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Abiding In Liberty

I am the True Vine

John 15:1-17
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
14 You are My friends if you do what I command you.
15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
17 This I command you, that you love one another.

Abiding Liberty

1. Freedom from Sin

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

2. Freedom from Religion

Tradition is the living faith of those now dead.  Traditionalism is the dead faith of those still living.

“In essential unity, non-essential diversity but in ALL thing love!!!”

Inspiration of Scriptures
We believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments by the Holy Spirit as originally given; they are the final authority for our faith and life. (II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)

God
We believe in one God revealed in three, distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:18), operating under the headship of the Father (1 Cor. 11:3).

Man
We believe that man in his natural state is a sinner, lost, undone, without hope and without God. (Ephesians 2:1-2; Romans 3:23)

Divinity and Humanity of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who by His incarnation and virgin birth took upon Himself the form of man and became the God-Man. In the one person of Christ, there are two natures, human and divine, each in its completeness and integrity. They are distinguishable but indivisible, so that He is fully man and fully God. He lived a sinless life and became the only sacrifice for the sins of the world. (Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 5:1-11; Acts 12:4; I Peter 1:18-19)

Bodily Resurrection
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:38-43; John 20:24-29)

Salvation
We believe that terms of salvation are repentance towards God for sin and a personal heart-felt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in regeneration. This salvation is entirely by grace and not by works. (Ephesians 2:6-10; Romans 5:1; Acts 3:19-20)

The Kingdom of God
We believe that the Kingdom of God will be established on the earth by God through His Church prior to the return of Jesus. (Psalm 110:1; Daniel 2:34-35; Isaiah 9:6-7; Daniel 7:13-4)

Second Coming

We believe in the visible, bodily return of Christ to this earth to judge the world and to claim His Bride. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Acts 1:10-11)

Church

We believe that the church is Christ’s spiritual body on earth today. It consists of born-again believers and has both universal and local expressions. (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28)

Heaven and Hell
We believe in the doctrines of eternal punishment for the lost and eternal bliss and service for the saved; hell for the unsaved and heaven for the saved. (John 14:1-3; Revelation 20:11-15)

Satan
We believe that Satan is a fallen, created being who is the “god of this world”. He and his well-organized company of demons are opposed to the Kingdom of God and work to defeat and destroy the believer. While his activity is real, Satan and his demon spirits were defeated and overthrown by Christ’s victory at the cross, and Christians can and should exercise authority over them. (Luke 10:17-20; Colossians 2:13-15; Ephesians 6:10-18)

Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third Person of the Godhead who is active in the world today. The Spirit indwells and seals the believer at new birth. We believe the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a subsequent experience and is available to all Christians to empower us to be witnesses. We believe in, and encourage, the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We believe in the continuing in-filling of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:44-46; Ephesians 5:18)

Ordinances
We believe that believer’s Water Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of the church and should be practiced regularly. (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-10; I Corinthians 10:16-21)

3. Freedom from Fear

Failure is an event, never a person!!!

Corrie Ten Boom
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

4. Freedom in Worship

You do not have to look like anyone else when you worship!!!

Prayer by Peter Marshall
Lord Jesus, thou who art the way, the truth, and the life; hear us as we pray for the truth that shall make all free. Teach us that liberty is not only to be loved but also to be lived. Liberty is too precious a thing to be buried in books. It costs too much to be hoarded. Help us see that our liberty is not the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to please to do what is right.

Abiding in the Vine

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