Mountain Springs Fellowship Bible Church
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Structural Doctrine

 

Salvation is given to those men and women chosen (election and predestination) by God and drawn to Christ by the Holy Spirit.  God’s election of those that will be saved was made without thought to any merit of the individual and was made prior to the creation of the world.  We believe that, owing to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again; and that no degree of reformation however great, no attainments in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take even one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word is absolutely essential to salvation.  Thus it can be said that our justification is wrought solely by the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross as He died in our place (John 6:44; Rom. 5:6-9, 9:10-29; Eph. 1:4-8; Phil. 3:4-9; Col. 1:13-14; Titus 3:5; James 1:18, 1 Pet. 1:18-21).

 
Sanctification.

Every believer is promised positional, progressive, and ultimate sanctification. (Heb. 10:10, 14; John 17:15-17; Eph. 5:26-27; 1 Thes. 4:3, 4; 1 John 3:2, 1 Cor. 6:11)


Assurance.

All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ.  (Rom. 5:1; 1 John 5:13; John 10:27-29; 17:12; 2 Tim. 1:12; Eph. 4:30, John 6:37)

 

Church.

The church is composed of all believers.  It is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and existing in two aspects, universal and local.  The universal church is an elect company of believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body.  Its mission is to witness to its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all nations.  It will be caught up to meet the Lord, after which He will return to set up His Kingdom. The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together in love to worship God with praise and thanksgiving, and to glorify Jesus Christ through an aggressive effort to disciple others by the preaching of the gospel, and the exercise of spiritual gifts.  (Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:24-30; 1 Cor. 12:4-13, 27)


Gifts.

Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities for service, i.e., “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:1-16, 1 Cor. 12:7, 11; 1 Pet. 4:10; Rom 12:1-6)

 

Christian Life.

Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit, which service includes the propagation of the gospel message to the whole world.  There is promised reward in heaven for faithfulness in such service.  (1 Pet. 1:15, 16; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 3:12-17; John 14:1-3)

 

Ordinances.

The Bible sets forth two ordinances, the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism.  The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross, and in expectation of His return.  Water Baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ.  Immersion is the ideal means set forth in Scripture.  (Matt. 28:19, 20; Mark 16:15, 16; Acts 8:12, 36-38, 9:18, 10:47; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

 Angels.

Angels were originally created holy, but now, because of Satan’s rebellion, there is also an unholy angelic kingdom.  (Col. 1:16; Job 38:6, 7; Ps. 148:2-5; Jude 6; Matt. 25:41; Eph. 6:11; 12, 1 Tim. 5:21; Rev. 12:9)

 

Dispensations.

God has revealed different dispensations or stewardships with corresponding rules of life, of which the present dispensation is the stewardship of grace. (Eph. 3:2-6, 9-11; Col. 1:25-27; Rom. 6:14, Heb. 7:18-19)

 

Second Coming.  

The blessed hope of the church is the imminent return of Christ.  The events of the return of Christ take place in the following order:  the rapture of the church, the tribulation, the seconds advent, the establishment of the reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years, and finally the eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved.  (Titus 2:13; 1 Thes. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:4-10; John 14:1-3; Matt. 24:21, 29, 30, 25:31 - 46; Rev. 3:10, 20:1-6; 11-15)