Definition of Assurance
Assurance is the conviction that the promises of the gospel apply to you. The Holy Spirit gives assurance to all believers at conversion. Therefore, all who have saving faith will also have assurance of salvation. Romans 8:5-17, John 10:22-30, Acts 13:48
Struggles with Assurance
A true believer will never completely lose his assurance of salvation. He may struggle with his assurance for a period of time, but he will eventually regain his full assurance. The objective promises of the gospel and evidence of a changed life are used by the Holy Spirit to aid the believer in recovering his full assurance. Romans 8:5-17, 2 Peter 1:10-11, John 3:16, 1 John 3:9-10
Signs of Assurance
God promised that he would give his people under the new covenant a new heart. Along with the new heart comes new affections. There are five general affections which indicate that a person’s heart has truly been saved. He may not experience all of them with the same level of intensity, but he will have all of them in increasing measure: Love for God, love for the Bible, love for the Church, love for the Lost, and love for Holiness. Ezekiel 32:26, Ezekiel 11:19, John 3:16-21, 1 Peter 2:2, Psalm 119, 1 John 4:7, John 13:35, Romans 7, Ephesians 2:10, Mark 6:34, Romans 12:15, Matthew 9:35-36
*We would like to thank the New Covenant Church Cebu for allowing us to study and use their Statement of Faith as a basis of our own with some little or minor revisions to fit our core beliefs. Some articles remained as is because we believe that it accurately describes ours and so changes at this point is not necessary. We believe as a church that we are much closer to New Covenant Theology and furthest away from Dispensational Theology. In terms of the covenants, some of us hold to a pre-fall covenant and an overaching covenant of grace. But generally we are NCT.