GWIM Doctrine Statements:
1. THE TRINITY – The triune Godhead — one eternal, transcendent, omnipotent, personal God, existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God the Father, the first Person of the Divine Trinity, infinite Spirit, sovereign, eternal, unchangeable in all His attributes, worthy of honor, adoration, and obedience.
God the Son, the second Person of the Divine Trinity, the one and only perfect, sinless humanity and the absolute, full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, indissolubly united in one divine-human person since He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
God the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Divine Trinity, convicts, regenerates, indwells, and seals all believers in Christ and infills those who yield to Him.
2. THE BIBLE – The unique, divinely-inspired canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as originally given; infallibly and uniquely authoritative and free from error of any sort, in all matters with which they deal, scientific and historical, as well as moral and theological.
3. SPECIAL CREATION – Special creation of the existing space-time universe and all its basic
systems and kinds of organisms in the six literal days of the creation week.
4. SATAN – The existence of a personal, malignant being called Satan; tempter and accuser of mankind.
5. HELL – A place of eternal punishment prepared for Satan and his demons, where all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for all eternity.
6. HISTORICITY – The complete accuracy of the biblical record of primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal Fall and resultant divine curse on the Creation, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge, and the origin of nations and languages at the tower of Babel.
7. DEPRAVITY OF MAN – Man, created in the image of God, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is eternal separation from God; resulting in all human beings being born with a sinful nature, and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, becoming accountable sinners in thought, word, and deed.
8. PROPITIATORY SACRIFICE – The substitutionary and conciliatory sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world, through His literal physical death on the Cross, burial and resurrection, followed by Hisbodily ascension into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, as our High Priest and Advocate.
9. SALVATION – Personal salvation from the eternal penalty of sin, provided solely by the grace of God on the basis of the atoning death and resurrection of Christ, to be received only through personal faith in His person and work, thereby becoming children of God.
10. SANCTIFICATION PROCESS – Positional Sanctification (saved from the penalty of sin at the moment of justification),
Experiential Sanctification (saved from the power of sin through a lifetime of spiritual growth), and Ultimate Sanctification (saved from the presence of sin, when we are finally with Him in Heaven).
11. SPIRITUAL GIFTS – Given to all believers; however, the manifestation of any particular gift, except the gift of faith, is not required as evidence of either salvation or filling of the Spirit.
12. GREAT COMMISSION – Given by our Lord to His Church in Matthew 28:19-20 to evangelize the world; our Christian duty to witness by word and deed to these truths.
13. SECOND COMING – Future, personal, visible and bodily return to this earth of our Lord Jesus Christ, to judge and purge sin, to establish His eternal kingdom, and to consummate and fulfill His purposes in the works of creation and redemption. Time unknown to us, but for which we are watching and waiting, joyfully and expectantly.
14. BODILY RESURRECTION – Bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost, the non-Christian, and the everlasting blessedness and rewards of the saved.