Bible Center Church - Article 3 – Articles of Faith
Section 1. The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:12-13).
Section 2. The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfection’s. (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14).
Section 3. The Person and Work of Christ
a. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin, Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35).
b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24-25; 4:25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7;)
c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 7:15; 9:24; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
Section 4. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, or righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into one body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6; I Cor. 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14).
b. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides all believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27).
Section 5. The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; Matt. 25:41; Rev, 20:10).
Section 6. The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12).
Section 7. Salvation
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Eph. 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
Section 8. The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
a. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5).
b. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
Section 9. The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Romans 6:13; Rom. 8:12-13; Gal. 5:15-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:5-9; Rom. 7:18-24).
Section 10. Spiritual Life
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner so that Christ is exalted as Savior and Lord of their life. We believe that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly sinful pleasures, practices, and association is commanded of God. (2 Tim. 3:1-4; Rom. 14:13; I John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; 2 Cor. 6:14; 2 Cor. 7:1).
Section 11. The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
a. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts: and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (1 Cor. 12:1-11; Eph. 4:7-11; 1 Cor. 13; Rom. 12:1-8).
b. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15; James 5:14-16).
Section 12. Missions
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by work to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:19-20; Matt. 28:19-20).
Section 13. The Church
a. Universal Church. The universal church is the spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of the present age and it is the body and espoused bride of Christ. (Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:12; Acts 2). The true universal church began on the day of Pentecost and could not have existed until Christ died, for she must be redeemed by His blood, and it could only be formed by the present ministry of the Spirit in Baptizing all members into one body.
b. Local church. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; Acts 20:17; Acts 28::27; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:4-11; Acts 2:42).
Section 14. Ordinances
There are two ordinances for the local church - Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
Section 15. Dispensationalism
We believe in the dispensational view of Bible interpretation, but reject the extreme teaching known as “Hyper-Dispensationalism” such as that teaching which opposed either the Lord’s table or water baptism as a Scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 42; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Matt. 13:49; Eph. 3:2).
Section 16. The Eternal State
a. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12, 13).
b. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; Phil. 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17).
c. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; Matt. 25:41-46; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Mark 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15).