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Victory Bible Chapel

Statement of Doctrine

"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ." (Eph.4: 1-7)

We, at Victory Bible Chapel, affirm that the seven-fold unity recorded in this passage is indeed the essential truth of doctrine for the church, which is the Body of Christ.

We believe that all expressions of doctrinal position and requirements for this Dispensation of the Grace of God must be in full accord with these unities. We recognize other doctrinal unities for other ages and dispensations, but we affirm that Eph.4: 4-7 stands alone as the Doctrinal Unity for the Age of Grace.

Therefore, desiring to be in full accord with the mind of the Spirit, we hold the following doctrinal beliefs.

BIBLIOLIGY - The Doctrine of the Bible.
  • The entire Bible (66 books of the Old and New Testaments) in its original writings, was verbally inspired by God (II Tim.3: 16-17; II Pet.1: 20-21), is the completed WORD (Revelation) of God and is of plenary authority (I Cor.2: 4-5, 10-13; Col.1: 23-25).
  • Desiring to be in full accord with the mind and unity of the Holy Spirit during this age of Grace, we understand we are directed to "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Tim.2: 15), to avoid confusion (Ps.71: 1; I Cor.14: 33), to hold fast the faithful Word as we have been taught through Sound Doctrine (Titus 1:9) and to understand that the whole Bible is profitable for that Doctrine (II Tim.3: 16).

THEOLOGY - The Doctrine of God.

  • There is only ONE living and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a pure spirit, invisible, immutable, immense, eternal, incomprehensible, almighty, wise, holy, free, absolute, omniscient, omnipresent, working all things according to the counsel of His own immutable and righteous will, for HIS OWN GLORY (John 4:24; Malachi 3:6; Ps.90: 2; Jer.32: 17; Eph.1: 10-11).
  • God is eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each is equal, infinite, eternal, and almighty.

CHRISTOLOGY - The Doctrine of Christ.

  • Jesus Christ, Who has always existed (since eternity) is GOD THE SON. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit in human form and was born of the Virgin Mary. He is fully God and fully man (Phil.2: 6-8; Luke 1:35; John 1:1 {The Word}; Rom.1: 3-4; Col.2: 9; I Tim.2: 5). He was crucified, died, buried, and rose on the third day (I Cor.15: 3-4) as the Savior (Eph.5: 23). Today, in His Glory, He is seated at the right hand of God the Father in the heavenly places and has a name which is exalted above every name (Eph.2: 6-7; Phi.2: 9-11). God the Son is the creator and sustainer of all things (Deut.6:4; Isa.48:16; Eph.4:4-6; I John 5:7)

PNEUMATOLOGY - The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

  • God the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity (i.e. not a force but a person that can experience grief, be lied to and personally ministers to believers). The Holy Spirit is who equips the believer for spiritual battle, by which we take His sword, the Word of God (Eph. 6:17), (the Holy Spirit himself being the author of the Scriptures, II Tim. 3:16). By the work of the Holy Spirit every saved person is baptized into the Body of Christ (I Cor.12: 13), is sealed eternally unto the day of redemption (Eph.1: 13), in-dwelt (Eph.3: 16), regenerated (Titus 3:5-6), taught and illuminated through the Word (I Cor.2: 10-13; Rom.10: 17) by Him to be a producer of His first fruit which is God's love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance: i.e. "a life guided by the Holy Spirit" (Gal.5: 22-25).

ANTHROPOLOGY - The Doctrine of man's creation and fall.

  • Mankind was created in the image and likeness of God and by his own volition, he disobeyed God, incurring both physical and spiritual death - which is separation from God. Everyone is born into this state having a sin nature and being spiritually dead. Man is totally depraved by nature, thus having a need for salvation from spiritual death. Man's efforts, regardless of how well intended, cannot earn salvation. Man's salvation is a free gift, made available by faith in the completed payment for sin, through Jesus Christ's substitutional death on the cross, His burial and resurrection, being now seated at the right hand of God the Father (Rom.3: 9-12, 24-28; 4:1-8; I Cor.1: 18-31, 15:3-4; Eph.2: 8-9; Ps.110: 1; Lev.1: 4; II Cor.5: 21; I Peter 2:24; Matt.22: 44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42-43; Acts 2:34-35; Heb.1: 13, 10:12).

SOTERIOLOGY - The Doctrine of Salvation.

  • God justifies ungodly sinners by His Grace through personal faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ His Son. This salvation is complete, eternal and given as a free gift from God apart from man's works (Rom.3: 24-28, 5:1-11; Eph.2: 8-9). The only means of our salvation is by His shed blood on the cross (Rom.3: 24-26; Eph.1: 5-7; I Tim.2: 5; II Tim.1: 8-9).
  • While the believer is assured of eternal security, eternal damnation is certain for the lost, the unbeliever or those who "know not God, and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom.5: 1-2, 8:29-39; Eph.1: 13-14; Phil.1: 6; Titus 1:2; II Thes.1: 7-9; Rom.2: 1-11; Eph.5: 6; Matt.25: 41; Rev.14: 10-11, 20:11-15, 21:8).
  • Because of Christ's victory over sin and the indwelling Holy Spirit in believers, all of the saved may and should experience deliverance from the power of sin in their lives by obedience (Rom.6: 11; Titus 2:10), but we deny that the sin nature of man is ever eradicated during this life in the flesh (Rom.7: 18-19; II Cor.7: 1). But wonderfully above and beyond this there is the possibility of giving oneself to God's service and thus being pleasing to Him (Rom.12: 1-2). This is made possible in the "new man" (Eph.4: 20-24).
  • We recognize and acknowledge that God gave gifts from the Holy Spirit to men in other ages. However, the only gifts given to men today are from God the Son for the work of the ministry and the edification of the Body of Christ. These gifts are enumerated in Eph. Chapter 4 and Romans Chapter 12. These gifts are persons who have the responsibility to prepare the church for the responsibility of its spiritual life and the maturing of the Saints for the work of the ministry (Eph.4: 12-16) or gifts of ministry (Romans 12:1-21) for service to those both within and without the Body of Christ.

ECCLESIOLOGY - The Doctrine of the Church.

  • The church of this dispensation is the Body of Christ and is distinct from the nation Israel and God's purpose for Israel - the prophesied kingdom of heaven on earth. The church, the Body of Christ, is neither the subject of prophecy nor the fulfiller of Israel's promises and covenant's. Historically it began with the selection, conversion, salvation and commissioning of the Apostle Paul by the Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Notably, it will end with the rapture of the Body of Christ. God will then resume His dealings and deliverance of the nation Israel (Eph.1: 22-23, 3:1-6; I Tim.1: 15-16; Eph.3: 1-9; Col.1: 25-26; I Thes.4: 13, 5:10; II Thes.2: 1-17).
  • There is one and only one true church, which is called "the Body of Christ", having a membership composed of all the saved of this dispensation (I Cor.12: 13; Eph.1: 22-23, 5:23-27; Col.1: 18).
  • The fellowship of the Lord's Supper, as revealed through the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 11:23-26, is for the members of the Body of Christ, to remind us of His costly and efficacious sacrifice until He come back to meet us in the air. This fellowship unites us in His Love.
  • God fixes no specific amount on giving in this present age, but giving should be generous (II Cor.9: 5-6), cheerful (II Cor.9: 7), proportional (I Cor.16: 1-2), and systematic (I Cor.16: 1-2). Believers should give to those who have need (Eph.4: 28), including those who cannot work (I Tim.5: 13-16), and for those who are asked not to work for the sake of the gospel (i.e. full time in the ministry) (Acts 13:1-3; I Tim.5: 17-18). They are not to give to those who refuse to work (II Thes.3:10).
  • The one supreme authority for the church is Christ (I Cor.11.3; Eph.1:22;Col.1:18) and that church leadership, gifts, order, discipline and worship are all appointed through His Sovereignty as found in the Scriptures. The biblically designated offices serving under Christ and over the local assembly are elders (one serving as senior elder or Pastor-teacher) and deacons, both of whom must meet biblical qualifications (I Tim.3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-5).
  • Both corporate and individual worship are essential of every believer's relationship to God. Individual obedience to God in our everyday lives is worship, as well as our demonstrating God's worth through attendance and participation in public worship services (Ps.29:1-2; Ex.34:14; John 4:23-24; Rom.12:1).
  • All saved people have been made members of the church, the Body of Christ, by one Divine Baptism when they were baptised by the Holy Spirit into Christ (I Cor.12:13). By this one and only Divine Baptism (Eph.4:5) each member of the Body of Christ is identified with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Rom.6:3-6).
  • The mission, purpose and commission of the church, which is the Body of Christ, is to obey the revelation(s) of truth that our risen Lord Jesus Christ gave us from glory through the Apostle Paul (Rom.2:16, 16:25; I Cor.4:16, 11:1; II Cor.12:1-2; Gal.1:6-12; Phil.3:17, 4:9; I Thes.1:6; II Tim.2:8). We, as Paul, should endeavor to teach and preach the gospel of Reconciliation (The Gospel of the Grace of God - II Cor.5:14-21) where Jesus Christ is not, as yet, preached (Rom.15:20; II Cor.10:16) as well as where He is preached (Eph.3:9).

ESCHATOLOGY - The Doctrine of Last Things.

  • The rapture of the Body of Christ to be with the Lord will be pre-tribulation and pre-millennial. This was a mystery until reveled by revelation(s) to the Apostle Paul. When he comes to receive His church, it shall be caught up to meet Him in the air, "and so shall we ever be with the Lord" in heaven (I Thes.4: 13-18; Phil.3: 20-21; Eph.2: 6-7).
  • The Millennial Kingdom will be the fulfillment of the prophecies and, not being heavenly, will take place here on earth after the tribulation. The kingdom will last for a thousand years while the Lord Jesus Christ reigns in justice with His rod of iron (Rev.12:5) and Satan will be imprisoned (Rev.20:11-15) and the perpetual Kingdom of justice and peace will be established on the New Earth (Rev.21:1-2, 9-27; Eze.36:26-28)
  • Bodily resurrection will occur for all people. Believers are resurrected to enjoy eternal life with God. Unbelievers are resurrected to experience judgment and then eternal suffering apart from God (I Cor.15: 52; I Thes.4: 13-17; Rev.20: 4-6, 12-15, 21:1-8; John 5:28-29; Dan.12: 2; Jude 14-15; Rev.19: 11-16).
  • Dead saints of this dispensation are with our Lord (II Cor.5: 1-8) which is far better than to live in the flesh (Phil.1: 20-23). At the coming of our Lord for our meeting in the air, He will bring with Him the dead saints (I Thes.3: 13, 4:14-16) and together with the living saints all will be fashioned like unto His glorious body (Phil.3: 21).

OTHER DOCTRINES

Many passages exist in God’s Word about which believers have differing interpretations. Members of the Body of Christ sincerely, conscientiously, and often passionately believe differently on various doctrinal subjects. Believers may hold different views and still be members of the same local church and even members of the same leadership group. We, as individual believers, may state the case for our understanding of certain doctrines or Scriptural positions. Therefore, we must simply agree to disagree while granting grace and Christ-like love in the dialogues as to its meaning.

However, we also believe and teach that whereas there may be several applications of any given Scripture, only one true interpretation exists. This meaning is to be found as one grows in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18) by applying the normative, literal, grammatical and historical methods of interpretation under enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (II Tim.3: 14-17; II Tim.2: 15; II Pet.1: 20-21; I Cor.2: 10-13; Rom.10: 17). It is for this reason that every Christian is responsible and is encouraged to study the Bible (II Tim.2: 15) as objectively and as thoroughly as possible, seeking to ascertain carefully its true authorially – intended meaning, recognizing that proper applications are to be followed by believers in every age (dispensation). Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it.

IN CONCLUSION

This position, practice or statement of doctrine will assist in protecting the local body and local church from doctrinal error, from division, and from the errors of relativism and spiritulazation that are attacking and eroding the confidence of the unchurched and sometimes even of believers in the objective and absolute truth – which is the Word of God (John 1:1, 7:17, 16:12-15; I Cor.2: 7-15; I John 2:20).

Changes to this Statement of Doctrine may only be made by a vote of the board resulting in unanimous agreement and then sustained by a ¾ (three-fourths) majority vote of the congregation.

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