This Statement of Faith is not binding or authoritative, but a summary guideline to remind the church's leaders and our members about what is central to our identity as a church. This statement also is intended as a disclosure to prospective members regarding the doctrinal values of the Belpre Church. We feel that it's only fair to let those considering us as a church home to know what we believe is important.
God is Triune. There is one invisible and immutable God, who is all-present, all-powerful, and all-knowing in all things past, present and future. God eternally exists in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 17:3, Matt. 28:19-20). Each member of the Godhead, while executing distinct but complementary roles in redemptive history, has precisely the same nature, attributes and being, and is equally worthy of the same glory, worship and obedience (John 1:1-5, Acts 5:3-4).
God the Father created all things for His glory according to His own will. He is sovereign over the universe, from creation, through the fall and redemption. (Col. 1:15-20, Rev. 4:11).
God the Son, Jesus Christ, is fully human and fully God (1 Tim. 2:1-6, 1 Tim. 3:16, Acts 4:12). Scripture teaches the deity, virgin birth, perfect humanity, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the sole means of salvation from sin and the sole mediator between God and man (John 1:1-14).
God the Holy Spirit, as fully God, glorifies Jesus Christ in this age and convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:13-18). The Holy Spirit separates sinners for salvation and enlightens them to believe in Christ through the teaching of the gospel (1 Pet. 1:2, John 6:44, Acts 16:14). In salvation, the Holy Spirit regenerates believers and baptizes them into himself and into Christ's body (1 Cor. 12:13). At this point, the Holy Spirit indwells, seals, gifts and empowers the believer for service. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to build up the body of Christ (John 3:1-7, Titus 3:5-7, Acts 2:38, Acts 5:32, Eph. 1:13-14, Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12:4-8, Gal. 5:22-23) but the sign/miraculous gifts of the Spirit were temporary, proving the apostles were God's messengers (2 Cor. 12:12, Mark 16:17-20, Heb. 2:1-4).
The Bible and Man
The Bible, as God's clear, complete and sufficient Word, is our supreme authority for all doctrine, behaviors and ministry. The original autographs of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are verbally and fully inspired as the inerrant Word of God. The Bible is best interpreted by respecting the plain sense of its language, its varied literary types, its historical background and in the light of how biblical revelation gradually unfolds (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:21).
Angels are spirits sent to help those who will inherit salvation (Heb. 1:14). Some of the angelic realm is fallen and in rebellion to God (2 Pet. 2:4). While Satan and other fallen angels can influence believers, practicing believers cannot be demon-possessed.
Man is made in God's image, but has fallen because of sin, in rebellion to God and is helplessly lost (Gen. 1:1-31, Mark 10:6). While God wants all people to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4, Matt. 28:19, Mark 16:15), all mankind has sinned, fallen short of God's glory, is under the condemnation of hell and in need of redemption (Gen. 3:1-6, John 3:16-19, Rom. 1:18-32, Rom. 3:10-19).
Creation occurred when God spoke everything into existence in six consecutive 24-hour days, apart from evolution (Gen. 6:5-6, 8:21, Ps. 51:5, Jer. 13:23, Rom. 3:11-18, Eph. 2:3, Col. 1:20-21).
Sin is any disobedience to God's law and it brings the ultimate penalty of eternal death (1 Pet. 1:18-19, 1 Cor. 15:1-5, Rom. 4:25). All human beings, except Jesus Christ, are sinners by nature and guilty before God as a result of the fall of Adam (Rom. 5:12-21). While we do not believe that man inherits Adam's guilt, we do believe that humanity inherits a sinful nature. We sin because we are sinners by nature (Gen. 6:5-6, Gen. 8:21, Ps. 51:5, Jer. 13:23, Rom. 3:11-18, Eph. 2:3, Col. 1:20-21).
Salvation is by the Triune God who saves sinners by grace alone through faith in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7). The Lord Jesus Christ earned salvation by living a perfect life, dying for our sins and being raised for our justification (1 Pet. 1:18-19, 1 Cor. 15:1-5, Rom. 4:25). Christ's blood was shed for the remission of our sins. Sinners are awakened by the preaching of the gospel and must respond in faith, which must demonstrate itself in obedience to the gospel. Salvation is evidenced through good works that are part of the pursuit of a holy life. We believe that every Christian has the responsibility of making disciples in obedience to Christ's Great Commission.
The Family is built on the lifetime marriage of one man to one woman (Gen. 2:21-25, Matt. 19:4-6). Sexual intimacy is to be confined to marriage alone (Heb. 13:4). Polygamy, homosexuality, bestiality and pedophilia are all perversions of God's design (1 Cor. 6:9-18). Life begins at conception (Ps. 139:13-16, Ps. 127:1-5).
God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility are both taught in Scripture (Deut. 30:15-20, Josh. 24:15, John 3: 16, Rev. 22:17, John 6:37, 6:44, Acts 13:48, Rom. 9:14-18, Eph. 1:3-14, 1 Pet. 1:1-2).
Miracles in the Bible are real, but usually occurred in times of new revelations to prove the spokesmen were God's actual messengers.
The Church includes anyone, anywhere at any time who puts their faith in Jesus Christ. The church is essential to spiritual growth (Acts 2:38-47, Col. 1:18).
Baptism is full immersion upon one's faith and repentance. In baptism, one receives the forgiveness of sins and the Holy Spirit (John 3:23, Acts 8:26-40, Rom. 6:3-5, Acts 2:38-47).
The Lord's Supper is for believers and a memorial of Christ's death til he returns (1 Cor. 11:17-28).
Worship is a lifestyle (Rom. 12:2), but all Christians are to assemble each first day of the week for the public worship of God through song, prayers, the Lord's Supper, preaching and giving (1 Cor. 11:17-24, 1 Cor. 14:26-33, Heb. 10:25).
We Also Affirm
Civil Government is instituted by God to maintain peace and order on earth. It should be obeyed, but never over God (Rom. 13:1-7).
Christ's Future Return will be glorious and personal; visible and audible to all (Rev. 1:7, 1 Thess. 4:15-16); and it will instantly trigger the resurrection of the dead, the destruction of the universe and the eternal judgment (1 Thess. 4:16, 2 Pet. 3:3-7, Matt. 25:31-33).
Adopted January 10, 2016 by the Leadership Team of the Belpre Church