What We Believe

The Gospel of the Kingdom of God

  • King Jesus — Luke 1:33; 19:27; John 18:37-38; Heb 1:8
  • The message of John the Baptist — Matt 3:2
  • The message of Jesus — Matt 4:17,23; 9:3510:6-7; Luke 4:33; 8:1; Mark 1:13-15; Acts 1:1-3
  • The message of the disciples — Luke 9:2; 10:9; Acts 8:12
  • The message of the Apostle Paul — Acts 19:8; 20:24-25; 28:23,31; Col 4:11
  • Gospel of grace and gospel of the kingdom of God are the same — Acts 20:23-25
  • The Law of Moses vs. the kingdom of God — Matt 11:11-15; Luke 7:28; 16:16-17
  • Divorce and remarriage is adultery in the kingdom — Matt 19:11-12; Luke 16:16-18
  • Belongs to the poor in spirit — Matt 5:3
  • Belongs to those who are persecuted for righteousness — Matt 5:10
  • Belongs to the poor disciples — Luke 6:20; 12:22-34; Jas 2:5
  • Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom — Matt 19:23-25; Mark 10:23-25
  • Since John the Baptist, the violent take the kingdom by force / press into the kingdom — Matt 11:12; Luke 16:16
  • Unless one is born again / born of water and spirit, he cannot see / enter the kingdom — John 3:1-8
  • Become as children to enter the kingdom; the kingdom is of little children — Matt 18:1-5; 19:13-14; Mark 10:14-15; Luke 18:16-17
  • Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom — Matt 5:20
  • Seek first the kingdom and His righteousness — Matt 6:33
  • He who does the Father’s will shall enter the kingdom — Matt 5:19; 7:21; 21:30-32; 2 Pet 1:5-11
  • Walk worthy of God who calls you into His kingdom — 1 Thess 2:10-12
  • The unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom — 1 Cor 6:9-10; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:3-7
  • We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God — Acts14:22; Matt 20:20-28; 2 Thess 1:3-5; Rev 1:9
  • It is better to enter the kingdom maimed than cast into hell — Mark 9:47
  • A wise scribe is “not far from the kingdom of God” — Mark 12:34
  • Woe to you who shut up the kingdom — Matt 23:13
  • The unforgiving servant will not be forgiven in the kingdom — Matt 18:21-45
  • The cost of the kingdom — Luke 9:57-62
  • The Gentiles are invited — Matt 8:10-13; 21:33-46; 22:1-14; Luke 13:22-30; 14:15-24; Acts 28:23-28
  • Restore the kingdom to Israel? — Acts 1:6-8
  • The keys of the kingdom — Matt 16:18-19
  • A kingdom divided will not stand — Matt 12:25-30; Luke 11:14-23
  • His kingdom is not of this world, so His servants don’t fight — John 18:36
  • The kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit — Rom 14:7
  • Kingdom in power — Matt 4:23; 6:13; 9:35; 10:6-7; 16:28; Mark 9:1; Luke 9:2,11,27; 1 Cor 4:20
  • Kingdom in parables — Matt 13:10-11, 34-35; Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10
  • Parable of the sower — Matt 13:3-9, 18-23; Mark 4:3-9; 13-20; Luke 8:4-8, 11-15
  • Like a man scattering seed — Mark 4:26-29
  • Like a man who sowed good seed — Matt 13:24-30; 36-43
  • Like a mustard seed — Matt 13:31-32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 22:18-19
  • Like leaven — Matt 13:33; Luke 18:20-21
  • Like treasure hidden in a field — Matt 13:44
  • Like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls — Matt 13:45
  • Like a dragnet — Matt 13:47-52
  • Like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers — Matt 20:1-16
  • Like ten virgins — Matt 25:1-13
  • Like a man who gave talents to his servants — Matt 25:14-30
  • Pray, “Your kingdom come” — Matt 6:10; Luke 11:12
  • Does not come with observation / the kingdom is “within you” or “in the midst of you” — Luke 17:20-21 (ESV)
  • He has already delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom — Col 1:13-14
  • The Son of Man coming in His kingdom / the kingdom present with power— Matt 16:28; Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27
  • The kingdom, eternal life and salvation — Matt 19:23-25; Luke 13:22-30; 18:18-30; Mark 9:47; Acts 28:23-28; Rev 12:10
  • Future kingdom — Matt 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 1:33; 19:11-27; 22:14-18; 1 Cor 15:20-28,50; 2 Tim 4:1,18; Heb 12:28; 2 Pet 1:5-11; Rev 12:10
  • Jesus will judge at His appearing and kingdom — Matt 13:24-30; 13:36-43, 47-52; 25:1-13, 14-30; 31-46; Luke 10:1-11; 13:22-30; 19:11-27; 2 Tim 4:1

The Grace of God

  • God of grace — Ex 33:19, 34:6, Ps 86:15, 103:8, Jonah 4:2, 1 Pet 2:31, 5:10
  • In Christ — Luke 2:40, John 1:14-17, 2 Tim 2:1
  • In us — 2 Cor 8:7, 9:14, Col 3:16
  • Gospel of grace and gospel of the kingdom of God are the same — Acts 20:23-25
  • Promise is not earned — Rom 4:4,16, 11:6
  • Toward the righteous — Gen 6:8, Exod 33:13-17
  • God has first initiated and offered reconciliation — Rom.5:6-21 10:6-9, 2 Cor 5:18-19, Eph 1:7
  • Saved by grace — Acts 15:11, Rom 3:21-27, Eph 2:4-10, 2 Tim 1:8-10, Tit 2:11-12, 3:3-7
  • Faith is means of access to grace — Rom 5:2, Eph 2:8
  • Grace abused — Rom 6:1-2,14-16, Jude 1:4
  • Enabling power of God — Acts 4:33, 14:26, 15:40, 18:27, 20:32, Rom 1:5, 6:14, 1 Cor 3:10, 15:10, 2 Cor 1:12, 8:1-9, 9:8, Gal 2:9, Eph 3:7-8, Heb 4:16,12:28, 1 Pet 5:12
  • Sufficiency of grace — 2 Cor 3:5, 12:9
  • Grace versus Mosaic Law — John 1:17, Rom 4:16 5:20, 6:14 Gal 2:21, 5:4
  • Is grace irresistible? — Acts 13:43, 2 Cor 6:1, Gal 1:6, Heb 10:29, 12:15
  • Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness — Tit 2:11-12
  • Grace to help — 2 Cor.12:9, 2 Thes 2:16-17, Heb.4:16
  • Humility is precondition for receiving grace — Prov 3:34, Jas 4:6, 1 Pet 5:5,
  • Growing in grace — 2 Cor 8:7, 2 Pet 1:2, 3:18
  • Ministering grace — Eph 4:29, Col 4:6
  • Spiritual gifts of grace — Rom.12:3-6, 1 Cor 1:4-8, 3:10, 15:10, Eph 4:7, 1 Pet.4:10, Heb.12:28

Salvation

  • In Christ alone — John 14:6, Acts 4:12
  • Accomplished and appropriated — Luke 19:9, 2 Tim.1:9, Tit.3:5
  • Narrow is the way and few find it — Matt 7:13-14, Luke 13:22-27
  • Count the cost — Luke 14:25-35, cf. 2 Pet 2:19-22, Heb 10:26-31
  • Past tense — (we have been saved) — Eph 2:8-9
  • Present tense (we are being saved) — 1 Pet 1:9, 1 Cor 1:18 ESV
  • Present and continuous — 1 Cor 15:2, 2 Cor 6:2, Heb 7:10
  • Future tense (we will be saved) — 1 Timothy 4:15-16
  • Future and hoped-for — Rom 8:24, 13:11, 1 Thes 5:8, 1 Pet.1:5
  • Culminates in the Resurrection of our bodies — Romans 8:18-25

What is necessary for initial salvation?

  • Faith / Belief — John 3:16, Acts 10:43, 13:39, 16:31, 20:21, Rom 5:2, 10:9-11, Eph 2:8-9, Heb 11:11, 1 John 5:10,
  • Repentance — Prov 28:13, Mark 1:15, Luke 5:32, 13:3-5, 15:10, 24:47, Acts 2:38, 3:19, 8:22, 11:18, 17:30, 20:21, 26:19-20, 2 Cor 7:10, Heb 6:1, 1 Thess 1:9, 2 Peter 3:9
  • Confession — Matt 3:6, Rom 10:9, 1 Tim 6:12
  • Baptism — Matt 28:19, Mark 16:16, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, 10:48, Rom 6, 1 Cor 1:12-13, 10:2, Col 2:11-15, Titus 3:5, 1 Pet 3:21

What is required once we become saved?

  • Love — John 13:35, 1 John 4:7-7, 2:3-4
  • Good Works / Fruits — John 5:28-29, John 15, Eph 2:8-10, Titus 2:14, 3:8, Jas 2:14,24, Rev 3:2
  • Humility — Matt 18:4, 23:12, Luke 14:11, 18:14, Jas 4:10, 1 Pet 5:6
  • Obedience to the Teachings of Jesus and Apostles — Matt 5:19, 7:21-27, 12:50, 19:17, Mark 3:35, Luke 6:46-49, 11:28, 17:20, John 8:31,51, 12:44-50, 14:15,21-24, 15:10,14, Acts 5:32, 10:34-35, Rom 1:5, 2:13, 6:16-17, 10:16, 16:19,25-26, 1 Cor 7:19, 2 Cor 7:15, 9:12-14, 10:4-6, Gal 3:1, 5:7, Phil 2:12-13, 1 Tim 6:3-4, 2 Thes 1:8; 3:14, Tit 1:16, Heb 3:18, 2:1-3, 4:6-11, 5:9, 11:8, Jas 1:25, 2:14-26, 1 Pet 1:1-2,22-23, 2:7-8, 4:17, 1 John 2:3-4, 3:22-24, 5:2-3, 2 John 1:6, 2 John 1:9-11, Rev 2:1-7,18-23, 3:1-5, 22:12-14
  • Holiness / Separation — Rom 12:1-2, Eph 4:17-32, 5:1-21, 2 Tim 3:12, Heb 12:14, 1 Pet 4:17-19, 1 John 2:15
  • Continued Confession of Post-Baptismal Sins — Jas 5:16, 1 John 1:9
  • Eucharist / Communion — John 6:51-56, 1 Cor 10:16-17, 11:23-34
  • Abide / Continue / Endure / Persevere / Overcome — Matt 10:22, 24:13, Mark 13:13, Luke 9:62, John 8:31, Acts 11:23, 13:43, 1 Cor 9:24-27, Col 1:21-23, Gal 5:7, 1 Tim 4:16, 2 Tim 2:12, Heb 3:6,14, 12:1, 1 Pet 1:5, 1 John 5:4,5, Rev 2:7,11,17,26, 3:5,10,12,14-21, 12:17, 14:12-13, 19:6-8, 21:7
  • Continual Belief — See YLT: John 3:16, 36, 4:13,14, 5:24, 6:35,40,47,51,58, 7:38, 8:51, 10:28, 11:25-26, 12:46
  • Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it — Matt 16:25, Mark 3:4, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, Luke 17:33, John 12:25

Loss of salvation

  • Some believe or endure only for a while, but fall away in time of temptation — Matt 13:20-21, Mark 4:16-17, Luke 8:12-13
  • Some become choked out by riches, pleasures of life, and cares of this world — Matt 13:22-23, Mark 4:18-19, Luke 8:14
  • Forgiven servant who doesn’t forgive his brother is delivered to the torturers — Matt 18:21-35
  • Servant who beats fellow servants, eats and drinks with drunkards will be cut in two and share portion with unbelievers — Matt 24:48-51, Luke 12:45-46
  • Foolish virgins shut out of the wedding — Matt 25:10-13
  • Unprofitable servant cast into outer darkness — Matt 25:24-30, Luke 19:21-27
  • Backslides and shares portion with unbelievers — Luke 12:45-46
  • Some disciples have ceased to follow Jesus — John 6:66
  • Branches that don’t bear fruit are burned in the fire — John 15:6
  • Judas was given to Christ by the Father and later lost — John 17:6-12
  • Warnings — Heb 3:12, 6:4-8, 10:36-39
  • Actual cases of falling away (past and future) — 1 Tim 1:19, 4:1, 5:15, 2 Tim 2:17-18, 4:10, 6:8-10
  • Fallen from grace — Gal 5:4
  • Neglect of salvation will lead to grievous consequences — 1 Cor.9:26-27, Heb 2:3, 10:26-29, 2 Tim 2:11-13
  • Passages where salvation hinges on the word “IF” — 1 Cor 15:1-2, Col 1:21-22, 1 Tim 2:15; 1 John 2:24-25