Mountain Springs Fellowship Bible Church
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Doctrine and Distinctive

Having received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we bind ourselves together as a body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and affirm the following statements of doctrine to guide the ministry of this church to glorify God by building up believers and winning unbelievers to Christ. (Eph. 2:10; Col. 3:17; Acts 2:42; Matt. 28:19,20)

 

Foundational Doctrine


 

Section 1.  God.


There is but one true and Living God who is one is essence, existing eternally in three persons: revealed to us as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection yet executing distinct but harmonious offices.  (Gen. 1:1; John 10:30; John 4:24; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)

God the Father

The first person of the Trinity orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace He is the Creator of all things and as the only absolute and omnipotent Rule in the universe. He is sovereign in creation providence and redemption. (Ps. 145:8,9; Eph. 3:9; Ps 103:19)

God the Son.

Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity possesses all the divine excellencies and in these He is coequal, cosubstantial and coeternal with the Father. The Father created through His Son Jesus Christ by whom all things continue in existence and operation. The Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, that He is God incarnate and that His purpose was reveal God, redeem men and rule over God's kingdom. He died physically on the cross, was bodily resurrected three days later, and thereafter bodily ascended to heaven. (John 10:30; John 1:3; Heb. 1:2; Is. 7:14 Matt. 1:23; John 1:1; Ps. 2:7-9; John 1:1;14,18, 5:18; Heb. 1:1-9,5:8; 1 John 5:20; 1 Tim. 2:5;! Cor. 15:1-5)

God the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers in Christ at the point of faith in Christ, and empowers those yielded to God. (Matt28:19; John 3:3-7 Titus 3:5; 1 Cor. 6:19; Rom. 8:9, 1 Cor. 2:12, 12:13; Eph. 4:30; Col. 3:14)

             

             

 

Section 2.  The Scriptures.


Every word in the original writings of the Holy Scriptures is inspired by God and without error.  It is accurate in all matters to which it speaks, spiritual, historical and scientific.


The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

 

 

Section 3.  Man.


Man is created in the image and likeness of God.  In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners.  Men are justly condemned to eternal judgement and can do nothing to merit salvation.
(Rom. 2:2, 3, 5; Eph. 2:8,9; Gen. 1:27, 9:6; Rom. 3:23, 5:12; Eph. 2:1)

 

Section 4.  Salvation.


Salvation is received by faith alone in Christ.  The only means to salvation is belief in Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection, which satisfied the wrath of God against the sin of the individual.  There is an eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and an eternal state of blessing for the saved.  (Acts 4:12; 13:38-39; 16:31; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 4:4-5; 8:28-29; 5:1; John 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9)