Statement of Faith
The New Covenant Bible Church Statement of Faith was composed during the church’s
founding in 1984. The founders referred to several sources when they wrote this
document. One underlying source was “The
Abstract of Principles”; a very conservative and helpful document produced
by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1858. You will notice that parts
of our Statement of Faith quote The Abstract of Principles word for word.
The elders of New Covenant Bible Church believe that our Statement of Faith is
an important document and a good document, but not a perfect document. Over the
years we have discovered language that needed updating, Scripture references that
were lacking or imprecise, as well as the occasional phrase or two that needed
correcting or rewording as the Lord sharpened our theological understanding through
His written Word. As such it remains a faithful statement of what we believe Scripture
teaches as well as a work in progress.
1. The Bible
The Scripture of the Old and New Testaments are inspired. The word in the New
Testament for inspired is "God-breathed" (2
Tim. 3:16). The Scriptures came about not by the impulse of man, but through
men being moved by the Holy Spirit to speak from God (2
Pet. 1:21). The Scriptures are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative
rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
2. The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal
attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being (Isa.
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in
and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; to Him all creatures
owe the highest love reverence and obedience (John
Thes. 1:9; Heb.
4. Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator
between God and man, having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin. He
perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation
of sinners. He was buried, rose bodily again the third day, and ascended to His
Father at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercessions for His people.
He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign
of the Universe (Matt.
1:9-11; 2:36; Eph.
1:1-14; 12:24; Rev.
5. Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity whose purpose in
the redemption of man is to convict him of sin, regenerate the repentant unbeliever,
guide the believer into understanding the Holy Scriptures, indwell and give gifts
to believers as He wills; that they may minister as Christ would to men.
1 Cor. 12
2 Cor. 13:14;
1 Peter 4:10-11).
6. The Creation
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the creator of all things. God
the Son and God the Holy Spirit were active in the creation; and God has ordained
that all creation shall ultimately belong to the Son. In the final analysis, acceptance
of the truth of the absolute creation of all things by God is a matter for faith
rather than scientific proof. Genesis 1 is the foundation of any Christian explanation
of creation (Gen.
7. The Fall of Man (Original Sin)
God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin, but, through
the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God and fell from his original
holiness and righteousness; whereby man’s inherent nature is corrupt and
wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they
are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors. Adam was the responsible
head of the human race, thus his sin is imputed to all. We are born fallen creatures,
and we go astray from God from birth (Rom.
3:9-18, 23; 5:12-19; 1
Cor. 15:22, 45-49; Ps
14:3; 58:3; Isa.
Sin is basically disobedience and rebellion against God. Arising from the corruption
of the human heart, it is the cause for our deserving God's wrath. Sin is man's
greatest problem (1
John 3:4; 5:10,
Sam. 15:23; Isa.
The deliverance from the power and dominion of sin, and of this, Jesus Christ
is the author (Matt.
4:12; 16:31; 17:30; Heb.
2:10; 5:9; 7:25; 9:14).
It is freely offered to all men, but is conditioned upon repentance and faith in
2:8-9). Salvation proceeds from the love of God to a sinful humanity and a
lost world through Jesus Christ. We believe in the saving power of the Blood of
Jesus Christ and His imputed righteousness to all who believe on Him with faith.
We believe that the terms of salvation are repentance toward God for sin, and a
personal, heartfelt faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which results in salvation
of the person. This salvation is entirely by grace of our Lord and not of works.
Works are excluded except as a fruit of salvation ( Rom.
4:1-9; 10:9-10; Eph.
10. Perseverance of the Saints
It is the duty and privilege of a Christian to continue steadfastly in obedience
and fidelity to Christ, this is not in order to inherit eternal life, but to demonstrate
love and gratitude to Christ for His great salvation (1 Cor. 15:58; 1 Pet. 1:10;
Rev. 3:2). The Christian's fidelity and obedience will be rewarded at the judgment
seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). Salvation is not affected by lack of human faithfulness
but rewards are. If getting to Heaven depended upon human faithfulness or human
merit in any degree, no human being would ever get there or claim merit for entrance.
Christ will abundantly reward faithfulness in His redeemed children, but He can
never accept their faithfulness as merit for salvation. A true Christian may backslide
by losing his spiritual vitality through deliberate disobedience to the Lord. However,
through realization, confession and repentance, the believer receives forgiveness
and renewed fellowship with Christ and His Church (I John 1:7-9). For that individual,
however, who has professed salvation and has shown all the outward signs of faith
in Christ and obedience to Him, then loses all interest and even becomes hostile
to Christ and His claims, persisting in sin and sinning willfully knowing the truth
as it is in Christ and putting to shame the Church, the Word was never grounded
or accepted in that heart to the point that it grew and flourished unto salvation
(Jer. 3:6-14; Hos. 11:7-12; 1 Jn. 2:19, 24; Mark 4:3-8; Matt. 7:21-23; Rom 9:6-8).
This is why we must diligently use the means of grace appointed of God to preserve
us in the watchful and steadfast spirit (Matt. 24:13; 1 Cor. 15:58; 2 Pet. 1:10;
Rev. 3:2-3; Eph. 6:13-18; Phil. 2:1-2; Heb. 5:12-14; 6:1).
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit who quickens the
dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly
to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature so that they love
and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone. Believers
should seek, as the early disciples did, to practice the separated life from the
world and unto Jesus Christ, and to set standards of conduct which shall exalt
our Lord and His church (Titus 3:5).
The atonement is the covering over of sin. In Heb. 2:17; Rom. 3:25; 1 Jn 2:2;
1 Jn 4:10; Matt. 20:23; Mk. 10:30; Lk.2:38; Heb. 9:12 and other passages the doctrine
is taught that Christ died to effect reconciliation between God and man and to
redeem or ransom men from the penalties and dominion of their sins.. The Scriptures
reveal the Atonement to us as an accomplished and completed fact (Heb. 9:13-28).
They represent this fact as necessary to human salvation (Lk. 24:40-46,47; Acts
4:12). The death of Jesus was indispensable (John 3:14-15). In the Atoning death
of Christ was exhibited not only the holy wrath of God against sin, but quite as
much the love of God toward sinful men (Rom. 3:25-26; Rom. 5:6-8; 2 Cor. 5:14-15).
However the universality of Atonement does not lead to universal salvation.. The
great offer of salvation may be, and often is rejected, and when the rejection
is final, the Atonement avails nothing for the sinner (Mk. 16:16; John 3:36; Heb.
10:26-29). The Atonement is the actual objective ground of forgiveness of sins
and acceptance with God for all penitent believers (Jn. 3:16; Acts 2:38; Eph. 1:7;
Repentance is an evangelical grace wherein a person being by the Holy spirit
made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it with godly
sorrow, detestation of it and self abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk
with God so as to please Him in all things (Acts 17:30; Luke 13:3-5; 15:11-32;
Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38; 2 Pet. 3:9).
Faith, even saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is
revealed in His word concerning Christ, accepting and resting upon Him alone for
justification, sanctification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the
Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life
of holiness (Rom. 5:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:7; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 2:8; Heb. 12:2).
Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in
Christ, from all sin through the sanctification that Christ has made, not for anything
wrought in them or done by them, but on account of the obedience and satisfaction
of Christ; they receiving and resting on Him, and His righteousness by faith (Rom.
3:34; 5:1; 4:25; 8:30; 10:10; Gal. 2:16; 3:24).
While holiness refers to the sate or condition of Godliness, sanctification describes
the act or process by which persons or things are made to partake of this quality.
The work of sanctification includes both the human act of consecration and the
divine act of cleansing and hallowing. The new birth is not identical with sanctification.
The new birth is an instantaneous act; sanctification has a progressive aspect,
initiated by regeneration, carried forward by the Holy Spirit and continued until
glorification as a process of spiritual maturation. In sanctification, God's will
is that sinful attitudes and actions should be put to death in the Christian's
life, his nature and character renewed after the image of God in Christ, and his
obedience to God increased so that he lives to please God. All these things take
place through the power and help of the Holy Spirit as He fills the Believer (1
Cor. 12:13; Heb. 12:14; 13:12-16; 1 Thes. 5:23; Phil. 3:21; Eph. 4:23-24).
17. The Church
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples,
and in Him is vested supremely all power for its government. The Church of the
Lord Jesus Christ is the Body of Believers who have been baptized in the name of
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who are under recognized, delegated authorities,
and who assemble to worship, carry forth the Great Commission and minister as the
Holy Spirit leads (1 Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 5:23-27; 1 Tim. 3:15).
Water baptism is an act of obedient discipleship, appointed by Christ, administered
in the name of the Trinity, which symbolizes repentance, faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ, the confession of His Lordship, admittance into the family of God, entry
into all the benefits of His death and resurrection and the desire to live a new
life through the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:4; Eph. 4:5; Col. 2:12).
19. The Lord's Supper
The Christian sacrament of the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ Himself
(Matt. 26:26-28; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:17-20). In the Gospel accounts the bread
is His Body and the wine is His Blood, the blood of the new covenant shed for the
remission of sins. In I Cor. 11:23-26 it is made clear that both the partaking
of the broken bread and the drinking of the wine are for a remembrance. But not
only a remembrance, the sacramental meal of the bread and wine becomes a continuing
symbol of the Blood and Body of Christ. It looks both ways, to the past in remembrance
and to the future in anticipation. The concept of "closed communion",
a practice which admits only the enrolled members of a particular group, is foreign
to both the spirit and practice of the Christian Church.
20. The Lord's Day
The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance and should be
employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.
21. Evangelism & Missions
The church must have a true deep and real passion for lost souls and make every
effort to bring every person into a personal salvation relationship with Jesus
Christ (Lk. 4:18-19). We are to see ourselves as workers together with God, understanding
what is His work in bringing a person to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and what
is our part. We are to make disciples of all nations. The Bible presents many motives
for supporting and engaging in missionary work, prominent among which are concern
for God's glory, obedience to our Lord's commission, the desperate need of men
without Christ, the adequacy and purpose of the Atonement and the coming again
of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19-30; Acts 1:8). We are to support missionary
work wholeheartedly and generously, by finance and prayer, as part of our worship
of God (1 Thes. 2:8; 1 Cor. 9:4-14; Heb. 13:16; Phil. 4:15; Acts 13:2).
There should be no question but that God is the Owner of Heaven and earth (Gen.
14:19). In order that we might remember that God is the Owner; He has ordained
adoration, praise, worship and the offering of gifts. God desires that each one
of His children should learn the meaning of stewardship. A steward is one handles
the wealth or possessions of One greater and richer than the steward Himself. God
is the Creator and rightful Owner of all material wealth in the universe. He allows
man to gather some about him for his use in this world, yet He does not intend
that man should allow his affections to go out to these things in such a way that
the person forgets his Maker. God demands a stewardship of time and life, but He
also demands it of material possessions as well.
23. The Tithe and Offerings
The basic Biblical provision in stewardship is the paying of tithes, or a tenth
of the increase one receives (Gen.14:20; 28:22). God commanded that the tithe be
regarded as holy (Lev. 27:30). Tithing became the touchstone of stewardship and
blessing in the Old Testament. The principle of giving has not been rescinded in
the New Testament, and it presupposes that our giving will often more than equal
the tithe because of the inward compulsion of the Holy Spirit moving us to respond
to the generosity of God with similar generosity (2 Cor. 9:7-13; Eph. 4:28). This
is God's plan of finance for His work and we believe that it is a joy for His children
to acknowledge His Lordship in this manner (2 Cor. 8:7-9).
God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually
upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events, yet so as not in any
wise to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility
of intelligent creatures.
Election means first, that God is sovereign, free to do whatever He chooses to
do, and secondly that salvation is by His grace and Power alone. Scripture teaches
that believers are saved by the Power of God through faith. Scripture also teaches
that God has foreordained that believers will be saved. Scripture does not suggest
however, that He similarly foreordains some to damnation (Ryrie). Man's true destiny
is to be conformed "To the image of His Son," (Rom. 8:29) but only those
who respond in faith to the gospel call are among the elect. The elect, so defined,
are predestined to be saved, and not by their own efforts, but by the power of
26. The Rapture
We believe that the Lord Jesus will come again; that we who are alive at His
coming shall not precede those that are asleep in Christ Jesus but that we shall
be caught up with the risen saints to meet the Lord in the air, so that we shall
ever be with the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:51; 1 Thes. 4:13-18).
27. The Second Coming
Christ's glory will be seen, and the resurrection of the dead and the transformation
of all believers will take place. The judgment will follow, with the final division
of all men and women, either to being with Christ forever or to suffering the punishment
of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord. The end of
all things as wee know them will come, and the Father will be glorified in it all
(Matt. 25:31; Mk. 13:26; Rev. 1:7; Phil. 3:21; 2:9-11; Lk. 12:4-48; 1 Cor.
28. The Judgment
Christ will be the Judge and all will appear before Him. The perfect justice
of God and the undeniable guilt of all men and women will be plain beyond dispute.
Those justified through faith in Christ will be acquitted from the guilt of sin
and will receive rewards according to their faithfulness; the unbelieving will
receive their final condemnation (Heb. 9:27; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:16; 5:1).
29. Resurrection of the Body
All will rise from the dead, believers to the resurrection of life, and unbelievers
to the resurrection to judgment. Christ's resurrection will be the pattern of the
believer's. This will be a bodily resurrection (1 Cor. 15:23; 12-13; Jn. 5:28-29;
Jn. 6:40; Lk. 24:39-43; Jn. 14:1-6; Rom. 8:34).