The Gospel of Jesus Christ
At the heart of what we believe is the gospel – the good news that Jesus became a man and died on a cross so that we might be saved from the consequences of our wrongdoings. Two Ways To Live is a simple outline of the Bible’s message about this good news of Jesus Christ, and the choice we all face.
A helpful guide to what we believe can be found in such historic confessions of faith as the 1689 Reformed Baptist confession. Here, in essence, is what is taught there:
The Holy Scriptures
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given, as the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God, and as the sole, supreme, and all-sufficient authority in every matter of Christian faith and practice.
One living and true God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption, subsisting in three Persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – the same in substance, and equal in power and glory.
The Lord Jesus Christ
The eternal sonship and essential, absolute, and eternal Deity, and true and sinless humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His virgin birth, death, and burial; His physical resurrection and ascension into heaven, and His coming again in power and glory.
The Holy Spirit
The Personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, through Whom the sinner is born again to saving repentance and faith, and by Whom the saints are sanctified through the truth.
The Fall of Man
The fall of mankind in Adam, by which they have totally lost their original righteousness and holiness, and have come under the righteous condemnation of God.
The personal and unconditional election in Christ of a multitude which no man can number unto everlasting salvation, out of God’s pure grace and love, without regard to any foresight of faith or good works in them.
The personal and eternal redemption from all sin and penal consequences thereof, of all God’s elect, by the substitutionary sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Free Offer of the Gospel
The free offer of the Gospel to all men, and the effectual calling of the elect by the irresistible grace of God.
The justification of sinners by faith alone, through the atoning death and resurrection and imputed righteousness of Christ.
The final perseverance in the state of grace of all those who have been elected by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and regenerated by the Holy Spirit, so that they shall never perish, but have eternal life.