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The purpose of Gospel Alliance NE is to promote gospel renewal in New England area churches.
In accordance with our desire to promote gospel renewal in New England, we must strive to present a concise, yet specific summation of the biblical, gospel truths and doctrines to which we adhere. It is, therefore, our position that the following constitutes biblical Christianity:
We believe in one glorious God, who eternally exists in three distinct yet equal Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. God alone is to be worshiped, as He is the Creator and Sustainer of all that exists. He is absolutely sovereign over all things, bringing about his eternal purposes according to his great grace.
The one, true God has chosen to reveal himself to his creation through the words of the human authors of Scripture. We believe that the sixty six books of the Old and New Testaments constitute God’s complete and sufficient verbal revelation to humanity. All of these writings were verbally and plenarily inspired by God Himself, and were without error in the original manuscripts. We affirm that God also reveals Himself generally in all that physically exists, but this revelation falls under the authority of God’s special revelation in Scripture.
Jesus is the eternal Son of God, co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In his incarnation, he was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born sinless to the virgin Mary as fully God and fully man. After living the perfect, sinless life he offered Himself on a cross as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all who would ever believe. He then physically rose from the dead three days later, demonstrating His power over sin and death. Upon His ascension into heaven He took His place at the right hand of God the Father, and is presently acting as the only mediator between God and men.
All men and women are the creation of God, made in His own image and likeness. Adam, the first man, was created innocent with the ability to choose between good and evil. However, as a result of his disobedience to God’s command he fell into depravity and complete bondage to sin. This depravity has passed along to all human beings after him. Consequently, all people are corrupted in every aspect of their being and deserve eternal condemnation away from the presence of God. Only an act of God’s grace in an individual’s life can redeem him from this state of sin and judgment.
SALVATION IN CHRIST
Salvation from sin, its rule over one’s life, and the consequent eternal wrath of God is available to all who follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. This is made possible by the death and resurrection of Christ, who by his sacrifice obtained actual and eternal redemption for the believer. Christ alone propitiated the wrath of God, reconciled man’s relationship with God, and redeemed man from sin’s bondage. Accordingly, there is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to regenerate and stir up faith in a person’s heart, and once accomplished this is eternally effective. The salvation of all who truly know Christ is eternally secure.
We believe that in eternity past, God graciously chose to save a multitude of people through Jesus Christ. This election of sinners was solely based upon God’s own mercy and grace, and not upon any foreseen deed or act of the individual. The entirety of scriptural revelation and history is the unfolding of this redemptive plan. While the gospel centers around the salvation of sinners by grace through faith in Jesus, it also impacts every area of life. Therefore, this good news of salvation in Christ should not only change how a person thinks and what they believe, but also how they live in this world. God revealing His glory to the universe through the redemption of his people and judgment of sinners is at the center of Scripture, and so should be at the center of all life and ministry.
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ includes all people of all time who have been saved through faith in him. This body of Christ is intended to be a community of believers whose mission is to promote the kingdom of God in this world through the proclamation of the gospel. It is the responsibility of all followers of Christ to meet at a local fellowship for the purpose of corporate worship, which includes evangelism, prayer, discipleship, and the observing of the ordinances of baptism and communion.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring history to His planned end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will personally and physically return in glory to the earth. All unbelievers will be resurrected, stand before the throne of God in judgment, be found guilty, and consigned to the torments of Hell, away from the presence of the Lord forever. Believers will be also be resurrected, and because they have an advocate with the Father (Jesus), given glorified bodies, and enter into the presence of God with all its joys forever. Thus the redemptive story of the gospel of God’s kingdom will be completed.
For a more complete overview of our theological beliefs, please visit The Gospel Coalition website, as we would adhere to the Confessional Statement there.