The mission of Calvary Baptist Church is unchanged since Christ first gave his disciples their marching orders. Namely, to make disciples. We complete this mission by preaching the gospel to the lost and teaching the Scriptures to the saints. We have nothing new to say at Calvary, so we will only speak what God has already said. We shall preach the gospel and teach the scriptures. Our mission is to remain faithful, not inventive.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 19-20
“How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings of good things!” However, they did not all heed the glad tidings; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” – Romans 10:14-17
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; by wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” – 2 Timothy 4:1-5
What We Believe
The Word of God
A. We believe that every word of the sixty-six books of the Bible is inspired by God, through the supervision of the Holy Spirit. The Scripture is without error in the original manuscripts and is our final authority for all belief and behavior (Psalm 19:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
a. We believe that the Bible is the word of God, inspired by God and written by men.
b. We believe that the Holy Spirit moved the individual authors of scripture to write precisely what He determined, not merely the substance of what He meant (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
c. We believe that the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind, is completely without error (intentional or otherwise), completely trustworthy, and factually accurate. While God has revealed Himself generally to mankind in creation (Psalm 19:1-6), it is only by His Word that the Spirit of God enlightens eyes and revives souls (Psalm 19:7-10; Romans 10:14-17).
A. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All share the same nature, attributes, and perfections and are all equally worthy of our worship and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 3:16, 17; 28:19; John 1:1,2; Hebrews 1:1-3).
a. God the Father — We believe God the Father orders and works all things according to His sovereign and gracious will, and for His own glory. He is graciously involved with men and is the giver of every good gift. He has so designed it that He eternally saves from sin all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ (Psalm 145:8,9; John 3:36; 5:24; Ephesians 1:3-12; James 1:17).
i. We believe that God the Father is the first person in the Godhead. He is the ruler and creator of all (Genesis 1-2). All that has come to pass and all that will come to pass is directly from His decretive will (Psalm 145:8-9).
ii. We believe that God is holy (Exodus 34:6), meaning that He is separate from that which is common. He is not to be taken lightly or treated as a man. He is God!
iii. We believe that God is righteous (Exodus 34:6), meaning that He is completely without blemish, sin, or stain.
iv. We believe that God is just (Exodus 34:7), meaning that He will not leave sin unpunished.
v. We believe that God is gracious (Exodus 34:6), meaning that while He cannot leave sin unpunished and cannot compromise His righteous standard, He will and has provided a way for sinners to know Him and be redeemed by Him.
vi. We believe that while nothing is possible without His sovereign will, this does not make Him the author of sin (Habakkuk 1:13, John 8:38-47). As the supreme king of all that is, all of His creation owes Him complete and total obedience.
b. God the Son — We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His intercession for each believer.
i. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the Godhead, the eternal Son of God (Matthew 16:16). It is through Christ that all things were created by God whether things in heaven or on earth and it is through Christ that all things will be reconciled to God (Colossians 1:15-20).
ii. We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and being 100% human, remained 100% God.
iii. We believed that Jesus Christ lived a perfect life in full obedience to the Law and to God.
iv. We believe that Jesus Christ died at the hands of wicked men, was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures so that all might be fulfilled (1 Corinthians 15:1-5).
v. We believe that there is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12) and that the only way to the Father is through Him (John 14:6).
c. God the Holy Spirit — We believe that God the Holy Spirit works to carry out the divine will in this world. He was active in creation, the writing of Scripture, and Jesus' earthly ministry. Since Pentecost, the focus of His ministry is to complete the building of the church. This ministry includes convicting the world; regenerating, sealing, and baptizing into the body of Christ all who trust Him for salvation; indwelling and empowering believers for growth and service. All He does glorifies Christ (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 1:18; John 3:5-8; 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9-11; Galatians 5:16, 17; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
i. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person and possesses all of the attributes of God the Father and God the Son. Like the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit partook in the act of creation (Genesis 1:2).
ii. We believe that the Holy Spirit began His ministry to the church on the day of Pentecost when He filled the apostles and enabled them to fulfill the ministry of the Gospel (Acts 2).
iii. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer (Romans 8:9, Ephesians 1:13). To be without the Holy Spirit is to be without salvation. All Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit from the moment of regeneration into eternity.
iv. We believe that every believer can be filled by the Holy Spirit for good works (Ephesians 5:18), but that through sin in the life of the believer, His ministry can be quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19) and he can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30).
B. We believe that man was created for fellowship with God, in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became subject to physical and spiritual death, became alienated from God, and is totally unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3, 51:5; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
a. We believe that man was created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-28) to be his representative or vice regent over the earth (Genesis 1:28). However, man rebelled against God when he decided to attempt to become like God, knowing good from evil (Genesis 3:1-7). As a result of man’s fall he is completely corrupt. Not only morally evil (Romans 3:9-18), but incapable of pleasing God and unable to live righteously (Romans 8:6-8). This is what Paul meant by stating that all believers were dead in their sins prior to salvation (Ephesians 2:1-3).
C. We believe that sin entered the world through Adam’s rebellion and death entered the world through sin (Romans 5:12). While the Greek may mean “to miss the mark” it is better to understand that not a single person ever born has desired to hit the mark, but has instead made it their life’s ambition to rebel against God (Romans 1:18-32).
a. We believe that the just penalty for this rebellion against the cosmic King is death (Romans 6:23). All human beings are guilty of this crime by nature and, if given the opportunity, by action (Romans 3:9-14, 23). Because of this sin nature we believe that man is incapable of choosing God. We believe man is not born with a heart to obey nor a mind to reason (Deuteronomy 29:4; Romans 1:28). Thus, without the supernatural heart transplant (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:22-28), man will continue in his sin (Romans 8:6-8).
D. We believe that being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in the Bible.
a. God Is Sovereign Creator — Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. However, the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules over everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
b. God Is Holy — God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3); therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. 1 Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
c. Mankind Is Sinful — According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin. There is no man who does not sin (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn't mean we're incapable of performing acts of human kindness, but we're utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10-12).
d. Sin Demands a Penalty — God's holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That's why simply changing our patterns of behavior can't solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.
e. Jesus Is Lord and Savior — Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God's justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ's death satisfied the demands of God's justice and Christ's perfect life satisfied the demands of God's holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).
f. The Character of Saving Faith — True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9), pursue Christ (Matthew 11: 28-30; John 17:3), and obey Him (1 John 2:3). It isn't enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don't love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
What We Teach
A. We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
a. Regeneration — We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24) when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works are the proper evidence and fruit of regeneration (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:10) and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17-21; Philippians 2:12b; Colossians 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4-10). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorification at Christ’s coming (Romans 8:17; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:2-3).
b. Election — We teach that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1-2). We teach that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23, 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 22:17). Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith, and all who come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8). We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own part or to God’s anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2). We teach that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly sovereign, but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love (Romans 9:11-16). This sovereignty will always exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:25-28; 2 Timothy 1:9).
c. Justification — We teach that justification before God is an act of God (Romans 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Isaiah 55:6-7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20; 4:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21). By this means God is enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).
d. Sanctification — We teach that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing, not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2). We teach that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23). In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh—but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over sin (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).
e. Security — We teach that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 5:9- 10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24). We teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality (Romans 6:15-22; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13, 25-26; Titus 2:11-14).
f. Separation — We teach that separation from sin is clearly called for throughout the Old and New Testaments, and that the Scriptures clearly indicate that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall increase (2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-5). We teach that, out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God granted to us, and because our glorious God is so worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to God and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We also teach that separation from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by God (Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11). We teach that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; Hebrews 12:1-2) and affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the teaching of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:2-12) and a continual pursuit of holiness (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10).
B. We teach that God created the universe in six, literal, twenty-four hour periods as described in Genesis chapters 1 and 2 (Genesis 1:1-27, 2:1-3; John 1:1-4; Exodus 20:8-11, 31:17; Hebrews 4:4).
C. We teach that God created humanity within the context of the family and it was “very good.” We teach that God divinely created marriage; one man and one woman becoming one flesh for life. This is the divinely ordained means of human procreation and sexual pleasure. We believe that God created husband, wife, and children as the divinely ordained order for family. We believe that children are a blessing from God (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:2,3; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 20:10-21; Psalm 139:3-16; Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 1:24-32).
D. We teach that the church began in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost and not in Genesis 1 in the garden. We teach that the church is the universal and collective organism comprised of all who believe in the risen Lord, Jesus Christ, whose charge is to go forth into the world and make disciples of all men (Matthew 28:19). We teach that Christ is the only head of the church (Colossians 1:18) and that it is His bride (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 4:15), awaiting His return for her. We teach that there is nothing that can overcome Christ’s church (Matthew 16:18).
a. Preaching, Teaching, and Reading of God’s Word — The public preaching and reading of the word of God is a worshipful act as well as a tool to teach, admonish, rebuke, and train the saints (Acts 2:42, 6:1-6, 13:14-42; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Colossians 1:28-29; 2 Timothy 3:16-4:2). While sermons can be topical, the consistent diet of the congregation should be verse-by-verse exposition through books of the Bible. Even in a topical sermon or series of sermons, the goal of the preacher is to clearly explain the Word of God from the original human authors intent to the people of God. Worship consists of accurately reflecting upon and articulating who God is, what God has done, and what God promises to do. With this understanding it is nigh impossible to worship God without the reading and exposition of His word.
b. The Lord’s Table — While there is nothing special in the elements of bread and wine (or juice) themselves, they stand in place of Jesus’ actual body and blood, which were given in exchange for our own. The Lord’s Table is both somber and celebratory. It is somber in that we remember and contemplate the necessity of Christ’s sacrificial and atoning death on the cross in our place (1 Corinthians 11:27). But it is also a celebration as we look forward to the day of His return as King (Matthew 26:29; Mark 14:25; Luke 22:18; 1 Corinthians 11:26). The Bible is strangely quiet concerning the frequency of this observance, but we believe that it should be a regular occurrence in the local church.
c. Public Prayer — Prayer is the vehicle through which we commune with God. More than simply communicate (for God knows our needs (Matthew 6:32)), the man leading the congregation in the worship of the living God points the congregation to the throne of grace. The model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is half praise, a quarter petition, and a quarter affirmation of what God has promised. Prayer from the pulpit should model this (in a general sense and not in exact proportions). Prayer is to be genuine and from the heart. It is to be instructive as a model and not used as sermonette. The one praying is speaking to the living God, not driving home a point to the congregation. He has his reward in full (Matthew 6:5-7).
d. Baptism — Believers in Jesus Christ as the only name under heaven by which men are saved (Acts 4:12), are to be baptized (Acts 2:38, 8:36-38, 9:18, 16:15, 31-34). This is simply an outward act that demonstrates an inward change. That is, baptism is a public demonstration and declaration that this person has repented of their sins and believes in Jesus Christ as the only way to the Father (John 14:6). While not salvific in and of itself, it is part and parcel in being a disciple (Matthew 28:19).
e. Elders — Elders are a gift to the church and are to lead, be honored, respected, and obeyed (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Corinthians 9:1-14; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). Elders are men (1 Timothy 2:12-15; 3:2). Elders are shepherds of God’s flock whose primary duty is to teach and to pray (Acts 6:4). There are clear qualifications regarding those who are considered for eldership outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. These are not suggestions, but biblical standards to which elders are held.
f. Deacons — Deacons are servants and ministers to the body who exist to assist and free the elders to shepherd the flock (Acts 6:1-6). These men (and women – Romans 16:1; 1 Timothy 3:11) also have moral and character qualifications that are not up for debate (1 Timothy 3:8-13).
g. Members — To be a Christian is to be a member of the body of Christ. Every member is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and gifted in such a way as to serve the local body. Members are called to serve one another, love one another, pursue holiness together, live life together, submit to and pray for the elders, and live a life of obedience and repentance to Christ and His Word. We teach that membership, though enacted by God the Holy Spirit, is expressed formally in the context of the local church. (Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12: 1-8; Ephesians 4:1-16; 1 Thessalonians 4; 5:12- 13; Hebrews 13:17-19).
E. We teach that the supreme task of every believer is to glorify God with his life and enjoy fellowship with his Creator. His conduct should be a godly example before the world as he continually seeks to realize the full stature of maturity in Christ. Every believer is to be involved in God’s call to go to all nations and proclaim the Gospel. Each is to proclaim the Gospel to those people God brings him in contact with, disciple those who respond, and enable other believers to do the same (Psalm 86:12; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 4:11, 16; 1 John 1:3; Ephesians 4:1-3; Matthew 28:16-20).
F. We teach that everything in our possession is a gift sent to man by God for which we are accountable for its proper use, including our finances. Every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. Every Christian should give sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. One relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe and offerings once the gift has been made (1 Timothy 5:17-18; 6:17-19; Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 John 3:17).
G. Holy Angels — We teach that angels are created beings and are therefore not to be worshiped. Although they are a higher order of creation than man, they are created to serve God and to worship Him (Luke 2:9-14; Hebrews 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Revelation 5:11- 14; 19:10; 22:9).
H. Satan and the Fallen Angels — We teach that Satan is a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19), by taking numerous angels with him in his fall (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1-14), and by introducing sin into the human race by his temptation of Eve (Genesis 3:1-15). We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Isaiah 14:13-14; Matthew 4:1-11; Revelation 12:9-10); that he is the prince of this world, who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20); and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
I. The Millennial Kingdom
a. We teach that before the millennium, Jesus will return to catch away (rapture) His bride, the church. Subsequently, He will establish His earthly kingdom (Hebrews 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:1-11; Revelation 20:6).
b. We teach that at the end of the 7-year tribulation, King Jesus will return as described in Revelation 19. The rebellious nations will be slain and Jesus will reign perfectly and righteously from the throne of David in Jerusalem for 1000 years.
c. We teach that at the conclusion of this reign, there will be one final rebellion led by Satan. This rebellion will be crushed (Rev. 20) and Satan will receive his just reward of an eternity in the Lake of Fire. After this final victory will come the resurrection of the dead and the final judgment at the Great White Throne.
J. The Eternal State
a. We teach that after Christ’s millennial reign, subsequent victory over Satan and final judgment, that all of those who believe will enter into the eternal state. This will consist of a new creation, a new heaven, and a new earth (Revelation 21:1) where once again all things will be very good (Genesis 1:31).
b. We teach that the end will look much like the beginning with the tree of life, the lack of sun for illumination, and mankind being once again in the full presence of the living God (Revelation 22:1-5) where we will perfectly worship and adore Him.