BIBLE GOSPEL CENTER


WHAT WE BELIEVE



The Scriptures

In the Scriptures Inspired, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:15-17; I Thessalonians 2:13; II Peter 1:21)


The God Head

In One True God, Who is the eternally Self Existent and Self Revealed "I AM". He is the Creator of all things and the Redeemer of mankind. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Exodus 3:14; Jeremiah 10:10-12; Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 43:10-11) Revealing Himself as God the Father, God the Son and God Holy Spirit and that He is Sovereign and Absolute in His Authority. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; Colossians 2:9-10; I Chronicles 29:11-12; Psalms 62:11)


The Deity

In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Eternal Son of God, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of a virgin. That He suffered, was crucified, buried and raised from the dead for our complete salvation. (Luke 1:35; John 1:34; 20:31; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Acts 17:2-3; I Corinthians 15:20; Philippians 2:5-11)


Man, His Fall and Redemption

Man was created good and upright without sin; for God said, "Let us make man in Our image, after our likeness." But man, by voluntary transgression against the commandment of God, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God. (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21)


The Salvation of man. That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins. That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. (Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3; John 3:3; Acts 3:19; Romans 5:1; I Peter 1:23; Titus 3:5-7; I John 3:9)


Water Baptism

In baptism in water by immersion as commanded in the scriptures for all who have repented of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This is a personal and public declaration to the world that they identify with Christ in His death and burial and have been raised up with Him in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4; Acts 20:21; Hebrews 10:22) 


Holiness

In Holiness to be the standard of living for the people of God. In Sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the Blood of Christ; through the Word and by the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:75; I Thessalonians 4:7; Hebrews 12:14; Romans 5:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30)


The Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

In the baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire subsequent to a clean heart, and in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. With the baptism comes the endowment of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49,53; John 15:26; Acts 1:4-8; 10:44-46; 19:1-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31)


The Lord's Supper

In the Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements, the bread and the fruit of the vine, a memorial of His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers until He comes. (Luke 22:17-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26)In the Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements, the bread and the fruit of the vine, a memorial of His suffering and death, and a prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined on all believers until He comes. (Luke 22:17-20;

I Corinthians 11:23-26)


The Church

The Church and Its Mission. The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the Will of God in the earth. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and Church of the firstborn, which is written in heaven. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23)


The Ministry

A Divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry as established by the Lord Jesus Christ for a twofold purpose: The evangelization of the world to establish the Kingdom of Heaven in the earth, and the equipping of the Body of Christ for service. (Mark 16:15-20; Ephesians 4:11-13)


Divine Healing

Divine healing, and deliverance from oppression is provided for all in the atonement. (Psalms 103:3; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; Acts 10:38; James 5:14-16; I Peter 2:24)


The Blessed Hope

In the Return of Jesus Christ, the personal and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. There will be a bodily resurrection of all the dead; of the believer to everlasting joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and eternal punishment. (I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 2:1; John 10:38; Acts 24:15; Revelations 20:5-15)


The Leadership of the Holy Spirit

We believe that in all matters concerning the Body of Christ, its direction, discipline, ministry and functioning that specific guidance and instruction, revelation and discernment of truth from falsehood, is available by the leading of the Holy Spirit who enables us to know spiritual things by the Spirit. (Acts 13:1-3; 1 Tim. 1:18; Romans 8:14; 1 Timothy 5:22; John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 5:3). 


Laying on of Hands

Laying on of hands is a biblical practice.  We believe in the Laying on of Hands for Healing (Mark 5:22, 23 and 4:41; Mark 5:28-3 1; Acts 28:8; Acts 19:11-12); Laying on of Hands to confer office (Acts 6:2-6); Laying on of Hands to receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:26-18); Laying on of Hands to believe words spoken, to receive anointing, and to cultivate the anointing (I Timothy 4:14); Laying on of Hands for ordaining and sending forth ministries.  (Acts 13:3). 


Further Revelation

We believe God is continually revealing progressive truth and light to His Church. Therefore, we place no limit on further revelation; however, each must be substantiated according to the Scriptures contained in the biblical canon.