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doctrine
The Doctrinal Statement
Of
Faith Bible Church



I. Statement of Faith

We Believe:

A. The scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word ofGod, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of Hiswill for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christianfaith and life.

B. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally inthree "persons"--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

C. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of theHoly Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrificeforour sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from thedead,ascended into heaven where at the right hand of the Majesty on High,He isnow our High Preist and Advocate.

D. That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ,and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell,guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.

E.
That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is thereforelost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spirituallife be obtained.

F. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the onlyground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only suchas receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become childrenof God.

G. That water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observedby the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be reguardedas means of salvation.

H. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through savingfaith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are unitedtogether in the body of Christ of which He is the Head.

I. That only those who are thus members of the true Church shall be eligiblefor membership in the local church.

J. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that evey localchurch has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.

K. In the personal premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christand that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life andservice of the believer.

L. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believers to lasting blessednessand joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgement and everlasting consciouspunishment.

II. The Scriptures

A. The Inspiration of the Scriptures

We believe that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God" by which we mean that men of God "were moved by the Holy Spirit" to write the very words of the Bible. This divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writing - historical, poetic, doctrinal, and prophetic. Hence, webelieve the Bible to be without error in the very words of the original manuscripts. (Mt 5:17-18; Mk 12:26-27, 36; Lk 24:44; Jn 10:35; Acts 1:16; I Cor 2:10;II Tim 3:16; I Pet 1:21)

B. The Authority of the Scriptures

We believe that Jesus Christ, as God's Son, was the ultimate revelation of God; that the Holy Spirit, having given the disciples perfect recall of Christ's teaching, has ceased His ministry of written inspiration; and that man is now shut up to the Scripture as God's final Word, which Word, presently understood by the illumination ministry of the Holy Spirit, is not only able to make a man "wise unto salvation" but is also able to make a man "complete, thoroughly furnished for every good work." (Dt 29:29; Jn 1:18, 14:26, 15:15; Rom 15:4; I Cor 10:11; Eph 2:20; II Tim 3:15-17; Jd 3)

C.
The Subject of the Scriptures

We believe that all Scriptures, even those of the Old Testament center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second comings.

III. The Godhead

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three "persons" - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - and that these three are one God; Having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence and obedience. (Mt 28:18-19; Mk 12:29; Jn 1:1-5,14; Acts 5:3-4; II Cor 13:14; Heb 1:1-3; Rev 1:4-6)

IV. The Angels

We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritualbeings, known as angels; that the highest in rank of these angels, now knownas Satan, sinned through pride; and that a great company of the angels followedhimin his moral fall. We believe that in his rebellion against God, SatanledAdam and Eve into sin, through subtlety, thereby accomplishing theirmoralfalltoo, and subjecting them and their posterity to his power. WebelievethatSatan and his fallen angels are the enemies of God and the peopleofGod, butthat they were condemned by Christ at the cross, and that theywillsoon bepunished in the Lake of Fire. (Gen 3:1-19; Ezek 28:11-19; Mt25:41;Rom 5:12-14;II Cor 4:3-4, 11:13-15; Eph 6:10-12; I Tim 3:6, 4:1-3;Heb 2:14;II Pet 2:4;Jd 6; Rev 5:11, 20:10)

V. Man

A. The Creation of Man

We believe that man was created, by God, sinless and in the image of Godto rule over a good creation as God's viceroy. (Gen 1:26-28, 31)

B. The Fall of Man

We believe that the image of God in man was effaced but not erased by the sin of Adam and Eve; that sin with its effects was transmitted to the whole human race with Christ alone excepted; and that while man still shares the image of God, he does not and cannot share in the life of God apart fromdivine grace without which man will remain essentially and unchangeably depraved. (Gen 2:17, 5:1-3, 6:5, 9:6; Ps 14:1-3, 51:5; Jer 17:9; Jn 3:3, 5:40, 6:35, Rom 3:10-19, 8:6-7; I Cor 11:7; Eph 2:1-3; Jms 3:9)

VI. Salvation

A. The person and Work of Christ

We believe that man, lost apart from the grace of God, is in need of a Savior and that this Savior is Jesus Christ. (Jn 1:29, 14:6; I Tim 2:5)

We believe that in the incarnation of Christ, the Second "Person" of theTriune God acquired a human body and a sinless human nature; that His unchangeable and infinite divine nature was thus united with but not mixed with His sinless and finite human nature; and that He became a theoanthropic person - a single person with two natures, one divine and one human. (Lk 2:40; Jn 1:1-5, 14; Phil 2:5-8; Heb 4:15)

We believe that in His first advent, Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on a cross as a substitute for sinful man, raised from the dead and ascended into heaven to be accepted by Godthe Father. (Lk 1:30-35; Jn 19:30, 20:20; Acts 2:22-24; I Cor 15:3-4; I Tim2:6; Heb 4:5)

B. The Nature of Salvation

We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; that such salvation is based solely upon the merit of Christ's substitutionary work on the cross, the value of which is not augmented in the least by repentance, faith, resolution, or effort on the part of man; and the new birth comes to man through faith alone with no future condition such as confession, baptism, commitment, or service added. (Lev 17:11; Is 64:6; Mt 26:28; Jn 3:3, 4:10-14; Rom 4:5, 5:6-8; II Cor 5:21; Gal 3:13; Eph 2:8-9; Tit 3:5; I Pet 1:18-19)

We believe that when an unregenerate person exercises faith in Christ hebecomes a "new creation" made in the image of Christ and His righteousness;that he is accepted before God the Father as Christ the Son is accepted;that he,in possession of "every spiritual blessing ", is in need of no "secondblessing" or "second work of grace"; and that he, though still in possessionof the"law of sin" in his members is responsible and able to live accordingto therighteousness of God which is his new and true nature. (Rom 5:1, 18-19,6:2-6,11, 7:17,22-23, 8:10; I Cor 6:11; II Cor 5:17, 21; Gal 2:20; Eph1:3, 6;Col 2:10; Jms1:18; I Pet 1:23; I Jn 2:29-3:9)

C. The Believer's Eternal Security

We believe that the moment a person exercises faith in Christ for one's salvation, one's eternal destiny is decided and secure; that one awaits no future judgement regarding entrance onto heaven or punishment in hell as this judgement was made when one believed and that one is found to be in possession of eternal life from the moment of faith. (Jn 4:14, 5:24, 6:35, 10:28, 14:16-17; Rom 8:29-30; II Tim 2:13)

D. The Believer's Personal Assurance of Salvation

We believe that it is the privilege, not only of some, but of all who are born again to be assured of their salvation from the very day they believe; and that this assurance is not founded upon subsequent obedience or blessing, but wholly upon the promise of God in His written Word. We believe that complete assurance of salvation, when viewed in light of the eternal security of the believer and the unparalleled freeness of the gift of eternal life, serves to excite within the child of God a desire to obey based on filial love and gratitude rather than doubt and fear. (Lk 10:20; Jn 4:10, 5:24; Acts 8:39, 16:31-34; II Cor 5:1, 6-8; Heb 10:22)

E. The Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that an unregenerate person comes to faith in Christ only by the conviction of the Holy Spirit; that at the moment of faith the Holy Spirit regenerates the believer; and that such regeneration is attended by the permanent indwelling of the Spirit, the sealing of the believer unto the Day of Redemption and the baptism of the Holy Spirit whereby the individual is joined to the universal Body of Christ. (Jn 3:6, 6:44, 14:16-17, 16:8-11; Rom 3:9; I Cor 12:12-13; Eph 1:13-14, 4:30; Tit 3:5-6)

We believe that once a person has been saved, one is gifted by the Holy Spirit for service; that one may avail oneself of the power of the Holy Spirit in this service; and one is instructed in the things of God from the Word of God by the illumination ministry of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 8:4, 13, 12:3-8; I Cor 2:11-13, 12:7, 11; Tit 3:5-7)

We believe that certain gifts of the Holy spirit, such as apostleship, prophecy, and the sign gifts were peculiar to the founding of the church; and thatthe gift of tongues was a sign of judgment to Israel and the church, andhas ceased. (Acts 5:12; I Cor 13:8, 14:20-22; II Cor 12:12; Eph 2:20; Heb2:3-4)

VII. The Church

A. The Membership of the Church

We believe that all who exercise faith in Christ for salvation are are baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body which is Christ's; that this body, which is called the church, began with the advent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost; that it is distinct from Israel, though it is constituted of both Believing Jews and Gentiles; and that membership in and fellowship within this body are independent of membership in any local church.

We believe that in this present age, however, the Body of Christ is constituted of geographically-designated assemblies; that these assemblies are autonomous; and that these individual institutions, as the "pillar and foundation oftruth," are responsible for interpreting, applying and proclaiming the truthin agiven area. (Mt 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47, 20:17, 28; Rom 12:5; I Cor 12:12-27;Eph 1:20-23, 4:3-10; Col 3:14-15; Phil 1:1; I Tim 3:5, 14-15; Tit 1:9; Heb13:17; I Pet 5:1-4)

B. The Ordinances of the Church

We believe that water baptism of believers and the Lord's Supper are theonly ordinances of the church; that they are not a means of salvation, butarethe scripturally prescribed means of fellowship and testimony in thisage;andthat participation in these ordinances is not dependent upon membershipina given local assembly. (Mt 28:19; Lk 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48, 16:32-33,18:7-8,20:7; I Cor 1:17, 11:17-34; Jd 12)

C. The Mission of the Church

We believe that it is the explicit message of Jesus Christ to those whomHe has saved that they are sent forth into the unsaved world even as he wassent forth of His Father - to bring salvation to the lost; that those whoare saved are also called to encourage other believers to "love and gooddeeds"; and that, wholly apart from salvation benefits which are bestowedequally upon all who believe, rewards are promised according to the faithfulnessof each believer in his service to Christ in the mission of the church. (Mt28:18-20; Jn 17:18; I Cor 3:9-15, 9:17-18, 12:7, 14:26; II Cor 5:10, 18-20;Eph 4:11-16; Col 3:16; II Tim 4:6-8; Heb 3:12-13, 10:24-25, 12:15-17; I Pet5:4)

VIII. The Future

A. The Return of Christ

We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy willbe the coming of Christ in the air to receive to Himself into heaven bothHis own who are alive at His coming and those who have died and are to beresurrected; that following this event there will be a seven-year periodof judgement on the whole earth; and that at the end of this period of greattribulation,Jesus Christ will descend to earth just as He ascended - bodilyand in theclouds of heaven. (Jer 30:7; Dan 9:24-27, 12:11; Mt 24:15-21,29-31; Jn 14:1-3;Acts 1:9-11; I Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20; I Thess 1:10, 4:13-18;Tit 2:11-14;II Pet 3:8-10; Rev 11:1-7, 13:1-5)

We believe that universal righteousness will not be realized previous tothe return of Jesus Christ to earth, but that the world is presently becoming more and more apostate ripening for the coming judgement. (Mt. 24:36-39;I Tim 4:1; II Tim 3:1-7; II Pet 3:3-7)

B. The Reign of Christ

We believe that upon His return to earth, Jesus Christ will institute a millennium of righteous rule; that Satan will be bound for this thousand year period in the Abyss; that Christ will lift the curse that has rested upon creation since the fall of man; and that He will restore Israel to her own land and fulfill God's covenant promises to her. (Dt 30:1-10; Is 11:1-16; Ezek 37:21-28; Dan 9:24; Acts 3:21; Rom 8:19-23, 11:25-29; Rev 20:1-6)

C. The Eternal State

We believe that at the close of Christ's millennial reign, Satan will bereleased from the Abyss for a short while; that in a final show of power,Christ will defeat Satan and his allies; that at a subsequent judgement calledthe "Great White Throne Judgment", Christ will condemn all non-believersto eternal torment along with Satan and his angels in the Lake of Fire; andthat He will create the new heavens and earth wherein the redeemed will livewith God forever. (II Pet 3:10-13; Rev 20:7-22:5)

D. The Future of the Individual

We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trustedin the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presenceand there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorifiedbody when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited shallbe associated with Him forever in glory; but the spirits and souls of theunbelieving await the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the closeof the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the Lakeof Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destructionfrom the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power. (Lk 16:19-26,23:42; II Cor5:8; Phil 1:23; II Thess 1:7-9; Jd 6-7; Rev 20:11-15)

We believe that while those who have trusted in Christ for their salvation will not come into judgment regarding their entrance into heaven or hell, they will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be judged for faithfulness in Christian service. We believe that those who have been faithful will share in the double portion of Christ's inheritance and thus reign with Him forever, and that those who have been unfaithful will be denied this special reward and thus, while they will surely enter and enjoy Christ's eternal kingdom, they will not share in the regal responsibilities and joys of its Heir. (Ps 2:8-9; Mt 6:19-21, 16:24-27, 24:45-51, 25:21, 23; Lk 9:23-26, 19:11-27; Rom 8:17; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:5; Phil 2:9-11; Col 3:24; II Tim 2:11-13, 4:7-8; I Pet 5:4; Rev 2:26-27, 21:6-7, 22:12)