Non-Negotiables of Faith

 

 

  1. Holy Scriptures
    • God-breathed
    • Infallible and inerrant
    • Sufficient
    • Authoritative 

 

  1. Doctrine of God
    • All-Knowing
    • Is Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth

 

  1. Trinity
    • God is one in essence
    • God is three Persons
    • The Persons of the Godhead are one in substance, power, and eternity.

 

  1. Creation
    • All things were created by God for His own glory and Pleasure
    • Man is made in God’s image

 

  1. Providence
    • God sustains His creation now
    • God is intimately involved with His creation
    • God provides for His creation

 

  1. Original Sin
    • Adam was and is the representative of all unredeemed people
    • When Adam fell, all humanity fell in Adam
    • All are sinners by nature
    • Man is born dead in trespasses and sin
    • By nature man is a child of wrath

 

  1. The Holy Spirit
    • Is fully God
    • Is a Person
    • Convicts of sin
    • Applies the work of Christ
    • Regenerates sinners (absolute necessity for salvation)
    • Sanctifies and comforts those who belong to Christ

 


 

  1. Person of Christ
    • Was and is eternally God
    • Took to Himself human flesh
    • His divine Person was joined with a full human nature yet without sin
    • Was born of a virgin
    • Lived a sinless life
    • Is the Messiah and only Savior
    • Bodily death, resurrection, and ascension
    • The only way to the Father
    • Is Prophet, Priest, and King

 

  1. Gospel
    • All of grace
    • Good news
    • Christ as a substitutionary sacrifice on the cross
    • Christ as a free gift of righteousness
    • Christ as the wrath-bearer on the cross
    • Christ as Lord
    • Christ as High Priest
    • Only Mediator between God and man

 

  1. Justification
    • Forensic (legal) declaration
    • Imputation of man’s sin to Christ
    • Imputation of Christ’s righteousness to man
    • By faith apart from works

 

  1. Grace
    • God saves by grace alone
    • Man does not earn or merit any favor of God
    • God saves to the glory of His grace

 

  1. Repentance and Faith
    • Man must turn from the love of sin to the love of God
    • Man must turn from unbelief to faith in Christ
    • Man must turn from being lord of his own life to the Lordship of Christ
    • Repentance and faith are gifts of God

 

  1. Good Works
    • Necessarily flow from faith
    • Must be there to show love for Christ
    • Do not merit grace

 


 

  1. Law
    • Must be proclaimed as a tutor to Christ
    • Teaches men of sin and so the need of Christ
    • Demonstrates God’s holiness
    • Humbles and breaks men of self-righteousness

 

  1. Church
    • Consists of true believers
    • Under the Lordship of Christ
    • Should be guided by Holy Scripture

 

  1. Baptism
    • Is for believers only
    • Is by immersion
    • Is the sign of the New Covenant

 

  1. Final Judgment
    • Resurrection to eternal life or eternal death
    • Resurrection to eternal, conscious torment for the damned
    • Resurrection to eternal joy in Christ for the believer

 

  1. Evangelism & Missions
    • There must be a free proclamation of the gospel to all people
    • The gospel should go to all nations
    • The gospel should be proclaimed to local people
    • Groups of disciples should be gathered in towns and communities
    • Disciples and churches should be strengthened

  

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