Girls Living 4 God Core Beliefs
THE BIBLE: (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:12) We believe that the Scriptures in all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired of God, error free in the original manuscripts, and the supreme authority of faith and practice for followers of Christ.
GOD: (Deuteronomy 6:4) We believe there is one living and true God, who is one in essence, while eternally existing in three distinct persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
THE FATHER: (Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6; 2:1-10) We believe the first person of the Trinity orders and directs all things according to his purpose and pleasure. He has created humanity to bring him glory and honor, through his grace. While he is transcendent, he is also actively involved in his creation- offering an eternal relationship with us through his Son Jesus Christ
THE SON: (John 1:14-18; I Corinthians 15; Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 20:11-15) We believe Jesus Christ is both the eternal Son of God and virgin-born Son of man. Fully God and fully man, He surrendered nothing of His deity during His earthly life. His sinless, sacrificial offering on the cross satisfied the Father's justice, offering atonement for all of humanity's sins, for all time. We believe in his bodily resurrection, His physical ascension, and His visible return back to earth to establish His earthly kingdom.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: (John 16:5-16; I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2:10; John 3:1-8; Ephesians 1:1; Galatians 5:16-25) We believe the third person of the Trinity executes the will of God in this world through humanity, by leading, guiding, filling, teaching and convicting. The Holy Spirit is not merely an impersonal force, but is a person, displaying the qualities of personhood (intellect, emotions and will). He equips believers upon conversion by giving them gifts to be used for the building up of the church, and by bearing fruit through their yielded lives.
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.” Ephesians 1:13
MAN: (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23) We believe that mankind was directly created in the image of God to enjoy His fellowship and fulfill His purposes on earth. However, in Adam, all mankind fell into sin; consequently, all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of both physical and spiritual death apart from faith in Jesus Christ.
SALVATION: (John 1:12; 3:16; 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9) We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ alone. All who believe in Him are declared righteous by the Father on the grounds of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection. God says they are sealed by the Holy Spirit and no one can undo what He has done. (Ephesians 1:13, Isaiah 43:13, John 1:28) Ephesians 2:8-10 summarizes our salvation.
• We are saved by grace – It is a gift from God
• We are saved through faith – We must believe
• We cannot save ourselves – We are to do good works, but they cannot save us.
THE CHURCH: (Acts 2:41-47, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 Corinthians 12-14) We believe that all who are “born again” by the Holy Spirit belong to the one true church and are instructed by the Scriptures to associate themselves in local, visible churches. We ask that all GL4G leadership and counsel be a part of regularly attending a local church body.
BAPTISM: (Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 6:3-7) Baptism is a clear injunction of the Scriptures which outwardly expresses the inward reality of new life in Christ. “Biblically, baptism is associated with forgiveness (Acts 2:38; 22:16), with union with Christ (Romans 6:1-10), making disciples (Matthew 28:19), and repentance (Acts 2:38)....Theologically, baptism may be defined as an act of association or identification with someone, some group, some message, or some event....Christian baptism means identification with the message of the Gospel, the person of the Savior, and the group of believers.” [Basic Theology; Charles Ryrie, p. 422]
...proclaims the believers unity with Christ.
...proclaims the believer’s identification and accountability to the local church. ...is a symbolic proclamation of the believer’s new life in Christ. ...demonstrates the believer’s commitment to be obedient to Christ.