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Doctrinal Statement of New Era Bible Church

Scripture

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God breathed (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119:160; I Peter 1:23).

The Godhead

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections (John 1:1-14; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Genesis 1:26; John 14:26).

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, as the true God and true man, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, took upon Himself human form that He might redeem a sinful, lost world and reveal God to man.  We believe Jesus Christ existed before His incarnation.

We believe in His spotless humanity.  We believe in His vicarious death on the cross, His bodily resurrection the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He is now our merciful and faithful High Priest, and advocate with the Father for us (Hebrews 4:14-15, 2:17; Luke 1:26-35; I Corinthians 15:3-4; John 1:1, 14; Romans 5:1-10).

 The Person of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person.  The Holy Spirit is the source and power of all acceptable worship, fellowship, and service, and is our abiding Comforter and Helper, never taking His departure from the believer.  We believe He is ever present to indwell all believers, baptize them into the Body of Christ, and seal them unto the Day of Redemption.  We believe the Holy Spirit is active in regeneration and further infills the believer to be a testimony to the world of God’s grace.  We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-14; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13-14; John 14:16-17; Acts 1:8).

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1-3; Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 5:12).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19; John 3:14-17).

Eternal Security

We believe that all the redeemed once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37, 10:27-29; Romans 8:1-39; Philippians 1:6; I Peter 1:5; I John 5:13).

We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; Colossians 3:5-14)

 Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (II Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; 13:14;  I John 2:15-17; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1).

We believe the modern ecumenical movement violates the teachings of the Scripture (II John 10-11; Jude 16; II Peter 2:1).

We believe the charismatic movement is unscriptural because it misunderstands the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit, how it relates to spiritual gifts and the present dispensation.  We hold therefore, that in light of the absence of any clear Scriptural commands or instructions to speak in tongues, either in public or private, to do so or seek to do so is, in our view, extra-Biblical, unwarranted and possibly dangerous to a believer’s spiritual development (I Corinthians 13:8-10; 14:6-22).

We believe that modern day cults and isms are clearly unscriptural (II John 10-11; II Corinthians 11:13-15; II Timothy 4:2-4; I John 4:2-4).

 The Church

We believe that the Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2).

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1, 4; I Corinthians 3:3, 16; 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4).

We recognize the ordinances of water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as Scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I Corinthians 11:23-26; 1:11-17).

Missions

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19-20).

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (I Corinthians 12:4-11; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-13).

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; I John 5:14-15).

The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and the people of God; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

We further believe that Satan’s emissaries known as demons (fallen angels) do indeed “possess” individuals.  Although believers can be attacked and “influenced” by demons, such “possession” is limited to the unsaved since the Holy Spirit indwells every believer and his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  The exorcising of such demon “possessed” individuals is accomplished by the preaching of the Gospel, which brings salvation and true freedom (Mark 5:1-2; Acts 16:16-18; Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 5:17; John 8:36; I John 4:4).

Rapture

We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to the earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom, following a seven-year period of tribulation (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-9; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thessalonians 1:10).

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; and that leaders of government are to be prayed for and conscientiously honored and obeyed, as long as civil government does not require the dismissal of efforts to further the Gospel or the meeting and teaching of believers as a church (Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:27-29; I Peter 2:13-17).

The Final Judgment

We believe that after death, unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the Millennial Kingdom, when, soul and body reunited, shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Revelation 20:1-15; Luke 16:23-28; II Thessalonians 1:7-9).

Fellowship Covenant

We believe that these doctrines are essential to real Christian fellowship, and that while they do not constitute the entire Scriptures, they compose the main doctrines of the Gospel that this church shall propagate.

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