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Eugene & Lynn - Christianity - Thy will be done
Statement of our Christian Belief
All Scripture is God breathed and is absolute truth and must to be taught to the members of the Body of Christ’s church (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life according to God's will (Romans 12:1-2). The infallible, sufficient (Sola Scriptura - scripture alone - 2 Timothy 3:15 Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible is God's special revelation to us and God's general revelation is all creation revealing Himself to all of humanity. We are indeed without excuse.
The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional essentials of our faith.
- We believe in one God, the sovereign creator who sustains all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever! We acknowledge Jesus, Son of God, created all things Colossians 1:15-20.
- Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever (hypostatic union - 2 wills, Jesus divine will, and His human will). He died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He rose bodily from the dead, and after 40 days, ascended into heaven sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High. Jesus continues in His covenantal relationship He had with His people in the Old Testament Jude 1:5 and in the New Testament as our High Priest, Prophet, and Mediator Hebrews 9:11-14; Hebrews 1:1-2; Revelation 1:5.
- Although Jesus, the incarnate Christ was fully God and fully man, He humbled Himself, even to the point of death on the cross and chose not to use His divine power putting Himself in a humble state as if He had no power on His own. He discerned the Father's will through studying scripture, and a most powerful prayer life. Thus His sinless human will through His pure and Holy life matched perfectly with the Father's will, which is also His divine will He chose not to access. He was full of the Holy Spirit on earth and did just what the Father said John 8:28-29 being led by the Holy Spirit. He always pleased the Father John 17:4-5 Soli Dio gloria - for the Glory of God 1 Corinthians 10:31. In heaven and on earth, and suffering on the cross, His divine power held all things together being fully God and fully man.
- The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work (Sola Fide - salvation is the free gift) of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us the elect Ephesians 1:4 or the day of redemption.
- Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace (Sola gratia - Ephesians 2:8-9. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Such are those who are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ, become adopted children of God and heirs of eternal life John 1:12.
- The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ (Sola Christo - Christ alone - Hebrews 4:15 and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity. This also includes the sacraments (Baptism after being born again- receiving the Holy Spirit, and communion – remembrance of the Last Supper, in memory of Jesus redemptive work on the cross). They are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced 1 Corinthians 11:23-30, and where loving fellowship is maintained Hebrews 10:24-25. We must confess our sins often to the Father to restore our temporal loss of right standing with God 1 John 1:9. For her (the church) perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord the groom; we await the returning of our Lord and final sanctification after death Philippians 1:6.
- Jesus Christ will come again to the earth–personally, visibly, and bodily–to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” Revelation 22:20.
- The Lord Jesus Christ, having full authority, commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. We must also teach them to obey all that He has commanded through the Holy Scriptures alone. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service Luke 9:23-24. Jesus will not leave us by ourselves in this commission. He will be with us to the end of the ages Matthew 28:18-20. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.
Eugene McDonald's Views on Christianity
By definition, a disciple is a follower, one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another. A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. Christian discipleship is the process by which disciples grow in the Lord Jesus Christ, be equipped and routed in His word, and are empowered by the Holy Spirit, who resides in our hearts, to overcome the pressures and trials of this present life and become more and more Christlike. This process requires believers to respond to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to examine their thoughts, words and actions and compare them with the Word of God. This requires that we be in the Word daily—studying it, praying over it, and obeying it. In addition, we should always be ready to give testimony of the reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) and to disciple others to walk in His way. According to Scripture, being a Christian disciple involves personal growth characterized by the following:
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