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Front Range Bible Church Doctrinal Statement

The Godhead

God is triune; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each member of the Godhead has identical essence, capabilities, and attributes; the expression of these attributes being unique to each member (Isa. 48:16; John 14:26; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet 1:2).

 

The Sinful State of Man

The corruption of the Old Sin Nature extends to the entire nature of man, including both soul and body, and this results in the total helplessness of man with regard to his eternal salvation. Man is completely without spiritual good whatsoever, and is totally unable to produce spiritual good apart from the grace of God (Isa. 64:6; Rom. 7:18,23; 8:7; Eph. 4:17-19; Titus 1:15).

The Person and Work of Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, who became man. He is the unique person in the universe, being both fully God and fully man, the two natures being inseparably united forever without loss or transfer of attributes, mixture or loss of identity; with the union being both personal and eternal (John 1:1-3, 14; Rom. 1:3-5; 9:5 Php, 2:5-11 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 2:14). Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived His life without committing a single sin, and arrived at the cross in a state of uncompromised perfection, totally qualified to die a substitutionary spiritual death for the sins of every human being, past, present, and future. His death on the cross completely satisfied the justice of God regarding the sin of man. The literal physical resurrection of Christ was a display of divine power to validate Christ's work on the cross, and the promise that the same resurrection is available to all who believe in Him. (Mt. 1:24-25; 2 Cor. 5:15,21; 1 John 2:1-2, 6; Heb. 4:15; Rom. 1:4).

Salvation

 Faith in the work of Jesus Christ on the cross is the only means of salvation
for mankind. Those who refuse the work of Jesus Christ are left in just
condemnation to an eternity in the Lake of Fire (John 3:16-18,36; Rev. 20:15).


The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

God the Holy Spirit is the Third member of the Trinity. He convicts unbelievers of sin, righteousness, and judgment. At salvation He regenerates the unbeliever, baptizes him into the body of Christ, and indwells him for the purpose of providing a temple for the indwelling of Jesus Christ. He ministers to believers, explaining and convicting with reference to Bible Truth, and aiding their recall of that truth in time of need. Except for the indwelling, the ministries of the Holy Spirit are temporary, lost upon the advent of personal sin, and recovered through the confession of sin (Gen 1:2; Psa. 139:7; John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:2,9; Rom.8:16; 9:1; 1 Cor. 2:10-14; 3:16; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 5:18; 1 John 1:5-9; 5:6).

 

Eternal SecurityThere is no possibility of the loss of salvation for anyone who has believed in Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:1,38,39; John 10:27-30; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; Eph 2:8,9).

 

The Church 

The Church Universal is the body and bride of Christ, made up of all believers in Christ from Pentecost to rapture. The mission of the church is to evangelize unbelievers and grow believers toward a mature imitation of the character of Christ (Eph. 1:22,23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14).

 

The Return of Christ

The return of Christ for His bride, the church, is imminent, pre-millennial, and pre-tribulational and the sole requirement for readiness being spiritual maturity. Only God the Father knows the time of the Rapture. Speculative schemes on prophecy are distractions to the attainment of spiritual maturity. (1 Thes. 4:13-17; 2 Thes. 2:1-7; Titus 2:13)

 

Satan

Satan is a fallen angel who is the ultimate enemy of God. He and his demons (also fallen angels) constantly strive to deceive believers and discredit God and His word (Job 1:6,7; Ezek. 28:12-18; Isa. 14:12-17; Mt. 4:2-11;).

 

The Believer and Sin

The Old Sin Nature still resides in the physical body of the believer until the moment of physical death, and provides temptation to the soul of the believer until that time. No believer can ever attain a state of sinless perfection while in the sinful physical body (Rom. 6:12-13; 7:15-25; Gal. 5:19-21; Eph. 4:22; James 1:13-15; 1 Pet. 1:14-16).

 

Spiritual Maturity

Obtaining the character of Jesus Christ is God's objective for mankind. Christ's character is the very definition of spiritual maturity, the pinnacle of which is virtue love, characterized by many attributes such as justice, grace, truth, order, and self-control (Rom. 8:29; 1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Thes. 1:6; Heb. 12:2; 1 Pet 2:21).

 

Spiritual Gifts

God the Holy Spirit, at the point of salvation, sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts upon every believer without regard to personal merit. These spiritual gifts are for the teaching of the Word of God, the inward administration of the local church, the support of all believers in the local church, and the evangelization of all unbelievers. Certain temporary spiritual gifts functioned for the church only and ceased functioning in the first century, A.D. after the completion of the Canon of Scripture. These temporary gifts include tongues, knowledge, prophecy, and discerning tongues (1 Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4:7-12; Rom. 12:4-8).

 

Communion

All believers are to periodically partake in the ritual of communion in order to remember the person and work of Jesus Christ and to take inventory of their own spiritual lives (1 Cor. 11:23-26). 

The Pastor

Front Range Bible Church will have only one Pastor at any given time. (Eph. 4:11; 1 Tim. 3:2; 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Pet 5:1-5) The Pastor's responsibilities include accurate and clear communication of Bible Truth to the congregation by using the Isagogical, Categorical and Exegetical method of teaching, and governance of the church by policies faithful to Scripture (Col. 1:24-29).