BELIEFS (Concise or with Scripture Verses)
STATEMENT OF FAITH (Concise or with Scripture Verses)
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STATEMENT OF FAITH
Canyon Bible Church has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such. We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s love, which is greater than any differences we possess.
The Bible is the Word of God. The Holy Scriptures are inspired by God, (God-breathed), not only in the general sense, but in every word. The Bible is without error and infallible as originally given. Being the written revelation of God, it is the divine, final, and complete authority in all matters pertaining to mankind, salvation, and the church.
(Zechariah 7:12,1 Thessalonians 2:13,2 Timothy 3:16,2 Peter 1:3-4&19-21,Hebrews 4:12-13)
God the Son is Jesus Christ who is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man. As God incarnate, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He therefore lived a sinless life and perfectly fulfilled God’s law, imputing this righteousness to those who believe in Him as their Savior. He glorified God by saving mankind from their sin, taking our sins upon Himself, and dying on the cross under the punishment of God as the atoning sacrifice. Having been raised from the dead, He ascended into heaven and is at the right hand of God where He ever lives to make intercession for His saints. Christ is the only means whereby mankind can be forgiven of their sins and their guilt removed. At the appointed time, He will return bodily in power and glory to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate His redemptive purpose.
(Matthew 5:17,Luke 1:26-33 &
2:6-7,John 1:1-3,5:22-29 &
14:6,Acts 4:12 &
17:31,Romans 3:21-26 &
8:11&34,Ephesians 1:20,Colossians 1:15-18,2 Thessalonians 2:7-10,Hebrews 9:14,1 Peter 2:21-24,1 John 3:5)
God the Holy Spirit is God, possessing all the characteristics and attributes thereof. The work of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to convict men in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate the sinner. The Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body, indwells the believer, and guides the believer into all truth. He instructs and empowers the believer for godly living and service. He is the One who imparts spiritual gifts to the body of believers in Christ as He wills for the edification of the body of believers in Christ and for various works of ministry in the world. These gifts are to be earnestly desired and practiced in love.
(John 14:16-17&26 &
16:7-15,Acts 1:8,1 Corinthians 6:19 &
12:7-13,Titus 3:4-6,1 John 2:27)
Man is both male and female, distinct from all other living creatures, is created in the image of God. Therefore, mankind is of surpassing value before God, this being manifested in the price paid for his redemption, and when created by God was holy and good. Mankind is under God’s authority and is accountable to God for his actions, speech, thoughts, and motives. God chose to justify these elect, and Christ did die for their sins, and rise again for their justification.
(Genesis 1:27,Ecclesiastes 12:13-14,Ezekiel 18:3-24,Luke 2:14,John 3:16,Romans 2:16 &
Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God or His character in act, attitude or nature. Mankind forfeited his original state of righteousness by willfully sinning against God. Beginning with Adam and Eve, all have sinned, bringing death (physical and spiritual) on the human race. God holds mankind accountable to pay the debt of their sins; death. Since mankind’s nature is corrupt, he naturally desires to do what is contrary to God’s will. Mankind is completely incapable of delivering himself, in whole or in part, from either his guilt or corrupt nature. In this condition, mankind is under God’s wrath and is liable to all of the miseries of this life, to death itself and to the pains of hell forever.
(Genesis 3:6 &
8:21,Ezekiel 18:20,Ecclesiastes 12:13-14,Jeremiah 17:9,Matthew 25:46,Romans 3:9-12&19-23,5:12-21,6:23,7:7-13 &
8:6-8,Ephesians 2:1-3,2 Thessalonians 1:8-10)
Salvation is offered to all mankind by God who is sovereign in all things. In eternity, God the Father, knowing that all men, if left to themselves, would reject Him, and coming under His judgment would die in their sin, by an act of His own will graciously determined to save a people for Himself. Being a free gift of God, salvation from sin is offered to all men, which God Himself provided by His grace (alone), through the granting of faith (alone), because of the redemptive work of His Son, Christ Jesus (alone), to His glory (alone). In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. Regeneration is the divine act of God whereby the sinner is granted the capacities needed to repent and exercise saving faith. Justification is an act of God whereby He declares the sinner righteous based on the merits of Christ and imputes that perfect righteousness of Christ to the sinner. Sanctification is the work of God in which the believer cooperates with God in the practical outworking of his/her new birth. Glorification is the work of God, which is the consummation of one's salvation whereby the believer is given a glorified, spiritual body that is immortal and no longer subject to sin. The believer lives in this state of glory thereafter, forever, world without end.
(John 3:3-6&14-21 &
6:37,44&65,Romans 3:19-30 &
8:28-30,Ephesians 1:4&11,2:1-10 &
3:10-11,Philippians 1:29 &
2:12-13,1 Thessalonians 4:3-8,2 Timothy 1:9-10 &
The Lordship of Christ - The Christian life has at its core the desire to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, always being eager to honor and please God. This is accomplished by the power and ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer as they walk by faith. Christians are God’s instruments to lead others to a saving knowledge of Christ and to nurture and disciple them to maturity. Christians live always and continually striving against sin and by God’s grace are being transformed progressively into the image of Christ. Self-sacrificing love to God and others, humility, joy, the desire to seek peace, the ability to forgive others as Christ has forgiven them, are among the fruit which are to be evident in the true Christian’s life. Genuine faith will produce good works, although they in no way merit salvation.
(John 20:28,Romans 6:12-23,2 Corinthians 3:18,Galatians 5:22-24,Philippians 2:5-11,Colossians 1:10-12 &
3:12-17,Hebrews 13:21,James 2:14-26,2 Peter 1:5-9,1 John 3:21-24)
Man’s Eternal Future - The Lord Jesus Christ will one day return visibly and bodily to the earth with His powerful angels and all mankind will be resurrected and face God’s judgment. The present heavens and earth will be destroyed and a new heavens and earth created. Those who have not been saved will be eternally damned for their sins in the Lake of Fire, the penalty demanded by divine justice for sin. Those who have been saved will live eternally in the presence of God, worshiping and enjoying Him.
(Matthew 24:29-31 &
25:31-46,John 5:28-29,Romans 6:23,2 Thessalonians 1:7-10,Hebrews 9:27,2 Peter 3:10-13,Revelation 20:12-15)
The Ordinances - Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the church that we observe. Christian baptism by immersion is the public testimony of a believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his union with Him in death to sin and resurrection to a new life. It is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible Body of Christ. The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and proclamation of His death until He comes, and should be always preceded by solemn self-examination, private confession of sin, and the recognition of our need for divine grace.
(Matthew 26:17-30,Mark 14:12-26,Luke 22:1-23,Acts 2:38-42 &
8:36-39,Romans 6:1-11,1 Corinthians 11:20-34)
The Church is the universal body of Christ, those who by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and who upon repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus have been baptized into Christ, the only Savior from sin and who are unified in submission to His Lordship and the Word of God, the Bible. At the same time, the Church is comprised of autonomous local gatherings of believers who are governed by Christ in accordance with His Word through the service of its officers, the elders and deacons, and accountable to all its members. The Church assembles for the purpose of instruction in the Holy Scriptures, prayer, fellowship, worship, exhortation, encouragement, and the observance of the ordinances. The Church is responsible to propagate the Kingdom of God in the world, through evangelism and discipleship, by the Spirit and through the preaching of the Word, being the only voice of the Gospel message to the nations of the world. The Church is the bride of Christ, endowed with all the gifts and privileges afforded to her by Christ, the Head of the Church. She eagerly awaits her triumphant victory when she will be united to Christ forever at His second coming.
(Matthew 28:19-21,Acts 4:12,15:19,20:21&28,Romans 10:9,1 Corinthians 12:13&27,Ephesians 4:7-12 &
5:32,1 Thessalonians 4:13-18,2 Timothy 4:1-4,1 Peter 3:15 &