What We Believe
Doctrinal Statements of Resurrection Bible Church
1. THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that all sixty-six books of the Scriptures are inspired by God and that in the original writings the Holy Spirit guided the choice of words used while preserving the individual writer's style and vocabulary. We further believe that every portion of Scripture is infallible as to its truth and final as to its divine authority and is to be the center of true Christian unity and the supreme authority and standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
John 5:39; I Cor. 2:13; II Tim. 3:16–17; II Pet. 1:19–21
2. THE GODHEAD
We believe that there is one and only one true living eternal God, the infinite sovereign Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth; glorious in holiness and worthy of all honor, confidence, and love. We further believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God, equal in attributes and nature, executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Deut. 4:35, 6:4; Isa. 46:9; Mark 12:29; John 1:1–4, 10:30, 14:9–12; Luke 3:21–22; I Cor. 8:6; I John 5:7; Jude 20–21; Rev. 1:8, 4:11
3. JESUS CHRIST, GOD THE SON
We believe in the eternal preexistence of Jesus Christ, the unchanging Son of God, and that He came into this world as purposed by the Godhead to fulfill the plan of salvation for a lost world as prophesied in the Scriptures.
We believe that Jesus Christ is divine, and that His Godliness is as firmly established in Scripture as that of the Father and the Holy Spirit. We further believe that, while taking upon Himself a perfect sinless human nature, being born of the virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit, He did not divest Himself of His absolute deity.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as the sinless Lamb of God, voluntarily bore the righteous judgment of a Holy God in becoming sin and dying for all mankind.
We believe that Jesus Christ arose from the dead on the third day in the same physical, but glorified, body.We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest, making intercession for the saints until he gathers His bride, the Church, at the Rapture.
Matt. 1:23; Luke 1:34–35; John 1:1–4, 1:14, 3:16, 3:36, 8:58, 10:17–18, 20:9, 20:17–20; Acts 1:1–3, 1:9; Rom. 6:4, 8:34; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13, 4:4–5; Eph. 1:22–23; Phil. 2:6–7, 3:21; I Thes. 4:16–17; Heb. 2:17, 7:25, 10:5–14, 13:8; I Pet. 2:22, 2:24, 3:18, I John 4:10; Rev. 1:17–18
4. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is divine, and that His Godliness is as firmly established in Scripture as that of the Father and Jesus Christ. We further believe that He was active in creation and is present in all of the plan and work of God with His ministries being specific in each dispensation.
We believe the ministries of the Holy Spirit in this age of grace include, but are not limited to: the restraint of evil, conviction of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit is the Agent in the new birth of one who believes in the Gospel of Christ, and seals them until the day of redemption, thus guaranteeing eternal salvation for the believer. He indwells, directs, teaches, sanctifies, and empowers the believer; and He empowers the believer in their service and witness for Christ.
John 3:5–6, 16:7–15; Acts 1:7–8, 5:3–4, Rom. 8:9–16; I Cor. 12:3–14; Eph. 1:13–14; 1 Pet. 1:12–16
We believe in the literal Biblical account of creation; the universe, Earth, man, and all complexities of living forms were made by direct acts of God in six literal days and on the seventh day He rested.
Gen. 1:1–2:3; John 1:1–4; Col. 1:16
We believe that man was created in the image and after the likeness of God.
We believe that in Adam's willful act of disobedience toward God, he brought spiritual and physical death to man. We further believe that man inherited this sinful nature and is separated from God, corrupt, and an enemy of God. In himself, man is unable to change this lost condition and is under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Gen. 1:26–27, 2:17, 3:1–6; John 3:18; Rom. 1:18, 3:10–18, 5:10–19; Eph. 2:8–9; Col. 1:21
We believe that the only way to salvation is by God's grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His blood and freely gave His life on the cross, was buried, and resurrected on the third day. We further believe that all who accept this finished work of Jesus Christ are born again and their salvation is eternally secure.We believe that this salvation will be fully realized when Christ calls us to Himself—this is the believer's Blessed Hope.
John 3:3, 3:14–16, 3:18, 10:27–30, 14:1–3, 14:6; Acts 4:10–12, 16:31; Rom. 10:9–13; I Cor. 15:51–57; Eph. 2:8–9; I Thes. 4:13–18; Titus 2:13–14; I John 5:11–13
8. THE CHURCH
We believe that the true Church is the Body of Christ, which is composed of all born again believers of this dispensation, (the "Church Age"), who are united to the risen Lord by the one baptism of the Holy Spirit.
I Cor. 12:13, 12:27–28; Eph. 4:4–6
9. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that this dispensation will end at the Rapture, which is when the Lord Jesus Christ descends from heaven, the dead in Christ rise first, and we who are alive are caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. We further believe that this period will be followed by seven years of great tribulation upon the earth, after which the Lord will visibly return with His Church in all power and great glory at His Second Coming.
We believe that the Second Coming will usher in the Lord's millennial reign, during which time Satan will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit. We further believe that God will establish Israel in her own land and give her the realization of His covenant promises.
Deut. 30:1–10; Ezek. 37:21–28; Dan. 9:24–27; Matt. 24:21, 24:29–31, 26:64; Acts 15:16–17; Rom. 11:26–27; I Thes. 1:10, 4:13–17; II Thes. 1:7–10; Rev. 1:7, 20:1–3
We believe that there is no condemnation for the believer and following the Rapture each believer's works will be judged by Christ.
We believe that the unsaved will remain under the condemnation of God and at the Great White Throne Judgment they will be judged and cast into the eternal lake of fire. We further believe that Satan and the fallen angels also will be cast into the lake of fire where they will be tormented forever.
John 3:18; Rom. 8:1, 14:10, 14:12; I Cor. 3:13–15; II Cor. 5:8, 5:10; Jude 6; Rev. 20:10–15