What does DFBC believe?
The Bible – 66 books given by inspiration (God breathed) of God – not the product of human ingenuity or creativity – every word in the Bible is inspired by God in the original manuscripts, the original manuscripts are w/out error, it is completely accurate in all that it affirms. Scripture is to be interpreted in its literal, grammatical, historical context. That is what we believe in its most basic form about the bible.
God the Father – only one true and living God. There is only one. The God is one essence existing in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Mt.28:19; 2Cor.13:14). God is (in part) sovereign (Ps.115:3), eternal (Is.44:6), all- knowing (Ps.139:4), all-powerful (Job 42:2), holy (Is.6:1-7), unchanging (Mal.3:6), just (Ps.97:2) and loving (1Jn.4:8).
Jesus Christ – Jesus is God in very essence and pre-existed as God in all His glory before His incarnation in time and space (Jn.8:57-58; Phil.2:6-7). Jesus Christ became a man, virgin born (Mt.1:23), to redeem mankind and at that time accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity without violating or detracting from His divine essence (Heb.2:14-15; Phil.2:5-8). Jesus died on a cross for our sin (Jn.10:15; Rom.5:8; 1Pt.2:24), was physically raised from the dead (Rom.1:4; 1Cor.15:16-20), ascended to the Father (Ac.1:9; Rom.8:34), and will return to receive his church (Ac.1:9-11; 1Th.4:13-17).
The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son (Mt.28:19; Ac.5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1Cor.12:4-6; 2 Cor.13:14). The Holy Spirit regenerates the Christian at conversion (Tit.3:5-7; Jn.3:3-8), he places the Christian into the body of Christ at conversion (1Cor.12:13), indwells the Christian at conversion (1Cor.6:19), and is guarantee of the Christian’s redemption (Eph.1:13-14) [this is why you can’t loose your salvation b/c when God gives an engagement ring he never takes it back that is what Eph. 1:13-14 is all about], and leads the Christian on a daily basis as he or she submits to His leadership (Gal.5:16-25; Eph.5:18; Rom.8:14). The Holy Spirit is the Christian’s source of giftedness in ministering to the local church (1Cor.12:7-11).
People – The human race began by the direct and instantaneous creation of God (Gen.1:26-27) (we did not come from slime or monkeys). Men and women are created in God’s image (Gen.1:26-27) and exist to glorify God (Is.43:7). People forfeited their intended fellowship with God (Is.59:2), incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death (Gen.2:16-17; Rom.5:12), became subject to the wrath of God (Jn.3:36), and lost the ability to be independently acceptable to God (Rom.5:6-10) through Adam’s one act of disobedience (Rom.5:12). People exist relationally separated from God and express that sinfulness in a variety of sinful acts (Is.59:2; Rom.3:10-18).
Salvation – (Most important section therefore longer) Salvation of individuals is wholly carried out by God’s grace, based on the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross and is in no way contributed to or accomplished by the merit or work of the individual (Eph.1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pt.1:18-19) (Catholics break justification into 2 part and they say one of them was Christ’s part and the other part of justification is your thing. And justification has two parts to it but scripture doesn’t teach it). Those who repent and put their trust in Jesus as their provision for their sinful condition (Mk.1:15; Lk.24:46-47; Ac.3:19; 11:18; 20:21) are declared righteous by God (Rom.3:21-22; 8:33). From a human perspective one is saved after hearing the message of the gospel (Rom.10:14), being convicted by the Holy Spirit of sin (Jn.16:8-9), mentally turning from sin to God (2 Cor.7:9-11), placing one’s trust in Jesus as the complete and sole payment for sin (Jn.3:14-15). At this point God’s Spirit indwells the individual (Rom.8:9), resulting in new birth (Jn.3:3) which is often referred to as conversion (Mt.18:3; Ac.15:3; Rom.16:5). Each step in the process of salvation is granted by God including repentance and faith (Ac.11:18; Eph.2:8). The converted individual then naturally bears fruit in keeping with the internal transformation that has taken place (2 Cor.5:17; Mt.3:8; 7:17-23; Jn.3:36).
The Church – The universal church is composed of all Christians from Acts 2 to the rapture and is considered the complete body of Christ (Eph.5:22-33; Mt.16:18; Jn.1:12-13). Christians gathered in geographical locations around the world with a biblical purpose (Ac.2:42-47; Phil.3:3; Heb.10:24-25; Ac.1:8), biblical leadership (Tit.1:5; 1 Tim.3; 1Pt.5:1-3), and practicing the biblical ordinances (Mt.28:19; 1Cor.11:23-26) is what the Bible most often refers to as the “church” – that is local churches (1Cor.1:2; Gal.1:2; 1Th.1:1).
The Last Things – All people will be physically resurrected (Ac.24:14-15; 1 Cor.15:22-23), the saved to blessing and reward (2 Cor.4:14), the unsaved to retribution and punishment (Rev.20:13-15; Dan.12:2). God has appointed Jesus to judge the world (Jn.5:22), both Christians, concerning rewards (1 Cor.3:11-15), and non-Christians, concerning punishment (Rev.20:6, 11-15; Mt.8:12; 25:41; Rev.14:10-11; 21:8). Christ will return for his church (Ac.1:11; 1Th.4:16-17). There will be a terrible time of Tribulation (Rev. chaps.4-19). Christ will establish his kingdom (Rev.20:1-9). God will ultimately provide a new heaven and a new earth where the redeemed of God will dwell forever (Rev.21:1-22:5).