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History of IBC
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IBC Core Values
IBC Core Values:
1. Worship - "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matt. 22:37
2. Fellowship - "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Acts 2:42
3. Growth - "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..." 2. Pet. 3:18
4. Serving - "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." Rom. 12:11
5. Evangelism - "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..." Rom. 1:16
Confession of faith
The confession of faith is described in the following chapters:
- I. Concerning the Scriptures
- II. Concerning the true God
- III. Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ
- IV. Concerning the Holy Spirit
- V. Concerning man
- VI. Concerning salvation
- VII. Concerning the Church
- VIII. Concerning baptism and the Lord's Supper
- IX. Concerning the eternal state
- X. Concerning Satan
- XI. Concerning the end times
- XII. Concerning personal separation
- XIII. Concerning ecclesiastical separation
I. Concerning the ScripturesWe believe that the 66 books of Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally written were God-breathed in every part. We believe in verbal plenary inspiration, that is, that God superintended the very choice of words in the Holy volume. We believe God, who is Truth, communicated through Spirit-controlled men so that the Scriptures are without error, admixture or omission, and therefore are authoritative in all they teach and in all matters they touch. We believe the Bible is the supreme revelation of God's will for man and constitutes the only infallible guide for faith and life.
II. Concerning the true GodWe believe the scriptures teach one God, the creator of heaven and earth, that in the unity of the godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in being and essence and executing distinct and harmonious offices.
III. Concerning the Lord Jesus ChristWe believe the scriptures teach that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten and eternal Son of God, the creator of all things, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is very God of very God, being "God manifest in the flesh." He lived a life of absolute sinlessness and in His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, dying not as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitute in the sinner's place. He rose from the dead on the third day and ascended bodily into heaven. He is coming again to rapture His saints, to set up the throne of David and to establish His kingdom.
IV. Concerning the Holy SpiritWe believe the scriptures teach that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person possessing all the attributes of personality and of Deity. He is equal with the Father and the Son and is of the same nature. His relation to the unbelieving world is that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the agent of the new birth, and His work among believers is that He seals, indwells, infills, guides, strengthens, blesses, bears fruit, and teaches them the ways of righteousness. There is an unique work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the Body of Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit endues believers with service gifts of administration, exhortation, giving, mercy, ministering, prophecy (preaching), teaching, evangelism, discernment, faith, knowledge, wisdom, etc. Talents are different from gifts, but they should still be used to the glory of God. We also believe that the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, faith, meekness and temperance) is the evidence of His indwelling.
V. Concerning manWe believe the Scriptures teach that man was created by a direct act of God and not from any previously existing form of life. By voluntarily transgression he fell from his state of innocence, in consequence of which all men are now sinners by nature from birth and by choice, utterly devoid of the holiness required by law, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal punishment and everlasting existence separated from God without defense or excuse.
VI. Concerning salvationWe believe the Scriptures teach that salvation of sinners is divinely initiated, wholly of grace, and accomplished only through the mediatorial work of the Son of God, that it is wholly apart from works and is upon the sole condition of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and never without genuine repentance; that in order to be saved the sinner must be born again, being regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit through faith in God's Word and becoming the recipient of a new nature; that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such a belief in Him is justification, that judicial act of God accomplished by the pardon of sin and imputation of divine righteousness, not because of any works of righteousness on our part, but solely through faith in the blood of Christ; that the believer who has exercised personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is completely justified and in possession of a salvation which is eternally secure.
VII. Concerning the Church
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Church of Jesus Christ, distinct from Israel in the Old Testament, was inaugurated at Pentecost and must be considered in two aspects: the local church and "the church which is His body." The local church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its Scriptural officers are Pastors, sometimes called Bishops or Elders, and Deacons, who qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus. God specifically assigned the headship and authority in the local church to men. This definition of the local church leads to the Scriptural distinctive:
- Sole authority of the Scriptures of faith and practice
- Believers' baptism by immersion before church membership
- Autonomy of the local church
- Two offices, Pastor (Elder, Bishop) and Deacon
- Two ordinances, baptism by immersion and the Lord's Table
- Individual priesthood of the believer
- Separation of church and state The "church which is His body," also called the Bride of Christ, is the entire company of believers in Christ, whether Jew of Gentile, regardless of denominational affiliation and present position in heaven or on earth.
VIII. Concerning baptism and the Lord's SupperWe believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his identification with the crucified, risen Savior, thus illustrating the believer's death to sin and his resurrection to a new life. It is after one trusts Christ as personal savior and a prerequisite to membership and privileges in a local church. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes and should be preceded by solemn self-examination. Observance of the Lord's Supper is for believers only. The ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper must be observed under the discipline of the local church.
IX. Concerning the eternal stateWe believe the Scriptures teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust. All those who through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in a literal Heaven in full enjoyment of God's presence and those who through impenitence and unbelief refused to accept God's offer of mercy will spend eternity in everlasting punishment in a literal Lake of Fire.
X. Concerning SatanWe believe the Scriptures teach that the devil is a real person who is "the god of this age" and "the prince of the power of the air," who is full of all subtlety, who seeks continually to frustrate the purposes of God and to ensnare the sons of men, who was conquered by Christ on the cross and condemned to everlasting punishment.
XI. Concerning the end timesWe believe the Scriptures teach the imminent return of Jesus Christ just preceding the rapture of the church and the Judgment Seat of Christ. This is followed by the 7 year tribulation period, the return of Christ to earth, the binding of Satan temporarily and a literal millennial (1000 years) kingdom. Still following will be a loosening of Satan briefly and Satan's final defeat and confinement in the Lake of Fire. We also believe the Scriptures teach after this will be the Great White Throne judgment where the unsaved are judged and cast into the Lake of Fire forever; old creation is destroyed and a new Heaven and a new earth are created and the saved in Christ will enjoy Eternity in a literal Heaven.
XII. Concerning personal separationWe believe the Scriptures teach that every believer should be separated unto God from the world, and by the aid of the Holy Spirit, should walk in Christian love and holiness, exhibiting qualities of honesty, integrity, forgiveness and loving-kindness. We further believe that any achievement in these characteristics will be evidenced by sincere humility and genuine zeal for the advancement of the cause of Christ. We also believe the Scriptures admonish every believer not to love the world or the things in the world, but rather to flee evil desires, avoid every kind of evil and refrain from practices which destroy one's testimony, offend one's brother and fail to glorify God.
XIII. Concerning ecclesiastical separation
We believe the Scriptures teach that the believer and the local church should be separated from apostasy as exemplified in ecclesiastical organizations which include those who sanction theological compromise. This doctrine is based upon God's eternal principle of division between truth and error and His specific command to be separated from unbelievers and disobedient brethren. This truth is to be practiced with an attitude of devotion to God, humility, compassion, and yet with conviction, to created the proper condition and atmosphere of God. We believe ecumenical evangelism which involves apostates violates the principles taught in God's Word.