IBC Doctrinal Statement Of Faith
1. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content, and without any errors in its statements. (II Timothy 3:15, 16, II Peter 1:20-21, John 10:35, Hebrews 6:13, II Peter 3:16). Our church uses only the King James Bible in all its services.
2. There is one God, eternally existent, creator of the heavens and earth. He is manifested in three (3) persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:1,2, Deut. 6:4, Isaiah 7:14, John 14:9, I Timothy 3:16, I John 5:7).
3. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God who took on flesh and dwelt on earth. He was sinlessly perfect and gave Himself as substitutionary sacrifice by shedding His blood and dying on the tree. He then arose from the dead. This was to pay for all sins (past, present and future) for all those who believe. (II Cor. 5:21, Hebrews 2:9 I John 3:5).
4. God is absolutely sovereign, and in His sovereignty gave man a free will to accept or reject the salvation that He has provided. It is God's will that all would be saved and that none should perish. God foreknows, but does not predetermine any man to condemnation. God permits man's destiny to depend upon man's choice. (I Tim. 2:4, II Thess. 2:13, I Peter 1:2, II Peter 3:9, John 6:64,65, Romans 8:29,30, Acts 10:34).
5. Each member of the human race is fallen, sinful and lost, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for salvation. That the moment a person receives Christ as Saviour, immediately the Holy Spirit indwells the believer who is sealed until the day of redemption. (Rom. 3:23, John 3:7, Rom. 8:9, I Cor. 6:9 Eph. 1:13,14, Titus 3:5).
6. Man is saved by grace through faith and nothing of man enters into his salvation. It is a free gift. Man's efforts, regardless of how good or well-intended before or after salvation, have nothing to do with it. Salvation is by the finished work of Christ and nothing can be added to it. (Eph. 2:8,9, Gal. 2:16, Col. 2:13, Rom. 11:6, Titus 2:5, Rom. 3:22).
7. Every true child of God possesses eternal life, being justified by faith, sanctified by God, sealed with the Holy Spirit, is safe and secure for all eternity, and cannot lose his salvation. However, a Christian can, through sin, lose his fellowship, joy, power, testimony and reward, and incur the Father's chastisement. Relationship is eternal being established by the New Birth. Fellowship, however, is dependent upon obedience. (I Cor. 3:11-17, Heb. 12:5-11, I Cor. 5:1-5, 11:30-32).
8. A true child of God has two births: one of the flesh, the other of the Spirit, giving man a fleshly nature and Spiritual nature. The fleshly nature is neither good nor righteous. The Spiritual man does not desire to commit sin. This results in a warfare between the Spirit and the flesh, which continues until physical death or the return of the Lord. The fleshly nature of man does not change in any way with the new birth, but can be controlled and kept subdued by the new man. (John 3:3-7, Rom.7:15-25, Rom. 8:8, Gal. 5:17, I John 3:9, I Peter 1:25, I John 5:18, I John 1:8).
9. There will be a resurrection of the saved and of the lost; of the saved unto eternal life, and of the lost unto eternal, conscious punishment. These two resurrections are separated by at least 1,000 years. (Dan: 12:2, I Thess. 4:13-18, Rev. 20:5-16, Matt. 25:41).
10. We believe in the personal, pre-tribulational and pre-millennial return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, His pre-tribulational return in the air for the Church and His pre-millennial return to the earth to set up His kingdom. (I Thess.5:9-11, I Thess. 1:10, II Thess. 2:1-8, Rev. 3:10, Titus 2:13, Isaiah 26:19-21, Rev.4:1).
11. Satan is a person, the author of sin; and he and his angels shall be eternally punished. (Ezek. 28:13-17, Isa. 14:12-15, Rev. 30:10, Matt. 25:41).
12. The gift of tongues (languages) was a manifestation of the Spirit's power solely for the demonstration of God's wisdom, purpose, and power in the establishment of the early church; and was always in a language that was in use. (Acts 2:6, I Cor. 14:21,22).
13. We believe in the separation of church and state, with each having a definite and distinct spheres of responsibility. (Matt. 22:17-21).
14. We believe in the priesthood of all believers. Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God's presence without need of a human priest. The believer has the right and the responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scripture, in light of the scripture, guided by the Holy Spirit. (Rev. 1:6, Heb. 4:14-16, I Tim. 2:5, II Peter 1:20,21).
15. We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and that He alone is the Head of the Body of Christ, into which all true believers are immediately baptized at the time of salvation by the Holy Spirit; that all members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves in local churches. (Acts 2:36, Col. 1:18, I Cor. 12:13, Heb. 10:25, I Tim. 3:9).
16. We believe in the importance of the local church. That it is an assembly of born-again baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching and a united testimony, and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission. (Matt. 16:18, Acts 13:1-3, 15:4, 16:5, I Cor. 11:2).
17. We believe the ordinances given to the local church are two: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is by immersion of believers, thus portraying the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord's Supper is the partaking of bread and the cup by the believer as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ until He returns. (Rom. 6:3,4, I Cor. 11:2, I Cor. 11:23-26).