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Gospel Centrality on Mission


 Here’s something I wrote up today for a particular ministry starting up, working together with people of different churches. This is to be doubly sure that we all have a good understanding of what we agree on concerning the Gospel centrality of the mission.
 
Would you sign it?
 
All of these affirmations and denials are directly connected to and either uphold or corrupt the true Gospel. Please initial each one and sign at the end to state you agree and understand each statement. If there is something you don’t understand or will not initial, please indicate why in writing on a separate piece of paper.
 

AFFIRMATIONS AND DENIALS
 

I affirm that the Bible is sufficient for instruction in a life in Godliness for the believer. I affirm it was inspired by the Holy Spirit and each part of its original words is divinely inspired, infallible, authoritative, and inerrant. The Bible is the highest and sole authority for doctrine and practice in the church. (Ps 12:6, 119:89, 160, Mt 5:18, Jn 5:39, 10:35, 2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:3, 2 Pet 1:21, Rev 22:18-19)
 
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I deny that any other writing outside of the 66 OT and NT canonical books are authoritative, nor any word of man, nor any Tradition, nor any consensus of the church is superior to or equal in authority to the Bible. (Mk 7:6-9, 1 Cor 4:6, Gal 1:9, Eph 3:3-5, Col 2:8)
 
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I affirm that God has revealed who He is to humanity in our conscious, in creation, in the Bible, in the incarnation, and in the person and work of Jesus Christ, the latter being the pinnacle of God’s progressive revelatory plan. (Ps 119:1-5, Lk 24:44-45, Jn 1:1,14, 10:35, Acts 3:18, Rom 1:18-20, 2:14-15, Col 2:9, 1 Tim 3:16, Heb 1:2)
 
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I affirm that Adam was made in the image of God, but this image became corrupted after deliberately rebelling against God. I affirm that humanity was completely affected by the fall (i.e. physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, and spiritually) when Adam sinned condemning all to death, mortality, corruption, and alienation from God. I affirm that in Adam all die and his guilt has been imputed to the human race. (Gen 1:27,3:1-22, 8:21, Job 15:14-16, Ps 14:2-3, 51:5, Pv 20:9, 22:15, Jer 17:9, Rom 1:21,28, 5:1-21, 8:7, 1 Cor 15:22, 42-49, Eph 2:1-3, Col 1:21)
 
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I deny that mankind is born basically good, or that the fall merely scratched the image of God in us, or simply deterred us from a path of fellowship with God. I deny that a person is able to do anything to save himself, atone for his own sins, or satisfy God’s just wrath on their own account.(see vss above, Job 15:14-16, Mt 5:20, Rom 3:9-18, 23, 10:2-3, Jam 2:10)
 
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I affirm the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, consisting in three equally divine and distinct persons, simultaneously existing in essence as one God for all eternity. (Gen 1:26, Ex 15:11, Deut 4:35, Is 45:21-22, Mt 3:17, 17:5, 28:19, Mk 1:10-11, Jn 1:1, 3:16, 14:26, 16:7-15, 16:10, Acts 2:33, 5:3-4, 8:16, Phil 1:2, Col 2:9, Tit 2:13)
 
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I deny that Jesus was a created being before he took on flesh, rather I affirm He was begotten, and co-creator of all things, seen and unseen. I deny that matter is eternal. (Gen 1:1-31, Ps 33:8-9, Is 44:24, Jn 1:3, 3:16, 17:5Col 1:16-17, Heb 1:3)
 
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I affirm that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, knowing all things future and past, are perfectly and infinitely loving, holy, good, just, merciful, mighty, gracious, glorious, self-sustaining, self-sufficient, immutable, incomparable and true. They are transcendent and mysterious, yet near and personally knowable. They are all equally worthy of our worship and devotion. (Gen 17:1, Ex 3:13-14, 34:6, Lev 19:2, Deut 4:31, 31:6, 32:4, 33:27, 1 Sam 15:29, 2 Sam 7:22, Job 11:7, Ps 18:30, 25:8, 34:8, 18, 41:13, 44:21, 50:10-12, 86:8, 90:1-4, 93:1, 95:1-5, 102:25-27, 111:7, 115:3, 135:5-7, 139:1-13, 145:3, 8, Pv 3:19, 5:21, 16:33, 21:30, Is 6:3, 9:6, 40:28, 46:9-11, 40:25, 28, 55:6-9, Jer 9:23-24, 23:23, 32:17, 27, Dan 4:35, Hab 1:13, Zeph 3:17, Mal 3:6, , Mt 5:48, 10:29, 19:26, Mk 10:18, Jn 5:26, 8:58, 17:3, Acts 17:23-25, Rom 11:33-36, 16:26-27, 1 Cor 2:10-12, Eph 3:10-11, Col 1:16, 1 Tim 1:17, 2 Thes 1:6, Tit 1:1-2, Heb 1:3, 10-12, 4:13, 13:5, 8, Jam 4:8, 1 Pet 1:3, 1 John 2:13, 3:20, 4:8, Jd 1:24-25, Rev 1:8, 3:7, 4:10, 15:3, 19:6)
 
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I deny that God does not know the future and is not in control of its outcome. (Deut 18:22, Ps 33:11, Is 14:24-27, 41:21-23, 42:9, 43:9-13, 44:7, 46:10-11, 48:3-7, Is 55:11, Lam 3:37-38, Jn 16:13, Rom 11:33-36, Eph 1:11)
 
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I affirm that the Holy Spirit always glorifies Jesus and that prayer is made by the Holy Spirit, through the Son, to the Father. All three have an active and individual role in the regenerative work of salvation, God the Father was the planner and sender, God the Son was sent and purchased our redemption, and God the Holy Spirit regenerates, seals and sanctifies us, points us to Christ and helps us pray. (Jn 3:6-7, 16, 5:36, 10:30-33, 14:16, 15:26, 16:13-14, Rom 8:15, 26, 15:15-18, 1 Cor 12:3, 2 Cor 3:18, 4:6, Gal 3:14, 4:4-6, 5:22-23, Eph 1:4,11, 20-23, 2:18, 3:16-21, 1 Tim 1:14, Tit 3:5, 1 John 4:9, Jd 1:20)
 
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I affirm that Jesus is fully divine, born of a virgin birth, lived a sinless life, though tempted in every way, historically walked the earth, died, resurrected, then ascended to Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God where His sacrifice perpetually intercedes for the saints. (Ps 110:1, Is 7:15, Mt 2:1-2, 14:13, 28:9, Mk 16:19, Lk 2:1-7, 5:20, 24:50-52, Jn 1:1,14, 3:13, 5:18, 8:24, 46, 58, 9:35-38, 10:30-33, 20:28, Acts 1:3,9, Rom 8:34, 1 Cor 15:1-11, 2 Cor 5:21, Gal 4:4, Eph 1:19-20, 4:8, Phil 2:5-8, Col 2:9, 1 Tim 3:16, Heb 1:3-9, 4:15, 7:25-26, 9:14 1 Pet 1:19, 2:22, 2 Pet 1:1, 1 Jn 2:1, 3:5, Rev 1:17-18)
 
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I deny that Jesus was merely a prophet, a good moral teacher, or just a man, and affirm that he was 100% God and 100% man. (Mt 1:1-17, 4:1, Lk 2:52, 3:23-38, 24:39, Jn 1:14, 17:5, Rom 1:1-3, 5:8, Col 2:9, Tit 2:13, Phil 2:1-10)
 
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I affirm that Jesus death on the cross was substitutionary , whereas He didn’t just die for me, but shed His blood in my place as a propitiatory sacrifice. This sacrifice was infinitely sufficient to atone for all my sins past, present, and future, cleanse my conscience, and free me from all guilt and shame. (Ps 103:12, Is 53:4-6, Jer 31:34, Mt 26:27-28, Jn 1:29, Rom 3:24-25, 5:10-19, 6:23, 8:1-3, 9:11-15, 2 Cor 5:21, Eph 1:7, Col 1:14, 2:14, Heb 2:17, 9:11-15, 10:12-18, 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18, 1 Jn 2:2, 4:10)
 
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I affirm that Jesus suffering and death on the cross was infinitely sufficient in satisfying God’s wrath and complete in its atoning purpose, and I deny that Mary, or the saints contribute to redemptive or mediatory work in any way. I deny that Jesus death on the cross only paid for Adam’s sin and that I am responsible for paying for my own sin. (Lk 1:47, 2:22-24, Jn 14:6, 1 Cor 2:2, Gal 5:4, Eph 2:8-10, 16, Col 1:20, 2:14, 1 Tim 2:5, Heb 7:25, 10:10, 1 Pet 2:24, 1 Jn 2:1) (Lk 1:47, 2:22-24, Jn 14:6, 1 Cor 2:2, Gal 5:4, Eph 2:8-10, 16, Col 1:20, 2:14, 1 Tim 2:5, Heb 7:25, 1 Pet 2:24, 1 Jn 2:1)
 
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I affirm that justification is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. (Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17, 3:21-26, 4:5,13-25, 5:1,9, 16, 18, Gal 2:16, 3:11, 24, Tit 3:1-8, 1 Jn 5:4)
 
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I deny that Christ’s death on the cross only made it possible for those who have faith in Him to merit their salvation by adding anything to His finished work, including baptism, partaking of the Eucharist, penance, confession, alms, tithing, deeds, prayers, sharing their faith, attending church, any other sacraments, etc. I deny that I have any ground for boasting in my own effort, or can take any credit or glory for my salvation, nor can I credit any other than the three persons of the Trinity, and I affirm that all the glory belongs to God alone. (Ps 70:4, 86:9-10, 148:13, Is 42:8, 43:6-7, 60:21, Jer 9:23-24, Jn 6:29, 63, 15:8, 19:30, Rom 3:20, 4:3-8, 20, 8:3, 9:30, 10:4, 11:6, 16:27, 1 Cor 1:14-17, 10:31, 2 Cor 10:17, Gal 2:21, 3:5-6, 6:14, Eph 1:11-12, 2:4-9, 3:8-13, Phil 3:9, Col 2:10-11, 1 Tim 1:17, 1 Pet 2:9, Jd 1:25, Rev 15:4)
 
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I affirm that Jesus is the way the truth and the life, and that He is the only way to be saved. I affirm that there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. (Mt 7:13-14, Jn 10:1-11, 14:6, Acts 4:12, 1 Tim 2:5)
 
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I deny that salvation is a continual process which continues until death, but affirm that once a man is saved He is born again unto new life, of an imperishable seed, and the Holy Spirit continues the work of sanctification conforming and transforming the believer into the image of Christ. (Ez 36:25-27, Jn 3:3, 5, 17:17, Rom 8:13, 23, 29, 12:1-2, 1 Cor 6:11, 2 Cor 3:18, 5:17, Gal 4:19, 5:22-25, Eph 2:3-5, 4:22-24, Phil 1:6, Col 1:11-13, 1 Thes 5:23, 2 Thes 2:13, 2 Tim 2:1, Heb 13:20-21, 1 Pet 1:23)
 
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I affirm that good works are a fruit of the Holy Spirit’s regenerative work. I deny that good works are what eventually secures my salvation if I remain faithful. I deny the doctrine of purgatory. (Mt 5:16, Jn 1:13, 7:21, Gal 6:10, Eph 2:8-10, Tit 2:14, 3:1-8, 14, Jam 2:17, 2 Pet 1:5-7)
 
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I affirm that when by the gift of faith, a person confesses they are a sinner and Jesus is God, that He was crucified and resurrected, and this profession is mixed with saving faith, resulting in a life of repentance and good works, God transforms their heart and mind in such a way that they are reborn as a new creature. After becoming a child of God all are made saints and priests in Christ, and upon death are present with God to await the resurrection of their bodies unto glory. Together these believers make up the body of which Christ is the head, the Church. (Ps 116:4, Ez 36:26, Acts 2:21, 10:43, Rom 6:5, 15:11, 17-18, 10:8-10, 13, 1 Cor 1:2, 12:27, 2 Cor 5:8, 17-21, Eph 2:10, 3:3-6, 4:16, 5:25, Jam 2:17, 1 Pet 2:4-10, 1 Jn 1:9, 5:1, 11-12)
 
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I affirm that the end of my salvation is God. He is that to which I am saved, for knowing and loving Him, for intimate fellowship with Him ultimately resulting in everlasting and ever increasing joy in God. (Ps 16:5, 63:2-3, 86:9, Hab 3:17-19, Jn 17:3, Rom 4:8, 11:36, 1 Cor 6:20, 10:31, Phil 3:8, 1 Jn 5:1)
 
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I deny that the end purpose of salvation is to save people from Hell, help them have an easier life, help them change their thinking in order to be more successful in this life by any worldly standard, or even to be forgiven for their sins. I affirm that although these things may happen, they are not the purpose of salvation. The end of salvation is fellowship with God, not the gifts He gives. In other words, we don’t come to God to get other stuff for ourselves, but we come to God to gain God. The end of forgiveness is restored fellowship. (see above vss.)
 
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I affirm that the Gospel is for the glory of God and the joy of the nations. I affirm that the Gospel is a message for every tribe, language, nation and tongue. I affirm that God’s ultimate objective in creation is His glory. (Ps 67, Is 43:1-7, 20-21, 44:23, 48:9-11, Ez 36:21-32, Lk 2:10-11, Jn 15:4-8, Rom 1:16, Rev 1:5-6, 5:9-10)
 
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I affirm that God is glorified in the worship of him by people of every tongue. I affirm that God desires all men everywhere to repent and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, being saved unto a life of loving and worshiping God. I affirm that everyone in the church is somehow called to actively take part in the Great Commission by making disciples of all nations. (Hab 2:14, Mt 28:19-20, Jn 20:21, Acts 1:8, 20:24, Rom 10:15, Eph 5:16, Col 1:28, 1 Tim 2:4, 2 Thes 2:13, 1 Pet 2:9, 3:15, 2 Pet 3:9, 12)
 
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___________________________________________________Date _____________

 
 
On one to three pages write a brief testimony of how you came to faith in Christ. Please include the following:
 
Please articulate what you understand the Gospel to be.
 
What must a person do to be saved?
 
Why did you respond to the Gospel in repentance?
 
How has your life changed as a result?
 
How does the Gospel continually minister to you on a daily basis, or how should it?
 
What gifts and callings do you believe God has on your life?
 
How do you plan to worshipfully respond to the Gospel with your life plans?
 
 

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