"Learn How To Study The Word Of Truth (Holy Bible) Rightly Divided"
The doctrinal statement for By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study is summarized by the truths communicated to us in and through Ephesians 4:1-6:
One Body - In this present dispensation of the grace of God there is only one church, which is called the body of Christ. It consists of all those who are saved and it had its beginning with the salvation of the Apostle Paul (Rom. 11:11; I Cor. 12:13, 27,
Eph. 1:22-23, 3:1-11, 4:12; Col. 1:18, 24-25; I Tim.1:14-16).
One Spirit - The Holy Spirit is a person. He is coequal with the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin through the Word. He baptizes believers into the body of Christ. He regenerates, seals, indwells, enlightens, and empowers the believer (I Cor. 2:10, 12,6:19, 12:13; Eph. 3:16, 4:30; Titus 3:5).
The prophetic work and sign gifts of the Holy Spirit are not in operation today (I Cor. 12:1-31, 13:8-13). All supernatural gifts (such as those listed in (Rom. 12:6-8, I Cor. 12:8-10, and Eph. 4:11) were in effect during the period covered by the book of Acts, during which time the Word of God had not yet been completed.
Once the revelation of the mystery was completed and with the diminishing of the nation Israel, the sign gifts ceased and were "done away". The completed, inspired, and inerrant Word of God is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. Today, the functions of evangelism, pastoring (shepherding), and teaching are carried out by men who "labor in the word and doctrine" (I Tim. 5:17).
One Hope - The imminent, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to catch up the members of His body to be with Him forever is the "blessed hope" of the believer (I Thes. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13). The body of Christ will not be on the earth during the time of Jacob's trouble, also known as the Tribulation (Rom 13:11; I Thes. 4:13-16, 5:1-11; II Thes. 2:1-17). We believe that the church, the Body of Christ, will be taken out of this world by Jesus Christ Himself, when He descends from heaven according to (I Thessalonians 4;13-18). This event was kept secret (mystery) by God, and is a distinctive part of the new and special revelation given to the apostle Paul (I Corinthians 15:51) for us as members of Christ's own body, He being the Head. We confirm strongly that this blessed hope (Titus 2:13) is found only in Paul's epistles and concerns only the church, which is His body. This event will take place before the prophesied seven year tribulation period begins (Romans 5:9, I Thessalonians 5:9), which directly precedes the second coming of Christ to the earth to set up His earthly millennial kingdom in which He will rule and reign with His chosen people, the nation of Israel.
One Lord - Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is true God and true man (Matt. 1:20-23; Rom. 1:3; Phil. 2:6-9). He suffered and died as the propitiation of God for sin (Rom. 3:25), and three days later He rose bodily from the dead. We no longer "know" Him through the accounts of His earthly ministry, but as the resurrected Head of the Church, which is His body (Rom. 15:8; II Cor. 5:16; Eph. 1:20-23).
One Faith - The body of truth revealed to the Apostle Paul for us to believe, in this, the
age of God's wonderful grace (Eph. 3:2; Col. 1:25). Sound doctrine for the age of grace was revealed to Paul. These sound words should be held onto by the saints and committed to faithful men who shall teach others also (II Tim. 1:13). In Gal. 1:11-12 and I Tim. 6:3, Paul states that his gospel was "by revelation of Jesus Christ" and that his words are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Cor. 14:37). God's truth for living today is found in Paul's writings, Romans through Philemon. The book of Romans is the foundation to be built upon, progressively and successively, through to the book of Philemon, and this pattern of instruction works to produce godly edification in the life of each believer.
One Baptism - The Bible teaches of many baptisms, however, there is only one baptism recognized by the Word of God for this present dispensation of grace. That is the spiritual baptism by which the believer, when he/she trusts Christ as his/her Savior, is identified with the Lord in His death, His burial, and His resurrection. This spiritual baptism is also the means whereby the believer is given victory over sin (Rom. 6:1-5; I Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:11).
One God and Father of all - There is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (I Kings 8:60; Isaiah 45:18; John 8:19; II Cor. 13:14).
The gospel of salvation from the penalty of sin - Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe on Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood (Rom. 3:24-28, 5:8-9 I Cor 15:1-4). People today are saved by grace through faith alone, and at the moment of salvation are sealed by the Holy Spirit and are eternally secure (Eph. 1:11-14, 2:8-9).
The lost, the unsaved, will suffer eternal damnation as payment for their sins (Rom. 2:1-11, 6:23; Eph. 5:6; II Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15, 21:8).
The mission and commission of the church is to proclaim the message of reconciliation (II Cor. 5:14-21) and to preach Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, as first revealed to the Apostle Paul (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 3:1-9; I Tim. 1:16).
The Bible - The entire Bible is inspired of God (Matt. 4:4; II Tim. 3:16) and is without error in the original writings. God promises that He will preserve the words of scripture (Ps. 12:6-7; Matt. 24:35), and has kept His promise by preserving His infallible words. The Authorized King James Version is an accurate translation of the preserved words of God in the English language, is without error, for English speaking people.
Prayer - Talking to God. Prayer is in the name or authority of the Lord Jesus Christ (Phil. 4:6-7; I Thes. 5:17). The purpose of prayer is to conform our thoughts and actions to God's word through the work of the Spirit (Eph. 3:14-21).
Satan - He is a living and personal devil (John 8:44; Eph. 2:2; I Peter 5:8; Rev. 12:9). As God has changed His dealings with man, Satan adjusts his tactics to mimic what God is doing (II Cor. 11:13-15).