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STATEMENTS OF FAITH
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The GP Points of Agreement
That all Scripture (Old and New Testament) is inspired by God (II Timothy 3:16, 17). The Scriptures are inerrant and having been preserved by God, are now the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
Those who teach for The Gathering Place commit themselves to faithfully and accurately teach the word of God as it has been interpreted throughout the centuries by orthodox Christians.
That there is only one true and living God, existing in three persons – the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit – each a distinct person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfection, and attributes, and each worthy of worship, confidence and obedience.
That Jesus Christ is the Son of God, 2nd person of the Trinity, eternal, became incarnate by the work of the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, shed his blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures.
Jesus is the only way of salvation.
-See John 14:6 and Acts 4:12
All authority and power in heaven and on earth have been given to Him.
-See Matthew 18:8 and Philippians 2:9-11
That the Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Trinity, very God, co-existent with the Father and the Son. And that the Holy Spirit is the chief agent in the regeneration of the soul, the chief convicter of sin, and the comforter of the believer, and that simultaneous with regeneration, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer and places him into the Body of Christ.
The Scriptures in Ephesians 5:18ff. command us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. An evidence of being filled with the Spirit is how we relate to one another (Ephesians 4:1-3) and whether the fruit of the Spirit is present in our lives (Galatians 5:22-26).
That humans are the direct creation of God – body, soul, and spirit – and are made in the image of God. Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind, and incurred both a physical and spiritual death for all. As a result all mankind is born with a sin nature and unable through their own efforts to stand before a holy God.
That Satan was originally created a perfect being. He rebelled against God. As a result, he became depraved, and became the Devil and adversary of God and His people, and leader of a host of angels who fell with him. Satan has been judged and was defeated at the cross and awaits his ultimate doom at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ.
By grace, through faith, all that repent and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. Jesus is our sole means of salvation; no works of righteousness by us can produce salvation for us. However, the fruit of true saving faith in a believer will be good works.
-See Titus 2:11-14; Ephesians 2:8-10
Second Coming and Judgment
In the literal, visible, and personal return of Jesus Christ for the Church, and that He will judge the living and the dead, the righteous inheriting eternal life, and the wicked incurring eternal punishment.
That the New Testament Church is a local body of believers with Christ as its head and the Holy Spirit as its guide.