Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 7

Introducing The Master’s College
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THE COLLEGE
own perfect will for the sick, suffering, and afflicted
(Luke 18:1-8: John 5:7-9; 2 Corinthians 12:6-10;
James 5:13-16; 1 John 5:14-15).
We teach that two ordinances have been committed
to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper
(Acts 2:38-42). Christian baptism by immersion
(Acts 8:36-39) is the solemn and beautiful testimony
of a believer showing forth his faith in the crucified,
buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him
in death to sin and resurrection to a new life
(Romans 6: 1-11). It is also a sign of fellowship
and identification with the visible body of Christ
(Acts 2:41-42).
We teach that the Lord’s Supper i s the
commemoration and proclamation of His death
until He comes, and should always be preceded
by solemn self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:23-
32). We also teach that whereas the elements of
communion are only representative of the flesh and
blood of Christ, the Lord’s Supper is nevertheless
an actual communion with the risen Christ who
is present in a unique way, fellowshiping with His
people (1 Corinthians 10:16).
Angels
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).
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), 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).
Last Things (End Times)
Death.
We teach that physical death involves no
loss of our immaterial consciousness (Revelation
6:9-11), that there is a separation of soul and body
(James 2:26), that the soul of the redeemed passes
immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke
23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23), and that,
for the redeemed, such separation will continue
until the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) which
initiates the first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6),
when our soul and body will be reunited to be
glorified forever with our Lord (1 Corinthians
15:35-44, 50-54; Philippians 3:21). Until that
time, the souls of the redeemed in Christ remain
in joyful fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ (2
Corinthians 5:8).
We teach the bodily resurrection of all men, the
saved to eternal life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11,
19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14), and the unsaved to
judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2;
John 5:29; Revelation 20:13-15).
We teach that the souls of the unsaved at death
are kept under punishment until the second
resurrection (Luke 16:19-26; Revelation 20:13-
15), when the soul and the resurrection body will
be united (John 5:28-29). They shall then appear
at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation
20:11-15) and shall be cast into hell, the lake of
fire (Matthew 25:41-46), cut off from the life of
God forever (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41-46; 2
Thessalonians 1:7-9).
The Rapture of the Church.
We teach the
personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ
before the seven-year tribulation (1 Thessalonians
4:16; Titus 2:13) to translate His church from this
earth (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1
Thessalonians 4:15-5:11) and, between this event
and His glorious return with His saints, to reward
believers according to their works (1 Corinthians
3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
TheTribulationPeriod.
We teach that immediately
following the removal of the church from the
earth (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) the
righteous judgments of God will be poured out
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