There are many times we hear the church in BGC asking ‘what is our church belief’ on certain issues. We don’t know if you have ever read it but we do have a clear statement of faith of our fundamental Christian belief hung up in our church wall and also posted in our church website. We as elders of BGC want to introduce and highlight each one of these fundamental statements of faith we hold on to and profess to BGC in our beacon each month.
For this month, we highlight BGC understanding and statement of faith on salvation.
Salvation – We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for forgiveness of sins and salvation, which is the free gift of God’s grace and cannot be secured by man’s works or personal merit and is only appropriated by a person placing his faith in the finished work of Christ through a person’s repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ redemptive work on the cross. (Eph. 1:7, 13-14; Jn. 1:12-13; 3:1-7, 14-16; 2 Co. 5:17; Ro. 1:16; 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-10; Ro. 8:14-17, 31-39; Jn. 10:27-29; 14:6; Ac. 26:20; 1 Pe. 1:3-5).
In summary, we in BGC believe that:
a) The shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for forgiveness of sins and salvation.
b) this forgiveness of sins and salvation is a free gift of God’s grace and cannot be secured by man’s work or personal merit.
c) this forgiveness of sins and salvation is only appropriated by a person who:
i) place his faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ through a person’s repentance towards God and;
ii) place his faith in Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ redemptive work on the cross.
Further reflections on what happens after salvation:
After obtaining our salvation, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our salvation and of our inheritance in Christ (Eph 1:13-14). We are also commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily (Eph 5:18). We in BGC believe that the true work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, according to our biblical understanding, will transform our lives and cause us to bear spiritual fruits (Gal 5:19-26). The great reformation father Jonathan Edwards teaching and insights on how we can recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives is most helpful. Jonathan Edwards reminds us that the True Work of the Spirit of God in our lives:
a) will lead us to exalt and magnify Jesus Christ, as the Son of God and Saviour of the world, who was born of a virgin birth and crucified for our sins.
b) will produce in us a desire to hate sin and a desire to work against sin.
c) will work in us to have a high regard for the Word of God.
d) will establish us in the truth and causes continuous growth in Christ.
e) will produce in us greater love for God and others.
Michael Choo Min Fook
On behalf of BGC Elders