What We Hold Dear

Bible4Grace Gospel Church is determined to be biblically faithful, doctrinally careful, and theologically thorough. While it is difficult to summarize in such a short space everything that we value as precious truth, please find below a summary of the core truths we hold dear. Any church which claims to have “No creed but the Bible”—and then chooses not put into writing exactly what they believe about the Bible—is doomed to follow the unwritten creed of whims and idiosyncrasies coming from its leadership.

The Doctrine of the Scriptures  (Bibliology)

A. The Inspiration of the Bible

B. The Preservation of the Bible

C. The Authority of the Bible

  • The Bible is the supreme, sole, and final authority for the creed (What we believe), character (What we are), and conduct (How we act) of God’s children. The Bible is our one standard of authority (John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:15-17).

D. The Canonicity of the Bible

  • God has completed His special written revelation to man composed of sixty-six books to provide for us an authoritative, self-authenticating record of God’s written rule of faith and practice (Prov. 30:5-6; Rev. 22:18-19).

The Doctrine of God  (Theology Proper)

A. The Existence of God (The Godhead)

  • The Bible declares that there is one God, and that He exists in and of Himself. This one, divine Being consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these three persons consists of the entire essence of God, but the essence of God is not divided among them. In other words, God is one in nature, existing in three persons (Deut. 6:4; Ex. 3:14; Matt. 3:16-17; 2 Cor. 13:14).

B. God the Father

  • The Father is the first person in the Trinity and is fully God. He is self-existent and is neither begotten nor proceeding. As Creator, he is sovereign over the universe, all plants and animals, all nations, the length of a man’s life; and all things are for His glory which He shares with no man (Ex. 3:14; Job 38:4-6; Ps. 104:21; Matt. 6:30; Isa. 48:11).

The Doctrine of Jesus Christ (Christology)

A. His Preincarnation

  • Jesus Christ existed eternally before His bodily incarnation (John 1:1-3; 8:58).

B. His Incarnation

C. His Hypostatic Union

D. His Atonement

  • Jesus Christ came to earth in order to voluntarily die a substitutionary death on the cross for a world of lost sinners. It was the bloody death of Christ on Calvary’s cross which satisfied the sin requirement of a holy God and destroyed the barrier between God and mankind (1 Pet. 2:24; 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:3; Titus 3:5-7).
  • After this, Jesus Christ bodily rose from the dead on the third day (1 Cor. 15:4). Just as He said He would, Jesus Christ bodily ascended up to heaven forty days after His resurrection from the grave. He is sitting at the right hand of God the Father as the Great High Priest of the church (Acts 1:9-11; Heb. 1:3), and intercession for us is Christ’s present work (Rom. 8:34).

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit  (Pneumatology)

A. The Person of the Holy Spirit

  • The Holy Spirit is a divine, real person, just as the Father and the Son are persons. He is not an impersonal force. The Holy Spirit is deity and has the same characteristics as God the Father and the Son (Acts 5:3-4; Matt. 28:19).

B. The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

The Doctrine of Man  (Anthropology)

A. The Origin of Man

  • Man was created by a direct, instantaneous act of God on the sixth (twenty-four hour) day of creation (Gen. 1:26-31). Man was given dominion over God’s creation (Gen. 1:28-31). Man was created in the image of God perfect and without sin. He, like his Creator, possesses intellect, emotion, and will.
  • Scripture teaches that the whole race is descended from one common ancestor (Gen. 2:7; 9:19). Therefore, we all have common parents and have a common nature.

B. The Sin of Man

  • Adam willfully and consciously disobeyed God’s prohibition in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-7). This sinful choice resulted in the fall of mankind (Rom. 5:12).
  • The sin of Adam also has ramifications upon all mankind. Because of it, we all experience physical death and spiritual separation from God (Gen. 3:19; Rom. 3:10-23; 5:12-19). Man is born with a sin nature and is totally depraved (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:10-12; 3:23). Man can only receive a new nature at the new birth (2 Cor. 5:21).

The Doctrine of Sin  (Hamartiology)

A. The Origin of Sin

  • Sin originated with Satan when he rebelled against God in his pride (Isa. 14:12-17); and therefore, he was judged (Ezek. 28:11-19).
  • Sin originated with man in the Garden of Eden when Adam chose to rebel against God’s commandment (Gen. 2:16-17) not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:1-7). This choice brought sin into his life as well as to all mankind (Rom. 5:12).

B. The Definition of Sin

C. The Nature of Sin

The Doctrine of Salvation  (Soteriology)

A. The Need for Salvation

  • The Bible is clear that since man has missed the mark of the glory and righteousness of God because of his sin (Rom. 3:23), that the payment, or wages, for his sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Man is hopelessly lost in his sinful condition (James 4:4), and there is nothing man can do in and of himself to merit or obtain salvation (John 3:5; Isa. 64:6). He is in desperate need of assistance; and God, who is rich in mercy (Eph. 2:4), provided the answer to man’s problem in the form of Jesus Christ’s substitutionary atonement (Rom. 6:23).

B. The Plan for Salvation

  • God chose the believer before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). He did not choose the believer because of something that he did, but according to His own purposes and grace (2 Tim. 1:9).

C. The Way of Salvation

The Doctrine of the Church  (Ecclesiology)

A. The Definition of the Church

  • The “church” literally means “a called out group or assembly.” The Bible has recognized two different aspects of the church. The church is founded on Jesus Christ as the Chief Cornerstone and built upon the foundation of the apostles’ and prophets’ ministry (Matt. 16:16-18; Eph. 2:20). The Lord Jesus Christ operates as the Head of the Church (Eph. 5:23). The Bible is the sole authority for faith and practice for the Church (2 Tim. 3:16).

B. The Ordinances of the Church

  • Baptism is to be by immersion, one time, signifying the believer’s identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:3-4).
  • The Lord’s Table (communion) was instituted by Jesus Christ and is to be observed in commemoration of His death until He comes (1 Cor. 11:25-26).

C. The Ministry of the Church

  • The ministry of the church has as its primary purpose to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31) through the Lord Jesus Christ by balancing faithful evangelism, Biblical instruction, loving fellowship, God-honoring worship, fervent prayer, and the practical equipping of believers to serve God and edify one another.

D. The Separation of the Church

  • Ecclesiastical separation refers to the separation from those groups who deny the faith and doctrines of the Word of God. This separation is designed for the purpose of maintaining a “glorious church” not contaminated by the world (Eph. 5:26-27; 2 Cor. 6:14-18).
  • Personal separation refers to the separation from those who are apostate (2 Cor. 6:14-18), from the works of darkness (Eph. 5:1-17), from fleshly lusts (1 Pet. 2:11), and all appearances of evil (1 Thess. 5:22).

The Doctrine of Last Things  (Eschatology)

  • The next event in God’s prophetic plan is the rapture of the church, or in other words, the return of Christ for His saints. The Scriptures imply that this coming of Christ is imminent (next; impending) (1 Thess. 4:13-17; 1 Cor. 15:52-53). At this time, the Judgment Seat of Christ will occur, where the works of believers are tried for reward or loss (2 Cor. 5:10; Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:10-15).
  • After the rapture will begin the Great Tribulation which is divided into two, three-and-a-half year periods (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 17:1-6).
  • The second stage of Christ’s return occurs when Christ returns with His saints (Rev. 19:11-14). Satan gathers all the armies of the earth together for war against Christ but is crushed by the triumphant King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Rev. 19:15-21).
  • Satan is then bound for one thousand years (Rev. 20:2) and Christ establishes His Millennial Reign, ruling with His saints over all those believes who survive the tribulation. These survivors produce offspring whose number increased as “the sand of the sea” (Rev. 20:8). It is apparent that many of these children remain unconverted, for Satan is then loosed for a little season and gathers them all together for a war against Jerusalem. But they are destroyed by fire from God, and Satan is cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:9-10). Then occurs the Great White Throne Judgment—the judgment of unbelievers (Rev. 20:11-15).
  • Finally, a new heaven and earth are created where the saved of all time shall live forever in the presence of God (Rev. 21:22).