Speaking the Truth in Love ~ Eph 4:15

Doctrinal Beliefs

Doctrinal Beliefs

The Scriptures

doctrinal_beliefsThe Bible is complete in its cannon of 66 books from Genesis to Revelation and it is inspired meaning God-breathed.

II Timothy 3:16&17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Men of old were inspired by the Holy Ghost and used of God to pen the scriptures. As the Lord spoke the word into existence, he moved upon these men and transcended their personalities to transcribe the Word of God.

II Peter 1:20&21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The Bible is eternal, inerrant, infallible, immutable, and has thus been preserved for us today. The King James Version of the Bible is the only English version we accept and use, as it is derived from the Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus).

Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Psalms 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

God

There is one living true and infinite God who is our creator and Supreme Being.

I Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the father, of whom are all things and we in Him, and by whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.

God is immutable, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent in his nature. He is referred to as the Alpha and Omega in the Bible. God always has been and always will be in his existence, and he created the earth in six literal, 24-hour days.

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth or even thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God!

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

God has manifested himself throughout the Gospel in the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and in the very word of God itself as it says in John 1:1. God has also been revealed to us in three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This is known as the trinity – a term not found in the Bible, but the concept is. These 3 execute distinct yet harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Christ

Jesus Christ is referred to in the Bible as the Son of God and the Son of Man. Matthew 16:16 proves his deity while John 5:26&27 proves his humanity. Christ was 100% God, yet at the same time he was 100% man.

Matthew 16:1 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

John 5:26&27 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgement also, because he is the Son of man.

Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. The virgin birth is a fulfillment of a wonderful prophecy, proves the reliability of scripture, and is the way that Christ became both human and divine. The Holy Ghost supernaturally came upon Mary, allowing her to become impregnated with God’s Son having never known a man.

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Jesus Christ was crucified for man’s sin. The crucifixion Christ endured, proved him to be a perfect, sinless sacrifice. The blood he shed as our sacrifice was necessary as the atonement for our sins, and our sins can now become washed clean because of his sacrifice.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

I John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Jesus Christ was resurrected. I believe the resurrection of Christ is one of the key doctrines of Christianity, and that it is a vital part of the gospel. We know that Christ was resurrected because it was prophesied and proven in the Gospel account of the empty tomb and in the risen Christ’s revelation of himself to over 400 of his followers.

Matthew 16:21 From that time forth, began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.

After revealing himself to his followers and completing his work here on earth, Christ ascended into Heaven, promised his return, and was seated on the right hand of the Father where be abides today.

Acts 1:11 … Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God and contains all the attributes of God, yet he is also a person. In Paul’s conclusion of his 2nd letter to the Corinthians he states:
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

He is the third person of the trinity as listed in the great commission, and was administered to Christians at Pentecost after the ascension of Jesus Christ.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The Holy Spirit resides within the Christian and ministers to his spirit by teaching, guiding, commissioning, interceding, commanding, restraining, and loving us. He also has administered spiritual gifts to the Christian.

Sinful Man

We believe God created man in his own image and in innocence.

Man in the garden made a voluntary free will choice to disobey God by partaking of the forbidden fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband.

Thus mankind was plunged into the abyss of sin, and inherited a sin nature.

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

The sin of man resulted in three deaths: Physical, Spiritual, and Eternal death.

Salvation

Salvation became a necessity because of man’s sin, and simple faith is all that is required for man to attain this free gift of salvation. It is by grace alone that man even has the opportunity to be saved from the eternal death.

Roman 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2: 8&9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works lest any man should boast.

True faith will produce a genuine confession of sin in one’s life that the Lord promises to grant with forgiveness.

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Once a person receives Christ, they become justified. This term justification means “to declare righteous”. Therefore, a believer can stand before God because the righteousness of Jesus Christ has been imputed to him from the very moment of Salvation. At this moment, the believer is no longer a member of the cursed family of sin, but is born again into God’s family and has become his child.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

The Church

We believe God instituted the church to bring glory unto himself and to edify and purify believers in their relationship with him. In Ephesians 4:12 & 13, God explains these purposes by stating that it is:

Ephesians 4:12&13 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:

The church is also designed to evangelize the world as individuals and collectively as a whole.

Matthew 28:19&20 Go ye therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

There are also two separate uses of the word church. There is the universal church, which is made up of all believers. I Corinthians 12:13 tells us that … For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. Ephesians 5 also refers to us as being the body of Christ. There is also the local New Testament Church, which is made up of a local assembly of believers.

Christ is the head of the church, therefore the church is free from any interference of organizations and shall be self governed.

Ephesians 5:23 For the Husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

We believe the church has two officers: The Pastor and the deacon.

The Pastor is to be the shepherd of the church, and is responsible for leading it by preaching sound doctrine, evangelizing sinners, and discipling believers. The definition of a deacon is a servant, and it is the deacon’s job to be a help by serving the church in whatever capacity is necessary.

We believe the church has two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s supper.

The word Baptize means “to dip under” or “to immerse”, and it is a symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. The ordinance of the Lord’s supper is mentioned in each of the first three gospels, and it was instituted by Jesus on the night he was betrayed.

Angels

The word angel means messenger. We believe that angels are celestial beings created by God with distinct supernatural powers and classifications. Angels have a ministry to both God and man.

We believe Lucifer was an exalted angel who became lifted up with pride and rebelled against God. The Bible teaches that God cast Lucifer and 1/3 of the angels who rebelliously followed him out of heaven. Today Lucifer and his followers are referred to as Satan and his demons. They are responsible for corrupting the seed of the gospel and tempting humankind to sin. During the millennial reign of Christ, they will be bound for a thousand years. After being released to stir up one final rebellion, they will then be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal torments.

Jude 6 And the angles which kept not their first estate but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgement of the great day.

Return of Christ and Related Events

We believe the first stage of Christ’s return is a pre-tribulation rapture. It is at this moment that Christ will return from heaven for this saints.

I Thessalonians 4:16&17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

After this rapture has taken place, there will be a 7 year period of judgement known as the tribulation. It is during this tribulation, that a one-world leader called the Anti-Christ will come to power and the Lord will pour out his judgement upon the earth.

Revelation 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

During this tribulation, God will judge Christians at the bema-seat judgement according to their works. Christ will then return to earth with his saints and defeat the world-army at Armageddon. After this, Christ will establish a new earth and rule in Jerusalem for 1,000 years – this is known as the millennium.

Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

After the millennium, once Satan has been defeated for eternity, God will judge sinners at the Great White Throne judgement before the new Jerusalem descends upon the earth and we live for eternity with him.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.