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The Bible is the Inspired Word of God

The Old and New Testament are verbally inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind 2 Timothy 3:15-171 Thessalonians 2:13 & 1 Peter 1:21.

There is One True God

God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one Deuteronomy 6:4. God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent John 8:54-59. God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth Genesis 1 & 2. While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Matthew 28:19.

Jesus Christ is the Son of God

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares His virgin birth Matthew 1:18-23; His sinless life Hebrews 7:26 & 1 Peter 2:22 & I John 3:4,5, His miracles Acts 2:22 & 10:37-38, His substitutionary death on the cross 2 Corinthians 5:21I Peter 2:24 & 1 Corinthians 15:4, His bodily resurrection from the dead Matthew 28:1-6 & 1 Corinthians 15:4 and His exaltation to the right hand of God Acts 1:9,11 & Philippians 2:9-11.

The Fall of Man

Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). By a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God Genesis 3:6. That first sin had several repercussions: Man was excommunicated from the Garden of Eden Genesis 3:23, a curse was pronounced Genesis 3:14-19, the process of physical death began Genesis 2:17 and man died spiritually Romans 5:12-19. Sin separated humankind from God Ephesians 2:11-18 and left man in a fallen and sinful condition Romans 3:23.

The Salvation of Man

The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ Acts 4:12 & John 14:6. He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins 1 Peter 2:24. He offers each of us a pardon for our sins Hebrews 9:26 and wants us to become children of God John 1:12.

When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction. We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit 1 Corinthians 6:19. Our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life Revelation 3:5. We become citizens of heaven Philippians 3:20-21. We are given eternal life John 3:16. We are adopted and become children of God Galatians 4:4-7. Our sins are forgiven and forgotten Hebrews 8:12. We are credited with the righteousness of Christ Romans 4:4-5. We are born again John 3:3. God takes ownership of us 1 Corinthians 6:20. We receive an eternal inheritance Ephesians 1:13-14 & 1 Peter 1:3-5.

The evidence of salvation is two-fold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit Romans 8:16. The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22, 23. We become a new creation 2 Corinthians 5:17 and are transformed into the image of Christ 2 Corinthians 3:18

The Ordinances of the Church

Baptism in Water

Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion Matthew 28:19. Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life Romans 6:4.

Communion

The Lord's Table consists of two elements: the bread and cup. Those elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial of Christ's sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation. It is an opportunity for a believer to examine himself and experience forgiveness.

The Church and Its Mission

The Church is the body of Christ 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 and has a three-fold purpose: to evangelize the world Acts 1:8 & Mark 16:15-16, to worship God 1 Corinthians 12:13 and to equip for ministry Ephesians 4:11-16 & 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12.

The Holy Spirit

The nine fruits of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23 are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. The nine fruits of the Spirit are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body 1 Corinthians 12:1-11. We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts 1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1, but they must be exercised in an orderly way 1 Corinthians 14:26-33 in the context of love 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the dead will be resurrected and judged according to their works Matthew 25:31-46 & Romans 2:1-9. Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, along with the Devil and his angels, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire Revelation 20:11-15. Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgment seat of Christ to be rewarded for their good deeds 1 Corinthians 4:5

Abundant Life Church is affiliated with the Assemblies of God.