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Oaks Bible Church + StatementOfFaith + Santa Barbara, California


Oaks Bible Church
Statement of Faith

GOD:

 We believe in one true and living God, eternally existing in three persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and that each has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfections, and that each is worthy of the same worship, trust and obedience.


THE FATHER:

 We believe in God, the Father, who is an infinite spirit being, perfect in purity, wisdom, power and love.  We believe that He is personally involved in the affairs of mankind, saving from sin and spiritual death each who comes to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.


JESUS CHRIST:

 We believe in the deity and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ our Lord - God the Father’s only begotten Son and conceived by the Holy Spirit.  We believe in His virgin birth, supernatural miracles and infallible teachings.  We believe in His voluntary, substitutionary, atoning death, bodily resurrection from the dead, ascension into Heaven, continual intercession for His followers and His future visible return to earth in power and glory to reign.


THE HOLY SPIRIT:

 We believe that the person of the Holy Spirit is God’s gift to the church, regenerating and indwelling every believer. We believe that the Holy Spirit guides and enables each believing child of God to live a godly and fruitful life.  We believe that the Holy Spirit brings the witness of Jesus Christ to the world, convicting of sin, righteousness and judgment.


THE BIBLE:

 We believe that the Bible is holy, being God-breathed and inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very Word of God to people.  We believe the whole Bible in the originals is without error and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct and when properly understood will always point us to Jesus Christ.


SALVATION:

 We believe that every person is a sinner by nature, choice and practice and is, therefore, under condemnation apart from the saving grace of God.  We believe that salvation is by faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose death and resurrection is our only hope for regeneration and reconciliation with God. We believe that salvation is the free gift of God, completely apart from any human work, bringing each believer God’s eternal life, justification of sin and righteousness in God’s eyes.


CHRISTIAN CONDUCT:

 We believe that a follower of Jesus Christ should live for the glory of God and the well being of others.  We believe that we are to strive to live above reproach in conduct and seek to mature into the image of Christ.  We believe that we must trust in God’s enabling for growth in these areas of Christian conduct.


THE CHURCH:

 We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Jesus Christ is the head and all regenerated persons, past and present, are members.  We believe in the local Church, consisting of a fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith and associated for worship, fellowship and ministry.  We believe that the Church has been commissioned to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to our world.


CHURCH ORDINANCES:

 We believe that Jesus Christ has taught and committed two ordinances to the local Church.  These ordinances are Baptism and Holy Communion.  We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, commemorating his already having been baptized (immersed) by the Holy Spirit into the fellowship of the universal church.  We believe that Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is the partaking of both bread and the fruit of the vine to commemorate the death of our Lord Jesus and symbolize the need to continually feed upon and commune with Jesus Christ for spiritual nourishment.  We believe that these ordinances are to be administered and observed until the return of our Lord.


LAST THINGS:

  We believe in the imminent and personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church in the air, to which we should await with hope and preparedness.  We believe that the prophesied period of great tribulation in the earth will be culminated by the glorious return of Jesus Christ to earth to establish His kingdom.  We believe that death brings the spirits and souls of believers into the immediate presence of God to await the resurrection of their bodies when Christ returns for His own, whereupon soul, spirit and glorified body shall be united with Him forever in glory.  We believe that the spirits and souls of the unbelieving will be kept from the glory and presence of the Lord and ultimately be judged and not annihilated but punished in everlasting destruction.


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