Word of Life Chapel’s
Statement of Faith and Doctrine
Section 1 The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Old and New Testament are the Holy Scriptures which are the verbally inspired Word of God in its entirety, that is, God moved in the hearts of men to write the words He desired to communicate as the authors were carried along by the Holy Spirit. Therefore the Bible is God’s revelation to man, without error in its original writing, and the final and supreme authority in faith and life to the believer and for all that we believe. We believe the Bible to be the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creed and opinion shall be tested.
Exodus 20:1; Psalm 119:89; Matthew 5:17-19; Luke 24:44-46; II Timothy 3:15-17; II Peter 1:19-21; II Peter 3:15,16; Revelation 22:18-19
Section 2 (The Godhead) The Eternal God
We believe in one eternal God, revealed in three persons as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being; co-identical in nature, and co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 14:16; John 1:1; John 20:28; Acts 5:3,4; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11
Section 3 The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man, that He atoned for sin by His substitutional death, He was buried and resurrected, and ascended bodily to the right hand of God as the believers’ Savior, representative, intercessor and advocate.
John 1:1,14; Luke 1:34,35; II Corinthians 5:21; John 3:16: Luke 24:1-7; Acts 1:8,9; Colossians 1:15; 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; 7:24,25; I John 2:1-2
Section 4 The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, and that he sinned in Adam. Sin is both the breaking of God’s moral decrees or laws and the failure to live up to God’s standards found in Mathew 22:37-40. Our sin thereby incurred spiritual and physical death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are sinners by nature, act and failure, and are guilty before God upon reaching moral responsibility.
Genesis 1:27; I John 3:4; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12-14
Section 5 Salvation
We believe that salvation is the Gift of God brought to sinful man by grace to be received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood on Calvary and those believing in Him are born from above, receiving remission of sins, justification before God, and eternal life with confident assurance of eternal glory.
Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3:3-18; Acts 10:43; Romans 10:9,10,13; I Peter 1:18,19; Romans 8:28-39
Section 6 Separation
We believe that the evidence of a true believer is a life of devotion and yieldedness to the Lord Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells the believer and that he should refuse the desires of the world defined as the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and pride of life, and also all binding relationships with unbelievers in marriage, business or society as well as all religious apostasy; but that his desire should be to glorify God in word, thought and deed.
Romans 12:1,2; Galatians 2:20; Romans 8:11; II Corinthians 6:14; I Peter 2:9-12; I John 2:15-17
Section 7 The Church
We believe in the one true church, the body of Christ, consisting of all true believers in Jesus Christ who at conversion are placed into the body of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Spirit, who meet in local assemblies for Christian fellowship and the worship of God. This one true church is a spiritual organism whose members are endowed with spiritual gifts for the perfecting and edifying of the saints for outreach in Christian service.
I Corinthians 12:12,13; Ephesians 4:11-16
Section 8 The Mission of the Church
We believe that it is the believer’s privilege and duty to witness by life and word to the truths of the Holy Scripture and to proclaim the gospel of Christ to all men and to assist other believers in every way to reach the lost throughout the world.
Romans 1:14,16; Matthew 28:19,20; II Corinthians 5:18-21
Section 9 The Lord’s Supper
We believe Jesus Christ instituted the Lord’s supper for believers to commemorate together His suffering and death until He comes, and that only saved persons who are in fellowship with their Lord should partake of the elements of the Lord’s Supper.
Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-29
Section 10 Baptism
We believe that every true believer is baptized into the body of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and that such persons should give an outward testimony of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by water baptism.
I Corinthians 12:12,13; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38
Section 11 Resurrection
We believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead bodily, according to the Scriptures, and became the first-fruits of them that slept and that the dead in Christ will be resurrected bodily at the rapture of the church to share in His eternal power and glory and that after Christ’s 1000 years reign the unbelievers will be resurrected bodily to stand before God in judgment and then to be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer everlasting punishment.
Luke 24:1-8; I Corinthians 15; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15
Section 12 Second Advent
We believe in a “catching away” (or rapture) of the church by the personal imminent return of Jesus Christ, in a seven-year tribulation period, and in the personal, visible and glorious return to the earth with His saints to judge the world in righteousness and reign on the earth 1000 years from David’s throne over regathered, converted, restored Israel and the Gentile world in unparalleled glory, righteousness and power.
Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10; Revelation 19:11-16: Revelation 20:4-6
Section 13 Satan
We believe that Satan is a created being, a fallen angel who in pride rebelled against God and is the author of sin; the ruler of other fallen angels and this world system; the constant adversary of Jesus Christ and His Church, who will yet inspire the Anti-Christ to rise in blasphemous power against God and will finally be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; II Corinthians 4:3,4; Revelation 12:7; Revelation 16:13; Revelation 20:10
Section 14 Civil Government
We believe that all civil government is of divine appointment and for the well being of human society and that we should pray for those in authority over us and give to them God-honoring obedience and submission and that this obedience and submission should be consistent with scriptural exhortation to do good unto all men and in no wise to render evil for evil to any man but to ever follow that which is good.
Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:1-4; I Peter 2:13-17
Section 15 Position on Marriage, Gender and the Sanctity of Life.
We believe that God instituted marriage for the mutual fulfillment and companionship of husband and wife as heirs of the gracious gift of life, for their partnership in life and service, and for their fruitfulness in bearing children and raising them in the fear of the Lord. Human sexuality is a gift from God that is only to be expressed between one man and one woman (as genetically defined at birth), within the love and covenant of marriage. Therefore, we believe that all forms of sexual intimacy outside of this marriage relationship (including heterosexual sexual activity before marriage, homosexual activity, pornography, adultery, bisexual conduct and incest) are both a sin and a misuse of God’s gift of human sexuality. Likewise, we believe that the concept and practice of same-sex marriage violates the design and purpose of God in His creation. We also believe that God created the human race, male and female, and that these two distinct complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is immoral and therefore a sin. We also believe that the Scriptures teach that human life begins at conception, and therefore all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with the doctrines of Word of Life Chapel. While we may not agree with the worldview of those around us, we believe that every human being should be treated with respect. We also believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking his mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:23-24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Deuteronomy 22:5; Psalms 127:3; 139:13-18; Proverbs 6:32; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31; 10:25-37; Romans 1:24-27; I Corinthians 6:9-11, 18; I Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:7.