Below is a concise overview of our doctrinal stance here at Gospel Life Fellowship.
We believe all Scripture is given by God and kept by God so that we may know Him, the author. We believe God's word, the Bible, is the complete, inerrant and final revelation from God to man, given by inspiration and kept by God through preservation. The scriptures are our final authority in all matters of doctrine and belief. (2Tim 3:16, 1 Peter 1:23-25, Psalm 12:6-7)
We believe in one eternal God, who has always been and always will be self existent. He has no beginning or end. We believe the eternal God manifests himself in three persons, God the Son (Jesus) is fully, completely God. God the Father is fully, completely God. And God the Holy Spirit is fully, completely God. (Isaiah 43:10-11, 45:5, Mat. 28:19, John 10:30, Ps. 102:24-27)
We believe that men are justified by faith alone and are accounted righteous before God only through the merit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that eternal life is the present possession of every believer. As a believer our old man was crucified and we now possess the very life and spirit of Christ, which guides us in every area of life. (John 3:16-18, Ephesians 2:8-10, John 1:12)
The Eternal State
We believe that man is an eternal being and that upon leaving this life will afterward exist in a literal heaven or a literal hell. Man has a free will to choose to accept or reject God's free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Salvation is not by achieving, but receiving. ( 2 Thes. 1:7-9, 2 Cor 5:8, Rev 20:11-15 )
Law and Grace
We believe the law is good, pure and holy and was given by God as a schoolmaster (Gal3:24) to bring us to Christ. The law is a mirror to reveal our sin but cannot remove our sin. The law with its 613 commands cannot save or sanctify a person. The Christian has entered into a new covenant and is not under the bondage, curse or conditional blessings of the Old Testament. The Old Testament is now for our "learning" not our "living". (1 Cor 10:11, Gal. 2:16-21, 2Cor. 3:1-18, Acts 13:39, Heb 8:7-13, John 1:17, 1Cor. 6:11)
The Return of Christ
We believe in the literal, imminent, premillennial, and pretribulational return of Christ. He will rapture His Church prior to the seven years of tribulation, and at the end of the tribulation Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:1-6; Psalm 89:3-4).
The Christian Life
We believe the Christian life is not hard but impossible, only Christ can give it and only he can live it. We live the Christian life the same way we received it, by faith. We believe its the life of Christ in the believer that animates, guides and instructs us to do his will. The Christian life is not a self improvement, behavior modification program or list of rules and standards to make us look a certain way. Christ is the rule, He is the standard, and when we walk in the spirit we willingly allow the life of Christ to be lived through us. We are conduits of His love, grace and life to reach out to others who do not have this precious gift. We do not live FOR Jesus, we live FROM Jesus. (Col. 2:6, Col. 3:1-4, Phil 1:21, Gal. 2:20, Gal. 5:13-18)