IBBC DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

IBBC DOCTRINAL STATEMENT (2013/14)

All faculty, staff, and students must be in essential agreement with this doctrine.
(Wording may be from several sources.  References are examples only.)

The Bible is the very Word of God.  It was written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, so that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired (2 Tim. 2:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21; 3:16).
 
The only true God eternally exists as three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  God created the world and all that is in it in six literal, twenty-four hour periods as recorded in Genesis.  Evolution cannot be reconciled with the Scriptures (Deut. 6:4; Mt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gen. 1-3).
 
Jesus Christ is eternal.  He became a man with a physical body and was born of the virgin Mary, but remains truly God.  Jesus never sinned, but he died on the cross for the sins of the whole world, shedding his blood for our atonement.  The third day he was resurrected bodily from the grave, and later ascended back to heaven (Jn. 1:1,2,14; 10:30; Isa. 7:14; Mt. 1:20-23; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Acts 1:4-9).
 
The Holy Spirit is God and indwells each believer.  He convicts of sin, regenerates the sinner, and seals the saint forever.  The evidence of being filled with the Spirit is not an emotional, so-called charismatic experience, but a Christ-like life (1 Cor. 6:19; 7:20; Rom. 8:9; Jn. 16:8, 3:5-6; Eph. 4:30; 1 Jn. 1:6-7).
 
Satan is a real being that God created.  He is the father of lies and god of this world.  All unbelievers are under his sway.  He is in rebellion against God and at war with all Christians (Jn. 8:44; Eph. 6:10-18).
 
Man deliberately chose to rebel against God in Eden.  Everyone is born a sinner and is a sinner by choice, so all deserve condemnation (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:10, 23; 6:23).
 
Salvation (how people gain eternal life) is received by believing the gospel: Jesus Christ is God.  He became a man 2,000 years ago.  He died for our sins, and rose the third day.  Those who repent and believe this good news are born again into the family of God forever.  Works and baptism are not required to be saved, and true assurance of the forgiveness of sins is based only on the promises of God in the Bible.  All Christians sin.  Eternal life is not gained or lost by doing works or by not sinning.  Being a child of God by the new birth is the only way to eternal salvation.  Every born again person will have some change in his life (Gen. 3; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 3:10, 23; 6:23; 10:10-13; Acts 2:38; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Jn. 5:13; 2 Cor. 5:17).
 
Heaven is a literal place for truly born again believers.  Hell is a literal place of everlasting conscious punishment for all unbelievers (Jn. 14:1-2, 3:16; Mt. 25:46; Lk.16:19-31).
 
The local church is a group of baptized believers uniting together to glorify Christ and serve Him by fulfilling the Great Commission.  The local church is God’s primary human tool for getting His work done on earth. The church has two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  Any compromising movement (such as neo-orthodoxy or neo-evangelicalism which has believers attempting to fellowship with unbelievers in doing the Lord's work) or doctrines (such as charismatic teachings) must be rejected (Mt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41-47; Jude 1; 1 Tim. 6:12).
 
Baptism is a symbol of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and is an open testimony of the believer's saving faith in Christ.  The Scriptural mode of baptism is immersion.  The Lord's Supper is a memorial to the death of Christ for our sins.  The bread only symbolizes the broken body of Christ and the juice only symbolizes the shed blood of our Savior.  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are commanded for believers, but do not take away sins (Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 11:23-34).
 
In the future, Christ will return bodily to rapture out all believers, living and dead.  This coming is imminent and is a personal meeting in the air (Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thess. 4:14-18).