Amazing Grace Christian Fellowship
Statement of Faith
We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God. God so superintended the human authors that while retaining their own individual personalities and writing styles they chose the very words that God intended. Their original writings were free from error. The Bible is the believer’s only infallible rule for faith and practice. (Scriptures-Psalms-19:7-9; 1-Corinthians-2:13; 2 Timothy-3:15-17; 2 Peter-1:20-21))
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are identical in essence and equal in power and glory; they possess the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are worthy of the same worship, confidence, and obedience.(Scriptures-Matthew-28:19-20; Mark-12:29; John-1:1-4; Acts-5:3-4; 2 Corinthians-13:14)
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He came to reveal God to mankind and to redeem our sinful race by giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin. He then arose bodily from the dead and ascended to the Father’s right hand where He intercedes on the believer’s behalf. All the Scriptures, from first to last, testify of Him.(Scriptures-Luke- 1:34-35; 24:27; John- 1:1-2, 14, 18; Romans- 3:24-26; 8:34).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin, gives eternal life to those who place their trust in Christ, unites all believers to Christ in one body by His baptizing ministry, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, fills (controls) those who are yielding to Him, and empowers them for service. He seeks to direct their attention not to themselves nor to their experience, but to Christ.(Scriptures John-3:5-8; 14:16-17; 16:7-11; 16:13-14; Acts- 1:8; 1 Corinthians- 12:13; Ephesians- 4:30; 5:18)
The Condition of Humanity
We believe that Adam was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God, free from sin. He
subsequently fell into sin by a voluntary act of personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, lost his spiritual life, and became dead in sins and corrupt in nature. These effects of sin have been transmitted to the entire human race, Jesus Christ excepted, and thus every person born into the world is alienated from the life of God and incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition apart from divine grace.(Scriptures-Genesis-1:26; 3:1-24; 6:5; Psalms-51:5; Jeremiah-17:9; Romans-3:10-18; 5:12; Ephesians-2:1-3)
The Means of Salvation
We believe that salvation from the guilt and condemnation of sin is possible only as the gift of God’s grace. It cannot be gained by good resolutions, sincere efforts, nor submission to the rules, regulations, or ordinances of any church, but is freely bestowed on all who put their faith in Christ and trust in the work which Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary. All who so trust the Savior pass from death unto life, are forgiven of their sins, accepted by the Father, and born into His family by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God.(Scriptures-(John-5:24; Ephesians-1:6-7; 2:8-9; Titus-3:5; 1 Peter-1:23).
The Believer’s Assurance and Responsibility
We believe that all who have been born again by God’s transforming grace are secure in Christ forever. It is their privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation, not on the basis of their own worthiness, but on the basis of God’s faithfulness and the testimony of His Word. However, this assurance must not become an occasion for sin. The reality of their faith in Christ is demonstrated by subjecting their fleshly natures to the power of the Holy Spirit and by doing the good works for which He saved them, especially by demonstrating a Christlike love for one another.(Scriptures-Matthew-7:20; John-10:27-29; 13:34-35; Romans-6:13; 8:28-39; Galatians-5:16; Ephesians-2:10; 1 John-3:14,23; 5:13)
We believe that all who have placed their faith in Christ are united by the Holy Spirit into one spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the Head. This body was formed on the day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own. The members of this one spiritual body are directed to associate themselves together in local assemblies for instruction, worship, prayer, fellowship, service, and the administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. They are likewise to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.(Scriptures-Acts-2:38-39; Acts-2:42-47; 1 Corinthians-11:23-26; 12:13; Ephesians-1:22-23; 4:3)
The Gifts of the Spirit
We believe that enabling gifts for service are bestowed according to God’s own will upon all believers by the Spirit of God to be exercised for the edification of the Church and for the glory of the Lord. These gifts are sovereignly bestowed by God in order to fulfill specific purposes in His program. We believe the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, We believe in speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. We further believe that God still heals, delivers from physical and spiritual bondages and saves all those who the Father gives Him.(Scriptures-Acts-2:1-4; Romans-8:23; 1 Corinthians-12:4-11; 27-31; 13:8-10; 14:21-22; 2 Corinthians-12:7-9; Ephesians-4:7- 13; Hebrews-2:3-4; 1 Peter-4:10-11; 2 Timothy-4:20; John-6:37).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy is the personal return of Christ to remove from the earth His Church, both dead and living believers, and to reward each individual believer according to his works. After the removal of the Church the righteous judgments of God will be poured out on the unbelieving world, climaxed by the glorious return of Jesus Christ to the earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom.(Scriptures-2-Corinthians-5:10; 1 Thessalonians-4:13-18; Revelation-3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
The Eternal State
We believe that at death the souls of believers pass immediately into the presence of Jesus Christ. When Christ returns for the Church they will be reunited with their glorified bodies and associated with Him forever in glory. At death the souls of unbelievers pass immediately into torment. At the close of the millennium they will be reunited with their bodies, judged before the great white throne, then cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment.(Scriptures-Luke-16:19-26; 2 Corinthians-5:8; Philippians-1:23; 2 Thessalonians-1:7-9; Revelation-20:11-15)