GOSPEL LIGHT BAPTIST CHURCH DOCTRINAL STATEMENT


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WE BELIEVE that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, inerrant, infallible, immutable, and remains so in being preserved in the King James Version for the English speaking people, and that it is the supreme and final authority of faith and practice. There are doctrinal differences between the KJV and all newer translations. (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

WE BELIEVE in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in essence while distinct in personality and function. (Exodus 20:2-3; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:7)

 

 WE BELIEVE in God's direct creation of the universe without the use of pre-existent material and apart from any process of evolution whatsoever, as according to the Genesis account. (Genesis 1:1-31; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3)

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin woman, and is true God and true man. (Isaiah 7:14; Mark 6:3; John 1:1, 14; Luke 1:35; Galatians 4:4)

WE BELIEVE in the bodily death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there as our High Priest and Advocate. (Matthew 28:1-7; Acts 1:8-11; 1 Corinthians 15:4-9; Hebrews 4:14-16)

WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is the agent of the New Birth through conviction and regeneration, and that He seals forever and indwells everyone who trusts Christ as Saviour. We also believe that the Holy Spirit fills and empowers believers, and that He distributes Spiritual gifts to all believers. (John 3:5; Romans 8:9 & 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:13 & 13:1-13 Ephesians 1:13 & 2:20 & 4:11-12 & 5:18; Hebrews 2:3- 4)

WE BELIEVE that the modem day charismatic movement, in all of it's forms, is unscriptural. We do believe in the power of God and the fullness of the Holy Spirit, however, this power is not evidenced by speaking in an 'unknown tongue' or any other manifestation of a 'gift.' The Word of God clearly states that, when believers were filled with the Holy Spirit, they spoke the Word of God with boldness. The modem day charismatic movement, which officially began in the early 1900's, sidesteps the very reason for the fullness of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2, when believers were filled with the power of God, they went out into the city, preached the Gospel, went soul winning, and had 3,000 souls saved. (Acts 4:13, 19,31)

WE BELIEVE that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also Spiritual death, which is separation from God. All human beings are born with a sin nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26-27 & 3:1-6; Romans 5:12, 19 & 3:10-13, 23)

WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died as the substitutionary sacrifice for all men. The blood atonement He made is unlimited in it's potential. It is limited only in it's application, effectively saving all those who call upon the name of the Lord in repentance and faith. (Isaiah 53:4-11; John 3:5-8, 16; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:1-2)

WE BELIEVE that all who receive, by faith, the Lord Jesus, are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become the children of God. (John 1:12-13 & 3:3-16; Acts 16:31; Romans 4:5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

WE BELIEVE in the eternal security of the believer, that it is impossible for one who is born into the family of God, ever to be lost, because he is forever kept by the power of God and sealed by the Holy Spirit. (John 10:28-29; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

WE BELIEVE in the 'blessed hope,' the personal, premillennial, pretribulational, and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, when He will gather all believers unto Himself and take them to Heaven. (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-13)

WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of the saved and the unsaved, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in Heaven, and the everlasting punishment of the lost in Hell. (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 21:1-8)

WE BELIEVE that the local church is the agency through which God has chosen to accomplish His work in the world. A New Testament Church is an organized body of believers, immersed upon a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ, having two offices (pastor & deacon), congregational in polity, autonomous in nature, and banded together for work, worship, edification, the observance of ordinances, and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. The local church, under the headship of Christ, is to be free from any external hierarchy and should not associate itself with any ecumenical, charismatic, neo-orthodoxy, new-evangelical, or any other effort which compromises the Truth. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; Romans 16:17; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17 Ephesians 1:22 & 3:10; 1 Timothy 3 & 6:3-5; 1 Peter 5:1-3)

WE BELIEVE that the two ordinances of the local church are Baptism by immersion after salvation, and The Lord's Supper which was instituted by Jesus that we might remember and show forth His death 'till He come.' (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 2:12)