Doctrinal Statement

Doctrinal Statement

The Bible

The entire Bible (all 66 books) is inerrant and verbally inspired of God and has been preserved for us in the Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and in the Received Text of the New Testament. It is the full and complete authority in all matters of faith and practice. [Note: The King James Bible is the only English translation of these texts, at the present time]

Reference: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21, Romans 15:4, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Psalms 12:6-7

The Godhead

There is one God, eternally existing in three persons…the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Reference: Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 45:21-22, 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 10:30-33, 1 Timothy 2:5, Ephesians 4:4-6, Philippians 2:5-6, Colossians 2:9

The Person of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is true God and true Man in one person. He is the Eternal Word incarnate. He was begotten of the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin, Mary. He is without sin.

Reference: Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:20-25, Luke 1:3-35, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-17, Romans 1:3-4

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin and who regenerates, baptizes, indwells, seals, enlightens, and empowers believers by grace through faith.

Reference: John 16:18, Titus 3:5, 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 12:13, Ephesians 1:13, 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, Ephesians 3:16-20

Man’s Nature

All persons are by nature dead in trespasses and sins and are therefore unable to do anything pleasing to God by their own wisdom or strength.

Reference: Romans 3:9-20, 5:12, 8:5-8, Ephesians 2:1-3

Redemption

God justifies ungodly sinners by His grace through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ, on the ground of His blood that was shed on Calvary’s Cross. This salvation is bestowed as the free gift of God to all that believe, apart from man’s works.

Reference: Romans 3:21-28, 4:4-5, Ephesians 2:4-9, Colossians 1:14 Eternal Security

All of the saved are eternally secure in Jesus Christ.

Reference: Romans 8:28-29, Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, 2 Timothy 1:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Resurrection

Jesus Christ was resurrected bodily from the dead. Every person will experience a bodily resurrection…the saved to everlasting glory and the unsaved to everlasting punishment.

Reference: Luke 24:36-43, 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 and 51-53, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Philippians 3:20-21, John 5:29 and Revelation 20:4-15

The Church

The one true church of the present dispensation of God’s Grace is identified as the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ had its historical beginning in conjunction with the ministry of the Apostle Paul, before he wrote he wrote his first epistle.

Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:11-16, Acts 13:45-46 and 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16, Acts 16 and Philippians 1:5-6, 1 Timothy 1:14-16

Local Church Government

Presently, and until the catching away of the Body of Christ, there are only two offices in the local church. In particular, these are identified as those of bishops (also know as elders) and deacons. Faithful men are to hold these offices of trust and responsibility as overseers of the spiritual welfare of the local church.

Reference: 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 20:28, 2 Timothy 2:2

Gifts

All the sign gifts of the Acts period, such as tongues, healing, and prophecy have ceased, as they were temporary in character and only necessary so long as God was dealing with the sign nation Israel.

Reference: Acts 18:5-11 and 1 Corinthians 14:20-22 and Isaiah 28:9-13, 1 Corinthians 1:22, 13:8-13

Christian Walk and Separation

By reason of Christ’s victory over sin, through His finished work on the cross, all saved persons may experience deliverance from the power of sin as they yield themselves to the control of the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is understood that man’s sin nature is not eradicated during this life.

As saints and members of the Body of Christ, we are called of God to maintain a Christ honoring testimony, as we depend on His power at work in us. We are to be separate from all ungodliness, apostasy, and disobedient brethren. We reject any form of ecumenicalism and regard it as a dangerous philosophy. We are to manifest obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ and to love all men.

Reference: Romans 6:1-14, 7:15-25, Galatians 5:16-25, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Romans 12:1- 2, 2 Timothy 1:9, Philippians 2:13, Titus 2:11-13, Colossians 2:8 and 18-23, Titus 3:10, Romans 16:17-18, 2 Thessalonians 3:6 and 14-15, 1 Thessalonians 3:12

The Lord’s Supper

The communion of the Lord’s Supper, as revealed through the Apostle Paul from the ascended Lord Jesus Christ, is recognized for the members of the Body of Christ as a memorial observance of the Lord’s death, “til He come”. There is no place in the Holy Scriptures where the Lord’s Supper is identified as an enforced decree or a sacrament for the church, the Body of Christ.

Reference: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Colossians 2:9-10 and 14-17 and 20-23

Baptism

All saved persons have been made members of the Body of Christ by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit. This is a spiritual operation whereby the believer is identified and placed into union with Body of Christ and with Christ, who is the Head of that Body. By that one baptism, every true believer is identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. With regard to water baptism, we conclude that although this rite was once required by God as a manifestation of faith, it now has no place in God’s spiritual program for the Body of Christ, in the present Dispensation of Grace. The practice of water baptism, along with such practices as healing, tongues, and handling of serpents, ceased with the temporary setting aside of Israel.

Reference: Ephesians 4:5, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:26-28, 1 Corinthians 1:17, Acts 2:38, 28:25-28

The Rapture

The rapture, or catching away of the Church, which is Christ’s Body, is pre-tribulational and pre-millennial. The Lord Jesus Christ will come to receive all members of His Body to Himself in the air and so shall they ever be with the Lord. The dead in Christ shall rise first and they that are alive then follow. All will receive a resurrection body that is immortal and incorruptible, like unto the Lord’s own body.

Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:51-53, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-18, Philippians 3:20-21, Colossians 3:4

The Second Coming

The second coming of Christ to the earth will be pre-millennial. His return, following the time of the prophesied Tribulation, will mark the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom, over which He will reign, with redeemed national Israel.

Reference: Zechariah 14:4-9, Acts 1:10-11, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Revelation 19:11-20:6

The State of the Dead

Nowhere does the Scripture extend the hope of salvation to the unsaved dead, but instead reveals that they will ever continue to exist in a state of conscious suffering. We oppose the teachings of Universalism, of probation after death, of the annihilation of the unsaved dead, or of the unconscious state of the dead as thoroughly unscriptural and dangerous doctrines.

Reference: Matthew 25:31-46, Mark 9:42-48, Luke 16:23-28, John 3:36, Revelation 19:20, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8, Philippians 1:23

The Mission of the Church

The mission and commission of the church, the Body of Christ, is to proclaim the message of reconciliation by the preaching of the Cross of Christ according to the revelation of the Mystery (that body of truth that was committed to the Apostle Paul for the Body of Christ, in the Dispensation of Grace). We, like Paul, must preach the entire Word of God in the light of this message (also identified as “my gospel”, “the Gospel of the Grace of God”, “the Word of His Grace”, and “the Gospel of the Uncircumcision”).

Reference: Romans16:25, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, Ephesians 3:3-9, 1 Corinthians 11:1, 1 Timothy 1:11-16, Acts 20:24, Romans 2:16, Galatians 1:8-9

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery…

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