ARTICLES OF FAITH
The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, infallible and inerrant in the original writings. Therefore they are the basis for our faith and practice, both in public and private life, and they are of supreme and final authority (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three Persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--co-equal in power and glory (Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Matthew 3:16, 17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:2; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 9:14).
- that He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 20:17; 2 Corinthians 11:31).
- that He is an infinite, personal Spirit (John 4:24).
- that He is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love (1 Peter 1:16; Romans 11:33).
- that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men (Ephesians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 1:3).
- that He hears and answers prayer (John 9:31).
- that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 5:24; John 14:6).
- that He is the Father of all who believe (John 1:12, 13).
- that Jesus Christ is God (Isaiah 9:6; John 20:28; Titus 2:13; Matthew 1:23; John 5:18; Colossians 1:15).
- in His pre-incarnate glory with the Father (John 1:1; John 8:58; John 17:5).
- in His equality with the Father and the Holy Spirit (John 10:30; Philippians 2:6).
- that He created all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2).
- that He was made flesh (John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; 1 Timothy 3:16).
- in His conception by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18-20).
- in His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23-25; Luke 1:27).
- in His sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 3:5).
- in His true humanity (Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:14).
- in His miracles (John 2:23; John 4:54).
- in His substitutionary death on the cross (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Mark 10:45; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24).
- that His shed blood is the basis upon which God can righteously forgive human sin (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 9:12, 22; 1 John 1:7).
- in His bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:36-40; 1 Corinthians 15:4, 5, 20).
- in His ascension into heaven (Acts 1:9-11).
- in His present intercession (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).
- in His headship over the church, the spiritual body of believers (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23).
- in His coming to remove the church in what is commonly called the "rapture" (John 14:2, 3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
- in His sole mediatorship (1 Timothy 2:5).
- in His personal and visible return in power and glory (Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7).
- in His millennial reign (Revelation 20:4).
- in His Great White Throne judgment of all who have opposed Him (Revelation 20:11-15).
The Holy Spirit
- that the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3, 4; Hebrews 10:15, 16 (cf. Jeremiah 31:31-34); Acts 28:25-27 (cf. Is. 6:1-13); 2 Corinthians 3:17).
- that He is a Person and not an influence (Romans 8:26, 27; John 14:26; John 16:7-15; Ephesians 4:30).
- that He convicts of sin (John 16:7, 8).
- that He regenerates unbelievers (John 3:5; Titus 3:5).
- that He baptizes believers into Christ and His body (I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27).
- that He indwells the believer from the moment of salvation (I Corinthians 6:19; Romans 8:9).
- that He indwells the church (I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 2:21, 22).
- that He sanctifies (2 Thessalonians 2:13; I Pet. 1:2).
- that He teaches believers (1 Corinthians 2:11-12).
- that He bears witness to the reality of a believer's salvation (Romans 8:16; Ephesians 1:14).
- that He seals (puts Christ's identification upon believers) (Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30).
- that He is our Comforter (John 14:16, 17, 26; John 15:26).
- that He delivers from the power of sin (Romans 8:11-13; Galatians 5:16).
- that He renews believers (Titus 3:5).
- that He leads believers (Romans 8:14).
- that He fills and empowers believers for service (Ephesians 5:18; I Corinthians 12:7-11; Acts 1:8).
- that He bears fruit through the believer (Galatians 5:22, 23).
- that He should not be resisted, insulted, grieved, lied to or quenched (Acts 7:51; Hebrews 10:29; Ephesians 4:30; I Thessalonians 5:19).
- that He intercedes for believers (Romans 8:26, 27).
- that Satan is a person (Ezekiel 28:11-18).
- that before his fall, created by God, he was the anointed cherub (Ezekiel 28:13-15).
- that he fell because of pride (Ezekiel 28:17; I Timothy 3:6).
- that he is the author of sin (Ezekiel 28:14-16).
- that he is also called the devil, god of this world, prince of the power of the air, angel of light, and many other designations (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 12:9).
- that he induced the fall of man (Genesis 3:1-13).
- that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Matthew 4:2-11; Matthew 13:39; I Peter 5:8).
- that he is active in tempting believers to sin (I Thessalonians 3:5; I Corinthians 7:5).
- that he blinds the minds of the lost (2 Corinthians 4:3, 4)
- that he is accountable to God and limited in his activity (Job 1:6-7; Hebrews 2:14).
- that he was judged at the cross (Colossians 2:14, 15; John 12:31; John 16:11).
- that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10).
- that man was created in the image of God and was originally innocent and free from sin (Genesis 1:27, 31; Genesis 3:7; James 3:9).
- that man is constituted of body, soul, and spirit (Genesis 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12).
- that man was made morally responsible to God with the intended purpose of glorifying God and enjoying His fellowship forever (Genesis 2:15-25; Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 4:11).
- that the first woman, Eve, was deceived by Satan, and the first man, Adam, willfully disobeyed God, and they became sinners (Genesis 2:16, 17; Genesis 3:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:14; 2 Corinthians 11:3).
- that as representative of all humanity, Adam thus incurred on himself and all his posterity, by his sin, both physical and spiritual death (Genesis 3:16-19; Romans 5:12, 16-21; 1 Corinthians 15:21).
- that man is by nature a sinner, a slave to sin, spiritually dead and thus by himself cannot receive nor respond to the things of God without the aid of the Father and the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:1; Romans 6:20; 1 Corinthians 2:14; John 6:44).
- that all aspects of man's being have been affected by sin. So being totally depraved, he can produce no righteousness which is acceptable to God (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10-18; Romans 8:7, 8).
- that man cannot save himself by his own good works (Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5; Galatians 2:16; Romans 11:5, 6).
- that man thus stands in need of redemption through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, even the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14).
- that the Lord Jesus Christ died for all our sins and for the sins of the whole world. The “whole world” refers to all of humanity not the world of the elect. (I Corinthians 15:3; I John 2:2).
- that salvation from sin is received as a free gift from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Romans 3:24; 6:23).
- that the condition of receiving this gift is personal faith in the shed blood of Jesus the Christ. This will include repentance (a change of mind about God, self and sin) Placing one’s faith in Christ is a moral responsibility and choice for which he will be eternally responsible to God for. (Romans 3:24, 25; 5:9).
- that through Christ's blood we are cleansed from condemnation of all sin, thus we have acceptance and right standing with God (Titus 3:5; I John 1:7,9; Romans 8:1; Romans 5:1, 2; Ephesians 1:3-14).
- that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are born again by the Spirit of God and become children of God through the new birth (John 1:12; 3:3-7; Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:14-17; John 1:12).
- that all such believers are sanctified (set apart unto God) both instantaneously by virtue of their being in Christ and progressively in spiritual growth (I Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:1; Hebrews 10:10; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:25, 26; I Thessalonians 5:23; II Peter 3:18).
Assurance and Eternal Security
- that a person once saved is kept by the power of God and can never lose his salvation.
- that the assurance and eternal security of the believer is clearly affirmed in the following verses: Ephesians 4:30; John 6:37; Romans 8:28, 29; I Peter 1:5, John 5:24; John 10:28, 29; II Timothy 1:12; John 3:36; Romans 5:8-10; Hebrews 7:25; I John 5:13; Jude 24.
- that the assurance of salvation is not dependent upon our feelings, but upon the authority of God's promises.
- that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:22-32; II Corinthians 11:2) is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age.
- that the church began on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2; compare I Corinthians 12:13 with Matthew 3:11; 16:18; Acts 1:5; 11:15-17) and will be concluded at the rapture of the church (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) at which time the spiritual building will be complete. (Matthew 16:18, Ephesians 2:20-22; I Peter 2:4-7; Romans 11:25).
- that Spirit-baptism is that work of God which began on the day of Pentecost whereby a person is immersed or placed into the Body of Christ the moment he believes on the Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 12:13).
- that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:21-23; 20:17-32; I Timothy 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-11).
- that the local church is a congregation of believers (Acts 2:41), the house of God (Ephesians 2:20-22; I Corinthians 3:16), the assembly of the living God and the pillar and ground of the truth (I Timothy 3:15). Its purpose is to glorify God through the following things: the edification of Christians by the teaching of God's Word (Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 20:26-32), the promotion of godly worship (Colossians 3:5-17), the defense of the faith once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3), and the worldwide proclamation of God's saving grace through the gospel (1 Corinthians 5:11- 21). As it functions according to the Biblical pattern (Ephesians 4:11-16; I Timothy 3:14-16), the living God will manifest His life (John 17:3), His wisdom (Ephesians 3:10), His power (Ephesians 3:20), His truth (I Timothy 3:15), and His glory (Ephesians 3:21) in, through and by means of the church.
- that the officers of the local church are pastors (elders) and deacons. (Philippians 1:1) whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures (Eph. 4:11, 12; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-8; Acts 6:1-7).
- that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations, and that the one and only Head is the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; Colossians 1:18). The local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation with other local churches. On all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will and decision of the local church is final (Acts 20:22).
- that every believer should identify with and consider himself to be responsible to a local assembly that is faithful to the ministry of the Word of God. He should do this as unto the Lord (Romans 13:8; Ephesians 5:21).
- that every believer is to submit to the leadership of the local assembly with which he/she identifies, whether or not he/she is a corporate member (Hebrews 13:17; 1Thessalonians 5:12-13).
- that the church has the inherent right to ordain/appoint to the gospel ministry any man whom it esteems to be qualified (1 Timothy 4:14).
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
- that God is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts (I Corinthians 12:4-11; I Peter 4:10; Hebrews 2:4) and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient today for the equipping of the saints (Ephesians 4:7-16), and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (Hebrews 2:3, 4; I Corinthians 13:8-10; II Corinthians 12:12).
- that God is not giving new and added revelations (through prophecy, dreams, or visions) during this latter phase of the church age because of the all-sufficiency of the written Word of God. God's Word provides the believer with all that he needs to glorify Christ in this life and to walk in a way that is pleasing to Him (John 16:13; Revelation 22:18, 19; II Peter 1:15-21; II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Corinthians 5:7).
- that although the gift of healing is not operative in our day, God does hear and can answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; I John 3:22; 5:14, 15; James 5:14-16).
- that God gives to each believer at least one spiritual gift for ministry within the Body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8).
- that the Scriptures place the greatest emphasis and importance upon the gift of God's life (I John 5:11-12; Romans 6:23) which is the present possession of every believer. Therefore it is our responsibility first and foremost to seek to manifest and exhibit the resurrected life of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Galatians 2:20; 4:19; 5:22, 23; Philippians 1:20, 21) by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; John 16:14).
- that the rapture, the imminent return of Christ for His Bride, the Church, will be pre-tribulational and pre-millennial (I Thessalonians 4:14-17; I Corinthians 15:52; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; Revelation 3:10).
- that the redeemed will be judged immediately after the Rapture, at the Bema (The Judgment Seat of Christ) and given rewards (Romans 14:10, I Corinthians 3:12-15).
- that the souls of the redeemed at death are absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body, are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:1-8, Philippians 1:23; 3:21; Romans 8:22, 23).
- that the bodies of the saved will be resurrected to everlasting conscious blessedness with Christ (Daniel 12:1-2; I Corinthians 15:22, 23; John 14:3; I Corinthians 15:51-54; Revelation 21:4-8).
- that following the rapture, there will be a seven-year period of tribulation in which sinners will be judged and Israel prepared to receive her returning Messiah (Dan 9:24-27; Matt 24:4-26).
- that following the tribulation, Christ will return in glory to set up His millennial Kingdom on earth (Matthew 24:27-30, Zechariah 14:4; Luke 1:33; Revelation 19:11-16).
- that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection when with soul and body reunited, they shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Luke 16:23-25; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).
- that the Lord Jesus Christ will have absolute victory over all the forces of evil, and over every enemy, so that His name will be acknowledged above every name (Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 5:12, 13; 1 Corinthians 15:25).
- that this present earth shall be destroyed, and Christ shall make a new heaven and a new earth which He shall rule with glory (II Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1).
- that the Bible is to be literally interpreted on a consistent basis, that Israel and the church are distinct groups in God’s program and that the glory of God is the governing principle and overall purpose in His dealings with man in every age (1 Corinthians 10:32; Ephesians 1:6,12,14, 3:21; Romans 11:33-36, 16:27; Isaiah 43:7; 1 Timothy 1:17).
- that the extreme teaching known as "hyperdispensationalism" which opposes either the Lord's supper or water baptism as a Scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age must be rejected (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; I Corinthians 11:23-26).
- that the present church is a mystery in which God is visiting the nations to call out a people for His name (Acts 15:14-16; Ephesians 3:1-11; Colossians 1:24-27; Romans 16:25-27).
- that God will fulfill His covenant and kingdom promises to the nation of Israel (Genesis 12:1-3; 15:18-21; Deuteronomy 30:3-10; II Samuel 7:4-17; Jeremiah 31:31-37; 33:15-26).
- that furthermore in every age, regardless of God's distinctive dispensational programs, men have always been saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8; Genesis 15:6; Hebrews 11:4-7).
- that the doctrine of separation is found from Genesis to Revelation.
- that the Christian is primarily separated unto God (1 Thessalonians 1:9). A right concept of separation will also include separation from all that displeases Him (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 John 2:15, 16).
- that the movements of ecumenism, new evangelicalism, ecumenical evangelism, neo-orthodoxy, or the charismatic movement are out of harmony with the Word of God and the official doctrine and position of this church, and are harmful to the work of God. We, as an assembly, will therefore not cooperate with these movements.
We believe that there are two Christian ordinances, which are outward rites appointed by Christ. They are not a means of salvation, but are visible symbols of important spiritual truth.
- that baptism is the public confession of Christ as Savior and Lord, and that immersion is the Scriptural mode (Matthew 28: 19-29).
- that baptism is a symbol of one's union with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, and therefore is to be administered to those who have given evidence of faith in Him as their personal Savior. Baptism has no saving power, but is an outward sign of an accomplished inward work (Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 12:13).
2. The Lord's Supper
- that the Lord's supper should be observed by all believers in obedience to the command "this do in remembrance of Me." It consists of partaking of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, (unfermented) and symbolizes Christ’s broken body and shed blood for the remission of sins and our continual dependence upon Him for our sustenance (1 Corinthians 11:23-29).
- that the union of believers around the Lord's table should be open to all who are in right relationship with the Lord and with one another (Matthew 26:26-31; I Corinthians 10:16, 17, 21).
The name of this organization shall be "Anchor Bible Church Inc.”
Hebrews 6:19– “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”
The purpose of this church is:
- To glorify God in all that we do;
- To work in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles;
- To work in brotherly love and unity for the salvation of souls;
- To edify believers through the teaching of the Word of God;
- To give Biblical instruction to children;
- To spread the Gospel in our local area and throughout the world.