Doctrines of the Bible

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and is truth without any mixture of error. (2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Baptism

Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour. It is a symbolic act of obedience and is a prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:5-6; John 3:22-23; 4:1-2; Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 8:12; 16:32-34; 18:8, Matt. 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Gal. 3:27-28, Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12; 1 Pet. 3:20-21; Acts 22:16)

Deity of Christ

Jesus is the sinless perfect son of God. He was born of a virgin, He lived a sinless life, His death was a sacraficial atonement for all humanity and He physically resurrected (John 1:1-18; 1 Cor 15:1-5)

Grace in Regeneration

That Salvation is by the grace of God alone, on the basis of the atoning sacrifice of Christ and wholly apart from human merit (Eph 2:1-10; Titus 3:4-7). Regeneration, also known as the new birth or salvation, is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which man is made a new creature in Christ Jesus. It is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the gospel message.

The New Birth is Experiential

In order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again (John 3:3, 6-7; 1 Cor. 1:14; Rev. 8:7-9; 21:27) it is effected in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth (John 3:8; 1:13; James 1:16-18; 1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 2:13)

Election

Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners. The purpose by which God chooses his elect is perfectly consistent with the free agency of man. One becomes God’s chosen “in time” or the very moment he experiences regeneration. (John 15:16; Romans 8:28-31, 11:5-6; Ephesians 1:3-14; 2 Timothy 1:8-9; I Peter 1:1-2)

Faith and Repentance

That faith and repentance are inseparable sacred duties, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God (Mark 1:15; John 16:8). They proceed from the convicted heart of a sinner or one who is deeply convinced of their own guilt, danger, helplessness, and the way of salvation by Christ, then turning to God with heartfelt sorrow, confession, and supplication for mercy.  At the same time fully placing  trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and relying on Him alone as our only and all-sufficient Savior.

Need of Salvation and Man’s Fall

That God commands all people to repent and to believe the gospel. (Acts 17:30,31; Luke 24:44-49) Man is of an utterly depraved nature. All humanity is utterly void of the holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.Through Adam’s sin all of humanity has become guilty before God and can only find redemption through the atoning sacrifice of Christ. (Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; John 3:6; Psa. 51:5; Rom. 5:15-19; 8:7)

The Freeness of Salvation

Salvation is a gift of God offered free to all by the gospel. It is neither dependent on, nor earned by, any works which man can perform. It is therefore the immediate duty of all to heed the gospel through sincere repentance toward God and obedient faith in Christ Jesus, and thereby receive the blessing of salvation.  Nothing prevents salvation of even the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel, which rejection results in eternal condemnation.

The Assurance of Salvation

Saved individuals will receive divine assurance confirming their salvation. Salvation is an experience in which a burdened sinner finds peace with God through Jesus Christ. The indwelling Spirit of God will continue thereafter to bear witness of conversion with the believer through His comfort, instruction, guidance, and correction. All true believers will endure in their faith in Christ to the end of their mortal life, their persevering attachment to Christ distinguishing them from false converts. Good works from a purified heart are also the proper evidence of salvation, and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through obedience to the Word of God.

  • I Thessalonians 1:4-10; 2 Timothy 1:12; 2 Peter 1:5-11; I John 5:9-10)
  • Psalm 116:1-9; Matthew 11:28-30; John 1:47-51, 3:7-8; Romans 5:1; I John 3:19-21
  • John 14:26; Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:18; Hebrews 12:7-8
  • Job 17:9, 19:25; Matthew 13:20-21; John 6:64-69, 8:31; I John 2:19, 2:27-28
  • Matthew 7:17-20; John 4:23-24; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:16-17; 2 Timothy 2:19

The Eternal Security of Salvation

All who are saved by God’s grace are kept by God’s faithfulness and power and are therefore secure in Christ forever.  It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the eternal nature of their salvation.  God’s Word, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living.

  • Lamentations 3:22-23; John 5:24, 6:35-40, 10:27-30; Romans 5:9-10, 8:1,31-39; I Corinthians 1:4?8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:23-25
  • Romans 5:1-2; I Thessalonians 4:17-18; Hebrews 13:5-6; I Peter 1:3-6; Jude 24
  • Romans 6:15-22; I Corinthians 8:9; Galatians 5:13,25-26; I Peter 2:13-16

Local Church

The church is a local, visible body composed of “born again” believers whom upon giving evidence of experiencing the new birth submit to Christ’ rule and authority through the local church in believer’s baptism. (Acts 2:41-47, 20:28; John 3:1-16)

Holiness of Life

That Christians have a solemn obligation unto God to conduct themselves at all times in a manner worthy of the gospel they profess to believe (Eph 4:1-3)

General Judgment and Resurrection

The general judgment and resurrection, that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution that a solemn separation will then take place that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.(Acts 24:15; 1 Cor. 15:12-59; Luke 14:14; Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; 6:40; 11:25-26; 2 Tim. 1:10; Acts 10:42;)