Twin Cities Baptist Church
"ARTICLE 2 - STATEMENT OF FAITH AND COVENANT"



| The Holy Scriptures | The Dispensationalisms | The God Head | The Person of Christ | The Person of the Holy Spirit | Depravity of Man | Salvation | Eternal Security | The Church | Separation |
| The Second Coming | The Eternal State | The Person of Satan |Creation |Civil Government | Human Sexuality |Family Relationships |Divorce and Remarriage |Love |Lawsuits Between Believers |Missions |Giving |

SECTION 2.01 - STATEMENT OF FAITH
The following comprise the Scriptuaral beliefs of this church and its members.

(A)    The Holy Scriptures:

        We believe the Authorized King James Bible (KJB1611) hearafter noted as the King James Bible - old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The King James Bible is inerrant and infallible and, therefore, is the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The King James Bible shall be the official and only Bible used by the church.
    (II Timothy 3:16-17;  II Peter 1:20-21)

(B)    The Dispensationalisms:

        We believe that the King James Bible, interpreted in its natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose.
    (Genesis 1:28; I Corinthians 9:17; II Corinthians 3:9-18; Galations 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24-25, 27; Revelation 20:2-6)

(C)    The God Head:

        We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.
    (Deuteronomy 6:4;   Matthew 28:19;   II Corinthians 13:14;  John 14:10,26)

(D)    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 through His shed blood.
    (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6;   Luke 1:35;   John 1:1-2,14;   II Corinthians 5:19-21;  Galatians 4:4-5;  Philippians 2:5-8;   Hebrews 9:22)

    b.    We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
    (Acts 2:18-36;   Romans 3:24-25;   I Peter 2:24;   Ephesians 1:7;   I Peter 1:3-5)

    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;   I John 2:1-2)

(E)    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 judgement; 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;  Romans 8:9;   I Corinthians 12:12-14;   II Corinthians 3:6;   Ephesians 1:13-14)

    b.    We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
    (Ephesians 1:17-18; 5:18;   I John 2:20, 27)

    c.    We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip the believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry.
    (Romans 12:3-8;   I Corinthians 12:4-11, 28;   Ephesians 4:7-12)

    d.    We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing , were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. Ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing.
    (I Corinthians 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)

(F)    The Total Depravity of Man:

        We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. That man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
    (Genesis 1:26-27;   Romans 3:22-23;   5:12;   6:23;   Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

(G)    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 on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
    (John 1:12;   Ephesians 1:7;   2:8-10;   1 John 1:9;   I Peter 1:18-19)

(H)    Eternal Security of the Believer:

    a.    We believe that all the redeeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
    (John 6:37-40;   10:27-30;   Romans 8:1,38-39;   I Corinthians 1:4-8;   I Peter 1:4-5)

    b.    We believe that 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 give in to the flesh.
    (Romans 13:13-14;   Galatians 5:13;   Titus 2:11-15)

(I)    The Church:

    a.    We believe that the Local Church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons.
    (I Corinthians 12:12-14;   II Corinthians 11:2;   Ephesians 1:22-23;   5:25-27)

    b.    We believe that the establishment and the continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
    (Acts 14:27;   20:17, 28, 32;   I Timothy 3:1-13;   Titus 1:5-11)

    c.    We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control.
    (Acts 13:1-4;   15:19-31;   20:28;   Romans 16:1,4;   I Corinthians 3:9,16;   5:4-7;   13;   I Peter 5:1-4)

    d.    We recognize water baptism (immersion only) and the Lord's Supper as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the for the church in this age.
    (Matthew 28:19-20;   Acts 2:41-42;   Acts 8:18;   8:38;   I Corinthians 11:23-26)

(J)    Separation:

        We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as to not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances.
    (Leviticus 19:28;   Romans 12:1-2;   14:13;   I Corinthians 6:19-20;   II Corinthians 6:14-7:1;  II Timothy 3:1-5;   1 John 2:15-17:   II John 1:9-11)

(K)    The Second Advent of Christ:

        We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, imminent return of Christ, Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will persoally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel.
    (Psalms 89:3-4;   Daniel 2:31-45;   Zechariah 14:4-11;   I Thessalonians 1:10;   4:13-18;   Titus 2:13;   Revelations 3:10;   19:11-16;   20:1-6)

(L)    The Eternal State:

    a.    We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting punishment.
    (John 5:28-29;   11:25-26;   Revelations 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;   II Corinthians 5:8;   Philipians 1:23;   3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17   Revelations 20:4-6)

    c.    We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgement, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire , not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment.
    (Mark 9:43-48;   Luke 16:19-26;   II Thessalonians 1:7-9;   Jude 6-7;   Revelations 20:11-15)

(M)    The Personality of Satan:

        We believe in that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; 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)

(N)    Creation:

        We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24 hour periods. We reject evolution, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin.
    (Genesis 1-2;  Exodus 20:11)

(O)    Civil Government:

        We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting in three basic institutions: 1) the home 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God.
    (Romans 13:1-7;   Ephesians 5:22-24;   Hebrews 13:17;   I Peter 2:13-14)

(P)    Human Sexuality:

        We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, pedophilia and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex.
    (Genesis 2:24;   13;   19:5   26:8-9;   Leviticus 18:1-30;   Romans 1:26-29;   I Corinthians 5:1;   6:9;   I Thessolonians 4:1-8;   Hebrews 13:4) a.    We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman.
    (Genesis 2:24;   Romans 7:2;   I Corinthians 7:10;   Ephesians 5:22-23)

(Q)    Family Relationships:

    a.    We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spifitual functins for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders, pastors, and deacons of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church.
    (Galations 3:28;   Colossians 3:18;   1 Timothy 2:8-15;   3:4-5;   12)

    b.    We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits tot he headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the lord. Parentsare responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consisten lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction.
    (Genesis 1:26-28;   Exodus 20:12;   Deuteronomy 6:4-9;   Psalms 127:3-5;   Proverbs 19:18;   22:15;   23:13-14;   Mark 10:6-12;   1 Corinthians 7:1-6;   Ephesians 5:21-33;   6:1-4;   Colossians 3:18-21;   Hebrews 13:4;   1 Peter 3:1-7)

(R)    Divorce and Remarriage:

        We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication.
    (Malachi 2:14-17;   Matthew 19:3-12;   Romans 7:1-3;   1 Timothy 3:2;   12;   Titus 1:6)

(S)    Love:

        We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward believers, but also toward both those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage sinful actions. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat of the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtraining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions.
    (Leviticus 19:18;   Matthew 5:44-48;   Luke 6:31;   John 13:34-35;   Romans 12:9-10;   17-21;   13:8-10;   Philippians 2:2-4;   2 Timothy 2:24-26;   Titus 3:2;   1 John 3:17-18)

(T)    Lawsuits Between Believers:

        We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe he church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members.
    (1 Corinthians 6:1-8;   Ephesians 4:31-32)

(U)    Missions:

        We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a greatg multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us.
    (Matthew 28:19-20;   Mark 16:15;   Luke 24:46-48;   John 20:21;   Acts 1:8;   2;   Corinthians 5:20)

(V)    Giving:

        We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel.
    (Genesis 14:20;   Proverbs 3:9-10;   Acts 4:34-37;   I Corinthians 16:2;   2 Corinthians 9:6-7;   Galatians 6:6;  Ephesians 4:28;   1 Timothy 5:17-18;   I John 3:17)




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