I. Concerning the Scriptures
We believe that the Scriptures of Old & New Testament as originally written were both verbally and plenary inspired and were the product of Spirit-controlled men and are, therefore, wholly without error. We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God’s will for man and is our only rule of life and practice.
II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:19-21
II. Concerning the True God
We believe in one God, the Creator of heaven and earth, manifesting Himself in three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory and executing distinct and harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Exodus 20:2, 3, I Corinthians 8:6
III. Concerning the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person possessing all the attributes of personality and of deity.
He is equal with the Father and with the Son and is of the same nature. His relation to the unbelieving world is that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. His work among believers is that He baptizes into Christ, seals, indwells, infills, guides, and teaches them the ways of righteousness. We believe that there is a distinction between the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. There is, therefore, a new and unique work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the Body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit endues men with gifts upon conversion; however, this school stands strongly opposed to the “second work of grace” and the charismatic emphasis upon healing and speaking in tongues.
John 14: 16, 17, 26, Hebrews 9:14, Acts 1:5
John 7:39, Ephesians 1:13-14, I Corinthians 12:13
IV. Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe that that the Lord Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary;
He is very God of very God, being “God manifest in the flesh”; He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death He made full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not a martyr’s death, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place. He rose again from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into heaven. He is coming again to rapture His saints, and to set up the throne of David and establish His Kingdom. His coming is imminent and will be personal, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial.
Isaiah 7:14, Acts 15:16, John 14:3
John 1:1, Matthew 1:18-25, I Thessalonians 4:16
I Peter 3:18, I Peter 2:22, II Thessalonians 2:6-8
V. Concerning Man
We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created by a direct act of God and not from any previously existing form of life. By voluntary transgression he fell from his state of innocence, in consequence of which all men are now sinners by nature and by choice, being utterly devoid of that holiness required by law, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 53:6
Romans 5:12-19, Romans 3:23
VI. Concerning Salvation
We believe the Scriptures teach that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly of grace through the mediatorial work of the Son of God; it is wholly apart from works and is upon the sloe condition of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that in order to be saved the sinner must be born again, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God’s Word and becoming the recipient of a new nature; that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, which includes both pardon of sin and the imputation of divine righteousness solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; that having exercised personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the believer is completely justified and is in the possession of a salvation which is eternally secure.
Ephesians 2:8-10, John 3:3-6, I Peter 1:18-23
II Peter 1:4, Acts 13:39, Hebrews 4:2
John 10:28, 29
VII. Concerning the Church
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church of Jesus Christ was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects: the local church and the “church which is his body.” The local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its scriptural officers are pastors, sometimes called bishops or elders, and deacons; whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. The “church which is His body” is the entire company of believers in Christ, whether Jew or Gentile, regardless of denominational affiliation and present position in heaven or on earth.
Matthew 28:19,20, Acts 2:41, 42, Ephesians 1:22-23
Titus 1, Hebrews 12:23
VIII. Concerning Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his identification with the crucified, buried, risen Saviour; thus illustrating the believer’s death to sin and his resurrection to a new life;
That it is pre-requisite to membership and privileges in a local church. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39, I Corinthians 11:23-28, Romans 6:3-5
IX. Concerning the Eternal State
We believe the Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. All those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in full enjoyment of God’s presence and those who through impenitence and unbelief refuse to accept God’s offer of mercy will spend eternity in everlasting punishment.
Psalm 16:11, John 14:2
Matthew 25:46, John 5:28, 29
X. Concerning Satan
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a personal devil who is “the god of this age,” “the prince of the power of the air,” who is full of all subtlety, who seeks continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare the sons of men, and who was conquered by Christ on the cross and is condemned to everlasting punishment.
Ephesian 2:2, II Corinthians 4:4, II Corinthians 11:13-15
Revelation 12:9, Hebrews 2:14
XI. Concerning Christian Life
We believe the Scriptures teach that every believer, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, should walk in Christian love and holiness, exhibiting qualities of honesty, integrity, forgiveness, loving-kindness and spirituality. We further believe that any achievement in these characteristics will be evidenced by sincere humility and genuine zeal for the advancement of the cause of Christ.
II Corinthians 7:1, Ephesians 5:1, 2, I Peter 5:5, 6
I Thessalonians 4:7, Ephesians 5: 7-10, Proverbs 15:33
Philippians 4:8, Ephesians 5:15-20, Galatians 5:22-25
XII. Concerning Biblical Separation
We believe the Scriptures teach that the believer should be separated unto God from the world and from the apostasy as exemplified in ecclesiastical organizations such as the National and World Councils of Churches. This doctrine is based upon God’s eternal principle of division between truth and error and His specific command to be separate from unbelievers and disobedient brethren. This truth is to be practiced with an attitude of devotion, humility, compassion, and yet with conviction, to create the proper condition and atmosphere for the main objective, i.e the salvation of the lost through the gospel of God. The 20th century emphasis of ecumenical evangelism which involves apostates and evangelicals is denounced by DBBI.
Matthew 10:34-39, II Corinthians 11:4, I Timothy 6:3-6
II John 9-11, II Corinthians 6:14, II Timothy 2:16-18
Galatians 1:8,9, Matthew 18:15, Romans 16:17
I Corinthians 5:7-13