed to Christ and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the believer – Romans 4:6; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 3:18.

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5. Sanctification

  1. a)  Position – the act of God, whereby the believer is made positionally holy and perfect through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ – Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; Hebrews 2;11.
  2. b)  Process – the Holy Spirit’s ministry of progressively bringing the believer into conformity with the character of Christ – John 17:17, 19; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 5:26.
  3. c)  Perfection – that act of God which occurs when a believer gets to heaven whereby their practice is conformed to their position – perfect and blameless, without spot or blemish – Romans 8:23; 1 Corinthians 15:5; Philippians 3:21; 1 John 3:2.
  4. d)  Security – all of the redeemed are kept eternally secure in Christ by the power of God – John 5:24; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; Ephesians 4:30.
  5. e)  Assurance of Salvation – the subjective realization by a person that he/she is a child of God is a ministry of the Holy Spirit to every obedient believer – Romans 6:15-22; 8:16; 1 John 1:6, 8; 2:3, 9-10, 15-23; 3:9, 17, 24; 4:7, 13, 20; 5:1, 10.

The Church

  1. Defined
    1. The church of Jesus Christ is a body of Christ – Ephesians 4:14-16.
    2. The church consists of born again believers of the church age – Ephesians 2:11-3:6. 3. The church is distinct from Israel – 1 Corinthians 10:32.
    1. a)  The church and Israel have different promises – heavenly vs. earthly – Ezekiel 36:24; Ephesians 1:3.
    2. b)  The Church and Israel have different births – Pentecost vs. Sinai – Exodus 19-20; Acts 2.
    3. c)  The Church and Israel have different nationalities – heavenly vs. Jewish – Jeremiah 31:31; Philippians 3:20.
  2. Organization
    1. Christ is the Head/ultimate authority in the church – 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22. 2. Local assemblies are the New Testament pattern – Acts 14:23,27; 20:17, 28; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 1:1.
  3. Leadership
    1. Elder – these are a team of biblically qualified men who shepherd, oversee, and lead a local body of believers. They make decisions for the church based upon the biblical principle of unanimity – Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 3;1-7; Titus 1:5-9.
      1. a)  An elder is the same as a pastor, shepherd, and overseer – Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2; 1 Timothy 5:17.
      2. b)  Some elders are financially supported by the church while others are self-supporting – 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 Corinthians 9:9-14.
      3. c)  Elders are to be the primary examples of leading through serving – Matthew 20:26; John 13:14-15; 1 Peter 5:3.
    2. Equippers – gifted teachers who devote themselves (under the Eldership) to establishing and setting in order, a church. Specifically, they give themselves to training leaders, being sent or training to send others to establish new churches – 1 Timothy 3:1ff.; 4:1-16; 2 Timothy 2:2-64:1-4; Titus 1:5ff.
    3. Deacons – these are men and women who minister in the church in special areas of service. Acts 6; 1 Timothy 3:8-10.

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  1. a)  Deacons must meet the biblical qualifications and be tested before being entrusted with deacon responsibilities – 1 Timothy 3:10.
  2. b)  Although deacon-work is under the oversight of the elders, deacons are given appropriate authority and responsibility so that they can free up the elders to focus on specific ministry areas – Acts 6.
  1. The Congregation – all believers are commanded to be part of a local assembly of Christians – Hebrews 10:24-25.
  2. Serve – all believers are called to serve one another in the local body through encouragement, exhortation, and exercise of their spiritual gifts – John 15:13; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 2:16.
  3. Submit – believers are commanded by God to submit to the oversight of the elders of their local church – Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 16:15-16; Hebrews 13:7,17; 1 Peter 5:1-3).
  1. Priorities of the church
    1. Exalting God – everything the church does should be an act of worship to God. This should be seen both in the lives of individual believers as well as in the corporate body (1 Peter 2:5).
    2. Edifying the saints – equipping is one of the primary ways to make people like Jesus Christ. This is accomplished as the people in the church invest their lives in one another (Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15; Titus 2:3-5).
    3. Evangelizing the lost – at the heart of Christ’s commission to the church is the command to go to the unreached of the world to win them to Christ and to establish churches (Matthew 28:180-20; Acts 1:8).
  2. Gifts
    1. Permanent, edifying gifts – each believers has been given spiritual gifts in order to edify and build up the body (1 Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Peter 4:10-11).
    2. Temporary, confirming sign gifts – the gifts of speaking in tongues, or languages previously learned, and the working of miracles have gradually ceased as the New Testament canon was completed.
  3. Ordinances
    1. Baptism – by immersion for anyone who confesses faith in Christ (Acts 2:41; 8:36-39; Romans 6:1-11).
    2. Lord’s Supper – a remembrance and proclamation of Christ’s death until He comes again (Matthew 26:26-30; Acts 2:436; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:17-34).
  4. Church discipline –
    1. The plan – God the Father disciplines His children and expects churches and individuals to participate with Him (Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:5-11; Revelation 3:19).
    2. The purpose – the ultimate goal of church discipline is the restoration of the sinning individual. It also purifies the church and prevents others from sinning (Matthew 18:15; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 6:1; 1 TImothy 5:20).
    3. The procedure – church discipline is the process of confronting sin in order to achieve repentance and restoration. It can be carried out privately between two Christians, with two to three witnesses, by the elders, or before the congregation (Matthew 18:15) depending upon the severity, kind, and length of sin.

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L. Giving

  1. Christians are stewards (“managers”) of all their possessions and should contribute financially to the work of the local church (Luke 16:11; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2).
  2. Giving principles a) Give to God (Matthew 6:1).
    b) Give sacrificially (Luke 21:1-4).
    c) Give thoughtfully (1 Corinthians 16:2).
    d) Give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7).
    e) Give proportionately (1 Corinthians 16:2). f) Give regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2).

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Angels

  1. Holy Angels
    1. Angels were created by God to serve and worship God (Psalms 103:20-21; 148:2; Isaiah 6:3; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14;
    2. Angels are spirit-beings (Matthew 22:30; Luke 24:39; Hebrews 1:14).
    3. Angels are regional, moral, and immortal beings (Matthew 24:36; Luke 20:34-36; 1 Peter 1:12; 2 Peter 2:4).
    4. Angels were created to an estate higher than mankind, yet, mankind will judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3; Hebrews 2:6-7; 2 Peter 2:10-11).
    5. Angels serve mankind (Hebrews 1:14).
    6. Angels have a role in the Second Coming (Mark 13:27; 2 Thessalonians 1:7b).
  2. Fallen Angels (“Demons”)
    1. Satan rebelled against his Creator, and led numerous angels in his fall (Job 1:6-7; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Revelation 12:3-4).
    2. Angels were created holy, but some sinned (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6).
    3. Satan was defeated by Jesus Christ at the cross, yet continues as the “god of this world” until his final judgment and condemnation (Romans 16:20; Colossians 2:15; Revelation 20:1-10).
    4. Satan will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10).
    5. Satan and Demons are active in the world (Matthew 8:16; Ephesians 6:12).

The Future

I. Death
A. Believers

  1. Physical – there is a separation of the physical and the immaterial, and the spirit of the believer immediately passes intro the presence of the Lord (Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:21-24).
  2. Resurrection – at the first resurrection, the believer’s spirit and body are reunited to be glorified forever (Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

B. Unbelievers

  1. Physical – at death, the spirits of the unsaved descend immediately into Hades (Job 3:11-19; Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:1-15).
  2. Spiritual – at the second resurrection they will be untied with their body, judged, and cast into the Lake of Fire to be separated from God forever (Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15).

II. The Rapture

  1. Jesus Christ will gather up Christians from the earth and they will be with Him forever (1 Corinthians 15:50-51; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Titus 2:11-12).
  2. This event is the next event on the prophetic calendar, but is not one that is prophesied of in the Old Testament (1 Corinthians 15:23-24).

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  1. The Judgment seat of Jesus Christ
    A. After the Rapture, believers will be rewarded according to their works (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). B. A believer must work hard so that he may gain everlasting reward. However, those rewards are under the sovereign and wise control of the Father (Ephesians 2:10).1
  2. The Tribulation
    1. God will judge the world through a series of plagues, natural and supernatural disasters (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19).
    2. This catastrophic judgment is punishment on the world for their wickedness prior to being cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 6:17; 8:13; 9:20-21; 11:18; 19:15).2
    3. This is the seventieth week, a period of seven literal years, of Daniel 9:24-27.
  3. The Second Coming
    A. Jesus Christ will return to the earth at the end of the Tribulation (Matthew 25:31).
    B. At that time, the Old Testament and Tribulation saints will be raised from the dead, and the living will be judged (Daniel 12:2-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 6:9-11; 20:4-5).3
    C. At this time, He will ascend to David’s Throne in Jerusalem and reign over the earth (2 Samuel 7:13, 16; Psalm 89:34-37).4
  4. Millennium
    1. The Antichrist and the false prophet will be overthrown and Satan will be removed from the world (Daniel 7:17-27; Revelation 20:1-7).
    2. There will be a literal, one thousand year kingdom on the earth, wherein the saints will rule and reign alongside Jesus Christ (Isaiah 42:6; Jeremiah’s 31:31; 33:15; Ezekiel 36:24; 37:21-28; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-7).
    3. This is the fulfillment of the promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 4:13).5
    4. This Millennium will be a time of universal Law, peace, and order under the rulership of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 1:27-28; 2:1-4; 11).

VII.Final Judgment
A. Satan will be released following the Millennium (Revelation 20:7).
B. He will lead a final rebellion and will be thrown into the Lake of Fire burning with brimstone

forever (Revelation 20:7-10). VIII.The Great White Throne Judgment

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The unsaved dead will be resurrected, and will be committed to eternal, conscious punishment in Hell (Matthew 25:41; Romans 14:10-13; Revelation 20:11-15).
This judgment will be conducted by the Father following the verdict reached by the Son (John 5:22-23; Revelation 20:11-15).6

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IX. Eternity
A. All believers of all ages will be with the Lord forever (John 17:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:17).
B. A new heaven and a new earth will be created in order for God and His people to dwell together

forever (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1).