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IBCV Statement of Faith

IBCV embraces the historic and orthodox teachings of the Christian faith as found in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, according to the following statement of faith.

I. The Scriptures

We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Scriptures (both the Old and New Testaments) and that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” We believe that the proper way to interpret the Bible is by using a literal, historical, and grammatical method of interpretation.        2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21

II. God

We believe God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity and is eternal, unchanging all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present, perfectly just, holy, sovereign Ruler and Sustainer of the universe. We believe in one God with three eternal distinctions: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and that they are the same in essence but separate in personalities. Matt 3:16-17; 28:19-20; II Cor 13:14; Hebr 9:14

III. Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Trinity, and is the only begotten eternal Son of God. We believe that when Jesus Christ came to take on the form of man that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin and is fully God and fully man inseparably united in one Person forever. We believe that He lived a sinless life and that He provided the necessary atonement, vicariously, for our sins by the “sacrifice of Himself.” We believe that He died and was buried and that “He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”           John 1:1-2, 10:30, 20:31; Phil 2:6-8; Isa 7:14; Matt 1:22-23; 2 Cor 5:21; Isa 53:4-6; Hebr 9:26; I Cor 15:3-4

IV. Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and indwells every believer at the point of salvation. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment; that He is active in the new birth; that He testifies of Christ; that He seals the believer unto the day of redemption, and that He makes intercession for believers.    (1 Cor 6:19; 13:8-10; 14:22; Rom 8:9, 26; John 15:26, 16:8; Eph 4:30, 5:18; 1 John 1:6-7)

V. Man

We believe that man is the direct creation of God and made in His image. Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind and incurred both physical and spiritual death for all. (Gen 1:26-27; Rom 3:10, 23; 5:12)

VI. Salvation

We believe that salvation is of the Lord on the merit of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation is a free gift that excludes any possible merit on the basis of works. We believe that the two essential doctrines that must be present in every lost person that wants to be saved are faith and repentance. We also believe that once a person has been saved that there is no chance of his ever going to hell and that he is eternally secure in Christ. (Phil 1:6; Rom 3:24- 26; 6:23; 10:9-10; Eph 2:8-9; 2 Tim 1:9; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:38; 16:31; John 3:16, 36; 1 John 5:11-13)

VII. Satan

We believe that Satan was originally created a perfect being. He rebelled against God and as a result he became depraved and is void of truth. We believe that he is the god of this world who has blinded the eyes of those who do not believe and that he is in constant battle against God’s people. Satan has been judged and defeated at the cross and awaits his ultimate doom at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. (Isa 14:13-14; Ezek 28:13-17; John 8:44; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 6:11-12; Rev 20:10)

VIII. Creation

We believe the triune God created the universe, the world, and mankind. (Gen 1:1-2, 2:25; Hebr 11:3; Col 1:16-17)

IX. Heaven

We believe in a literal heaven where Jesus is preparing a place for His believers. We believe that only those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior will be able to enter into heaven.            (John 14:1-2; Matt 7:13-14; Rev 21-22; Rom 3:10, 23; 5:12, 16-19; John 3:1)

X. Hell

We believe that hell is a literal place of judgement created for the devil and those angels who followed him in his rebellion against God in the Lake of Fire. This same final punishment also awaits all unredeemed people who refuse to believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scriptures declare that the torment of all the inhabitants in the Lake of Fire lasts forever.         (Rev 20:10; Matt 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19; Rev 20:11-15)

XI. Church

We believe that the local church is a group of professing believers with Christ as its head and the Holy Spirit as its guide. Jesus commission the church with the responsibility of evangelizing, teaching, and baptizing. The body of Christ is where believers gather to worship the Lord, fellowship and pray together. (Matt 16:18; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Cor 12:12-14; Eph 4:15-16)

XII. Ordinances

We believe that the local church observes two ordinances – baptism and the Lord’s supper. We believe that baptism is a symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, therefore, profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is a prerequisite to baptism. Baptism is an act of obedience that follows salvation; it is not a requirement for salvation. We believe that the Lord’s Supper symbolizes the Lord’s death and should be observed in remembrance of Him by all who have received Christ as their Lord and Savior.    (Matt 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Rom 6:3-6; 1 Cor 11:23-26)