A Statement of Doctrine
What We Believe and Teach at
Victor Valley Bible Church
Victor Valley Bible Church is affiliated with IFCA International, a long-standing association of churches, mission agencies and individuals committed to authentic, compassionate and dynamic Christianity.
The following statement of doctrine is based in our weekly commitment of expounding the Scriptures book-by-book and verse-by-verse. It is our view that such an approach to teaching the Bible will yield the following doctrines as well. Therefore, this is not only what we believe, but also purpose to teach and by God’s grace exhibit in our lives as well. Our fundamental teachings are in line with the historic creeds of the Holy Bible (i.e., Deut 6:4; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 8:6; 12:3; 15:3-4; Eph 4:4-6; Phil 2:6-11; 1 Tim 3:16;1 John 4:2) and those of the early church (i.e., The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed).
It is our hope that if you are seeking a church to which to commit yourself as a vital member of the body of Christ that Victor Valley Bible Church will be the church of choice for you, because here is where we believe sincere seekers will find, not only the truth taught but lived out in a growing and dynamic family of Christians.
We believe and teach:
1. The Bible
Both Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired and completely inerrant writings (in the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek documents) and are therefore the only supreme and final authority in faith and life for mankind (Ps 12:6; 19:7-11; 119:89, 160; Prov 30:5-6; Matt 5:17-20; John 10:35; 1 Cor 14:37; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Thess 2:13; Titus 1:1-3; 1 Pet 1:22-25; 2 Pet 1:20-21; 3:16; Rev 21:5; 22:6).
Believers ought to study translations of the Bible that formally correspond to the thousands of manuscripts and ancient quotations of Scripture (Acts 17:11; 2 Tim 2:15). These versions are adequate to equip Christians for every good work and may be likewise regarded as the word of God. Examples of such translations include the King James Version, New King James Version, New American Standard Bible, and the English Standard Version.
2. The Tri-unity of God
He is one essential being or Godhead (Deut 6:4), yet God eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Gen 1:26; 11:7; Ps 110:1; Is 48:16; Matt 3:16-17; 28:19-20; 2 Cor 13:14).
For His pleasure and purposes, God created the heavens and the earth, all things visible and invisible, so that what is seen was made out that which is not seen (Gen 1:1; Heb 11:3; Rev 4:11). The creation of the heavens and the earth was accomplished in six twenty-four hour periods or “days,” and was the work of God the Father, through the agency of God the Son (John 1:1-3; Col 1:16) and by the oversight of God the Holy Spirit (Gen 1:2).
God is the creator of all angels, including holy or demonic. Lucifer was a highly exalted angel, blameless from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him (Ezek 28:15). In sinful pride he willed to be like the Most High and fell from his heavenly position (Is 14:12-15). He was joined in his rebellion by other angels who became demons and unclean spirits (Rev 12:4).
3. The Depravity of Man
Man was created in the image of God (Gen 1:26; Ps 8:5; James 3:9), yet he sinned (Gen 3:6-10) and thereby incurred not only physical suffering and death but spiritual death as well which is separation from God (Gen 3:17-19; Is 59:1-2; Rom 5:12; Eph 2:11-13).
All human beings are born with a sinful nature (Ps 51:5; 58:3) and express their sinfulness through thoughts, words and actions (Matt 15:18-19; Rom 3:10-18) and are subject to the power of Satan (John 8:42-47; Eph 2:1-3).
Man is naturally and totally depraved in that in him no good thing dwells (Rom 7:18) and he is incapable of coming to God on his own (John 6:44).
4. The Dual Nature of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Matt 1:23; Luke 1:26-35) and thus He possesses all the attributes of true humanity and undiminished deity (Mark 1:1; John 1:1, 14; Phil 2:5-11; Heb 1:1-14).
5. The Substitutionary Death of Jesus Christ
Christ died once for sins (Rom 6:10; Heb 9:27-28; 1 Pet 3:18) and was buried and bodily rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:3-4). His death was as a representative (Rom 5:18-19) and substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice (Is 53:4-6, 8, 10-12; Rom 3:21-26; 1 John 2:1-2).
All who believe (trust alone) in Him as Savior are justified on the basis of His shed blood and bodily resurrection (Rom 4:22-25; 5:8-10; 2 Cor 5:21).
6. The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ
God raised Jesus from the dead (Ps 16:8; Acts 2:29; Mark 9:31; 10:33-34; John 2:19-22; Luke 24:1-8, 36-43; Acts 1:3; Rom 1:4) and because of His resurrection, believers will be raised to bodily life and eternal blessedness (1 Cor 15:50-57; 1 Thess 4:13-18) and unbelievers will be raised to judgment (John 3:36; 5:24-29), which judgment will culminate in eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire which is hell (Matt 25:41, 46; Rev 21:8).
7. The Necessity of the New Birth
All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith alone are born again or regenerated by the Holy Spirit and immediately become children of God (John 1:12-13; 3:3-8; Rom 8:9-11, 14-17; Titus 3:3-5). This is a relationship in which they are eternally secure (John 10:27-30; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30; Phil 1:6; 1 Thess 5:23-24; 2 Tim 2:11-13; 1 Pet 1:3-5; Jude 1:1) and in which Jesus insures their perseverance (Luke 22:31-34; John 17:9, 15; Phil 2:12-13; Col 1:21-23; 1 John 2:19; Jude 1-2).
8. The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8-11); regenerates sinners (Titus 3:5; 1 Cor 6:9-11), setting them apart from the world to obey Jesus Christ (1 Pet 1:1-2; 2:11-12); baptizes them into the church which is the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13); gifts them for edification of the church (Rom 12:3-8; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Eph 4:7-16; 1 Pet 4:10-11); seals them for the day of redemption (Eph 1:13-14; 4:30); enlightens them to understand the Scriptures (Ps 119:18; 1 Cor 2:13); fills them so as to live as worshippers of Christ and His witnesses Eph 5:18-21; Acts 1:8; 2:4, 14-42; 6:3; 7:55-60); and guides and leads them (Acts 16:6-10; Rom 8:14).
9. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Concurrent with Salvation
The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the time of salvation (Acts 2:38, 41; 10:44-47; 19:1-7; 1 Cor 12:13). It is then that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer (Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 6:19).
10. The Cessation of Sign Gifts
Although God still acts in miraculous ways and sometimes affects healings for the sick, the sign gifts of miracles, healings, tongues (i.e. languages), and interpretation of tongues ceased with the end of the apostolic period, as the evidence from the New Testament concurs (Acts 2:4; 10:46-47; 19:6; 1 Cor 13:8; 14:20-22; 2 Cor 12:12; Heb 2:4; 2 Tim 4:20).
11. The Second Coming
Jesus Christ will appear a second time (Heb 9:28). This coming is imminent (Matt 24:42, 44; 25:13; Acts 1:7; 1 Tim 6:15), bodily (Acts 1:11; Rev 1:7), and premillennial (Rev 3:10; 20:1-3).
Christ will come again to rapture His church to Himself and glorify believers (John 14:3; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Phil 3:20-21; 1 Thess 4:13-18). This transformation will occur before the tribulation, for believers have not been appointed to wrath (1 Thess 5:1-11; 2 Thess 2:1-12; Rev 3:10).
12. The Priority of Doctrine for Fellowship
Faith in and practice of the biblical truth stated in this statement, we deem as necessary to sound doctrine and thereby essential for healthy Christian fellowship (John 7:17; Rom 16:17-18; 2 Cor 6:14-7:1; Tit 3:10; 2 Pet 3:16-18; Jude 1:3-4, 16-21; 1 John 2:22-24; 4:1-6).
The elders and members of Victor Valley Bible Church unanimously agree to this statement of faith. Additions to this statement and further clarifications, as needed, flow from the preaching ministry and will be likewise affirmed. May you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
VICTOR VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH
We, the members of Victor Valley Bible Church, do affectionately welcome you and invite you to the fellowship and blessings of the gospel. For so we have covenanted together, God helping us -
That, as sojourners and pilgrims, we will abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul (1 Peter 2:11).
That we will let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from us, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave us (Ephesians 4:31-32).
That, as we have opportunity, we will do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).
That we will remember those who rule over us, who have spoken the word of God to us, whose faith we follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. And obey those who rule over us, and be submissive, for they watch out for our souls, as those who must give account. We will let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for us (Hebrews 13:7, 17).
That each of us will give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of ever everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13:20-21).