The following statement reflects the beliefs and teachings of Alamo Ranch Community Church as it relates to matters of salvation (soteriology). This issue of first importance is addressed in the context of Scripture’s narrative, and then further detailed in applicable Biblical doctrines. The language of each section proceeds from the Scripture referenced.
From eternity, God has existed perfectly as one God in three persons. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have always lived in perfect love, sufficiency, unity, community, joy, and pleasure. By and through and for God, all things exist to bring Him glory, and that through His immutable purposes, plans, desires, and decrees.
Revelation 22:13, Matthew 5:48, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, Matthew 3:16-17, 1 John 4:8, Psalm 24:1, John 10:30, John 5:19, Nehemiah 8:10, Philippians 2:13, Romans 11:36, Colossians 1:16, John 1:3, Isaiah 43:7, Job 42:2, Proverbs 19:21, Acts 2:23, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 40:5-6, James 1:19-21, Ephesians 1:11
Therefore, through His Word, God formed creation into existence in six days and rested on the seventh. God created man in His own image for the express purpose of filling the earth with His glory. In our original state, God declared us to be very good. However, when we disobeyed God’s command and fell into temptation, the consequences of sin were laid upon us, which included spiritual and physical death to all men.
John 1:1-3, Genesis 1, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 2:2, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:27, Genesis 1:28, 1 Corinthians 11:7, Genesis 1:31, Genesis 3:6, Genesis 3:1-5, Genesis 1:17-19, Colossians 2:13, Ephesians 2:1, Romans 5:12, 1 Corinthians 15:21, Romans 3:9
Because of the fall, our flesh, heart, mind, will, and self, among other biblical descriptions of sinfulhumanity, are alienated from and in opposition to God. Within ourselves, we have no moral ability to seek God, exercise faith in Christ, or in any way incline ourselves toward salvation.
John 6:63, Jeremiah 17:9, Ephesians 2:3, Romans 12:2, John 1:13, Psalm 14:1-3, Romans 3:23, Colossians 1:21, Ephesians 2:12, Ephesians 4:18, Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 5:10, Genesis 6:5, Romans 3:9-18, Romans 8:7-8, Romans 3:11-18, Ephesians 2:8, Colossians 2:13, John 3:5, Ephesians 2:1
God, in an act of immeasurable grace, through divine wisdom and sovereignty, freely and unconditionally chose, before the foundation of the world, those who would be saved.
Ephesians 1:6, Romans 8:29, Romans 9:15, Romans 2:8, Romans 9:16, Ephesians 1:4, Revelation 21:27, Revelation 13:8, Acts 13:48
Therefore, in God’s predetermined plan of salvation, He sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to carry out His will. Jesus, who was God in the flesh, being without sin, offered himself as the perfectsacrifice for all who would believe and call upon his name.
Acts 2:23, Genesis 3:15, 1 John 5:11-12, John 3:16, Galatians 4:4-5, Mark 8:29, 1 John 5:1, John 6:38, Hebrews 10:7, John 1:14, Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 7:14, Hebrews 4:15, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5, John 10:17-18, Hebrews 10:1-18, Romans 10:9-10
God has ordained the preaching of the gospel to go to the ends of the earth and is the very power of God unto salvation. Simply put, Jesus is the gospel. The gospel is the good news that has been revealed through his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension in accordance with the Scriptures. Jesus was born of a virgin, was without sin, died on a cross, was raised to life on the third day, and ascended to the right hand of God the Father where he upholds everything by the word of his power. Christ’s shed blood is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. The cross of Christ displays the glory of God by appeasing God’s holy wrath, satisfying His holy justice, and revealing His great love and mercy.
Romans 10:14-15, Acts 1:8, Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Matthew 1:25, John 21:25, Mark 15:37, Luke 24:6, Acts 1:9, 1 Corinthians 15:3, Matthew 1:18-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Luke 23:26-49, Luke 24:1-6, Acts 1:9, Acts 2:33, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 9:22, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 4:10, Romans 3:25, Isaiah 53:10, Hebrews 9:26, John 3:16, 1 Peter 1:3
There is no other name by which we must be saved and that by grace alone through faith alone for the glory of God alone. This saving faith, by which we are justified, is a gracious gift of God that is evidenced by the working of the Holy Spirit in us unto good works, which God prepared beforehand.
Acts 4:12, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 11:6, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 1:5, 1 Samuel 12:22, 1 John 2:12, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 3:28, John 3:16, Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 8:4-6, James 2:17, Ephesians 2:10