Summary of Bible Doctrines


The Bible
The Scripture consists of the Old and New Testaments as written by "holy men of old" under the inspiration of God in the person of the Holy Spirit, that it is complete and inerrant in the autographs and is preserved by God for man today. The canon of Scripture is closed and may not be added to or taken away from without incurring the judgement of God. The Bible is the sole rule for faith and practice of the believer.

God
That He is one entity in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each having distinct characteristics and yet complete in one. Chief among God's attributes is His holiness. Jesus Christ the Son created the universe in a literal six days by His direct act. He came to earth as the promised Messiah, born of a virgin and took upon Himself human flesh, in order that He could be offered up as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world by His sinless life, His atoning death on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead, and that all who will receive His free gift of salvation can live forever with Him. The Holy Spirit indwells the believer at the time of salvation as God's gift of a Comforter. It is the work of the Holy Spirit, not to speak of Himself, but to point men to Christ.

Man
Man is born in sin, a child of Adam. He is completely dead in his sins, without any redeeming moral personal value and without spiritual life. His only hope lies in acceptance of God's free gift of salvation. He must be drawn to that gift through the work and person of the Holy Spirit. For the man who accepts the free gift of eternal life by faith in Jesus Christ, he is then allowed by the God's grace to serve his Lord by proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost and in building up the body of Christ.

The Church
There are two aspects of the church. The visible church is made up of members of local church bodies who profess salvation. The invisible church is the body of all those who have truly accepted the gift of salvation throughout the ages. God will judge those that are His. The scripture teaches that many who profess salvation and as such claim to be members in the invisible (or true) church are nothing but thieves or robbers. Jesus Christ is the head of the church. True believers, the saints, have direct access to God through the mediator Jesus Christ.

The Church and End Times
Believers are told to wait expectantly for the imminent return of Christ and the Rapture of the church, which will be the resurrection of the dead saints and translation of living believers. The world will face a period of tribulation and the Great Tribulation during a seven year period prior to Christ's Second Coming in Power and Glory. All men will one day stand in Judgement before God: the believer before the Judgement Seat of Christ, to give account of their lives prior to the 1000 year (or Millenial) reign of Christ on earth; and ultimately the unbeliever to stand before the Great White Throne Judgement to receive the condemnation of God and eternal punishment.


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