Statement of Faith

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We the members of Green Mountain Bible Church of Island Pond, Vermont, believe the Bible, exclusively and in its entirety, to be our infallible rule of faith and of practice.  In feeling our responsibility to make known the divine message of the Bible, we present the following articles as a statement of those basic truths taught in the Bible which are common to our Christian faith and practice.

 

The Bible:  the Word of God, the sixty-six (66) books of the Old and New Testaments, verbally inspired by God in all parts, and therefore wholly without error as originally given of God.  2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21

The One True God:  existing eternally as three (3) persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Lord Jesus Christ: His preexistence and deity, John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23
His sinless life, Hebrews 4:15
His substitutionary death on the cross, 2 Corinthians 5:21
His bodily resurrection, Luke 24:36-43
His ascension into heaven and present ministry, Hebrews 4:14-16
His coming again, Acts 1:11

Holy Spirit:        His personality, John 16:7-15
His deity, Acts 5:3-4
His work in each believer:
baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration,
1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9.
And filling, Ephesians 5:18
His empowerment for the Christian life and service,  Ephesians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23

Man:     His direct creation in the image of God, Genesis 1: 26-28
His subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death, Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12
His necessity of the new birth for his salvation, John 3:3-5

Satan:  His existence and personality as thegreat adversary of God and His people, Revelation 12:1-10
His judgement, John 12:31
His doom, Revelation 20:10

Salvation:  A complete, eternal and irrevocable salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work.  Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:18-29

The Church:        One true Church, the body and bride of Christ, Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-32
Composed of all true believers of the present age, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
The organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for worldwide gospel witness, eah local church being autonomous but cooperating in fellowship and work, Ephesians 4:11-16

Christian Life:  A life of righteousness, good works, and separation unto God from the evil ways of the world, Romans 12:1-2
manifested by speaking the truth, James 5:12
maintaining the sanctity of the home, Epheians 5:22-6:4
settling differences between Christians in accordance with the Word of God, 1 Corinthians 6:1-8
not engaging in carnal strife but showing a Chris-like attitude toward all men, Romans 12:17-21
exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23
maintaining a life of prayer, Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6
daily reading and study of God’s Word, Psalm 119
when sick, calling for the elders of the church to pray and to anoint with oil in the name of the Lord, James 5:13-18

Ordinances:  The Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are:

  1. Baptism of believers by immersion, Matthew 28:19
  2. The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the communion of the bread and the cup, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Second Coming:  The personal, visible, and imminent return of Christ to remove His Church from earth, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Christ will later descend with the Church to establish His millennial kingdom upon the earth, Revelation 19:11-20:6

Future Life:  The conscious existence of the dead,  Philippians 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31
The resurrection of the body, John 5:28-29
The judgment and reward of believers, Romans 14:10-12; 2 Corinthians 5: 10
The judgment and condemnation of unbelievers, Revelation 20:11-15
The eternal life of the saved, John 3:16
The eternal punishment of the lost, Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15