Doctrinal Statment

WE ACCEPT AS TRUTH

…the Bible is the inspired, the inerrant, the authoritative Word of God; the Bible is the final authority in every area it addresses for every Christian and the church collectively (2 Timothy 3:16-17). (MFHBC affirms the Chicago_Statement of Biblical Inerrancy)

…that there is one God who eternally exists as three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that all things were created by Him and for Him (Deuteronomy 6:4; Colossians 1:16).

…that God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ, that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin named Mary; He lived a sinless life (He was without sin Hebrews 4:15), He died a substitutionary death for all mankind, He raised from the dead on the third day, He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God until His enemies are made His footstool (John 1:14, Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 10:12-13).

…that the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8); that He, the Holy Spirit, regenerates, indwells and seals believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and He equips them to live as His witnesses (John 14:16-17; John 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11).

…God created human beings, male and female, in His own image. He created them sinless, equal in value, dignity and worth. According to His purpose and plan, God created them to fulfill distinct but complementary roles in the contexts of marriage, family and the local church (Genesis 1:26-28; Ephesians 5:22-6:4; 1 Timothy 3:1-7).

…as a result of the Fall, all people are sinners by nature in need of a Savior, and that Jesus Christ is the one and only Savior of the world; salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Him. We believe that all who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved eternally (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23; 1 John 4:14; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9).

…there is one church, the body of Christ, consisting of men and women from every tribe, tongue, people and nation, that each local assembly is an expression of the universal church and the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:4; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Revelation 5:9; Acts 2:42-47).

…the literal return of Jesus Christ to the earth fulfilling God’s redemptive plan (Jude 1:14; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:4).

… in the resurrection of the dead. Believers will be raised to life and unbelievers to shame and everlasting contempt (hell) (Daniel 12:2; John 5:25-29; Revelation 21 & 22).

… all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Scripture are available to and active in His church today (John 14:16-17; John 16:7-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; 1 Peter 4:10-11).

… in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth, to sit upon the throne of David and rule over the house of Jacob (Israel), and the entire universe, forever (Revelation 20:1-6; Luke 1:32,33; Isaiah 9:6-7).

…that Christian preaching, teaching, discipleship and church planting efforts should be cross-centered, always exalting in and working from the implications of the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.

…sequential, expositional preaching and teaching through books of the Bible should be central to the life of a Christian and the local church; that by it God’s people might understand His will, submit to His authority and find vitality in His truth.

…that biblically faithful ministry calls to presenting the unchanging gospel message in terms and methods that overcome cultural and social barriers to understanding.

…the church is bigger than any one particular evangelical movement, denomination or church. Holding fast God’s work and wisdom through the worldwide body of Christ, MFHBC seeks to collaborate with local churches and leaders from diverse theological and ministry convictions. As part of the work of the Holy Spirit, we welcome and pursue ministry partnerships with likeminded churches and other Christian ministries, for the sake of the gospel.

WE REJECT

– In the belief that true Christians can be demon possessed and are helpless against the craft and wiles of the Devil;

– any philosophy or theology which denies that human freewill can be exercised in the receiving of Christ’s free gift of salvation; specifically, we reject the belief that Jesus’ atonement was limited in its extent, instead, we believe that He died for all unrighteous people and that any perceived limitation rests in one’s free rejection of Christ’s finished work of atonement, and we reject the assertion that God’s persuading grace cannot be resisted or that He has elected some people to go to hell; instead we believe that anyone who wills to come to Christ may do so freely as a result of the Holy Spirit’s conviction and wooing persuasion of the heart;

– “positive confession,” (such as the Faith Movement, that views faith as a force that can create one’s own reality or that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will and faith);

– human prophecy that supersedes or is contrary to Scripture;

– any introduction of psychology and philosophy which is contrary to Scripture and is in substance “according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” into biblical teaching;

– “Open Theism” or “Freewill Theism” which reduces God’s timeless, unchanging, dynamic nature, and exhaustive foreknowledge of future free decisions, to creaturely modes of being and operation;

– the “Emergent Church” movement insofar as it departs from the historic orthodox Christian doctrines in favor of postmodernism, and

– the overemphasis of spiritual gifts, experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of biblical teaching.

Note:
As an affiliate of Calvary Chapel Bible College, we adhere to the same or similar doctrinal statement of faith which rules all teaching.

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