Grace Notes Doctrinal Statement
The following is a statement of the Grace Notes doctrinal position in the Christian faith.
Bibliology (The Word of God)
Revelation: the content of the Bible has been revealed by God in order to reveal Himself to man.
Inspiration: through inspiration God made certain that this revelation about Himself was written down without error in the original documents (every Scripture is God-breathed)
Authority: Since the Bible is without error, it is our authoritative guide in all spiritual matters.
Canonicity: The Bible is our sole source of information for faith and practice. I do not accept the apocryphal books as canonical.
1. The Father plans and supervises. Eph. 1:11; 3:11.
2. The Son carries out the Father's plans and links the Godhead to Man. 1 Tim. 2:5; John 4:34; Heb. 10:7.
3. The Holy Spirit reveals information about God's plan to men. John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:10.
Christology (Christ the Son)
The IncarnationThe Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God. John 1:1,2,14.
The Virgin BirthHe was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Luke 1:35.
His Substitutionary DeathHe accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. 1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Pet. 1:18,19.
His ResurrectionHis literal physical resurrection from the dead guaranteed that redemption forever. Heb. 10:9-14; 1 Pet. 1:3-5.
His Present SessionThe Lord Jesus Christ in His glorified body is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God the Father, where He presently fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor, and advocate as the high priest for His people. Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1,2.
Pneumatology (The Holy Spirit)
The Salvation Work of the Holy SpiritThe Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin; at the moment of salvation He indwells a believer, baptizes him into the body of Christ, and seals him unto the day of redemption. John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:13,14.
The Post Salvation Work of the Holy SpiritIt is the duty of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills the believer at the time of salvation and completely controls him until he sins, after which filling is conditioned upon the acknowledgement (confession) by the believer of his personal sin to God the Father in private prayer. Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:16; 1 John 1:9.
Spiritual GiftsThe Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows one or more spiritual gifts on every believer. Heb. 2:4; 1 Cor. 12:7-11.
ExistenceThere exists a superior creation called angels, now divided into two categories known as "elect" and "fallen" angels. Fallen angels are further divided into two section: imprisoned and free (demons). 1 Tim. 5:21; Mark 8:38; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6; 1 Tim. 4:1.
SatanThe Bible reveals the personality and program of Satan, the leader of the fallen angels. His falls and future confinement in the Lake of Fire, with all fallen angels and unbelieving humans, to experience everlasting conscious torment, are clearly set forth. Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:12-
17; Job 1:6,7; Rev. 12:7-9; 20:10.
CreationGenesis provides the account of creation in which God created the universe out of nothing by His spoken word, and during the seven consecutive days there recorded. Gen. 1; Psalm 33:6,9.
The Fall of ManMan was created in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam's sin the human race fell, inheriting a sinful nature and becoming alienated from God. Gen. 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22,23; Eph. 2:12.
Total DepravityIn the state of total depravity man is totally unable to retrieve his lost condition. Rom. 4:4,5; Tit. 3:5; Isa. 64:6.
Imputed Sin: At birth every member of the human race shares in the responsibility and penalty for Adam's sin. Rom. 5:12; 5:18,19; 1 Cor. 15:22.
Inherent Sin (Sin Nature): At birth every member of the human race inherits a capacity which entices and enables him to commit personal acts of sin. Rom. 6:6; 7:17,18; Eph. 4:22.
Personal Sin: Personal acts of sin fall into three categories:
- Mental Sin. 2 Cor. 10:5
- Sins of the tongue. James 3:5,6
- Open sins. Rom. 6:12,13
Since God is unable to be unfair to any person, loves all men equally, desires
all men to be saved, is not willing that any should perish, invites all
men to be saved, and has atoned for the sins of the entire world, He has
used the drawing ministry of Christ and the convicting ministry of the Holy
Spirit to make it genuinely possible for any member of the human race to
receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. John 12:32; 16:7-11; Acts. 10:34,35;
16:31; Isa. 45:21; Rom. 8:32; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 2:2;
1 John 2:2.
God, in eternity past, because of His love for and foreknowledge of all those who would respond to His universal invitation to believe in Christ, provided for them to share His eternal destiny. Psalm 2:9; 2 Tim. 1:9; Eph. 1:4; Rom. 8:28-30; 1 Pet. 1:2.
Salvation was provided totally by the death of Jesus Christ for the sins of all members of the human race as a free gift. Each person must decide either to accept or reject God's offer of the gift of salvation. Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18,19.
Having decided to receive Jesus Christ as Savior, the believer is kept secure forever, disciplined when necessary by the Father, as a beloved child. Rom. 8:38,39; Heb. 10:14; John 10:27-30; John 3:3-7; 1 Cor. 12:12; Heb. 12:6-13.
Ecclesiology (The Church)
The local church is an assembly of believers meeting together for the purposes of worship, spiritual edification, prayer, fellowship, and witnessing. Acts. 2:41-47; 1 Cor. 11:23-26.
The Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Ordinances of baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper, but these in no way affect the salvation of man. Matt. 28:19,20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26.
BaptismIt is the command of the Lord Jesus Christ that every person who has accepted Christ as Savior be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This baptism in no way affects the salvation of the individual, but is designed to be a symbolic testimony of the identification of the believer with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. The Scriptural mode of baptism is by immersion, being the truest picture of our Lord's death, burial, and resurrection. Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 1:5; Matt. 3:16; Acts 8:36-39.
The Lord's SupperOur Lord instituted the ordinance of the Lord's Supper, which is commanded for all believers. The two elements of the Lord's Supper, the bread and wine, represent the physical and spiritual death of the Lord Jesus Christ, and remind the believer that Christ died for all men and that He will come again to receive His own. Scripture requires that a partaker of the Lord's Supper be a believer in Christ and in fellowship with the Father by means of confession of known sins to Him. Luke 22:14-10; Matt. 26:26-30; 1 Cor. 11:23-32.
WARREN DOUD Director, Grace Notes