What We Believe

Preface
Redeemer Bible Church is deeply committed to the absolute authority of the Bible.  The holy,  inerrant, and inspired Bible is the only trustworthy standard of what we should believe and how we should live.  Our sole goal is to glorify God and exalting Christ by faithfully proclaiming the truth of His Word so that people can clearly understand it and practically apply it to their lives.  These are the primary doctrines of the Christian faith and they reflect what we believe at Redeemer Bible Church.

The Bible

We believe that the Scriptures are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original manuscripts. We believe in its sole sufficiency and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

The Godhead

We believe in the Holy Trinity, the one living and true God eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; that these three Persons are identical in essence and equal in power and glory; they are sovereign and active in creation, providence, and redemption; they possess the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and are worthy of the same worship, confidence, and obedience. (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 103:19; Isaiah 45:5-7; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19-20; John 1:1-4)

We believe in the essential deity and perfect humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, born of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit; that He came to reveal God to mankind, lived a perfect life, and shed His blood for the sin of the world as the only acceptable, substitutionary sacrifice, satisfying God’s righteous judgments against sin; that He rose from the grave in the very body, though glorified, in which He had been crucified; that He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and that He now appears in the presence of God as the only mediator between God and man until He comes again.  (Matthew 1:18-23; Romans 1:3-4; John 1:14, 18, 20:19-21; Colossians 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:20; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 1:3; 7:25)

We believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person; that He enabled men to write the Scriptures; that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He regenerates those who believe, places them into the Body of Christ, and indwells them permanently, sealing them unto the day of redemption; that as Christ’s representative on earth, He calls out a people for God’s service, empowering and directing them in that service.  (Acts 5:3-4, 15:14; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 12:4-11, 13:8-13; 2 Corinthians 3:17; 2 Pet 1:21; John 16:7-11; Titus 3:5; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 2:1-4)

Man Created & Fallen

We believe the universe and all that is in it, including man, was created by God in six literal days; that man, originally created in the image of God, fell into sin by Adam’s voluntary act of disobedience; that as a consequence of his sin, he lost his spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sin, and that he became subject to the power of the devil and physical death. We also believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race, the God-Man Christ Jesus alone being the only exception; and as a result, every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature that is void of divine life, and is essentially and unchangeably evil, under God’s judgment apart from divine grace.  (Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3, 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6, 36, 5:40, 6:53; Romans 3:10-19, 8:6-7; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Tim 5:6; 1 John 3:8)

Marriage and Gender

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that marriage is sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in the Scripture. Marriage is a covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church, and God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pedophilia, pornography, any attempt to change one’s sex or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God. (Gen. 2:23–24; Romans 1)

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit. He accomplishes this through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner – enabled by the Holy Spirit – responds in faith.  This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.  All the redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever.

Spiritual Life

We believe, as a result of justification, we are set apart to grow in the grace and the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ; to walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. The flesh, in its fallen, Adamic nature, which in this life is never fully eradicated, needs to be kept by the Spirit, constantly in subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest its presence in our lives to the dishonor of our Lord. Although sin is present, Christ promises spiritual growth by the work of the Holy Spirit in connection with the study of and compliance to the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, fellowship, discipline, and prayer.  (Romans 6:11-13, 8:2, 4, 12-13; Galatians 5:16-23; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 2:1-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 1:4-7, 3:5-9)

The Church

We believe that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church, of which Christ is the head.  The purpose of the church is to glorify God by building its members up in faith, by instruction of the word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances, and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world.  The formation of the church, the body of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture.  (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Colossians 1:18); 1 Corinthians 1:2, 11:23-29; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Hebrews 10:24-25, 13:7)

Future Things

We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulational return of Jesus to rapture His church, both dead and living believers, and to reward each individual believer according to his works. We believe that at the end of the Tribulation, the Lord Jesus Christ will bodily return with His saints and they will reign together over the nations for a literal thousand years; after which Satan will be loosed. After the millennial reign, the unbelieving dead will be raised and judged and, together with Satan and his emissaries, cast into the lake of fire to pay for the consequences of their disobedience to God; this is for all eternity, apart from God. Believers, however, will share eternal joy with the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven. (Revelation 20:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 5:9; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; Acts 1:11)

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