- THE BIBLE/SCRIPTURES (both Old and New Testaments)
- We believe that the Bible (consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments) is the inspired (plenary – complete, verbal – every word) Word of God and is inerrant in the original manuscripts given to us by the Holy Spirit through men He has chosen (John 10:34, 35; 2 Pet 1:19-21).
- While the original inspired manuscripts no longer exist, we believe that God has providentially preserved His complete Word so that none of its truth has been lost (Matt 5:18; 1 Pet 1:25); and that anyone who adds to or takes away from this completed revelation is cursed of God (Prov. 30:5, 6; Rev. 22:19).
- We believe the Bible is true in every matter on which it speaks including creation, history, science, and philosophy, and is the total and final authority in all matters of Christian faith and practice (2 Tim 3:16; Rom 15:4).
We believe that God, the Supreme, Eternal, and Unchangeable One (Deut 4:35,39; 6:4; Mk 12:29,32; 1Cor 8:4; Eph 4:6) has manifested Himself in three Persons; God the Father, God the Son (John 1:1-2, 10:30; 17:5; Phil 2:6; 1 John1:1-3), and God the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4,9;) and that these three are equally one, having the same nature and attributes and are worthy of the same worship (Isa 42:8; Rev 4:11), confidence, and obedience; the Trinity (Matt 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14). He is a Spirit (John 4:24; Phil 3:3) perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. He is the Creator of all things, heavenly and earthly (Gen 1:1-2:5; Acts 17:24; Heb 11:3; Rev 4:11, 10:6), concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men (Prov. 21:1), hears and answers prayer (Jer. 33:3) and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
- JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God (Matt 4:1-11; 14:33, 26:63; Mark 1:1,24; John 1:34, 49, 20:31; Acts 8:37; Rom 1:3-4), who became man without ceasing to be God, who was sent to earth to be born of the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit (Matt 1:18-20; Luke 1:32-35; John 1:14). We believe that He lived a sinless life and performed many miracles (John 20:30) and that by His death, He voluntarily offered Himself as a substitute in the sinner’s place. Bearing our sins in His body on the cross (Is 53:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24), thus satisfying the demands of God’s holiness towards our sins. (John 3:16; Rom 3:24-25; 4:25; 5:6-10; 8:32; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Eph 5:2; Col 1:21-22; 1 Peter 3:18) We believe that He arose again on the third day from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He suffered and died (Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24:1-48; John 20: 19-29; Acts 1:3; 1 Cor. 15:3-8). That the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted on the right hand of God the Father, where He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy as His people’s High Priest (Rom 8:34; 1 Tim 2:5; Heb. 2:17, 3:1, 4:14, 6:20, 7:23-25, 9:24;1 John 2:1-2) until His imminent return.(Act 1:11; 1 Thess. 1:10, 4:16-17; Titus 2:13; Rev 1:7)
- HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with and of the same nature as God the Father and God the Son (Acts 20:28); that He convinces the world of their sin, the necessity of righteousness, and the certainty of approaching judgment (John 16:8-11); that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel when it is preached (John 5:32); that He accomplishes the New Birth (John 6:63), that He baptizes, seals, guides, teaches, sanctifies, helps and gives gifts to the believer (John 14:26, 16:12-15; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph 1:13-14, 4:30). That He baptizes all true believers into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13), indwelling them beginning at the moment of Salvation (John 7:37-39; 14:16-17; Acts 2:37-38). We believe that He intercedes for the believer before God (Rom 8:26).We believe that certain gifts of the Spirit such as apostleship, prophecy and tongues (among others) were temporary, needed only in the foundational period of the Church, and have no valid exercise today (1 Cor. 13:8).
We believe that Satan, an angel created perfect by God for His glory, sinned against God through willful self-exaltation, and thereby fell (Luke 10:18) from his original holy position in Heaven (Isa 14:12-17; Ezek 28:12-19; Rev 12:7-9). He is the author of sin (John 8:44), and the cause of man’s temptation and ultimate fall (Gen. 3:1-7), thus he is the unholy god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4), the source and leader of all the powers of darkness; and that he will certainly be judged in the lake of fire forever (Rev 20:10).
We believe in the literal, Biblical account of creation, both of the universe and the earth with its complexity of living forms, and that all basic types of living things including man (in the image of God), were made by direct creative acts of God during the literal (7-day, 24-hour day) creation week described in Genesis (Gen 1-2; John 1:1-3; Col 1:16-17).
- FALL OF MAN/SIN
We believe that the first man, Adam, was created by God out of the dust of the ground (Gen 2:7,3:19) in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27, 9:6); and in his original state, man was sinless, but by voluntary disobedience he fell from his sinless state (Gen 3). Thereby he incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God (Gen 2:16-17, 3:6; Rom 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:21-22; Jas 1:15). That all human beings are born with a sinful nature, through Adam, and are sinners in thought, word, and deed (Isa 64:6; Eph 2:1-3; Rom 5:12-19; Jas 1:14-15; 1 John 2:16). Therefore, human beings stand under just condemnation before God (Rom 1:18).
We believe that God in His love, mercy, and grace provided salvation to fallen man through the Person of Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17; Rom 5:6, 10:13; Eph 2:1-10). Salvation is instantaneous and not a process; involves the repenting (turning from sin to God) and confessing of sin (Acts 2:38); obtained by faith in believing on Christ’s atoning, vicarious, redemptive death on the cross and in His bodily resurrection from the dead (Acts 16:31). Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ and in His bodily resurrection from the dead is the only condition of salvation and that no good work or religious observance has the power to bring or to help to bring salvation (Eph 2:8-9; 2 Tim 1:9). The proper evidence that the new birth has taken place appears in the holy fruits of a godly life (Matt 7:15-20) and confessing of Christ before men (Matt 10:32). We believe that salvation is free to all men by the Gospel, and that nothing prevents the salvation of the worst sinner but his own rejection of God’s Son (John 3:18). We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God so that they can never be lost (John 10:27-30).Some of the chief benefits of salvation are:
- The forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43),
- Justification (Rom 5:1), by which our sins are blotted out from God’s Book and Christ’s righteousness is put to our account,
- Propitiation (1 John 2:2), which means that God’s holiness has been satisfied by Christ’s death,
- Redemption (Gal 3:13), which means we have been purchased by Christ’s death and set free from bondage,
- Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20), which means that we who once were God’s enemies have now been made friends (Rom 5:10),
- Regeneration or the new birth (John 3:3), which means we have been given eternal life (John 3:16).
- THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
We believe that all who are truly born again (from the day of Pentecost to the Rapture) have been baptized into the Body of Christ which can properly be called the universal or invisible church, the bride of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13; Gal 3:28; Eph 5:25-27; Col 1:18; Rev 19:7, 21:9).
- THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the church is a blood-bought body (Acts 20:28) of believers baptized into one body by the Holy Spirit and who’s head is Christ (Eph 1:22-23, 5:23); associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, organized for worship and service, observing the ordinances, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word (Acts 1:14, 2:41-42).We believe in the local church. Grace Bible Church shall be independent, autonomous, and free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority (Acts 6:1-7,15:22;1Cor 5:1-13); We believe that there are two scriptural offices in the local church: The office of elder (which would include the pastor [ teaching elder] and lay elder(s) who would assist the pastor in the spiritual well-being of the church) and the office of deacon. (Acts 6:3-6; 1 Tim 3:1-15; Titus 1:7-9) We believe that the local church is self-governing, ruled by the democracy of the saints, subject to the Scriptures only. (Acts 15:1-31).We believe that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel, and that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation (Acts 15:1-31) and that there shall be no cooperation with any group that permits the presence of apostates or apostasy (Acts 20:29-30; 2 Tim 4:1-4).
We believe the first day of the week, the Lord’s Day, is especially set apart for believers to assemble regularly, for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the preaching of the Word (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2).
We believe there are two ordinances of the Church:
- Baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in picture form his faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior (Matt 28:19; Acts 8:26-39; Rom 6:1-6), and
- The Lord’s Supper is a memorial of Christ’s death until He comes (Luke 22:15-20; 1 Cor. 11: 23-32). The elements – the bread and the fruit of the vine – are only symbols of His broken body and shed blood.
Both of these are for the purpose of symbolizing the identification of the believer with the Lord Jesus Christ and that they have no saving merit in themselves.
- THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE
We believe that God in the Garden of Eden established marriage between one man and one woman for life. That they are to be one physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and that the marriage relationship between husband and wife is totally separate from other relationships and is to model the relationship between Christ and the church (Gen 2:18-24; Matt 19:5; Mark 10:6-9; Eph 5:22-32). Marriage is a covenant between God, a man, and a woman (Mal 2:14; Prov. 2:17; Matt 19:6).We also believe that divorce is a man-made attempt to undo that wonderful relationship between a husband and a wife. Divorce was created by man because of the hardness of his own heart and was never the intent of God (Matt 19:8; I Cor. 7:10-11). Therefore, every attempt must be taken to resolve marital problems biblically with divorce never being an option.
- FUTURE EVENTS (ESCHATOLOGY)
We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself into heaven both His own who are alive and remain, and also those who have fallen asleep in Him (John 14:1-3;1 Cor. 15:51-55;1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2: 11-14; 1 John 3:2); that the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will be at an hour known only to the Heavenly Father, and that because the time of His coming is hidden, believers should live in a state and attitude of constant readiness for His return (Matt 24:42,25:13; Mark 13:32-37). This great event is known as the rapture of the church.We believe that following the rapture of the church, in God’s perfect time, will be the period of Israel’s seventieth week; a time of judgment on the whole earth called the tribulation (Dan 9:27; Matt 13:14-21; Luke 21:21-27; Rev 4-19).We believe that the period of the great tribulation on the earth will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ at His second coming, in which He will introduce the millennial age (Rev 20:4-6), and bind Satan and cast him into the abyss (Rev 20:1-3). At the end of the millennium, Satan is loosed for a “little season” (Rev 20:3) to gather enemies against God (Rev 20:7-8), which ends in Satan’s final defeat where he is then cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:9-10). God then will judge unbelieving man at the Great White Throne according to their works and cast them into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment; not to be annihilated (Rev 20:11-15).