Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith
From the time of the Apostles to today, Christians have laid out doctrine (beliefs) in brief, definitive statements.  As those who know God, we believe it is necessary to set forth a concise fashion the cornerstone truths of our church as guided by Scripture.  Our Statement of Faith summarizes essential Christian beliefs, shows unity in Christ, and guards the church from error.

All who join PBC are required to affirm the PBC Statement of Faith.  Once we as members agree to the statement, we are responsible for believing and living in accordance with it.

  1.  The Scriptures
             We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.(1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; I Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:18-19)
  1.  Of the True God
            We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.(Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 5:3-4; I Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  1.  Of Angels
             We believe in the personal existence of angels who were created by God to bring honor and glory to His name and to serve Him.Those angels who kept their first estate minister to those who are the heirs of salvation.Those angels that did not keep their first estate, fell with Satan and are presently functioning in Satan’s counterfeit system as rulers of darkness, to be resisted by the believer through the armor provided by God.In the end, Satan and the fallen angels will be cast into the lake of fire for all of eternity with the unredeemed.(Luke 1:11-13; Ephesians 6:11-12; I Timothy 4:1-2; Hebrews 1:4; I Peter 1:12; Jude 6; Revelation 20:10)
  1. Of Creation
             We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of the direct, immediate creative acts of the Trinity without any evolutionary process.(Genesis 1,2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2)
  1. Of the Creation and Fall of Man
            We believe that man was created in the image of God, directly by the hand of God.Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Make; but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, by nature and by choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse.(Genesis 1:26-27; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)
  1. Of Jesus Christ
            We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and             born of the virgin Mary as no other man was ever nor can be born of women.  He is God, manifest        in the flesh.  He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious          atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner’s place.       He rose bodily from the dead on the third day and ascended into heaven where He now sits at the   right hand of the Father as our High Priest, interceding and preparing a place for us.  He shall   appear in the air to rapture His saints, and after seven years, shall come again with the saints to    set up the throne of David and establish His millennial kingdom.  (Matthew 1:18-25; 28:6; Luke     1:34-35; John 1:1; 14:3; Acts 15:16; I Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; I Thessalonians 4:16;    Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:25; 12:2; I Peter 2:22; 3:18)
  1. Of the Way of Salvation
            We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the           Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without       sin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for           our sins; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in His   wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is every way qualified to        be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.  In order to be saved one must be born again, which involves personal repentance of sin and personal faith in the work of Christ, his death         and resurrection.  At the moment of salvation, one is then regenerated by the power of the Holy      Spirit.  (John 1:12; 3:3-6; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-10; Hebrews 4:14-15)
  1. Of Justification
            We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is             Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on         principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness   which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed    peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.          (Romans 3:21-26; 5:1)
  1. Of the Freeness of Salvation
            We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the           immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing      prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth, but his own inherent depravity and    voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.       (John 3:18; Romans 1:16; I Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9)
  1. Of the Holy Spirit
            We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person possessing all the attributes of personality and             deity.  He is equal with the Father and the Son.  His relationship to the unbelieving world is that He             convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  He is the agent of the new birth, and His work       among believers includes His sealing, indwelling, filling, guiding, and teaching them the ways of             righteousness.  He provides each believer at least one spiritual gift which is to be used to serve in     the local church for the glory of God.  We believe the sign gifts such as prophecy, speaking in          tongues, interpretation of tongues and healings are not for today.  (John 7:39; 14:16;             16:8-11,           13-14; Romans 8:9, 14, 16-17; I Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:11; Hebrews      9:14;
            I Peter 4:10-11)
  1. Of Sanctification
            We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made             partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is             carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and             Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means – especially the Word of God, self-            examination, self-denial, watchfulness and prayer.  (Philippians 3:10-15; I Thessalonians 3:12-13; 2             Peter 3:18)
  1. Of the Perseverance of Saints
            We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering         attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that      a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through          faith unto salvation. (John 6:37; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:35-39)
  1. Of the Local Church
            We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by    His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are    defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus (Acts 2:41; I Corinthians 1:2; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus         1:5-9)
  1. Of Baptism and Communion
            We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the             Father, and Son and Holy Spirit; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the             crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life;       that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of local church membership.  We believe that communion is a commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded by solemn self-          examination and confession of sin.  The ordinances of baptism and communion must be observed   under the authority of the local church.  (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-41; Romans 6:3-5; I         Corinthians 11:23-28)
  1.  Of the Rapture of the Church
            We believe in the personal, imminent pre-tribulational and pre-millennial appearance of the Lord             Jesus Christ to rapture the redeemed, His church.  (I Corinthians 15:51-51; I Thessalonians 4:13-18;        2 Thessalonians 2:1-2; Titus 2:13; I John 3:2)
  1. Of the Second Coming and the Millennial Reign
            We believe that, after the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of    David and establish His messianic kingdom for 1,000 years on the earth.  During this time the          resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth.  This reign will be        preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan         from the world.  This time of our Lord’s reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace,     righteousness, and long life, and will be brought to an end with the release of Satan.  (Matthew         25:31; Luke 1:31-33; Acts 1:10-11; 2:29-30; Revelation 20:1-7; Daniel 7:17-22; Isaiah 11)
  1. Of Civil Government
            We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed;             except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the       conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.  (Romans 13:1-7)
  1.  Of the Righteous and the Wicked
            We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked;          that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the          Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in unbelief are in His             sight wicked, and under the wrath of God; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.  (Genesis 18:23; Proverbs 14:31; Malachi 3:18; John 8:21; Matthew 25:34-41; romans 6:17-  18; I John 5:19)
  1.  Of the Eternal State
            We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to      judgment and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire.  The souls of the redeemed are, at death,             absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first         resurrection, when the soul and body are reunited to be forever glorified with the Lord.  The souls of the unbelievers after death remain in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when the    soul and body will be reunited.  The will appear before the Great White Throne Judgment and will   be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment with Satan and his angels.          (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:19-26; John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:8, 10; Revelation 20:11-15)