Doctrinal Statement

Englewood Bible Church is organized for the purpose of glorifying God by edifying believers and evangelizing unbelievers (ROM. 15:5-7; EPH. 1:5-18; 3:20-21): Edifying believers by helping them to mature in their relationship with God and with each other in the areas of worship, teaching, fellowship, and person evangelism (EPH. 4:7-16; 1COL. 14:26); Evangelizing unbelievers with the Gospel through individual and corporate witnessing in our community, and by support of both local and world wide missions through the church budget and personnel (MAT. 28:19-20; LUK. 24:46-48; ACT. 1:8). 

The Scriptures 
We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2TI. 3:16). We believe that the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture (2PE. 1:20-21). We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings of the original manuscripts (MAT. 5:17-18; JOH. 10:34-35). We believe that the whole Bible in the original manuscripts is, therefore, without error. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Protestant Canon comprise the complete Bible. We believe that these Scriptures center about the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and hence even the Old Testament, when properly understood, leads to Him (JOH. 5:39, 2TI. 3:15). We also believe that these Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction and are the final authority for our faith and practice (2TI. 3:16-4:5). 

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these (the dispensation of the Mosaic Law, the dispensation of the Church, and the dispensation of the Millennial Kingdom) are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (JOH. 1:17; 1CO. 9:17; 2CO. 3:9-18; GAL. 3:13-25; EPH. 1:10; 3:2-10; COL. 1:24-25; HEB. 7:19; REV. 20:2-6). 

The God Head 
We believe that the one Godhead, the Holy Trinity, eternally exists in three co-equal and eternal persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) and that these three are one God, the same in substance (having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience) but distinct in subsistence. We believe that God is the Sovereign Creator of all that exists (GEN. 1:26-27; DEU. 6:4; MAT. 28:18-19; MAR. 12:29; JOH. 1:14; ACT. 5:3-4; 2CO. 13:14; HEB. 1:1-3; REV. 1:4-6). 
God The Father 
We believe that the First Person of the Holy Trinity is God the Father. We believe that His Fatherhood is seen in at least four relationships:
   1. His Fatherhood over moral creatures: 
We believe that the First Person of the Trinity is the Divine Father over the angels (HEB. 12:9; JAM. 1:17; JOB 38:7) and over mankind (MAL. 2:10; ACT. 17:29).
   2. His Fatherhood over Israel: 
We believe that the First Person of the Trinity has a special relationship as the Father of Israel (EX. 4:22).
   3. His Fatherhood over the Lord Jesus Christ: 
We believe that the First Person of the Trinity has a special relationship as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (MAT. 3:16-17; 17:5; MAR. 5:1-7; JOH. 20:31; ROM. 1:1-4; 1CO. 1:9; 2CO. 1:3; GAL. 4:4; EPH. 1:3; HEB. 1:1-14).
   4. His Fatherhood over all Christians: 
We believe that the First Person of the Trinity has a special relationship as the Father of all Christians. Through regeneration, the Christian becomes an adopted child of God by which he can call the First Person of the Trinity “Abba, Father” (Rom. 8:14-15; Gal. 4:4-7; Eph. 1:5; Phi. 1:2; Col. 1:2). This aspect of the Fatherhood of God is not on the same plane as the relationship between the First and Second persons of the Trinity, but it does indicate a wonderfully close relationship between the Christian and the Godhead. 

God The Son 
We believe that the Second Person of the Holy Trinity is God the Son. We believe that according to God’s plan, God the Son became a man (Jesus of Nazareth), without ceasing to be God (having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary) in order that He might reveal God and redeem man (Joh 1:1-2, 1:14; Luk 1:35).

We believe that according to God’s plan, the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified and willingly died (Act. 2:22-23, 1Co. 15:3).

We believe that according to the Scriptures, Christ arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died (Luk. 24:36-39; Act. 2:24, 29-32; 1Co. 15:4).

We believe that Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father (Act. 1:9-10; 2:33-36). He is Head over all things to the church (Eph. 1:22-23). He is our High Priest, Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Rom 8:31-34; Heb 7:25; 1Jo 2:1-2). 

God The Holy Spirit 
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer (Rom. 8:9-11; 1Co. 6:19), and by His baptism unites all believers to Christ in one body which is the church (1Co 12:13; Eph. 2:19-22). We believe that this special abode and ministry began on the day of Pentecost (Act. 2:1-4) and will cease at the rapture (2Th. 2:7). We believe that the Holy Spirit is the proper source of power for the Christian, and the source of all acceptable forms of worship and service (Joh. 4:23-24; 1Co. 12:4-11; Eph. 5:18-21). We believe that He never leaves the church, nor the Christian (Rom. 8:9).

We believe that in this age, certain well-defined ministries are committed to the Holy Spirit. These ministries are the restraining of evil in the world (2Th 2:7); the convicting of the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment (Joh. 16:7-11); the regenerating of all Christians (Joh. 3:5-6; Tit. 3:5); the indwelling of all Christians (Rom. 8:9-11; 1Co. 6:19), thereby sealing them unto the day of redemption (Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30); the baptizing of all Christians into the one body of Christ (1Co. 12:13); the gifting of all Christians to accomplish God’s will (1Co. 12:7); and the continued filling of all Christians for power, teaching, and service (Act. 4:8,31; 1Co. 12:1-7; Eph. 5:18).

We believe that some gifts were temporary gifts including prophecy, knowledge, tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, working of miracles, and apostleship. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or the filling of the Holy Spirit, and that the deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection. We believe that while God does work miracles today, and miraculously heals those whom He pleases to heal, the ability whereby an individual performs these things, through spiritual gifting, ceased when God’s written Word was completed (1Co. 13:8-10; Heb. 2:4). 

Angels, Fallen and Unfallen 
We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless, spiritual beings, known as angels; that one, Lucifer, son of the morning–the highest in rank–sinned through pride, thereby becoming Satan (Isa. 14:12-17; Eze. 28:11-19); that a great company of the angels followed him in his moral fall and are known as demons (Mat. 25:41; Rev. 12:3-4). Some of these are active as his agents and associates in carrying out his unholy purposes, while others are reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day (2Pe. 2:4; Jud. 6).

We believe that Satan is the one through whom sin came into existence, and that, in accordance with the sovereign will of God, he led our first parents, Adam and Eve, into transgression, thereby accomplishing their moral fall and subjecting them and their posterity to his own power (Gen. 3:1-19). Satan is the enemy of God and the people of God (Eph. 6:10-12), opposing them and exalting himself above them. Satan appears in his warfare as an angel of light (2Co. 11:13-15), counterfeiting the works of God by fostering religious movements and systems of doctrine (1Ti. 4:1-3) which deny the efficacy of the blood of Christ and salvation by grace alone (2Co. 4:3-4).

We believe that Satan was judged at the Cross (Col. 2:13-15), though not then executed, and that he, a usurper, now rules as the god of this world (Eph. 2:1-2; 2Co. 4:3-4); that, at the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound and cast into the abyss for a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-3), and after the thousand years he will be loosed for a little season and then cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where he shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Rev. 20:7-10).

We believe that a great company of angels kept their holy estate and are before the throne of God, from where they are sent forth as ministering spirits to serve (Luk. 15:10; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 7:11-12).

We believe that man was made lower than the angels. We believe that Christ, in His incarnation, temporarily took for a little time this lower place that He might lift the Christian to His own sphere above the angels (Psa. 8:5-6; 1Co. 6:3; Eph. 1:21; Phi. 2:5-11; Heb. 2:6-10). 

Man Created and Fallen 
We believe that man was originally created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27). We believe that man fell as a result of sin and became spiritually dead. By this we mean that man lost privileged fellowship with God and the perfections of original creation (Gen. 3:1-24). We believe that, with the fall, man became subject to the power of Satan (Eph. 2:1-3).

We believe that this spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race (Rom. 3:23; 5:12). Every person, with the exception of Jesus Christ, is born into the world with a fallen nature which possesses no righteousness (Psa. 14:1-3; 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10-19; 8:6-7), and is essentially and unchangeably separated from God apart from His grace (Eph. 2:8-9).

We believe that physical death, the separation of the material part of the human being from the immaterial part (2Co. 5:1-4), came into human experience with the fall (Rom. 5:12). We believe that the immaterial part of those individuals who are justified by faith passes immediately, at death, into the presence of the Lord and remains in a conscious state of joy and peace until their resurrection (2Co. 5:8; Luk. 16:19-31; 23:42-43; 1Th. 4:13-17). We believe that the immaterial part of those individuals who are not so justified passes immediately, at death, into a conscious state of condemnation and misery (Luk. 16:22-24), until their resurrection at the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15). 

We believe that salvation involves justification (being made the righteousness of God), sanctification (becoming more righteous in our daily living), and glorification (our ultimate righteousness in our resurrection bodies). We believe that complete justification occurs the moment a person believes in Jesus Christ (Joh. 3:36; Rom. 3:23-26; 5:1; 2Co. 5:21). We believe that sanctification occurs throughout a person’s life as the Christian responds in faithful obedience to the Word of God (Eph. 5:1; 2Ti. 3:10-17). We believe that glorification occurs at the resurrection or rapture of the Christian (Rom. 8:29-39; 1Co. 15:51-58; 1Th. 4:16-17).

We believe that salvation has been provided only through Jesus Christ for all mankind (Act. 4:8-12; Rom. 10:12-15). It is a gift of God (Rom. 3:24; Eph. 2:8-9) to all who believe that Jesus Christ is Almighty God (2Pe. 1:1), the Second Person of the Holy Trinity (Joh. 20:30-31), Who, in the incarnation, took upon Himself the form of mankind (Phi. 2:5-8) and died to pay the price of all sin (Rom. 5:6-11; 1Co. 15:3; 1Jo. 2:2) and rose from the dead three days later (1Co. 15:4) and is the Author of eternal life to all who entrust themselves to Him and Him alone to make them right before God (Joh. 3:16-17; 1Jo. 5:11-13). We believe that the preceding sentence defines a Christian. 

Eternal Security and Assurance 
We believe that upon faith in Jesus Christ, a person’s relationship with God is secure forever. We believe it is the privilege of all Christians to be assured of their salvation based upon the testimony of God in His written Word and upon the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Christian’s life (Joh 3:16,36; 10:28-29; Rom 8:16, 33-34; 1Co 3:16; 6:19; 2Co 1:22; Gal 3:1-5; Eph 1:13-14; 2:4-9; 4:30; Phi 3:9; Col 2:9-10; 3:1-4; Heb 7:24-25; 10:19-22; 1Pe 1:4-5; 1Jo 2:1-2) 

The Church, A Unity of Christians 
We believe that all Christians, regardless of membership or non-membership in the organized churches of earth, are united to the risen and ascended Son of God by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation, and are members of the one true church which is the body of Christ (1Co. 12:12-13; Eph. 4:4; 5:29-30; Col. 1:24). We believe that the church, which is distinct from Israel, began at Pentecost (Act. 2:1-4).

We believe that all Christians, having become members of one another (Rom. 12:5; 1Co. 10:16-17; 12:12-27), are instructed by Scripture to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4:3; Col. 3:12-17), and to love one another with a pure heart (1Ti. 1:5). We believe that Christians should assemble together for worship, for the study of the Word of God, and for spiritual growth (Act. 2:42-47; Heb. 10:24-25). 

The Ordinances (or Sacraments) 
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion) are the only ordinances (or sacraments) of the church and that they are a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. Both are instituted in the Gospels (Mat. 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mar. 14:22-25; 16:14-18; Luk. 22:19-20; 24:44-49), celebrated in Acts (Act. 2:42-47; 8: 26-40; 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; 20:7), and explained in the Epistles (Rom. 6:1-11; 1Co. 11:23-34). Since both are instituted in the Gospels by the Lord Himself, we conclude that they are a part of the message to us. Since both are celebrated in Acts, we conclude that they belong to the practice of Christ’s church. Since both are explained in the Epistles to have an ongoing meaning and purpose, we conclude that they are designed to be continued throughout the church age.

The Ordinance of Baptism 
We believe that the ordinance of baptism is a declaration of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. We believe that the ordinance of baptism is also a declaration of the Christian’s identification with the body of Christ, the church.

We believe that the ordinance of baptism is for those who have personally placed their trust in Jesus Christ to provide for their justification before God for all eternity (Rom 6:1-14).

We believe that baptism involves the concept of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the Christian’s life. When a Christian follows the Lord in baptism, he or she is saying to the Christian community and to the unbelieving world that he or she is taking an overt stand for Christ — a stand that involves the surrendering of a self-centered life in order to live a life of faithful obedience to God.

We believe that immersion is the appropriate mode of baptism since the ordinance is to signify death, burial, and resurrection. We believe that when the believer goes into the water, death is pictured; when he goes under the water, burial is pictured; when he comes up out of the water, resurrection is pictured. There are, however, times when immersion may be impossible (e.g. sickness, age, etc.). In those cases, pouring may be used as long as the meaning of baptism is clear in the mind of the one being baptized.

We believe that the ordinance of baptism is not a requirement for salvation, receiving the Holy Spirit, or membership in a local church.

The Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper 
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial celebration of the life and death of Jesus Christ. The bread symbolizes His body in which He actually bore our sins on the cross (Mat. 26:26; Luk. 22:19; 1Co. 11:23-24). The cup symbolizes His blood shed for the remission of our sins and to establish the New Covenant (Mat. 26:28; Mar. 14:24; Luk. 22:20; 1Co. 11:25-26).

We believe the Lord’s Supper reminds us of our oneness with each other in the body of Christ and of the fellowship which we share as members of that body (1Co. 10:16-17). We therefore believe that the celebration of the Lord’s Supper is open to all Christians regardless of their local church affiliation.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper also deepens our anticipation of the second coming of our Lord since we are to observe it until He comes again (Mat. 26:29; Mar. 14:25; Luk. 22:15-18; 1Co. 11:26).

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is to be preceded by a time of self-examination, confession, and reconciliation (Mat. 5:23-24, 1Co. 11:27-32).

The Christian’s Lifestyle 
We believe that each Christian is to live his or her life in the power of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18), not in the sinful desires of fallen mankind (Rom. 6:11-13; 8:2-4; Gal. 5:16-24; Eph. 4:22-24; 1Pe. 1:14-16). We believe that the fallen nature of mankind will not be eradicated in this life and, therefore, needs to be kept in subjection to Christ by our faithful obedience to the Word of God through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:12-14; 7:15-25; Eph. 5:18). We believe that failure to live in faithful obedience to the Word of God brings dishonor to Him and grieves Him (Isa. 29:13; Rom 1:21; Eph. 4:30).

We believe that the local church must be kept holy (1Pe. 1:14-16). It is, therefore, the responsibility of all members of the local church to encourage each other to righteous living and to deal with any and all sin in accordance with the teachings of the Bible as explained in this Constitution and Bylaws (Mat. 5:23-24, 18:15-20; Rom. 16:17; Gal. 6:1-5; 2Jo. 7-11). 

The Christian’s Service 
We believe that the Holy Spirit enables every Christian to serve the church through gifts, talents, and skills, in order to build up the Body of Christ (1Co. 12:7; Eph. 4:11-16). While there is a iversity of gifts, talents, and skills, each Christian is empowered by the same Spirit and placed within the church as the Holy Spirit chooses (Rom. 12:3-8; 1Co. 12:4-11). We believe that God gifts some Christians as evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and places them in local churches in order to equip Christians to do the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11-12).

We believe that, in addition to the benefits of salvation which are given to all Christians, rewards are promised according to the faithfulness of each Christian in his or her service for the Lord. These rewards will be given at the judgment seat of Christ after the Rapture (1Co. 3:9-15; 9:18-27; 2Co. 5:10). 

The Great Commission 
We believe that the universal church, and each local assembly of the church, is commanded by the resurrected Christ to make disciples of Jesus Christ by going into the world, baptizing Christian converts, and teaching such converts the Word of God (Mat. 28:18-19; Mar. 16:15; Act. 1:8; 2Co. 5:18-20; 1Pe. 1:17; 2:11). 

The Rapture 
We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy is the Rapture of the church. This event is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to gather to Himself Christians who are alive (translation–1Th. 4:13-18) and Christians who have died (resurrection–1Co. 15:51-58). We believe that this event is the blessed hope for which we should be constantly looking (Tit. 2:11-14). 

The Tribulation 
We believe that the Rapture of the church will be followed by the Tribulation. The Tribulation is the fulfillment of Israel’s seventieth week, seven actual years (Dan. 9:1-:27; Rev. 6:1-19:21), during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven. The last three and one-half years of this period (Dan. 9:26-27; 12:7-11) will be the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7) which our Lord called the great tribulation (Mat. 24:15-21). The entire period of Israel’s seventieth week will be a time of the outpouring of the wrath of God on the earth (Rev. 6:16-17) to purify and prepare Israel and the whole world for the second coming of Christ to establish His Millennial kingdom. At the end of the Tribulation the times of the Gentiles, which is the rule of the Gentiles over Israel, will be brought to a close (Luk. 21:24). 

The Second Coming Of Christ 

We believe that the Tribulation will end with the Second Coming of Christ. The Second Coming of Christ is the bodily return of the Lord Jesus in power and great glory to establish the Millennial Kingdom (Mat. 24:29-31; 25:31-46; Act. 1:11; Rev. 19:1-20:6). 

The Millennial Kingdom 
We believe that the Millennial Kingdom is the one thousand year period of time during which the Lord Jesus Christ will rule over the Earth from Jerusalem (ISA. 2:3; REV. 20:1-10). We believe that the Millennial Kingdom will be characterized by:
   1. The binding of Satan in the abyss (REV. 20: 1-3); 
   2. The lessening of the effects of the curse of the fall;
· animal life is docile (ISA. 11:6-9) 
· longevity is restored (ISA. 65:20) 
· productivity of the earth is restored to pre-fall levels (ISA. 35:1-2; CF. ISA. 30:23, 35:7) 

   3. The fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel (DEU. 30:1-10; EZE. 37:15-28; AMO. 9:11-12); 
   4. The universal knowledge of God (ISA. 11:6-9). 

The Eternal State 
We believe that the eternal state begins after the close of the Millennium and the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15). At this point all of mankind will have received, by either resurrection or rapture, their eternal bodies. To those who have been justified by faith, the eternal state is the everlasting, conscious existence in the new heavens and new earth in fellowship with God (1Co. 15:51-54; Rev. 21:1-4; cf. 2Pe. 3:10). To those who have not been so justified, the eternal state is the everlasting, conscious existence in eternal hell separated from fellowship with God (Rev. 20:14-15).