Statement of Faith

The following Statement of Faith is taken directly from Section 1 of the Constitution of Grace Bible Church of Canyon Lake, approved years ago by the deacon board and congregation.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

(A)  The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. (2Tim. 3:16-17; 2Pet 1:20-21)

(B)  Dispensationalism

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man’s responsibility in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose.  Three of these dispensations – the law, the church, and the kingdom – are the subjects of detailed revelation in the Scripture. (Gen. l:28; 1Cor 9:17; 2Cor 3:9-18; Gal 3:13-25; Eph l:l0; 3:2-l0; Col l:24-25,27; Rev 20:2-6).

(C)  The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each coeternal in being, co identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt 28:19; 2Cor. 13:14; John 14:10,26).

(D)  The Person and Work of Christ

   (1)  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke l:35; John l:l-2, 14; 2Cor. 5:19-21; Ga 14:4-5;Phil 2:5-8)

   (2)  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom 3:24-25; 1Peter 2:24; Eph l:17; 1Peter 1:3-5).

(3)  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10: Heb 9:21; 7:25; Rom 8:34; John 2:1-2).

(E) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

   (1)  We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom 8:9; 1Cor 12:12-14; 2Cor 3:6; Eph 1:13-14)

   (2)  We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to he filled with the Spirit (Eph 1:17-18; 5:18; I John 2:20,27)

   (3)  We believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is sovereign in the bestowal of gifts to every believer.  God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Rom 12:3-8; 1Cor 12:4-11; Eph 4:7-12) 

   (4)  Because of the diversity of opinion over the issue of tongues, we do not practice the speaking in tongues in our services. (1Cor 12:4-11;14: 1-6,14-19)

(F) 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 human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen 1:26-27; Rom 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph 2:l-3; 4:17-19).

(G) Salvation

We believe that salvation is the 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 our sins.(John 1:12; Eph 1:7; 2:8-l0; 1Peter 1:18-19)

(H) The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

   (1) We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38-39; 1Cor 1:4-8; 1Pet 1:4-5).

   (2) 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. (Rom 13:13-14; Gal 5:13; Titus 2: 11-15).

 

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