“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
THE BIBLE SAYS…
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”
“In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
WE BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST STEP OF SALVATION IS SOLELY THE GRACE OF GOD: It is God’s will to save everyone by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44
WE ACCEPT THAT CHRIST’S RIGHTEOUSNESS IS IMPUTED TO BELIEVERS: When individuals repent and believe in Christ, they are cleansed of sin, regenerated, and brought into union with Christ through faith alone.
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
WE UNDERSTAND THAT PREDESTINATION IS NOT THE PREDETERMINATION OF WHO WILL BELIEVE: Rather, it is the predetermination of the believer’s future inheritance.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5
WE BELIEVE THAT GOD PREDESTINES ALL TRUE BELIEVERS TO A GLORIOUS FUTURE: Believers in Christ are predestined to sonship through adoption, glorification, and eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
WE KNOW THAT THE SUFFERINGS OF TRUE CHRISTIANS ARE OFTEN SEVERE: This suffering will end when the Lord Jesus returns to introduce a glorious new state of things.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
WE REJOICE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT GOD PREDESTINES BELIEVERS TO LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER IN HEAVEN: Believers will see God, be with God, and be like God. They will be freed from sin, filled with holiness, delivered from fears, and enjoy the pleasures of Heaven forever.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9