|We are a reformed church with a Pentecostal experience. Reformed means that we insist that the Word of God is the ultimate source of appeal in matters of faith, doctrine and practice. We stand on the Biblical doctrines of grace. Pentecostal experience refers to the New Testament experience in the Upper Room where believers received the filling of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2). It also refers to the gifts of the Spirit being evident in the life of the believer. (1 Corinthians 12: 4-12)
The Doctrines of Grace are commonly known as the five points of Calvinism or T.U.L.I.P which is an acronym for:
This doctrine insists that salvation is by grace from beginning to end. Salvation is a gift, in every sense of the word; it is God’s gift for undeserving sinners who cannot be redeemed apart from God’s saving grace. The gift is given to those to whom God chooses to give it; and although it is offered to everyone, it is not given to everyone. When God does choose to grant this gift, however, He effectively places it in the hands of his child; and once it is received, it can never be lost, stolen, or damaged. Truly, it is the gift that keeps on giving!
Total depravity (inability):
It is also a fact that all mankind sinned in Adam and that all men are without excuse (Romans 2: 1). Without Christ, we are dead in trespasses and sins, we are estranged from God, and we are helpless. We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.
In Ephesians 2: 12, Paul reminds the Ephesian Christians that before they received the Gospel, they were separated from Christ. Notice the five-fold emphasis Paul uses to stress this truth:
(1 Corinthians 2: 14; Romans 3: 10-12; Romans 5: 12; 2 Corinthians 1: 9; John 6: 53 and Proverbs 30: 12)
• Election is a sovereign free act of God, through which He determines who shall be made heirs of heaven.
• The elective decree was made in eternity.
• The elective decree contemplated the race as already fallen.
• God in His sovereignty could regenerate all men if He chose to do so.
• Election is not based on foreseen faith or good works, but only on God’s sovereign pleasure.
• The elective decree leaves others who are not elected-others who suffer the just consequences of their sin.
(ref. Ephesians 1: 4-5; Romans 5: 8; Romans 8: 29-30; Romans 9: 11-16, 19-21; John 15: 16 and Psalm 65: 4)
• The atonement of Christ was limited only in the sense that it was intended for, and is applied to, particular persons; namely for those who are actually saved.
• The value of the atonement was sufficient to save all mankind, and efficient to save only the elect.
• Christ’s work was a perfect fulfillment of the Law. He took our place before the Law and did for us what we could not do for ourselves.
• Jesus Christ came to give His life a ransom for many.
• Jesus Christ died for His people, His Church.
(ref. Acts 20: 28; Matthew 20: 28; John 10: 14-15; John 15: 13; Ephesians 5: 25)
Irresistible Grace (efficacious):
• Man in his natural state is radically corrupt, and he can never become holy and happy through any power of his own.
• Man must be born again from above (John 3: 3).
• An inward change is wrought by supernatural power (2 Corinthians 5: 17).
• The effect of this change is that the person loves righteousness and trusts in Christ for salvation.
• The Lord, by His Spirit, irresistibly draws His elect to Himself, raising them to spiritual life and making them willing to trust in Jesus.
(ref. Matthew 11: 28-30; John 6: 37; Ephesians 1: 12, 19; Psalm 110: 3; 2 Thessalonians 1: 11)
(The) Perseverance of the Saints:
• Perseverance is not dependent on our own good works, but on God’s grace. (Roman 5: 8-10).
• If the believer had been once truly saved, he cannot fall away completely from grace. “If we have it, we never
lose it. If we lose it, we never had it.”
• An outward profession of righteousness is not always proof that the person is a true Christian. (Matthew 7: 22-23; 1 John 2: 19)
• The doctrine is not to be taken as a license to continue in sin. The believer is not free to act in any way he chooses now that he is eternally secure in Christ Jesus.
• The believer perseveres to the end because they were chosen in the beginning.
(ref. Jeremiah 32: 40; Ezekiel 11: 19-20; Romans 8: 35-39; John 6: 47, 51; Philippians 1: 6; Hebrews 10: 14) The Five Solas of the Reformation
The “Five Solas” of the Reformation
1. Sola Scriptura: by Scripture alone
2. Sola Fide: by Faith alone
3. Sola Gratia: by Grace alone
4. Sola Christos: Christ alone
5. Soli Deo Gloria: glory to God alone