WHAT WE BELIEVE AT SOVEREIGN GRACE FELLOWSHIP
- We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God; the only rule of faith and obedience (Sola Scriptura). It is contained in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments.
- There is one and only one God who hass revealed Himself to us in the Scriptures as a personal being, existing eternally in three persons (the divine Trinity): God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
- We believe God spoke the whole of creation into existence, Ex Nihilo, in six (6) literal, consecutive days. At the end of each day, God declared all of His creation to be good, including the first man Adam.
- We believe God created man in His image and created woman from man to be man's helptmate. For His own glory and purposes He created men and women to subdue and take dominion over all of created. God's creation of mankind establishes the institution of marriage to be exclusively between one (1) male and one (1) female. While created eaual in value, men and women are ordained of God to serve in different roles within His divine order, each complimenting the other. The man's headship of the woman is to reflect God's caring and sacrificial relationship with His Church while the woman's submission reflects the loving service of the Church to her Redeemer.
- We believe God's creation of mankind in His image places inestimable value on all of human life including the unborn, the mentally or physically infirmed, and the elderly. We believe human life begins at conception and continues until natural death. Since God has placed value on human life, mankind cannot devalue it and should protect and defend human life.
- We believe that man, made in the image of God, fell into sin in the Garden, thereby plunging the whole of mankind into corruption, separation from, and condemnation of God. Man is therefore throughly depraved, corrupt, and completely without merit before a holy and righteous God.
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, begotten of the Father, willingly humbled Himself in love for mankind, was born of a virgin, fully human and fully God. He led a sinless life and died a substitutionary, atoning death on the cross for His elect, which were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. Three days later, he rose bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now intercedes for His brethren at the right hand of the Father.
- We believe God's people, sinners as they are, were predestinated before the foundation of the world and the fall of man and have been and will be effectually called, quickened, and born of the Spirit of God. The elect are saved, or justified, by an act of God's free and irresistable grace (Sola Gratia) and not on any merit of their own. Only because of Christ's righteousness, which is imputed to us through Christ's substitutionary atoning death and bodily resurrection alone (Sola Christos) and received by the free gift of faith alone (Sola Fide), God pardons sinnners and accepts them as righteous in His sight.
- We believe that faith without works is dead. These works will be seen as evidence in the life of the believer as the works of the Spirit manifested in their lives as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and temperance.
- we believe in the perseverance of the saints, both physically alive and dead, until the certain return of Jesus Christ, at which time all the elect will be perfectly sanctified. Those who are justified will live eternally glorified in the presence of God and all the redeemed, while those who are not justified will suffer eternal damnation in hell.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection; and that at the appointed time, known only by the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge the quick and the dead.
We hold to the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689. All officers must uphold and teach these standards. Members are free to take exception to anything not contrary to the points of orthodoxy listed above, provided they do not promote dissension regarding the itmes listed in the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689 or in the principles communicated in the Constitution of Sovereign Grace Fellowship.