Triune. Three in One. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the only active and living God. He is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Omniscient (all knowing), Omnipotent (all powerful), and Omnipresent (present everywhere). He created mankind and expects obedience from His creation yet is gracious and merciful when dealing with His people in spite of their rebellion into sin.
Rebellion. Blindness. Guilt. Death.
All of mankind rebelled against God in Adam and Eve. When Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil against the will of God, the great rebellion began. This Original Sin passed through generations impacting even those born today. We are born to a rebellious and guilty race deserving of punishment. We cannot see the kingdom of God unless the Spirit of God causes us to be born again unto a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Second person of the trinity. Fully God. Fully Man. Savior
The perfect God-man was sent by the Father to be the Savior of the world. He is God, eternal and perfect in Holiness, and man in that He took on flesh at His birth. Through His death and resurrection from death, God saved all those that have been called according to the purpose of God from punishment for rebellion against the Lord.
Word of God. Penned by Spirit led men. Revelation.
The Lord revealed Himself to us through the Bible. Creation shows forth many characteristics of God, but mankind was blinded in rebellion and unable to see or know Him. God was unwilling to let this continue. He revealed Himself through prophets and other writers of Scripture. It is by this revelation that we see His kingdom, know Him, and receive His grace and mercy by faith.
Repentance. Faith. Christ.
We are saved by faith alone in Christ alone. The great Reformation of the church held to what is known as the Five Solas (Sola is latin for “Alone”). These statements explain that our salvation is a work of God through faith in Christ. From what are we saved? The sin of our parents, Adam and Eve, cast us under the shadow of the wrath of God, and we are saved from this by the grace of God through Christ.
Christ. Elders. Deacons. Plurality.
Ephesians, Timothy and Titus give a foundational understanding of leadership within the Church. Jesus Christ is exalted as head of the church, which is His body. The Lord selects leaders for His people through His people as they apply the marks of leadership given in Timothy, Titus and beyond.
Elders are husbands of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome and not a lover of money. The elders are overseers ruling the church as shepherds under the authority of Christ.
Deacons are spiritual men who administer the ministry of mercy. These men are dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine and not greedy for dishonest gain among other things.
MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIPS
One Flesh. Creation Ordinance.
God created Adam and Even then explained that the man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to His wife. They would become one flesh. Marriage is not a man made institute. The attraction between man and woman is not accidental or environmental. Scripture reveals it is God ordained and that we were created in this manner.
Anything outside of what God ordains or commands is sin. The Church is commanded by its head, Jesus Christ, to make disciples of all nations teaching them to obey all that Christ commanded. Under the blindness of the curse, mankind continues the rebellion begun in Adam. As in one man, Adam, all die, but also in one man, Christ, shall all be made alive.
We preach Christ crucified and call all people to repentance. Many in our society today reject God’s expectations for intimacy, marriage and sexuality. It is the church’s responsibility before God to call all to repentance. This call of repentance comes with a promise. Joy, hope and peace beyond understanding await those who heed the call to repent of rebellion.
God’s people are also commanded to love one another and to love our neighbors as ourself. Love does not ignore sin, but as is explained in Matthew 18, it lovingly corrects it in the hope that the sinner returns to Christ and unity is restored. The battle cry of “thou shalt not judge” is not applied correctly and thus has no weight in this discussion. The argument that “it is not loving to deny people the right to love whoever they want”, is not a Scriptural argument and thus must be denied.
Death. Sin. Forgiveness.
Women are being lied to by so called doctors that have an insatiable lust for money. Women are promised happiness and peace only to find despair and guilt. There are two sides to the discussion on abortion.
First we understand murder to be contrary to God’s will and thus it is sin. Abortion is nothing less than the murder of an unborn child. Modern technology reveals this truth even if those profiting from the industry continue to deny it.
Second, the death and resurrection of Christ was meant to save those who could not save themselves. There is forgiveness in Christ who also brings a peace that surpasses all understanding. There is no guilt too burdensome for Christ. He tells us to come to Him because His burden and yoke are light and easy. On the cross Christ carried the weight of all our filthy sin and removed it from us as far as the east is from the west. So to those who have had an abortion the message is not to simply ignore it and move on with life. The message is to bring that burden to Christ and let Him provide healing and hope beyond anything you could ask for or imagine.
To those considering abortion, do not believe the lies of the abortion industry. This is not a matter of women’s health. That is an invalid argument. It is a logical fallacy presenting only two options: Allow abortions or care nothing for women’s health. The third option is to care for the woman’s health AND the health of the unborn child. Those profiting form the abortion industry will not have this discussion because their goal is to deceive with well crafted marketing messages that appear appealing on the surface. We would counsel those considering an abortion to first seek counsel from a Bible believing church or ministry such as Sav-a-Life. Make this decision with a full understanding rather than a truncated view of what is taking place.