GELTS Affirmation of Faith

1. The Scripture
We accept as true with that the Holy Bible turned into written via men divinely inspired, and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a great treasure of God’s instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its quit, and fact for its matter. It exhibits the principles with the aid of which God judges us, and is and will continue to be to the end of the world, the supreme general by which all human conduct, creeds, and non secular opinions must be tried. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and is a sworn statement to Christ, who is the focal point of divine revelation.

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11, 89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21

2. God

There is one and simplest one real and residing God, who’s an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the Universe, and who is infinite in holiness and all different perfections. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God is all-powerful and all-knowing. His perfect information extends to all things, past, present, and destiny, such as the future choices of His loose creatures. He is found out to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with wonderful private attributes, however with out division of nature, essence, or being.

2.1 God the Father
God as Father sporting activities providential care over all things: His universe, His creatures, and the waft of the circulation of human history. He works out all things in accordance the functions of His grace. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all wise. To those who grow to be His kids via religion in Jesus Christ, He is certainly their Father. In His attitude towards all men, God is fatherly.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:lff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; I Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7

2.2 God the Son
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He became conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He revealed and did the need of God flawlessly and took upon Himself human nature and identified Himself completely with man, however turned into with out sin. He obeyed the Father flawlessly and died instead on the cross, therefore making provision for the redemption of men from sin. He died, became buried, but became raised from the useless with a glorified body and regarded to His disciples as the person that become with them earlier than his crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, wherein He is the One Mediator, fully God, absolutely man; reconciliation among God and man is effected thru His Person. He will come once more in energy and glory to judge the sector and to consummate His redemptive mission. He dwells in all believers now as the residing and ever-present Lord.
Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16

2.3 God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and completely God. He is the only who inspired holy men of vintage to jot down the Scripture. Through His illumination He enables guys to understand truth. He glorifies Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He results regeneration in men and brings them to the Saviour. He baptizes every believer in the mean time of regeneration into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and gives non secular gifts by using which they serve God via His Church. He seals the believer for the day of very last redemption. His presence within the Christian is the guarantee that God will carry the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26- 27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17

3. Man
Man was created by using the unique act of God. He is in God’s image. God created them male and girl as the crowning paintings of His creation. The gift of gender (guy as male and lady) is part of the goodness of God’s creation. Man changed into created without sin and turned into endowed with freedom of choice. Yet, man sinned in opposition to God and taken sin into the human race. Through Satan’s temptation, guy transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence. Thus, his posterity inherits a nature and an environment inclined closer to sin. Only the grace of God can convey man into His holy fellowship and enable man to satisfy the creative reason of God. The sacredness of human persona is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, anybody of every race possesses complete dignity and is worth of appreciate and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11).

4. Salvation
Salvation includes the redemption of the complete person, and is offered freely to all who placed their consider in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who thru His personal blood acquired everlasting redemption for the believer. The process of salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Without non-public faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, there is no salvation.

4.1 Regeneration
This is the new delivery of believers. It is a piece of God’s grace in which believers end up new creations in Christ Jesus. It includes a alternate of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit via conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance in the direction of God and religion in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are works of grace that can’t be separated. Repentance is a honest turning from sin toward God. Faith is accepting Jesus Christ and committing the whole personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.

4.2 Justification
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon concepts of righteousness of all sinners who agree with in Christ. This blessing is bestowed, now not in attention of any works of righteousness which we have done, however via redemption this is in and via Jesus Christ. It brings us into a kingdom of peace and favour with God.

4.3 Sanctification
This is the procedure via which the regenerate men and women gradually achieve to ethical and religious perfection thru the presence and power of the Holy Spirit residing of their hearts. Sanctification starts offevolved in regeneration where the believer is ready aside to God’s purposes and is enabled to progress towards moral and non secular maturity thru the presence and power of the Holy Spirit living in him. It continues at some point of the earthly existence and is simplest completed at death.

4.4 Glorification
Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the very last blessed and abiding nation of the redeemed.
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24 -28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5

5. The Church
The popular Church is the complete Body of actual believers in Christ all through the a while from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. A New Testament church of Christ is an self reliant local congregation of baptized believers, associated via covenant in the religion and fellowship of the gospel. The church observes two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercise gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each church operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In this sort of congregation, each member is responsible and responsible to Christ as Lord. The scriptural officials of the church are elders (pastors) and deacons. Both women and men are proficient for service in the Church however the office of elder (pastor) is restrained to guys as qualified with the aid of Scripture.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3

6. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water within the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an act of obedience which symbolizes the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old existence, and the resurrection to walk in newness of lifestyles in Christ Jesus. Baptism is the prerequisite for the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby participants of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, commemorate the affection of Christ as demonstrated thru his loss of life and resurrection. In so doing, the individuals of the church expect His 2d coming.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12

7. The Lord’s Day (Sunday)
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It is a Christian group for ordinary observance. It is a day that commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the useless and must include physical games of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. Activities at the Lord’s Day’s need to be according with the Christian’s conscience below the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 12:1-12; 28:1ff.; Mark 2:27-28; 16:1-7; Luke 24:1-3,33-36; John 4:21-24; 20:1,19-28; Acts 20:7; Romans 14:5-10; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:16; 3:16; Revelation 1:10

8. The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God includes both His widespread sovereignty over the universe and His specific reign over men who renowned Him as King. The Kingdom is especially the area of salvation into which men enter by using faith and childlike dedication to Jesus Christ. Christians are to labour and pray that the Kingdom ought to come and God’s could be finished on earth. The complete consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the stop of the age.
Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Matthew 3:2; 4:8-10,23; 12:25-28; 13:1-52; 25:31-46; 26:29; Mark 1:14-15; 9:1; Luke 4:43; 8:1; 9:2; 12:31-32; 17:20-21; 23:42; John 3:3; 18:36; Acts 1:6-7; 17:22-31; Romans 5:17; 8:19; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; Colossians 1:13; Hebrews 11:10,16; 12:28; 1 Peter 2:4-10; 4:13; Revelation 1:6,9; 5:10; 11:15; 21-22

9. Last Things
God will bring the arena to its closing lead to His very own time and His very own way. According to Scripture, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. Then, the dead may be raised, and Christ will choose all men in righteousness. The unrighteous might be consigned to Hell, the location of eternal punishment. The righteous of their resurrected and glorified bodies will obtain their reward and could stay with the Lord for all time in Heaven.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13

10. Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty of each Christian guy and woman, and the duty of every church of Christ to are seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth and to make disciples of all nations. The new delivery of guy’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit manner the delivery of affection for others. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every baby of God to seek continuously to win the misplaced to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by means of a Christian lifestyle, and by means of all other techniques sanctioned with the aid of the gospel of Christ as the best manifestation of this love.
Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17

11. Stewardship
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we’ve and are we owe to Him. We are therefore below duty to serve Him with our time, talents, and fabric possessions; and have to recognize these kinds of as entrusted to us for the honor of God and the helping of others. All Christians should cheerfully, regularly, and systematically make contributions of their means to the advancing of the cause of Christ on earth.
Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4,19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Luke 12:16-21,42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-47; 5:1-11; 17:24-25; 20:35; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 12; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19