Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith
Faith Bible Chapel is an independent, non-denominational Bible Church. We are theologically conservative in nature and evangelical in persuasion. We hold to the integrity and absolute authority of the Holy Scriptures as God’s inspired Word. We view the 66 books of the Bible as the highest source of truth and final arbiter in all matters of faith and practice. We categorically believe that Biblical content is factual and propositional and corresponds to actual reality, in both the physical- historical and metaphysical realms. The God of the Bible is the only living and true God and is the embodiment of all truth. The Scriptures function, therefore, as our First Principle and take precedent over all human creeds and opinions. The book of Genesis is historical narrative, not spiritual allegory and speaks authoritatively to all academic disciplines including matters of science.

Faith Bible Chapel's Doctrinal Statement on 19 key issues

1} The Holy Scriptures:

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old & New Testaments are God’s written
revelation to man. We believe in the verbal-plenary inspiration of all 66 books of the
Bible as men chosen by God were moved by the Holy Spirit. We believe the original
manuscripts were totally inerrant and are God’s special revelation to humanity. The
Word of God, therefore, is the supreme authority and infallible standard by which all
human creeds and opinions should be tried. Heaven and earth may pass away, but the
Word of God will last forever. We believe that the Grammatical-Historical method of
hermeneutics is the only viable method of Biblical interpretation. Scripture should be
taken at “face value, or in its normal-literal sense.” We teach that there is only one
correct interpretation for any passage of Scripture, though there are many
applications for life’s circumstances as we are illumined by the Holy Spirit. II
Tim.3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Psa.119:11; Matt .5:18; Matt. 24:35; Prov.30:5-6; I
Cor.2:7-16; I Thess.2:13; Hebrews 4:12-13

2} God:

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy
Spirit. The three members of the triune Godhead are one in essence and equal in
every Divine perfection and have executed distinct but harmonious offices in the
great work of redemption. We believe there is one and only one living and true God,
an infinite, omniscient Spirit whose name is YHWH, the maker and supreme ruler of
heaven and earth. We believe He is inexpressibly glorious in His holiness and worthy
of all possible honor, worship, and love.
I Peter 1:2; John 4:24; Mark 12:29-30; John 10:30-33; Psa.83:18; Ex. 15:11; Deut.
6:4-5; Isa.48:16-17.

3} Christ:

We believe that God the Son, the eternal Word and 2nd person of the trinity,
became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. We believe that He was begotten of
the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. We believe
that the Son possesses all the divine attributes and is coequal, coeternal, and
consubstantial with the Father. When He took upon Himself human flesh He
temporarily set aside His divine prerogatives, but nothing of His divine essence.
Matt.1:18-25; John 1:1-18; Phil. 2:5-11; Col.1:15-17; Heb.1:1-3; John 14:9-11
We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the
shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross. We teach that His death was
voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive. We teach
that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead
and that He is now ascended to the right hand of the Father where He mediates our
new estate as our Advocate and High Priest. He will return to rapture His blood
bought church from the coming wrath; will establish His literal 1,000 year millennial
kingdom upon the earth and will judge all who reject Him at the Great White Throne.
All true born again believers will rule and reign with Him forever. John 14:6;
Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:6-8; Luke 24:25-53; I Cor. ch.15

4} The Holy Spirit:

We believe the Holy Spirit is a person, unique in Himself by possessing all the
distinctively Divine attributes of God. The Holy Spirit is the author of Scripture and
He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and impending judgment. Beginning at
Pentecost we believe the Holy Spirit regenerates, seals, and sanctifies believers,
maturing them in the Faith so they might live lives characterized by holiness and
obedience. At conversion, the Holy Spirit causes the repentant sinner to be born
again and permanently indwells the new believer through the Baptism of the Spirit
into the Body of Christ. This is a one time, once for all event which accrues to all
those who are truly regenerated. The Holy Spirit does, however, fill or enable the
seeking Christian many times as he/she comes before God’s throne of grace. We also
believe that the Holy Spirit imparts spiritual gifts to all believers and directs all glory,
laud and honor to Jesus Christ. The express purpose of these gifts is to edify one
another and accomplish God’s work in this Church age. We also believe that the so
called “sign gifts” were intended to usher in the birth of the Church, witness to the
completion of the canon of Scripture, and verify the credentials of those men God
called to be apostles. Those who advocate their usage today are at serious risk of
undermining the authority of the Scriptures. When someone claims to speak for God
their message must be in strict accord with the Word of God, if not they are guilty of
apostasy and if their words are in compliance with the Biblical text, their alleged gift
is superfluous. John 3:5-8; John 14:16-17; John 16:5-15; I Cor.12:1-13; I Cor.ch.2;
Romans 8:1-17; Titus 3:4-8; II Cor.12:12; Eph.4:7-12; Heb.2:1-4; Acts 1:1-8.

5} Creation and the Fall of Man:

We believe in a literal six day creation as is clearly elucidated in the Genesis
account. We reject Darwinian evolution’s “old earth” claims and believe that both
Scripture and science support a recent creation. The Institute for Creation Research
notes 5 compelling reasons why a recent creation is essential.
(a) The Bible does not allow an evolutionary interpretation.
(b) Science does not observe evolution occurring today.
(c) There is no empirical evidence that evolution took place in the past.
(d) God’s character absolutely forbids evolutionary methods.
(e) God’s purpose for creation, especially mankind, excludes evolution.
We believe that Christians do not need to acquiesce to pressure from evolutionary
proponents. These people are committed to a naturalistic world view which denies
the very existence of a metaphysical dimension to reality. Vast eons of time are
essential to their position because they deny a Creator God, a priori, and attempt to
induce the public to accept their belief system as scientific fact, when in reality it is
unproven speculation and religious dogma. The Biblical position states that the
debate is really tacit proof of fallen mankind’s rebellion against his Creator.
Conservative theologians refer to this anomaly as God’s “consequential wrath,”
which ultimately leads to the “wrath of abandonment” unless the guilty party avails
himself of God’s saving grace. See Psalm 19:1-4; Psa.14:1-4; Isa.5:20-21; Rom.1:18-
32; II Tim. 4:2-4.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation that man was created in the very
image of God; that he exercised his will as a free moral agent and disobeyed God,
thereby sinning and incurring both physical and spiritual death -- which is separation
from God. We believe that all of Adam’s descendents were “in Adam, their Federal
Head,” and are under God’s wrath. All of humanity, except Jesus Christ, are born
with a fallen, sinful nature which justly condemns them to suffer God’s righteous
judgment. All men, therefore, are sinners by nature, by choice, and by God’s
declaration. We’re not sinners because we sin – we sin because we’re sinners.
Gen. 1:24-39; Gen.ch.3; Rom.3:9-31; Rom.5:12-21; Eph.2:1-3; Eph.4:18-19

6} Salvation:

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ lived a perfect and sinless life; that He died
upon the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sin; that He was buried and physically
rose from the grave on the 3rd day according to the Scriptures. By His resurrection He
conquered death and categorically proved that He was God. We teach that salvation
is wholly of God on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed
blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; Eph. 2:8-
10; I Peter 1:18-19; II Cor. 5:21; I Cor.15:3-8; John 1:29; Rom. 5:8-11;Rom.6:23

7}Regeneration:

We believe that regeneration, or new birth, is the supernatural work of the Holy
Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given to those previously dead in
trespasses and sin. It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the
Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God. This occurs when the
repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine
provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of
repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will be
its proper evidence and fruit. John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; John 5:24; I Cor.6:19-20; II
Cor.5:17; I Peter 1:22-25

8} Justification:

We believe that justification is an act of God by which He declares righteous
those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins and confess Him as sovereign
Lord. This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man and involves the
imputation of our sins to Christ and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us. By
this means God is enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in
Jesus.” Rom. 8:33; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Rom.2:4; Rom. 10:9-10; Col.2:13-14; I
Peter 2:24; II Cor.5:21; Rom.3:23-26

9} Sanctification:

We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of
God, we are made partakers of His holiness. Sanctification is a progressive work that
is begun in regeneration and is carried on in the hearts of believers by the power of
the indwelling Holy Spirit. I John 2:29; Rom. 8:1-17; Phil.2:12-13; Rom.6:1-22

10} God’s Electing Grace:

We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God by which, before the
foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates,
saves, and sanctifies. We believe that God’s electing purpose comprehends all of the
means in accordance with the ends and is perfectly consistent with the free agency of
man. Electing grace is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness which
utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, trust, and active obedience. Election
is the foundation of Christian assurance and its effects are apparent in the life style
and fruits of its recipients. Rom.8:28-30; Eph.1:3-14; II Thess.2:13-15; II Peter 1:10-
11; I Peter 1:1-2; II Tim.1:9; Acts 13:46-48: James 1:16-18; John 6:37-44,63-6

11} Perseverance of the Saints:

We teach that those who are genuine believers are kept by the power of God and
will endure to the end. We believe that perseverance is the grand mark of election
and this unbreakable attachment to Christ distinguishes true Christians from
superficial professors. John 10:27-30; I John 2:19; Phil. 1:6; Rom. 5:1-5

12} Eternal Security:

We teach that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and thus are
secure in Christ forever. John 5:24; John 6:37-40; Rom. 5:9-10; Rom. 8:1,31-39;
I Cor.1:4-8; Eph.4:30; Heb.7:25; Heb.13:5; I Peter 1:5; Jude 24

13} Personal Separation:

We believe that it is incumbent upon every Christian to live a life separated from
the world and committed unto God. Our lives are to be dedicated unto Christ and
should reflect a consistent Biblical worldview. We should joyously serve God in such
a manner that we might not bring reproach upon the name of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. Rom.12:1-2; II Cor.6:14-17; I John 2:15-17; I Cor.5:9-13; Titus 2:11-14

14} The Church:

We believe that the Church universal is a living spiritual body of which Christ is
the head and all regenerated people from the day of Pentecost until the rapture are
members. We believe that the visible local Church of Christ is a community of
baptized believers united by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel.
It is the duty of the local Church to observe the ordinances of Christ, to be
governed by His laws, and to exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in it by
His Word. It’s only Scriptural offices are (1) Elders who serve as both Pastor-
Teachers, or Shepherds, of the flock whom God has entrusted to their care; and
Overseers who govern the local assembly; and (2) Deacons, who as co-workers with
the Elders labor together in service to Christ and the fellowship of believers.
We teach the importance of discipleship, mutual accountability of all believers to
each other, as well as the need for discipline of sinning members in accord with the
standards of Scripture. The goal of all discipline is repentance and restoration.
We teach the autonomy of the local Church, free from any external authority or
control, with the right of self government and freedom from interference from any
hierarchy of individuals or organizations.
We believe that the purpose of the church is to glorify God through worship, by
instruction from the Word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances, and advancing
and communicating the Gospel to the entire world. In all of these functions we strive
to exercise our individual spiritual gifts for the benefit of the corporate whole and
build each other up in the Faith as we are enabled by the Holy Spirit. I Cor.1:1-10;
Eph.1:22-23; Eph.2:19-22; I Tim.ch.3; Titus ch.1; Matt.16:15-19; Matt.18:15-20;
Matt.28:19-20; Acts 1:3-5; Acts 2:38-41; Acts 11:15-18; Eph.5:15-33;I Cor.11:17-
34.

15} Spiritual Gifts:

We teach the need of the Church to cooperate with God as He accomplishes His
purpose in the world. To that end, He gives the Church spiritual gifts. First, He
chooses men for the purpose of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. He
also gives unique and special spiritual abilities to each member of the Body of Christ.
We believe there were two kinds of gifts given the early Church; (1) miraculous
sign gifts of healing and revelation, given temporarily during the apostolic era for the
twofold purpose of laying the Church’s foundation and confirming the authenticity of
the apostle’s message. (2) The other kind are referred to as ministering gifts, given to
equip believers to edify each other and reach the world with the saving Gospel of
Christ. With the New Testament cannon now complete there is no longer a need for
special revelation during this Church age. Today, the Scriptures are the sole test of
the authenticity of a person’s message. Confirming gifts of a miraculous nature are
no longer necessary to validate the person or the message. We warn believers not to
be deceived by false teachers or their own emotions. God’s Word affirms that these
sign gifts can be counterfeited by Satan so as to fool even the elect. God may, and
sometimes does, exercise His sovereign authority and choose to miraculously heal
the sick, suffering, and afflicted in answer to the faithful prayers of the saints. We
need to be continuously vigilant not to abrogate or relinquish the absolute authority
of God’s written Word, the Holy Scriptures, to any other agency or source. Eph.4:7-
12; Rom.12:5-8; I Cor.12:4-31; I Peter 4:10-11; Heb.2:3-4; II Cor.12:12; I Cor.13:8-
14:12; Rev.13:13-14; Rom.12:6-8; Luke 18:1-6; James 5:13-16; I John 5:14-15;
Rev.21:18-19.

16} Church Ordinances:

We teach that two ordinances have been committed to the local Church; Baptism
and the Lord’s Supper. Christian Baptism by immersion is the solemn and beautiful
testimony of a believer exhibiting his faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior,
and his union with Christ in death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is also a
sign of fellowship and identification with the visible Body of Christ. Acts2:38-42;
Acts 8:36-39; Rom.6:1-11
We teach that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of
Christ’s death until He comes again, and should always be preceded by a time of
solemn self-examination. We also teach that the elements themselves are only
representative of the body and blood of Christ. The Lord’s Supper is nevertheless an
actual communion with the risen Lord who is uniquely present and fellowshipping
with His blood bought people. I Cor.11:23-32; I Cor.10:16-17; Mark 14:12-26.

17} The Rapture of the Church:

We teach the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven
year tribulation to translate His Church from this earth and, between this event and
His glorious return with His saints, to reward believers according to their works. John
14:1-3; I Thess.4:15-5:11; I Cor.3:11-15; I Cor.15:51-53; II Cor.5:10.

18} Satan:

We teach that Satan is a created angel (whose original designation was Lucifer)
and that he is the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against
his Creator, by taking numerous angels with him in his fall, and by introducing sin
into the human race by his temptation of Eve. Isa.14:12-17; Ezekiel 28: 11-19;
Matt.25:41; Rev.12:1-14; Rev.19:10; Gen.3:1-15.
We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man; the prince
of this world, who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Christ;
and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. All those people who
never receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord will be judged according to their
deeds at the “Great White Throne Judgment” and also cast into the Lake of Fire
where Satan, the Beast and False Prophet will be for all eternity Isa.14:12-17;
Rev.12:9-10; Rom.16:20; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matt.25:41 Rev.20:7-15.

19} The Eternal State:

We teach that after the closing of the millennium, the temporary release of Satan,
and the judgment of unbelievers, the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with
God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved and replaced with a
new earth wherein only righteousness dwells. Following this, the Heavenly City will
come down out of Heaven and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they
will forever enjoy blessed fellowship with God and one another. Our Lord Jesus
Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the Kingdom to
God the Father. The triune God will then reign throughout the entire universe forever
and ever. Amen! II Thess.1:9; Rev.20:1-22; II Peter 3:10; Eph.5:5;Rev. chs.21-22.