We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a question that many people struggle with in their faith. If God is good, why is he allowing this situation to happen? Its a hard question to wrap our heads around. However, the truth is that we are never promised a pain-free life in Christ. In fact, the opposite is true. John 16:33 says "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We will have trouble in this life because we live in a broken world, a sinful world. We will all have to go through suffering in this life. But the bible teaches us that our suffering will help us grow closer to the Lord as we rely on him. Romans 5:3-5 says "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
Hope will not put us to shame. We have hope in Christ. We have hope of eternal life, and we can rest in that truth during the trials of this life. We also learned that through our suffering the glory of God can be revealed. John 9:2-3 says "His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
While suffering is hard, is grows our faith, dependence on God, and reveals the glory of God. We can be thankful in all circumstances because of this truth.
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