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The prophecy of Scripture indicates that Jesus Christ will return to earth personally and visibly to vanquish evil and establish His kingdom forever. The end begins with seven years of tribulation during which one hundred forty-four thousand protected witnesses preach the Gospel, the saints are raptured, Satan rules through the antichrist’s reign of terror, and Christ destroys evil on earth at Armageddon. This is followed by one thousand years of Christ reigning on earth from Jerusalem with His glorified saints ruling with him as kings and priests. A remnant from the seven years of tribulation of repented survivors will repopulate the earth under the millennial reign of King Jesus. Satan will be bound during this time, but then released at the end of the thousand years to gather those discontented in Christ’s kingdom to form an army to overthrow Christ. However, with no more than a spoken word from Christ, Satan and his army will be destroyed.
Following this final battle against evil, the current heaven and earth will be completely dissolved and replaced by a new creation. Unlike the old, the new heaven and earth will last forever under the reign of God and with the absence of sin. Where there is no sin, there is no death and destruction. All suffering in the world will be brought to an end with the end of sin in the new heaven and earth.
No man knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return, but His imminent return is indicated by signs of wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, pestilences, famines, the persecution of the saints, and rampant sin in the world. Men are admonished to be prepared because He will return as a thief in the night. Many will be surprised and unprepared for His return, and subsequently, they will be doomed to eternal condemnation.
At the sound of the last trump from heaven, Christ will return, the dead in Christ will rise and the living saints will be gathered with them in the clouds. In the twinkling of an eye, all believers will be changed and will receive new glorified bodies. The resurrection of Jesus Christ makes possible the resurrection of all those who believe in Him. Just as Christ was raised from the dead to live evermore, likewise, all believers will share in His resurrection to live with Him forevermore. Those who die unrepentant in their sins, will be raised in the second resurrection unto damnation forever.
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was possible because He conquered death and paid for our sin debt in full. It is no wonder that Paul wrote in First Corinthians 15:57-59, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus’ resurrection also verifies that all that He said is true. Because He lives, He will return to destroy evil and death. And because He lives, He will return with resurrected believers rejoicing in God’s gift of everlasting life, hope, and peace.


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The church was built by Jesus Christ upon Himself as the divine cornerstone rather than on a human foundation. He is the head, the Holy Spirit is the Comforter and administrator, and the church membership is His body. Jesus formed and organized His church with His twelve apostles. He sealed the covenant between Himself and His church with His own blood, and it will continue throughout eternity. It is the new covenant institution created by Christ to replace and fulfill the old covenant with the nation Israel.
The church was empowered by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem with one hundred twenty Jewish disciples to carry out the great commission given to it by Jesus Christ. That commission is to go into the world, make disciples, baptize them, and train them to obey all that Christ instructs them to do.
The church in Jerusalem won souls to Christ, discipled them, baptized them, and equipped them to continue doing likewise. The church at Jerusalem grew, and missionaries were ordained and sent to fulfill the commission throughout the world. Churches were established throughout Asia Minor and into Rome and Greece. From these, more disciples were trained and missionaries were sent and more churches spread throughout the world. Today the church is predominantly non-Jewish.
The church that Jesus built continues today as local assemblies of baptized believers all over the world. Each church has as its head Jesus Christ, and receives comfort and guidance from the Holy Spirit. Pastors and deacons are ordained, as directed by the Spirit and qualified by the Word, to provide spiritual leadership and oversight in their churches. Each church ultimately is sovereign in its governance and autonomous in its decisions. Under direction from God, individual churches join in the ministry efforts of other churches to further the Gospel ministry.
As converts are won and then baptized, God adds disciples to His churches. Though baptism has nothing to do with salvation, it is required by God before He adds believers to His church covenant. Baptism is an ordinance involving the complete immersion of believers into water by a church-designated authority. It is expected of every child of God to be baptized and participate in a church ministry in order to fulfill the great commission. Baptism is a believer’s act of obedience to signify agreement to enter into covenant with God to do His work His way and to share in the privileges, ministry, and position unique to Christ’s church.
The second ordinance of the church, the Lord’s supper or communion, is partaken by each local assembly of members as a renewal of their covenant with God and a remembrance of the atoning sacrifice Christ made for every believer’s salvation. The fruit of the vine and bread are a memorial to the pure and sinless blood and body of Christ, and therefore, are free from leaven, which is yeast. Because the members in a church have a responsibility and accountability to one another in their church covenant, communion is limited to each local assembly, in which members can be disciplined if necessary. This practice of closed communion also serves to emphasize to others that God intends for every believer to be a member in His new testament church covenant so that they can participate in the ordinance of communion as well.
Although the doctrine of what a church is has corrupted over time to commonly mean the family of God, the Bible describes the church as an assembly of baptized believers in covenant with God and each other to fulfill the great commission. The Bible knows nothing of a universal, invisible church, a concept that originated about eight hundred years after Christ.
Christ’s churches have been known by many names over time, but collectively, and in spite of individual church failures, they have continued to preserve the doctrines and ministries characteristic of new testament churches. As the pillar and ground of truth, Christ’s churches are used to designate and authorize new churches to perpetuate the lineage of truth and to preserve authorized baptism for believers. Holding to truth and resisting the often forceful coercion to join into league with other wayward churches during the formation and growth of the Western universal or Catholic church and subsequent protestant churches, true new testament churches remained faithful to their one true head and intercessor Jesus Christ as sovereign, autonomous assemblies of baptized believers.
Though grouped together with any and all other groups who rejected allegiance to the Catholic church, all of whom were labeled as Anabaptists, true new testament churches retained unwavering adherence to Biblical truth and authority. From this heritage of churches, Mennonites, Brethren, and Baptists are named today. They are not protestants of the reformation period. They are the descendents of true churches from which many deviated to create the Catholic church and other wayward groups. Today, the churches collectively known as Baptists continue to hold to the doctrines and ministries most closely aligned with Scripture and the early church. Denominational names do not guaranty preservation of truth, but they help identify which churches continue to carry the authority originally given to the church by Christ.
The true new testament church is covenanted with God as a bride to a bridegroom. She is precious to Christ, and every child of God is exhorted and expected to participate in the great commission as baptized, church members. This is God’s way to do His work and to fulfill the great commission.

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God gives faith as evidence to confirm the truth of the Gospel, the certainty of condemnation for sins, and the trustworthiness of His promise for salvation. Faith is the evidence that God gives to help people understand that Jesus offered His life to pay an infinite debt for their sins and that eternal life is guaranteed by His promise. Faith gives people understanding of what it is that God wants them to believe. Thus, by faith, God reveals the necessity of grace for salvation and the futility of works. One must only believe these truths revealed by faith to receive God’s promise.
When one believes God’s truths, the decision to accept God’s forgiveness and the miraculous change for eternal life results in an instantaneous conversion from death to life, from being lost to being saved, and from doom to hope. Rather than face a future of eternal condemnation, the believer looks forward to eternal life that will never end and everlasting fellowship with Christ. The lost state-of-being is now the old way things were done. Now, as a born again believer, life begins anew empowered and equipped to follow Christ, to live the Christian life, to forsake the carnal life, and to conform to the ways of Christ.
Because of the born again experience, the new inward spiritual man cannot sin. It has the righteous nature of God. And because it cannot sin, it cannot die. Thus, once a person is saved, he is always saved. Nothing can change that. God’s work is never flawed and undone. What He does to save souls is permanent. Now it is a daily responsibility for the believer to choose to follow the new inward man, which is created after the likeness of Christ and to resist the outward carnal man of the body, which continues with its old nature of sin.
Though Christians cannot lose their salvation, they are accountable for their choices. God chastises those whom He loves, and He will judge their works to determine their loss or gain of rewards in heaven accordingly. Christians are accountable for the way they choose to live because God expects Christians to live for Him. They are obligated to live the new life they sought for in salvation and to forsake the life they sought to escape. Hence, carnal Christians are chastised and judged for choosing to forsake the righteous ways that are deemed by God to be appropriate for Christians.
The Christian testimony should be honoring to Christ and reflect His purpose, values, and mission on earth. Christians are expected to be Christ’s ambassadors to the world to represent Him and the kingdom of heaven. They are instructed in God’s Word to follow Christ as His disciples and to be involved in helping others follow Christ. Being a disciple and making disciples requires nurturing your relationship with Christ and obeying Him. Love for God and other Christians is the hallmark of being identified as a disciple of Christ. Subsequent participation in discipleship and presenting a lifestyle worthy of the name of Christ is the fruit of this love.
Those who profess to be Christian but chronically choose to live a carnal life are encouraged in the Bible to examine their salvation experience. A lifestyle conforming to obedience to Christ does not guaranty salvation, but it is a logical expectation of those who profess belief in Christ. A life of sincere repentance from sin and acceptance of Christ is naturally expected to be followed by obedience to Christ. Choosing Christ is choosing His way as the best way for life. A carnal lifestyle contradicts one’s profession of salvation and of stated desire to follow Christ. It is possible for Christians to backslide into carnality, and they will be judged accordingly, however, their preference for carnality and sin rather than for living for Christ does raise the question whether they truly repented and were truly saved.
God’s plan for Christians is that they conform themselves to the likeness of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. This conformity in testimony is a reflection of the born again spirit that is created in every believer. Thus, a Christian testimony is expected to be characterized by resisting sin and embracing righteousness. Most importantly, it is a testimony of God’s love for Him and for others. Righteousness in love produces disciples worthy of Christ’s name.


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God predestined in eternity past that atonement and justification should come by grace through faith. He also predestined what He would do for all those who choose to accept His gift of salvation. Man is not capable of conforming to God’s law of righteousness. By nature, he is desperately wicked and all attempts to be righteous are futile. He is hopelessly doomed to condemnation for committing sins. Therefore, any hope for the salvation of man requires help from God.
Fortunately for man, in an infinite abundance of love, God graciously and mercifully offers man the precious gift of deliverance from sin and its subsequent condemnation and of being blessed with eternal life and fellowship with Jesus Christ. God’s gift is for everyone and anyone who will repent of their sins and believe in Christ.
God predestined how to be saved. He did not predestine who would be saved. And He predestined what He would do for anyone who believed in Him.
Salvation is by grace, which means it is unearned and undeserved. Salvation is not a reward for man’s best efforts. Attempts to gain favor with God in order to be saved are called works, and by works no flesh will be justified. The best works of men are as filthy rags to God.
The works offered by men make the grace of God impossible because grace is shown to those who are undeserving. Works are offerings of men to show, at the very least, sincerity to be good and a genuine desire to make a good effort. Such efforts imply that people are worthy of reward even if they are not perfect. Such thinking imposes an obligation on God to save them because they have tried to do well. But God is not obligated to save anyone. He does so solely on the basis of grace—one hundred percent grace. He saves souls because of who He is and what He does. And He saves souls based on what He does not what men do. The works of men cannot be added to the consideration of salvation. Grace and works are mutually exclusive. Salvation cannot be said to be by grace if the works of men of any kind for any reason are included. Salvation is God’s gift by Him and from Him and only Him because of His grace and mercy. He alone is worthy to take credit for the gift of salvation.
Men must understand that salvation from God is a gift freely given by Him. It is a gift given freely by God to man, or it is not a gift, and it is not by grace.
God’s gift is given to those who believe in Him confessing their helplessness and their desire to be delivered from sin. Believing is not a work. The Bible makes the distinction between works and believing by saying: “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” To believe in God is to accept dependence on God and forsake works.
By faith, God confirms that His Word is true. Faith is the spiritual evidence of spiritually discerned truths. It is the means whereby we come to understand spiritually discerned truths. By faith, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is understood and sinners are reassured of God’s promise. By faith, sinners realize their need for Christ, the dire consequences of their sins, and the freeness of God’s gift for salvation. Additionally, the Holy Spirit works in souls to convict sinners of their sins and to help them realize their need to depend on Christ.
God gives faith as evidence to confirm the Gospel when heard. Faith is the means whereby it is revealed to sinners that they are condemned because of their sins and that Christ alone can and desires to save them. When believed, a sinner will call upon the Lord for His grace and mercy accepting his helplessness and need for God’s gift. He will repent of his sins and ask for deliverance.
Repentance is a decision to change. Jesus makes it clear that unless one repents, he will perish. Repentance that leads to salvation is a decision to trust in Jesus. He is the one who delivers sinners from sin, pardons sin, and changes believers inwardly by new spiritual birth. But in order to be forgiven of sins and to be made new inwardly, one must make the decision that is what he wants. God will not impose salvation on anyone. He patiently waits for souls to repent. Though men cannot make the changes or do anything to gain favor with God, they can call upon God for help. It is at this moment of decision to fully trust in Jesus for salvation and to yield one’s life to Him that God undertakes the tasks necessary to save a lost soul by applying His payment for sins, forgiving the sins, and then imparting a righteous nature to the new believer.
The only thing that prevents the sinner from being saved is his failure to believe and surrender to the will of God. Though God desires that all be saved, He gives everyone the free-will choice to accept or to reject His gift.
At the moment anyone believes, repents, and calls on the Lord for salvation, God immediately applies the atoning payment for sins and the new believer is forgiven. At the same time, the new believer undergoes a new birth experience spiritually. He is born again with a new righteous spirit created after the righteousness of God’s nature. Thus, at the moment of accepting Christ as Savior, a new believer’s past sins are forgiven and his future secured in righteousness. This is the moment that one passes from spiritual death to spiritual life, from works to grace, from under law to under promise, from condemnation to eternal life.

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Sin is a violation against God’s law of righteousness in creation. It is a willing choice to reject the will of God, which, in turn, sets in motion events that disrupt the order, harmony, and peace that God created in the world.
Man’s guiltiness of sin creates an infinite offense against God. To make things right, an atonement for sin must be made. The spiritual law of sin and death demands death for sin. Death is separation from God’s fellowship. It results in condemnation in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. This is death that lasts forever. It is permanent separation from God.
The payment for sin requires that man be separated from God forever because the magnitude of the crime of sin is an infinite offense against God. God experiences the offense of rejection and sin to an infinite degree. And the only way to match an infinite offense is with equal, infinite payment. For man this impossible. He can never pay in full an infinite payment for his sins. Thus, he can never escape hell and bring an end to his punishment.
Fortunately, God can and does provide the infinite payment for sin. Because of infinite mercy and grace from a heart of infinite love, God desires to save man from his fate. But because men, angels, and animals are created things and finite, God alone is the only one who can pay for man’s infinite debt. No one but God is able to experience the full magnitude of infinite death. And thus, in an act of loving compassion, God offered Himself as the sacrifice to atone for man’s sins. By His death, an infinite number of sins can be paid for to an infinite degree. And because He is righteous and holy, He alone is qualified to be an acceptable offering for sins. Further, because He is capable of comprehending eternity, He alone is capable of being willing, without regret or surprise, to offer Himself as the atonement for man’s sins. Righteousness in creation demands making things right, and the sacrifice of God for the sins of men is the only way that the wrongs of men could be atoned for.
Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh. He was offered as the atoning sacrifice to die for the sins of men. He sacrificed Himself to atone for everyone’s sins, without exception. But just as man chooses to sin, in order to benefit from Jesus’ sacrifice, man must choose to accept Jesus as his sacrifice with repentance of his sins and acceptance of Jesus as his Savior. When Christ is chosen, man’s sins are paid for in full. Those sins are forever blotted out and forgotten. They are paid for in full forever, and those who choose Christ are justified or made right with God. Justification is the settlement of debt in full.
Because Jesus Christ alone offered the only sacrifice that can atone for the sins of men, there is no other name under heaven whereby men can be saved. He alone paid for our sins, and He alone is the Savior who can offer the payment required for redemption from sin and for salvation from condemnation.
The payment for sins takes care of sins committed, but to enter heaven, one must be prevented from sin because there is no sin in heaven. This requires a miraculous change called new birth. Being born again in Jesus Christ involves receiving a brand new nature spiritually—a righteous nature. The nature of this new inward man is made with the righteous nature of God, which means that it will always do right and never do wrong. And hence, because death is the result of sin, the born again soul cannot die. If it cannot sin, it cannot die. Being made righteous at the moment of salvation is the basis for eternal security of believers.
Being born again changes only the inward man spiritually. The outward flesh continues unchanged, so Christians have to choose which of their two natures to follow on a daily basis. However, when the body dies physically, the new born again spirit is qualified to enter heaven because it is righteous and without sin. The body of flesh remains earthbound.

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Sin is anything that is contrary to the nature of God whether it be in action, thought, or in the essence of that thing. All unrighteousness is sin, which is determined by the standard of God’s righteousness. God’s thoughts and actions are righteous because by nature He is righteous. What He does is determined by what He is. And it is because God is righteous that everything He thinks or does or wills to be is righteous. An unrighteous nature is manifested in its nonconformity to God’s will. Every sin committed in thought or deed is only possible because of the nature from which sin comes. Hence a sin nature results in sins committed.
All men, without exception, are unrighteous by nature. They commit sins because they have a sin nature. What they do is determined by what they are. This means that they can and will choose to do things contrary to the will of God.
Because all humans are innate copies of Adam, every human inherits Adam’s nature. The nature of Adam is perpetuated generation to generation by procreation. As Adam is, so is the rest of humanity. Humanity’s unrighteous nature, which is Adam’s, is revealed every time sin is committed. Regardless of the person or the sin committed, every human possesses the same nature—Adam’s nature. Because Adam sinned, his nature is revealed to be unrighteous. And because all people have Adam’s nature, all people, likewise, have the same sin nature.
However, people do not sin because Adam sinned. They sin because they choose to sin. Adam was the first to sin. He was not the only human to sin. And being the father of humanity, all of humanity possesses Adam’s sin nature, and, subsequently, they are capable of committing sin of any kind and doing anything that is contrary to God’s nature. Adam and humanity are unrighteous because they do not have God’s nature.
Having an unrighteous nature does not mean that good cannot be done. It means that choosing to sin is possible. God acknowledges the righteous deeds that man can do in conformity to God’s law. However, for all the good that is done, man’s nature remains the same—unrighteous. This means that it is not God’s nature. Thus, it is not righteous. And just one sin is evidence that one’s nature is unrighteous. So then, in spite of any good deeds done by men in attempts to conform to God’s law, those deeds are deemed deeds of unrighteousness. They are a product of a sin nature.
In contrast, God cannot sin because God’s nature is righteous. It prevents and makes impossible the choice to commit sin. But all men choose to sin, and hence all reveal the fact that they are unrighteous by nature. Their nature determines what they can do. What they do reveals what they are, but does not cause what they are.
Accountability for committing sins requires knowledge of the law. Apart from knowing good and evil, there is no guilt of sin. Adam and Eve had knowledge of only one point of the law, and hence, they were accountable for obeying only that one point of law. After disobeying that one rule, their eyes were opened to knowing good and evil. At this point, they became aware of and accountable for obedience to all the law. The law was written on their hearts and on the hearts of all their descendents. As soon as people come to an age of sufficient maturity to be aware of their heart-written law, they are accountable for any sin they commit. At this point, there is no excuse for sin.
Sin violates the order and purpose God designed in His creation. Subsequently, sin causes suffering, death, and condemnation. In spite of God’s warnings, man continues to choose sin, which perpetuates and compounds the effects of sin in creation.
Sin is an abomination to God, and He will not tolerate the continuing corruptive presence of sin. He will purge sin completely from creation with the obliteration of the current heaven and earth tainted by sin, by the banishment of sinners into the eternal fires of hell, and by the creation of a new heaven and earth populated with born again righteous saints. The eternal condemnation of sinners matches the infinite offense that is caused by sin to an infinite God. Justice and righteousness demands that an infinite wrong be matched by an infinite payment.
The delay in God’s judgment of sin is due to His mercy and grace to allow every opportunity for sinners to repent and to accept His gift of salvation from sin and condemnation.
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