Statement of Faith
Guided By Truth is dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing the truth of the sufficiency of God’s Holy living Word to provide everything we need pertaining to life and godliness, and exposing teachings that are contrary to the Scriptures.
We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired, complete, infallible, inerrant Word of God in the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments. It is His revelation to us concerning all matters of spirit and faith. It declares the character of God, has all the answers to life, is the final authority on all matters, and can be understood by any believer. (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe that Jesus is God who became a man. He is eternally God, past – present – and future. Jesus is the Christ, that is, the Messiah, who was the promised King from the line of David. He died for our sins, was buried, and was raised again according to the Scriptures. We believe that Jesus is the only way, truth and life and that no one can be redeemed unless they put their trust in Him. (John 1:1,14; Matt 15:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; John 14:6; John 3:16-18) .
We believe that the Godhead consists of the Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit, all three are distinct persons with differing roles, yet are one in being. We also believe that all three persons are eternal and equal in power. (Matt 3:16-17; Duet 32:39; John 8:41; John 20:28-29; Acts 5:3)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person within the Godhead, equal to God for He is God. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit baptizes believers into the body of Christ indwelling them eternally. He is our counselor and teacher who testifies about the Son and reveals the truths of the Scriptures to us. (Acts 5:3; John 16:8; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Eph 1:13-14; John 14:26; John 15:26; 1 Cor. 2:14)
Gifts of the Spirit:
We believe that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit were given to the early Church as recorded in the historical book of Acts and the doctrinal books of the epistles. The gifts were given as a sign primarily to the Jews. Their purpose was to show the authentication given to the apostles in ushering in a new dispensation. We believe “that which is perfect”, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13, is referring to the Word of God. When the final words of the Scripture were penned the gifts of the Spirit ceased to be given. (1 Cor. 14:22; 2 Cor. 12:12; 1 Cor. 13:8-10)
We believe in rightly dividing the Word of Truth, understanding that we should take the Bible literally, that is it should be read normally as any other document. It is divided into different parts such as past, present and future and makes a distinction in peoples such as Jews, Gentiles and the Church. We believe that God never changes, but his method of dealing with man, to show his need for Christ, does change as stated in Hebrews 1:1. (2 Tim 2:15; Heb 1:1)
We believe that our salvation is based upon our faith in the Biblical Christ because of God’s wonderful grace and mercy. The Bible makes is very clear that the only condition upon receiving the gift of salvation is belief. We can never earn or keep our salvation by good works, baptism, church membership, bible reading, prayer, or any other system of works. We believe that one must put their faith (belief) in Jesus, as there is no other name given by which man can be saved. (Eph 2:8-10; Romans 10:9-10,13; Acts 4:12)
We believe in a pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, view of prophecy. Since a significant amount of Scripture deals with prophecy we believe that we should be diligent in our study of future events, but that we should never sensationalize prophesy. We believe that the book of Revelation from chapter 4 to its conclusion has yet to be fulfilled. (1 Thes. 4:16 to 1 Thes. 5; 2 Thess. 2; 1 Cor. 15; Rev. 19 to 20; Matthew 24; Matthew 13)
Depravity of Man:
We believe in the depravity of man as he is born into sin and is dead spiritually. We believe that even while man is in his natural spiritually dead state, he can still respond positively to the gospel and choose to accept Christ as his savior. (Eph. 2:1-10; John 1:12; John 3:16-18; 1 John 3:23)
We believe that death should be defined as “separation”. When we speak of bodily death, that means our soul and spirit are separated from our body. When we are dead spiritually, we are separated from God. One can be eternally separated from God, thus resulting in eternal death. According to Luke 16, as soon as a person dies a physical death they will either go to heaven or to hell. If one has placed his trust in Jesus alone, then they will go to heaven. If they have not, they will go to hell. (Luke 16:19-31)
We believe that hell is a real place of torment and is eternal fire just as Jesus taught. (Luke 16:23; Matt. 5:22; Mark 9:43)