Our commitment to the gospel.
SALVATION is the single most important term the Bible uses to describe what happens the moment a person trusts in Jesus Christ as personal Savior. One of the Bible’s greatest salvation verses is John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
There we learn 3 important truths:
- Every human being is a sinner who will PERISH (face eternal death) apart from Christ.
- God in love has provided SALVATION by sending his Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
- Everyone who BELIEVES (personally trusts in what Jesus accomplished on the cross) at that moment receives the free gift of eternal life!
We invite all who visit this website to consider the claims of Christ.
Milan Bible Church is a local, evangelical body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ committed to:
- Providing a place of worship, fellowship and spiritual growth for the English-speaking, international community of Milan (Hebrews 10:22–25).
- Providing clear expository preaching and teaching of the whole council of God in such a way that believers are discipled in their walk with Jesus Christ and that unbelievers are confronted with the need for trusting him as savior (2 Timothy 4:2).
- Providing a visible witness to Jesus Christ in the city of Milan and the nation of Italy through the lives and testimonies of participating members by means of our loving unity and effective outreach ministries (John 17:21 and Philippians 1:27,28).
- Promoting the cause of world outreach through regular intercession (1 Timothy 2:1,2), with our giving (2 Corinthians 9:6,7), and by encouraging members to be regularly involved in evangelistic efforts both locally and around the world. (Acts 1:8).
Our doctrinal commitments.
We believe in the divine, verbal, plenary inspiration, and the inerrancy and historical infallibility of the original Scriptures and their supreme authority for faith and practice. John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21
We believe in one God, the sovereign creator of all things, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that God’s ultimate purpose in creation and salvation is to glorify His name by reconciling all things unto himself. Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16; Romans 11:33–36; 2 Corinthians 5:19 and 13:14
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. We believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary; that He lived a sinless life in complete obedience to the Father; that He died as a sacrifice on the cross for our sins; that He rose the third day from the dead; that He ascended into heaven where He serves as our Great High Priest; and that He will return in glory in the same manner in which he departed. Matthew 1:22–23; John 1:1–2,14; Acts 1:11; Philippians 2:6–7; Colossians 1:15–20; Hebrews 5:8–9
We believe in the necessity of the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for sinners. We believe that all who, by God’s grace, place their faith in Christ’s finished work are justified in God’s sight on the basis of His shed blood and, therefore, have the assurance of eternal salvation. John 1:12–13; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:21–25; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8–9
We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that he sinned, thereby incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe in the total depravity of man and the absolute necessity of the new birth for an individual’s salvation which results in a new man within. Genesis 1:26–27; Romans 3:10–23; Romans 5:12–19; Ephesians 2:1–2; 2 Corinthians 5:17
We believe in the regenerating, indwelling, sealing, and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, who baptizes each believer into the Body of Christ upon acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to believers as He wills for the edification of the Church. 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 12:1–31
We believe that every believer is called to live a holy life and to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. We believe that the believer’s sanctification is a lifelong process that begins at salvation, giving the capacity for holiness, but not eradicating one’s capacity for sin. Identification with Christ’s death and resurrection and dependence on the Holy Spirit’s power enable the believer to experience victory over sin. Romans 6–8; Galatians 5:16–24; Ephesians 4:21–24
We believe in one universal Church, embracing all who are united to Christ by saving faith and divine grace. Local churches are assemblies of believers gathered together for worship, instruction, fellowship, service, and evangelism. Every true church is under the headship of Christ and follows the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Two ordinances are enjoined by Christ upon all believers: water baptism and the Lord’s Table. Matthew 28:18–20; Luke 22:14–20; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 11:23–26
We believe in the existence of the holy angels, the personal existence of Satan and his demonic hosts. Though we wrestle with principalities and powers in spiritual ministry, victory is assured by Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Job1:6–7; Luke 10:18; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 1:6,14
We believe in the blessed hope: the rapture of the Church and the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth with all his saints. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. 1 Thessalonians 4:13–16; Titus 2:13; Revelation 19:11–21; 20:1–15
We believe that the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel to every creature throughout the world remains the mandate of every believer. We believe in the will, power, and providence of God to meet our every need in His service. Matthew 6:33; Matthew 28:16–20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 9:6–8; Philippians 4:19