Believing in God’s Word and Spirit
사랑하는 성도 여러분, 주 안에서 인사드립니다.
우리는 지금 역사적으로 전무후무한 전 세계가 어려움에 빠져 있는 상황을 지나고 있습니다. 그러나 아무리 우리를 에워싼 상황이 어렵다 해도 엘리사와 함께한 하나님의 불말과 불 병거들이 그를 지켰듯이 그 어떤 것도 우리를 하나님의 사랑으로부터 끊을 수 없습니다. 늘 우리와 함께하시며 도우시고 인도하시며 위로하시는 하나님께서 우리의 삶과 가정과 교회에 온전함을 이루어 가심을 보기 원합니다.
우리는 1년이 넘도록 개인적으로, 사회적으로, 교회로서 말할 수 없이 어려운 시간을 함께 보냈습니다. 그러나 하나님께서는 신실함으로 우리와 함께 하시며, 위로하시며 도우셨습니다. 실망하거나 좌절하지 않고 오히려 믿음으로 예수안에서의 소망을 붙잡고 하나님을 의지하여 승리하신 성도님들의 신앙은 저에게 큰 은혜와 도전이 됩니다.
지난 한 해를 돌아보면 참으로 하나님의 은혜 가운데 지나온 시간이었습니다. 하나님의 치유가 온전히 임하시기를 기도하면서 우리는 하나님께서 불러 주신 공동체로서 그루터기 교회를 향하신 그분의 아름답고 선한 뜻을 구하기 원합니다.
하나님께서는 우리를 도시의 교회로 불러 주셨으며 이 도시의 빛의 역할을 하도록 사명을 주셨습니다. 그렇기 위하여 우리는 “이 세대를 본받지 말고 오직 마음을 새롭게 함으로 변화를 받아”야 할 것입니다. 어둠속에서 악과 타협하며 살아가는 이 세대를 닮아가는 것이 아니라 성령으로 새롭게 된 우리는 예수 그리스도의 방식으로 그를 닮아가며 그분의 능력과 권능으로 빛을 발하는 교회가 되어야 합니다.
우리가 하나님 아버지의 뜻을 구하고 성령 충만함을 간구하는 성도가, 교회가 되어갈 때 하나님이 기뻐하시는 열매가 풍성함을 누리게 될 것입니다. 맨해튼의 한복판에 우리를 교회로 부르시고 복음으로 영혼을 살리는 사명을 주신 하나님의 놀라운 뜻에 순종하는 교회가 될 줄로 믿습니다. 신실하신 하나님께서 우리와 함께 하시며 우리를 인도하고 계십니다. 그분의 은혜와 사랑이 성도님들의 삶과 가정 위에 늘 함께하심을 경험하시는 교회가 될 것을 믿습니다. 그렇기에 우리는 “그리스도 예수 안에서 선한 일을 위하여 지으심을 받은” 교회로서의 사명을 온전히 감당 할 것입니다. 할렐루야, 주님을 찬양합니다.
Only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and coeternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; l Timothy 2:5).
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary’s womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65).
We are saved by grace (which is undeserved and unearned) through faith in Jesus Christ, His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
The commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).
The ongoing process of yielding to God in order to complete the development of Christ’s character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).
The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for our sinfulness and the specific sins we have committed, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).
Jesus Christ Indwells All Believers
Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They are putting their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead (John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelations 3:20).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).
- Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).
- The Lord’s Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
Healing of the sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus’ work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; I Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
God’s Will for Provision
It is the Father’s will for believers to become whole. But because of the fall, many may not receive the full benefits of God’s will while on Earth; yet they can still fully trust in Christ alone for His work of salvation and serve Him faithfully regardless of the circumstances in life. That fact, though, should never prevent all believers from seeking the full benefits of Christ’s provision in order to better serve others.
- Spiritual (John 3:3-11; II Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).
- Mental and Emotional (II Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
- Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; I Peter 2:24).
- Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; II Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11;
- Philippians 4:19).
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).
After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).
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