Statement of Faith

Pangasinan Bible Mission
Statement of Faith

1 The Holy Scriptures
We believe the canon of the Holy Scriptures comprised of the 66 distinct books of the Old and New Testaments as God’s completed revelation of Himself to mankind, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed in its entirety (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12, 13).

2 The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – coeternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

3 The Person and Work of Christ
a. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35).
b. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for all mankind as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that the sufficiency of this propitiatory sacrifice to accomplish the redemption and justification of all who trust in Him is assured by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24,25; 4:25; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 2:9; I Peter l:3-5; 2:24; and 2 Peter 2:1).
c. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9,10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; l John 2:1,2).

4 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13,14).
b. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine indwelling teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; 1 John 2:20, 27; Ephesians 5:18).

5 The Complete Hopelessness of Mankind’s Condition
We believe that man was created in the perfection of the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin all mankind fell from this perfection into sin, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; that man is completely hopeless, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

6 Salvation
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed at one specific time in history on a cruel Roman cross for the forgiveness of all of our sins and the removal of all guilt for sin past, present and future (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18, 19).

7 The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
a. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power, sealed by the Holy Spirit as God’s possession, and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38,39; l Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 1:13-14; 1 Peter 1:5).
b. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to satisfy the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:13,14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).

8 The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Romans 6:13; 8:12,13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; l Peter 1:14-16; l John 3:5-9).

9 Separation
a. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God (2Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:13; John 2:15-17; 2 John 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).
b. We believe that sexual intimacy is a wonderful gift of God that is only to be expressed between one man and one woman (as genetically defined), within the love and bonds of marriage (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5; Hebrews 13:4). Therefore, we believe that any other form of sexual intimacy is sin since the Bible calls it both immoral and a perversion of God’s gift (Leviticus 18:1-30; Proverbs 6:32; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).

10 Missions
We believe that it is the heart of God for His chosen out people (believers in the Lord Jesus Christ) to join with His work to reach the nations as witnesses by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture seeking to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all mankind. We believe that Jesus clearly defined the focus of missions to be the work of introducing others into a discipleship relationship with Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:19, 20).

11 The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
a. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12).
b. We believe that the biblical offices of pastor and elder in the church, or their equivalents, are restricted to biblically qualified men (1 Timothy 2:12; 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).
c. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15).

12 The Church
a. We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a worldwide spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
b. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17; 28-32; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
c. We believe in the autonomy of the local church as it is the expression of the spiritual organism of the body of Jesus Christ in this world, fully responsible to and under the authority of its head, Jesus Christ, and led by elders as God gives qualified men to each local church (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1-4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16; 5:4-7; 13; l Peter 5:1-4).
d. We believe the Lord Jesus gave to the church two specific ordinances as expressions of obedience and faithfulness in the lives of believers:
i. Believer’s water baptism is an outward expression of obedience and a public testimony of the spiritual reality of rebirth by the Holy Spirit that has already taken place in the believer. Baptism is practiced by immersion of believers as consistent with the meaning of the word and with the original practice of Jesus and His disciples (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; 18:8).
ii. The Lord’s supper, as instituted by Jesus and further explained by the Apostle Paul, is a time of remembrance of the sacrifice of the Savior and His institution of the “New Covenant” in His blood. The elements used in the Lord’s supper are only symbols and were never intended to be construed to have any greater spiritual significance (Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29).

13 The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a created being in rebellion against God, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11: 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

14 The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His millennial kingdom (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; l Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10).

15 The Eternal State
a. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13).
b. We believe that 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 spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; l Thessalonians 4:16,17).
c. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude vv. 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15).

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