If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart
that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:10)
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name
under heaven given to men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith and this not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God, not of works,
so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Ministry Tools Resource Center believes . . .
- The Bible is the written inerrant Word of God given by verbal plenary inspiration. Nothing is to be added or subtracted from the canon of 66 books, and it is as such the supreme and final authority.
- The God revealed in Scripture is the one and only Absolute Being eternally subsisting in three persons --Father, Son, and Holy Spirit --co-equal, co-existent, and co-eternal.
- Christ, prior to His incarnation, was pre-existent and thus very active in creation and history. In His incarnation He was conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary, making Him both God and Man, sinless, without a sin nature. These are essential to His redemptive work for as Man He was able to identify with mankind in death; as God He was able to die for all; and being sinless He was able to take man's sin upon Himself.
- The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and Son and also has attributes of personality. The Spirit is an agent in regeneration, indwells believers, baptizes them into the Body of Christ, seals them, imparts spiritual gifts, fills, teaches, guides, and intercedes for believers.
- Angels were created by God as spiritual and incorporeal, originally all perfect. Some fell away into sin under the leadership of Satan and will ultimately be judged by Christ.
- Mankind had its origin in Adam and Eve who were created by God in His image and likeness. Man was initially in perfect fellowship with God but through disobedience became separated from Him and totally depraved. Adam's sin was charged to all his descendants so that not only do they sin experientially but they are born with a sin nature and stand in need of a Redeemer.
- The answer to man's need for salvation is found in Jesus Christ who became man's substitutionary atonement on the cross. Only by God's grace, manifested in Christ's death, can a person be saved from sin and brought into fellowship with God as it is accompanied by faith in the finished work of Calvary.
- The Church universal which consists of all believers of the Church Age is central in God's program for this present age, having its beginning at Pentecost and in the future will rise to meet Christ at the Rapture. The New Testament teaches that believers are to gather and organize into local churches for the purpose of instruction, fellowship, worship, prayer, evangelism, and service.
- The Lord Jesus Christ will personally return to earth at which time He will establish an earthly millennial kingdom. Prior to this Second coming the Church will be raptured, followed by a seven year Tribulation when the forces of evil reign, climaxed by Armageddon. After these seven years Christ will return with His saints, binding Satan and all the other fallen angels until the end of His righteous reign. Satan will be loosed and engage in his final rebellion. Defeated, Satan and his host will be judged and eternally separated from God in the Lake of Fire. Following this event the new heaven and earth will replace the present heaven and earth, and eternity will then be ushered in.