We affirm the words of the Apostle Paul and King David: ““None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” – Romans 3:10-12, Psalm 14:1-3, Psalm 53:1-3.
If not for God’s love and grace all would remain separated from him. If not for God’s love and grace we would ultimately remain separated for eternity from everyone. We affirm this is the destiny of all without Christ. But praise God, “He shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.”
We affirm that God wishes all to be with him. “For many are invited, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14) “Are chosen” might best be understood to mean “accept the invitation.” This is in keeping with the many parables Jesus presented — the wedding banquet, for example — that demonstrates how God seeks to find all who will come to HIm.
God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.”
Jesus said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”
God does not pick and choose, but through our free will we choose if we will turn to Christ and follow Him. You are called. Will you accept God’s invitation?
god – christ – You
God and Christ are One.
Our community is full of people who, having been baptized with water and God’s Holy Spirit, are being changed into the image of Christ. “Sanctification” is the action of making or declaring something holy, of being transformed.
In the same way an infant is not fully grown and mature, neither are we in Christ fully grown and mature. The transformative power of the Holy Spirit begins at the time of our new birth, when God’s Holy Spirit enters us, and continues until we are called home to God.
For this reason, those in Christ still sin and may, too often, project that appearance of our old flesh. We caution all to avoid judging those in Christ by outward appearances. Once can never know the work God is doing on the inside.