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GEMS Subscribes to the Following Articles of Faith:

I. The Holy Bible: The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as originally written are the infallible, inerrant Word of God which is given for guidance in all matters of which it speaks. (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

II. Eternal God: The God of the Bible is the one, true God who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. His triune personification as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit facilitates communication with mankind at a human level, and is a mystery beyond human comprehension. (1 Cor 8:6; Rev 4:11).

III. Jesus, the only manifestation of God as a son of mankind: Jesus was born of Mary when she was yet a virgin, under the agency of the Holy Spirit. Being God in human form, He overcame the temptations common to mankind, took upon Himself the sins of His people, rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven where He reigns with His saints, and will return for His Church (the Bride of Christ). (Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18-25; Jn 3:16).

IV. The Holy Spirit: He is the Spirit of God who is our Comforter on earth until Jesus removes His Church from earth; He bears witness of the truth of the Gospel; He performs the new birth by quickening the spiritually insensitive soul of man; He seals and sanctifies the believer. (Matt 28:19; Heb 9:14; Romans 8:14).

V. Satan: Satan (the devil) was created as an angel, but he fell from grace through pride. He was cast out of heaven with other angels who identified with him. These are the demonic powers of darkness on earth, and manifest their supernatural powers both physically and spiritually. He and his angels will be banished forever in hell at the end of the world. (Mk 4:1-11)

VI. Creation: The universe and all that is within it were created by God according to the literal account of Genesis 1. The six-day work of creation was literal. This earth will be destroyed by fire at the end of time, and a new earth will be created. (Gen 1; Rev 21).

VII. Fall of Man, and Salvation: Through pride and disobedience Adam and Eve sinned against God, incurring in themselves and in their offspring the curse of sin and the penalty of hell. God, as Jesus, came to earth and paid for the sins of His elected people by His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a work of God by His grace only, without any contribution by man. (Gen 3:1-6; Rom 3:23; Rom 6:26; Jn 3:16; Heb 2:14; 2 Cor 5:21, Eph 2:1).

VIII Two Baptisms: Spiritual baptism is the washing away of sins by the blood of Jesus, while physical baptism (washing in water) is a witness to the world of the spiritual baptism that already occurred. Water baptism has no spiritual value in salvation. (Acts 8:36; Rom 6:3-5).

IX. Christians and the Church: A Christian is a new spiritual creation in the old physical body. All Christians together form Christ's eternal, spiritual Church (or Bride). They also fellowship together in groups called local churches, assemblies, or congregations. Christians are sanctified by the Holy Spirit who lives in them, manifesting the fruit of the Spirit so that their lives are a living testimony and sermon to unbelievers. (1 Cor 12:12-13; Eph 3:1-6; 2 Cor 6:14-7:1).

X. The Great Commission: Christians, as the ambassadors of the Lord Jesus, have a special commission from him to faithfully take the true Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ to the world. The Holy Spirit does the work of salvation as the Word is sown, which is our primary calling on earth until the Lord comes. (Matt 28:28; Eph 6:17; 1 Cor 3:6).

XI. Rapture of the Saints: Embodied in the prophesies concerning the end of time is the event of the rapture (or taking away) of the Church by the angels to meet the Lord Jesus in the air. After this comes the Judgment of the unsaved and their banishment to Hell forever. Christians must be in a state of readiness for this great event, which is the completion of their redemption. (1 Thess 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:42-44; Matt 24).

 

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