Our mission at Living Water Community Church is to inspire a passion for the supremacy of God in all
things, to the Glory of God and for the joy of all peoples.
Because both the new birth (regeneration), and the new life (sanctification) are accomplished through the
instrumentality of, and obedience to, the Word of God (John 5:24; John 17:17), we at Living Water
Community Church are deeply committed to studying and teaching the scriptures with diligence and
authority. Thus, our central ministry is the continuous imparting of biblical truth to the people of God that
they might know God, glorify Him, and enjoy Him forever.
The following statement of faith represents our convictions regarding the major theological truths of the
THE WORD OF GOD
We Believe that the Bible is God’s special, written revelation to man.
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible were given to us through the agency of the Holy Spirit and
comprise the plenary (inspired equally in all parts) Word of God (1Corinthians 2:7 14; 2 Peter 1:20 21).
We Believe that the Word of God is an objective, propositional revelation (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1
Corinthians 2:13), verbally inspired in every word (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely inerrant in the original
documents, infallible, and God breathed.
We Believe that the meaning of Scripture can be found by applying the literal, grammatical historical
method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17; 16:12 15; 1 Corinthians 2:7
15; 1 John 2:20). This method affirms the belief that the opening chapters of Genesis present creation in
six literal days (Genesis 1:31; Exodus 31:17).
We Believe that the Bible comprises the only infallible rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35;
John 10:35; 16:12 13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15 17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20 21).
We Believe that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so
superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing,
they composed and recorded God’s Word to man (2 Peter 1:20 21) without error in the whole or in the part
(Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16).
We Believe that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but
one true interpretation. It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning
of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. Yet the truth of Scripture
stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it.
We Believe that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5 7; 1 Corinthians 8:4),
an infinite, all knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in
three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)—each equally
deserving worship and obedience. Because God is self existent and self sufficient, He does all things for
His own glory and for His name’s sake (Psalm104:31).
We believe that the chief end of God is to glorify Himself and enjoy Himself forever.
God the Father
We Believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to
His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8 9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1
31; Ephesians 3:9). As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation,
providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36). His fatherhood involves both His designation
within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (Ephesians 4:6),
but He is spiritual Father only to believers (Romans 8:14; 2 Corinthians 6:18). He has decreed for His own
glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all
creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11). In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin
(Habakkuk 1:13; John 8:38 47), nor does He abridge the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1
Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen and predetermined from eternity past those whom He would have as
His own (Ephesians 1:4 6); He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as his
own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12; Romans
8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5 9).
God the Son
We Believe that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in
these He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father (John 10:30; 14:9).
We Believe that God the Father created according to His own will, through His Son, Jesus Christ, by whom
all things continue in existence and in operation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15 17; Hebrews 1:2).
We Believe that in the incarnation (God becoming man) Christ surrendered only the prerogatives of deity
but nothing of the divine essence, either in degree or kind. In His incarnation, the eternally existing second
Person of the Trinity accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity and so became the God Man
(Philippians 2:5 8; Colossians 2:9). We Believe that Jesus Christ represents humanity and deity in
indivisible oneness (Micah 5:2; John 5:23; 14:9 10; Colossians 2:9).
We Believe that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23, 25; Luke 1:26 35); that
He was God incarnate (John 1:1, 14); and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem
men, and rule over God’s kingdom (Psalm 2:7 9; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:29; Philippians 2:9 11; Hebrews 7:25
26; 1 Peter 1:18 19).
We Believe that, in the incarnation, the second person of the Trinity laid aside His right to the full
prerogatives of coexistence with God, assumed the place of a Son, and took on an existence appropriate to
a servant while never divesting Himself of His divine attributes (Philippians 2:5 8).
We Believe that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and
sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and
redemptive (John 10:15; Romans 3:24 25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24).
We Believe that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that
He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He now mediates as our Advocate and High
Priest (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38 39; Acts 2:30 31; Romans 4:25; 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1).
We Believe that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of His Son and
gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross. Jesus’ bodily resurrection is also
the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers (John 5:26 29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:5 10;
1 Corinthians 15:20, 23).
We Believe that Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His Body, unto Himself at the
rapture, and returning with His church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on earth (Acts 1:9
11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13 18; Revelation 20).
We Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the One through whom God will judge all mankind (John 5:22 23):
a. Believers (1 Corinthians 3:10 15; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
b. Living inhabitants of the earth at His glorious return (Matthew 25:31 46).
c. Unbelieving dead at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11 15).
As the Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5), the Head of His Body the church (Ephesians 1:22;
5:23; Colossians 1:18), and the coming universal King, who will reign on the throne of David (Isaiah 9:6;
Luke 1:31 33), He is the final Judge of all who fail to place their trust in Him as Lord and Savior (Matthew
25:14 46; Acts 17:30 31). We Believe that on the basis of the efficacy of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of
sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (Romans 3:25;
5:8 9; 2 Corinthians 5:14 15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).
God the Holy Spirit
We Believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of
personality and deity including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10 13), emotions (Ephesians 4:30), will (1
Corinthians 12:11), eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7 10), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13
14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness (John 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal
and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3 4; 28:25 26; 1 Corinthians 12:4 6;
2 Corinthians 13:14; and Jeremiah 31:31 34 with Hebrews 10:15 17).
We Believe that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. We
recognize His sovereign activity in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the written
revelation (2 Peter 1:20 21), and the work of salvation (John 3:5 7).
We Believe that the work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father
as promised by Christ (John 14:16 17; 15:26) to initiate and complete the building of the Body of Christ,
which is His church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the
world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers
into the image of Christ (John 16:7 9; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22).
We Believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher, who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as
they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible. Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of
the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled
with (controlled by) the Spirit (John 16:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Peter 1:19 21; 1 John 2:20, 27).
We Believe that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither
Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of
redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13 14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians
12:4 11; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
We Believe that man was directly and immediately created by God in His image and likeness. Man was
created free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self determination, and moral responsibility
to God (Genesis 2:7, 15 25; James 3:9).
We Believe that God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God’s
fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world
(Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11).
We Believe that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his
innocence; incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death; became subject to the wrath of God; and
became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart
from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost.
Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ
(Genesis 2:16 17; 3:1 19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1 3; 1 Timothy
2:13 14; 1 John 1:8).
We Believe that because all men were in Adam, a nature corrupted by Adam’s sin has been transmitted to
all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice,
and by divine declaration (Psalm 14:1 3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9 18, 23; 5:10 12).
We Believe that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the
merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8 10;
1 Peter 1:18 19).
We Believe that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and
divine life are given (John 3:3 7; Titus 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of
the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24), when the repentant sinner, as
enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is
manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works
will be its proper evidence and fruit (1 Corinthians 6:19 20; Ephesians 2:10), and will be experienced to the
extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the
Word of God (Ephesians 5:17 21; Philippians 2:12b; Colossians 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4 10). This obedience
causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians
3:18). Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorification at Christ’s coming (Romans 8:17; 2
Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:2 3).
We Believe that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ
those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Romans 8:28 30; Ephesians 1:4 11; 2
Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1 2).
We Believe that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and
trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18 19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22 23; 2
Thessalonians 2:10 12; Revelation 22:17). Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the means of
receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God
determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith and all who come in faith the Father
will receive (John 6:37 40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8).
We Believe that the unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any
initiative of their own part nor to God’s anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely
of His sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4 7; Titus 3:4 7; 1 Peter 1:2).
We Believe that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly
sovereign but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His
omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love (Romans 9:11 16). This sovereignty will always
exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed in the life of our Lord
Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25 28; 2 Timothy 1:9).
We Believe that justification before God is an act of God (Romans 8:33) by which He declares righteous
those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2
Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:6 7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9 10; 1 Corinthians 12:3;
2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man
(Romans 3:20; 4:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the
imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21). By this means God is
enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).
We Believe that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to
be holy and is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should
not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing,
not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews
2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2).
We Believe that there is also by the work of the Holy Spirit a progressive sanctification by which the state
of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification.
Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a
life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus
Christ (John 17:17,19; Romans 6:1 22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3 4; 5:23).
In this respect, We Believe that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in
Christ doing battle against the flesh—but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the
indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is
never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of sin
is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over sin (Galatians 5:16 25; Ephesians 4:22 24;
Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:9 10; 1 Peter 1:14 16; 1 John 3:5 9).
We Believe that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever
(John 5:24; 6:37 40; 10:27 30; Romans 5:9 10; 8:1, 31 39; 1 Corinthians 1:4 8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews
7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24).
We Believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the
testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for
sinful living and carnality (Romans 6:15 22; 13:13 14; Galatians 5:13, 25 26; Titus 2:11 14).
We Believe that separation from sin is clearly called for throughout the Old and New Testaments, and that
the Scriptures clearly indicate that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall increase (2 Corinthians
6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1 5).
We Believe that out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God granted to us and because our
glorious God is so worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to
demonstrate our adoring love to God and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We also
teach that separation from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by
God (Romans 12:1 2, 1 Corinthians 5:9 13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15 17; 2 John 9 11).
We Believe that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11 12;
Hebrews 12:1 2) and affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the
teaching of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:2 12) and a continual pursuit of holiness (Romans 12:1 2; 2
Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; Titus 2:11 14; 1 John 3:1 10).
We Believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one
united spiritual Body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:12 13), the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2;
Ephesians 5:23 32; Revelation 19:7 8), of which Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18).
We Believe that the formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1
21, 38 47) and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51
52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13 18).
We Believe that the church is thus a unique spiritual organism designed by Christ, made up of all born
again believers in this present age (Ephesians 2:11; 3:6). The church is distinct from Israel (1 Corinthians
10:32), a mystery not revealed until this age (Ephesians 3:1 6; 5:32).
We Believe that the establishment and continuity of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New
Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:23, 27; 20:17, 28; Galatians 1:2; Philippians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2
Thessalonians 1:1) and that the members of the one spiritual Body are directed to associate themselves
together in local assemblies (1 Corinthians 11:18 20; Hebrews 10:25).
We Believe that the one supreme authority for the church is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22;
Colossians 1:18) and that church leadership, gifts, order, discipline, and worship are all appointed through
His sovereignty as found in the Scriptures. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over
the assembly are elders (also called bishops, pastors, and pastor teachers; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11) and
deacons, both of whom must meet biblical qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1 13; Titus 1:5 9; 1 Peter 5:1 5). We
Believe that these leaders lead or rule as servants of Christ (1 Timothy 5:17 22) and have His authority in
directing the church. The congregation is to submit to their leadership (Hebrews 13:7, 17).
We Believe the importance of discipleship (Matthew 28:19 20; 2 Timothy 2:2), mutual accountability of all
believers to each other (Matthew 18:5 14), as well as the need for discipline of sinning members of the
congregation in accord with the standards of Scripture (Matthew 18:15 22; Acts 5:1 11; 1 Corinthians 5:1
13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6 15; 1 Timothy 1:19 20; Titus 1:10 16).
We Believe the autonomy of the local church, free from any external authority or control, with the right of
self government and freedom from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations (Titus
We Believe that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other for the presentation and
propagation of the faith. Each local church, however, through its elders and their interpretation and
application of Scripture, should be the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. The elders
should determine all other matters of membership, policy, discipline, benevolence, and government as well
(Acts 15:19 31; 20:28; 1 Corinthians 5:4 7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1 4).
We Believe that the purpose of the church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:21) by building itself up in the
faith (Ephesians 4:13 16), by instruction of the Word (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16 17), by fellowship (Acts
2:47; 1 John 1:3), by keeping the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38 42) and by advancing and
communicating the gospel to the entire world (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; 2:42).
We Believe that the calling of all saints is to the work of service (1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 4:12;
We Believe that the church must cooperate with God as He accomplishes His purpose in the world. To that
end, He gives the church spiritual gifts. First, He gives men chosen for the purpose of equipping the saints
for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:7 12), and He also gives unique and special spiritual abilities to
each member of the Body of Christ (Romans 12:5 8; 1 Corinthians 12:4 31; 1 Peter 4:10 11).
We Believe that there were two kinds of gifts given the early church: miraculous gifts of divine revelation
and healing; and ministering gifts, given to equip believers for edifying one another. With the New
Testament revelation now complete, Scripture becomes the sole test of the authenticity of a man’s message,
and confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are no longer necessary to validate a man or his message (1
Corinthians 13:8 12). Miraculous gifts can even be counterfeited by Satan so as to deceive even believers
(1 Corinthians 13:13-14:12; Revelation 13:13 14). While we do not believe that the sign gifts have
necessarily completely ceased, we do believe that much of what is identified as the sign gifts in operation is
unfortunately the result of the “flesh” as well as spiritual deception. We Believe that God does hear and
answer the prayer of faith and will answer in accordance with His own perfect will for the sick, suffering,
and afflicted (Luke 18:1 6; John 5:7 9; 2 Corinthians 12:6 10; James 5:13 16; 1 John 5:14 15).
We Believe that two ordinances have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper
(Acts 2:38 42). Christian baptism by immersion (Acts 8:36 39) is the solemn and beautiful testimony of a
believer showing forth his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death
to sin and resurrection to a new life (Romans 6:1 11). It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with
the visible Body of Christ (Acts 2:41 42).
We Believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes,
and should be always preceded by solemn self examination (1 Corinthians 11:28 32). We also teach that
whereas the elements of Communion are only representative of the flesh and blood of Christ, the Lord’s
Supper is nevertheless an actual communion with the risen Christ who is present in a unique way,
fellowshipping with His people (1 Corinthians 10:16).
We Believe that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshiped. Although they are a higher
order of creation than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him (Luke 2:9 14; Hebrews 1:6 7,
14; 2:6 7; Revelation 5:11 14; 19:10; 22:9).
We Believe that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by
rebelling against his Creator (Isaiah 14:12 17; Ezekiel 28:11 19), by taking numerous angels with him in
his fall (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1 14), and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation
of Eve (Genesis 3:1 15).
We Believe that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Isaiah 14:13 14; Matthew 4:1 11;
Revelation 12:9 10); the prince of this world, who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of
Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20); and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12 17;
Ezekiel 28:11 19; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
LAST THINGS (Eschatology)
We believe that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Revelation 6:9-11) and that the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8). We believe that at death there is a separation of soul and body (Philippians 1:21-24), and that both are reunited in a glorified state, at the resurrection ever to be with the Lord (Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:35-44, 50-54). Until that time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain in joyful fellowship with Him (2 Corinthians 5:8).
We believe that the souls of the unsaved at death are kept under punishment until the second resurrection (Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:13-15), when the soul and the resurrection body will be united (John 5:28-29). They shall then appear at the judgment throne of God (John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:31-46) and shall be cast into eternal hell, the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:15), cut off from the life of God forever (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
The Second Coming and Eternity
We believe in the personal, visible, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17) who at the end of this age will triumphantly destroy all evil powers (Matt. 24:29-30). We believe that Christ’s triumphant reign will consummate in the eternal state of glory, when the present elements of the heavens and the earth will be dissolved (2 Peter 3:10-13) and replaced with a new earth and new heavens wherein only righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1-22:5). Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24-28) that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever (Philippians 2:10-11; 1 Corinthians 15:28). Then shall the eager expectation of creation be fulfilled (Rom 8:18-23) and the whole earth proclaim the glory of God Psalm 138:4-5;Phil 2:11) who makes all things new (Rev 21:5).