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STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Holy Scriptures
1. We believe the Holy Bible as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore is truth without any admixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible in its entirety is the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. ( II Timothy 3:16,17 ; II Peter 1:19-21 )

The Godhead
2. We believe there is one, the only one, living and true God, an infinite intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth. We believe that God is triune, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfection. ( Gen. 1:1 ; Duet. 6:4 ; Isa. 48:16 ; Matt. 28:19-20 ; II Cor. 13:14)

The Total Depravity of Man
3. We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God but in Adam's sin the race fell. All men inherited a sinful nature and became alienated from God and are totally unable to retrieve themselves from their lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27 ; 6:7 ; Rom. 3:10-19 ; 5:12 ; 8:6-7)

The Person and Work of Christ
4. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, receiving a human body and sinless nature, accomplishing our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe our redemption is made sure to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead, and He is now at the right hand of the Father in heaven interceding for the saints (believers). We believe He will return again physically to the earth. (John 1:1-2 ; Luke 1:35 ; Rom. 3:24-25 ; I Pet. 1:3-5 ; Phil. 2:5-11 ; Rom. 8:34 ; Heb. 7:25, 9:24 Acts 1: 9-11; I Peter 2:24 )
 

The Work of the Holy Spirit
5. (A) We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity who convicts the world of sin, of 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. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14)
(B) We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth, and at the moment of salvation the believer is filled or indwelled with the Holy Spirit. (John 16:13; Eph. 5:18; I John 2:20,27)

Salvation
6. We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is received by faith alone and at the moment we trust in Him as Savior and Lord, we pass out of death into everlasting life. ( John 1:12 ; Eph. 1:7 ; 2:8,10 ; Matt. 26:28; Rom. 5;6-9 ; II Cor. 5:19-21 ; Gal. 3:13-14 ; I Pet. 1:18-19)

The Church Universal
7. We believe the Church of Christ, which is the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual body made up of all born-again people of this present age. ( Eph. 1:22-23 ; 5:25-27 ; I Cor. 12: 12-14 )

The Local Church
8. We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27, 20:17,28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

The Personality of Satan
9. We believe in the existence of the person of Satan, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man, and he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. ( Job 1:6-7 ; Matt. 4:2-11 ; Isa. 14:12-17; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41)

Separation
10. We believe all believers should seek to walk in dependence upon God, being obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in every issue of life: so that reproach is not brought upon our Lord, thereby separating themselves from the worldly pleasures, and practices as commanded by God. (Rom. 12: 1-3 ; 14:13 ; II Cor. 6:14-18 ; 7:1; I John 2:15-17; II Tim. 3:1-5 )

Observances
11. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper to be observed until His return. The observances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper are not a requirement for salvation but are an outward expression of our inward faith. ( Matt. 28:19-20 ; I Cor. 11:23-26 )

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
12. (A) We believe all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:27-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Pet. 1:3-5)
(B) We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an excuse to sin. (Romans 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

The Two Natures of the Believer
13. We believe 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 all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10; I Pet. 1:14-16)

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
14. (A) We believe God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts, and the loving exercise of these gifts, are essential for the growth of a healthy church. We believe, however, the prophetic and sign gifts (including the speaking of tongues) gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority established. (I Cor. 12:4-11; 13:8-11; 14; II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; II Tim. 3: 16-17)
(B) We believe God does hear and answer prayers in accord with His own will for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; I John 5: 14-15)

Dispensation
15. We believe in the dispensational view of the Bible interpretation (God deals differently with people at different times) but reject the extreme teaching known as "hyper-dispensationalism" such as that teaching which opposed either the Lord's table or water baptism as a Scriptural means of testimony for this Church in this present age. (Matt. 28: 19-20; Acts 2: 41-42; 18:8; I Cor. 11:23-26)

The Future Return of Jesus Christ
16. We believe in the "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation rapture and pre-millennial second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His subsequent return to the earth with His saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom. ( Zech. 14:4-11; I Thes. 1: 10; 4: 13-18; 5:9; Rev. 2:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
 

The Eternal State
17. (A) We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20: 5-6, 12-13)
(B) We believe 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 when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thes. 4: 16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
(C) We believe the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, judged to the Lake of Fire, where they will not be annihilated but rather will suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9: 43-48; Luke 16:19-26: II Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)

Policy 17 

Reference:        Constitution Equivalent of Policy 15 and 16

Date:                November 12, 2015

The Church Board at the November 12, 2015 meeting approved policies 15 and 16 and also approved these two policies be presented to the congregation at the next annual congregational meeting of November 22, 2015 in which the process of incorporating them into the constitution as Items 18 and 19 of Article VI Statement of Faith of Greenhurst Bible Church. Thus this process is defined in Article XI Amendments. 

Article XI         AMENDMENTS 

Amendments to this constitution may be made at any regular or special meeting of the congregation when said proposed amendment (s) have been presented to the active membership in written form and discussed at a duly called meeting at least (3) three months prior to the time of its adoption. Adoption of an amendment to the constitution requires a quorum present at time of voting in which a two-thirds  yes vote is required of active members present except for Articles IV, VIII, and IX which will require a 90%  yes vote of all active members present. 

Policy 15 dated November 12, 2015 in the Policy and Procedures Manuel is further explanation of Item 18 titled Marriage and Human Sexuality in Article IV Statement of Faith in the Constitution of Greenhurst Bible Church. This policy falls under the guide lines of Article XI of the Constitution of Greenhurst Bible Church and can not be changed unless following this due process. 

        Marriage and Human Sexuality

18.   We are committed to the home and family as set forth in Holy Scriptures. We believe God has ordained and created     marriage to exist between one man and one woman, with absolute marital fidelity. The Bible sets forth specific home and family values, which include the distinct roles of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and children. It is our firm conviction that we uphold the dignity of each individual as we embrace the unchanging and longstanding principles of scriptural truth. (See Policy 15 and 17 in Policy and Procedures Manuel) 

Policy 16 dated November 12, 2015 in the Policy and Prodecures Manual is further explanation of Item 19 titled Human Life in Article IV Statement of Faith in the Constitution of Greenhurst Bible Church. This policy falls under the guide lines of Article XI of the Constitution of Greenhurst Bible Church and can not be changed unless following this due process. 

                Human Life

19. We believe that God has created mankind in His image (Imago Dei) and that human life begins at fertilization. God,        in his infinite sovereignty, uniquely formed human beings and gave them a special dignity, personal freedom, and individual accountability among all the works of creation.  Human beings have been made for relationship with God and to be good and faithful stewards of creation. God created each personís inmost being, knitting each person together in his motherís womb. (Psalm 139:13). As Godís individualized and personal creation, each person is fearfully and wonderfully made.   (Psalm 139:14). God has ordained all the days of each personís life before they came to be. (Psalm 139:16). (See Policy 16 and 17 in the Policies and Procedures Manuel)
 

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