The Lordship Of Jesus Christ

Lordship pertains to the headship of Jesus Christ in the believer’s life. When one establishes his relationship with God through the Lord Jesus, such a person should, if truly born again, come to acknowledge the Lord Jesus to have the ownership and Lordship of one’s life since they have been purchased by His blood.—1 Corinthians 6:19-20

In Colossians 1:18, it’s very clear that Jesus Christ is the head of body which is His church (His called-out ones) and further, in all things to have the preeminence. This Lordship should be evident not only in one’s life but also in all declared institutions made up of His body who advocate that the Lord Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no man can come to the Father but by Him.—John 14:6

Mission

International Gospel Missions exists to glorify God by enabling partnerships that strategically fulfill the Great Commission with integrity and Christian love.

Beliefs

  • The trinity of One God eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in essence, while distinct in personality and function: Exodus 20:1-3; John 16:12-15; Matthew 28:19
  • The direct creation of the universe without the use of pre-existent material and apart from any process of evolution, according to the Genesis account: Genesis 1:1-31; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3
  • The Deity of Christ: Romans 1:3-4; John 10:30
  • The Virgin Birth of Christ: Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:14
  • The Personality of the Holy Spirit: John 16:7-15; Romans 8:9-15
  • The Bible the Word of God is our sole authority for faith and practice: Psalm 119:9-16; 105
  • The Supernatural and Verbal Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures: 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21
  • The Substitutionary and Blood Atonement of Jesus Christ for the sin of man: Hebrews 9:22; I Peter 1:18-20
  • The Necessity of the New Birth: John 3:3-5, 16-18; I John 5:4-6
  • The Security of the Believer: John 10:28-29; Romans 8:38-39
  • The Maintenance of Good Works: Ephesians 2:8-10; John 15:16; Titus 3:8,14
  • The Church, His called-out ones, which is Christ’s body, is that spiritual organism consisting of all born again believers of the New Testament: Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23-33; Colossians 1:18.
  • The Local Church, His called-out gathered in a specific place, is that entity where God has chosen to accomplish His work in the world: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-47.
  • The Literal, Bodily, Premillennial, Pretribulation Return of the Lord Jesus Christ: Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-18
  • The Resurrection of the Saved and Lost: Revelation 20:3-6
  • The Reality and Personality of Satan: Luke 4:1-13; Genesis 3:1-5; Revelation 2:9,10
  • The Endless Punishment of Unbelievers: John 8:24; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 14:10-11
  • The Endless Blessedness of True Believers: John 5:24; John 14:1-6; Romans 8:18
  • The Believer and the Ordinances:
  • Baptism by Immersion: Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:38
  • The Lord’s Supper: Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-31
  • Trespassing Against One Another: Matthew 5:22-26; 6:12-15; 18:15-19. Church: Luke 22:19,20; I Corinthians 11:23-31

Distinctives

  • We uphold the truth of Biblical authority for faith and practice. 2 Timothy 3:15–17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20, 21
  • We uphold the autonomy of the Local Church under the headship of Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 8:1–5, 19, 23; Ephesians 1:22-23
  • We uphold the Priesthood of Believers since all true believers are indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit of God. 1 Peter 2:5-10; Revelation 1:6; 5:9, 10
  • We uphold the Two Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Table. Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–32
  • We uphold the distinctive of Individual Soul Liberty where every man has the right to interpret the Scriptures, to hold and to profess, and to worship as he believes the Bible teaches. No one has the liberty to force one’s views upon any man since each man will be held accountable before God. Romans 10:9-17; 14:1-23; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Titus 1:9
  • We uphold the truth that every believer must be saved to be a church member. Acts 2:41–47; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 4:3
  • We uphold that the local church should have Two Officers, one being the office of deacon and the other, the office of pastor (elder, bishop, pastor). 1 Timothy 3:1–13; Acts 6:1-7; 20:17–38; Philippians 1:1
  • We uphold the Separation of Church and State in that the church must pray for the state and support the state when in harmony with the Scriptures and that the church has the right to influence the state toward righteousness. Matthew 22:15–22; Acts 5:17–29

Therefore, IGM respects each local church as a part of the body of Christ which upholds the autonomy of Christ’s headship over each assembly. IGM exists to be an encourager, a help, and a partner by Together, Reaching the World for Christ until He takes His beloved body home to Himself!

If you would like further information concerning the distinctives of IGM, we would be more than willing to send you a copy of the book, Biblical Basis for Baptists by L. Duane Brown, Ph. D. A donation of any size would be appreciated!