*Adapted from Dallas Theological Seminary’s Belief Statement.
- We believe that all “Scripture is given by inspiration of God.”
- We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the Scriptures as appeared in the original manuscripts.
- We believe that the whole Bible in the originals is therefore without error. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction. (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 2:13, 10:11; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21).
- Jesus came to manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world.
- We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ and not according to any measure of human works, such as confession, baptism, prayer, or faithful service (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36; Rom. 1:16-17; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:8-9.
- When an unsaved person exercises faith in Christ that person becomes saved
- Believers every spiritual blessing and is absolutely complete in Christ, and is therefore in no way required by God to seek a so-called “second blessing,” or a “second work of grace” (John 5:24; 17:23; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; Eph. 1:3; Col. 2:10; 1 John 4:17; 5:11-12).
- We believe that all true believers everywhere, once saved shall be kept saved forever.
- however, that God is a holy and righteous Father and that, since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will, when they persistently sin, chasten them and correct them in infinite love; but having undertaken to save them will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son (John 5:24; 10:28; 13:1; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 6:19; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 5:13; Jude 24).
- We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
- These three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage and obedience. (Matthew 28:18-19; John 1:1; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6).
- We believe that the Holy Spirit, the took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost according to the divine promise,
- The Spirit dwells in every believer, and by His baptism unites all to Christ in one body, and that He, as the Indwelling One, is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19; Eph. 2:22; 4:30; 5:18).
- Jesus became a perfect man, but sinless throughout His life; yet He retained His absolute deity, being at the same time very God and very man (Luke 2:40; John 1:1-2; Phil.2:5-8).
- He was willingly crucified for our sins so we could be made holy (John 1:11; Acts 2:22-24; 1 Tim. 2:6, John 1:29; Rom. 3:25-26; 2 Cor. 5:14; Heb. 10:5-14; 1 Pet. 3:18).
- He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died, and that His resurrection body is the pattern of that body which ultimately will be given to all believers (John 20:20; Phil 3:20-21)
- We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God
- That he fell through sin, and, as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life, and that he became subject to the power of the devil.
- This spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man (Gen. 1:26; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 5:6; 1 John 3:8.
- We are called with a holy calling, to walk not fulfill our human desires, but after the Spirit (Rom. 6:11-13; 8:2, 4, 12-13; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 2:1-10)
- The spirit gives all believers a specific spiritual gift
- Everyone is called to his own divinely appointed service as the Spirit may will (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Eph. 4:11).
- We believe that rewards are promised according to the faithfulness of each believer in his service for his Lord, and that these rewards will be bestowed at the judgment seat of Christ after He comes to receive His own to Himself (1 Cor. 3:9-15; 9:18-27; 2 Cor. 5:10).
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only sacraments and ordinances of the church and that they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age.
(Matt. 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 1 Cor. 11:26)
- Christ will rapture his people (Dan. 9:27; Rev. 6:1-19:21).
- When Christ returns he will
- bind Satan and place him in the abyss
- restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God’s covenant promises
- Bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (Matt. 24:15-25:46; Rev. 20:1-3).
- We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels
- “Lucifer, son of the morning” – the highest in rank – sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan;
- A great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall, some of whom became demons and are active as his agents and associates in the execution of his unholy purposes, while others who fell are “reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”
(Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; 1 Tim. 3:6; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6).