The Great Doctrines of the Bible
The Old Time Gospel
The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended
as a basis of fellowship among us, that we all speak the same thing, (I Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42).
1. The Scriptures Inspired
The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of 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).
2. The One True God (In Three Persons)
The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self existent "I AM", the Creator of heaven and earth and
the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
- His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:33)
- His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; I Peter 2:22)
- His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38)
- His substitutionary work on the cross (I Corinthians 15:3; II Corinthians 5:21)
- His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; I Corinthians 15:4)
- His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3)
4. The Fall of Man
Man was created good and upright; for God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." However,
man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is
separation from God (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).
5. The Salvation of Man
Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
- Conditions of Salvation. Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the
Lord Jesus Christ, (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10: 13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7)
- The Evidences of Salvation. The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16).
The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness, (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).
6. The Ordinances of the Church
- Baptism in Water. The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and
believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized, (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).
- Holy Communion. The Lord's Supper, consisting of the elements bread and the fruit of the vine is the symbol
expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering
and death (I Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (I Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on
all believers "till He come!"
7. The Baptism in the Holy Ghost
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism
in the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8).
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection,
and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion
of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11; 8:1-2,8; Galatians 2:20; I Peter 1:5).
9. The Church and Its Mission
The Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment
of her Great Commission. In addition the Church is:
- To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19,20)
- To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (I Corinthians 12:13)
- To be a channel of God's purpose to build a Body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son
(Ephesians 4:11-16; I Corinthians 12:28; 14:12)
10. The Ministry
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of
leading the Church in:
- Evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20)
- Worship of God (John 4:23,24)
- Building a Body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11,16).
11. Divine Healing
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement
and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).
12. The Blessed Hope
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are
alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (I Thessalonians
4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 15:51,52).
13. The Millennial Reign of Christ
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the
visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5;
Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-14; 20:1-6).
14. The Final Judgment
There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works.
Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and
the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which bumeth with fire and
brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).
15. The New Heavens and the New Earth
"We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness"
(II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:22).