We believe ...
- the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, (herein after referred to as the Bible) to be verbally inspired of God and that it is eternal, immutable, supreme, authoritative, authentic and the infallible rule of faith and practice. (I Cor. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; John 5:39).
- in one infinite God Who is eternally and mysteriously existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; these three are coexistent, coequal and co-eternal. (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6).
- in the preexistence of Jesus Christ; in the incarnation through the Virgin Birth, and in His essential deity in His substitutionary and atoning death providing redemption through His shed blood; in His bodily resurrection; in His ascension and exaltation into Heaven; in His present mediatorial High Priestly office; in the gift of the Person of the Holy Spirit to all born-again believers in Jesus Christ; and in our Lord’s personal, visible, pre-millennial, imminent return, and in His ultimate Kingdom and reign. (John 1:1-2; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Revelations 20:6).
- in Justification by faith alone; that man is a sinner and can be justified before God only on the ground of faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 2:11-14; Romans 4:1-4; 10:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:6;2:13).
- that all of the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and thus are secure in Jesus Christ forever. (Romans 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-30; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; Phil. 1:6; II Timothy 1:12; John 17:11).
- in the bodily resurrection of the Just and unjust, the everlasting joy and blessing of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost. (Mark 9:43-48; Revelations 20:15; 22:3-5, 11; Jude 1:6-7; 2 These. 1:7-9; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10).
- the local church is a body of believers in Jesus Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the Gospel and observance of the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism by immersion. (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 13:15; Col. 2:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-32; Acts. 10:47-48; Matt. 28:18-20).
- that a local New Testament church is a self-governing body and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. (1 Cor. 5:13; Acts 6:1-6; 1 Cor. 6:1-5; Acts 15:1-2, 22-25, 30).
- that Sanctification is a progressive work begun in the believer’s life in regeneration and continued in his life by the Holy Spirit, using such appointed means as the Word of God, prayer and fellowship, and is demonstrated by spiritual fruit in the believer’s life. (1 Cor. 1:2; Heb. 10:10-12; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Thess- 3:12; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 These. 5:23; Phil. 1:6; 1 John 3:2; Eph. 2:8-10; Romans 10:9; Acts 2:21; Rom. 7:18; Matthew 7:16-20).
(text taken from the IBC Constitution)