Sequim Bible Church Doctrinal Beliefs
(As presented in the SBC Constitution)
"Let all things be done Decently and in order." -1 Corinthians 14:40
"Let all that you do be done with love." - 1 Corinthians 16:14
"...Let all things be done for edification." -1 Corinthians 14:26
"...Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus..." - Colossians 3:17
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this Body of Believers shall be "SEQUIM BIBLE CHURCH"
Sequim Bible Church shall be a denominationally unrelated, independent, Bible-believing Church. We, the members of said Church, do ordain and establish the following Articles to which we voluntarily submit ourselves:
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The purpose of this Body of Believers is to institute and maintain a separated testimony to our Lord Jesus Christ, to reach the unsaved through the preaching of our Lord Jesus Christ at home and abroad, to administer the Word for the edification of believers, and to afford a center for Christian fellowship and the worship of Almighty God.
ARTICLE III – DOCTRINE
The following beliefs represent the core orthodox beliefs from a Biblical and historical perspective. While church members are not required to fully understand or articulate all aspects of these beliefs, these are the core beliefs that will be taught in Sequim Bible Church. Revisions of this statement to more clearly align to the Scriptures remain at the sole discretion of the elders, with the understanding that such changes will be communicated to and confirmed by the members of the church.
Section 1.The Holy Scriptures
We teach that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (2Timothy3:1617; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)
Section 2.The Godhead
We teach that one Triune God, eternally existing in three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Section 3. God the Father
We teach that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8 9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1 31; Ephesians 3:9). As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:16).
Section 4.The Person and Work of Christ
We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and unique Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, by the miracle of the Virgin Birth. (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the Cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice to redeem man, and we believe in His literal physical resurrection from the dead.(Romans 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:35.) Since His ascension into Heaven, Christ has been the believer’s Advocate and High Pries (Hebrews 7:25-26; 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1)
Section 5.The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We teach that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead, Who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment, and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the Day of Redemption. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher, Who guides believers into all truth, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all spiritual gifts, and that they are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today. (John 16:8-13; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; 1 John 2:27)
Section 6.The Personality of Satan
We teach that Satan is a fallen angel (Ezekiel 28:12-17), the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; Revelation 20:10; Matthew 25:41)
Section 7.The Total Depravity of Man
We teach that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God; that man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26, 27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)
We teach that salvation is the gift of God, brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; John 1:12-13; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
Section 9.Security and Assurance of Believers
We teach that in the security of all believers and in the privilege of assurance of eternal salvation for them. (John 3:15-16 5:24; 10:27-30; 1 John 5:9-13)
Section 10.The Two Natures of the Believer
We teach that every saved person possesses two natures with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are un-scriptural. (Romans 6:13-18; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:12-16; 1 John 3:5-9)
Section 11.The Church
We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the Church, the Bride of Christ, of which Christ is the Head. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:15, 5:23-32; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Revelation 19:7-8) We believe that the local church is clearly taught in the New Testament as God’s plan for evangelism, worship, edification, fellowship of believers, spiritual growth and service. (Acts 2:41-42,14:27,18:22, 20:17f; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 4:11-13) We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority and control. (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, 20:28-32; Romans 16:1, 4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16;5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4) We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as Scriptural means of testimony for the Church to observe. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
Section 12.Separation from the World
We teach that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior; this does not mean we are to disassociate from this world, but to live in such a manner as to be a living example of who Christ is. (2 Timothy 3:1-5; Romans 12:1-2; Romans 14:13; John 2:15-17; 2 John 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; John 17:14-19, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13) We believe that sexual intimacy is a wonderful gift of God that is only to be expressed between one man and one woman (as genetically defined), within the love and bonds of marriage. (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5; Hebrews 13:4) Therefore, we believe that any other form of sexual intimacy is both immoral and a perversion of God’s gift. (Leviticus 18:1-30; Proverbs 6:32; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8)
Section 13.The Rapture and Second Advent of Christ
We teach that the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; II Thessalonians 1:10;5:9; Revelation 3:10)
*Please note: We will teach this as the position of Sequim Bible Church; we will not cancel or deny membership and/or break fellowship over Eschatological differences.
Section 14.The Eternal State
We teach that the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal bliss and the unsaved to conscious and everlasting punishment. (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 12-13) We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection at His coming, when spirit, soul and body will be reunited. (Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with the soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment for commitment to conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire. (Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:14-16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15)