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Statement of Faith

The Bible

We believe the Scriptures – the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments – to be the inspired Word of God, written by men under the direction of the Holy Spirit, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts and the final authority in faith and life. We accept the grammatical-historical system of interpretation of the Scriptures, and accept the historical record of the Bible as wholly true. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

God 

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and possess precisely the same attributes and perfection. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin in order that He might redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgment against the sin of the elect. He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave. He commissioned His followers to make disciples, baptize them and teach them to obey all that He taught. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of His people. Matthew 1:21; 28:18-20; John 1:1-2, 14, 18; 10:15; Luke 1:34; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:2-4

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin; that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead; that He places all believers into the one true Church, which is the body of Christ, that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption; that he empowers believers to proclaim the gospel and exercise the spiritual gifts He has bestowed upon them. John 3:3-8; 14:16-17; 16:7-11; I Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:30; 5:18; Galatians 5:22-23

Mankind

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image in innocence and without sin. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. Psalms 139

We believe that In Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited the guilt of his sin, a sinful nature, thus becoming spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner both by nature and choice. Man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition. Genesis 1:26; 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-18; 5:12; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. Additionally, we believe the rejection of one’s biological sex suggests that God makes mistakes, which He definitely does not. (Gen 1:26-27; Psalm 139:13-16).

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4).

(See the document on “Divorce and Remarriage”)

We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of the marriage union between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including fornication, adultery, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt.
15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-11).

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace given to all whom God has called to salvation. It includes all that God does in saving His people from the penalty, power, and presence of sin (heaven) in restoring them to a right relationship with Himself. As such, it is solely the work of God from initiation to completion. The irresistible call (regenerating work) of the Holy Spirit is the cause not the result of the believer’s saving faith. It cannot be gained by good works, but is a free gift for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. All who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven and saved from their sins, declared righteous before God and are born into the family of God. God’s purpose for saving His people is so that they bring glory to Him by their lives. Matthew 1:21; John 1:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; Titus 2:11-14; 3:5; 1 Peter 1:1-3; Romans 8:28-30

Security, Assurance and Responsibility

We believe that all the saved – those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace – are kept by His power and thus, are secure in Christ forever. This assurance is based solely on God’s mercy and the promises of His Word. However, this assurance is not a license to sin, for God in holiness cannot tolerate an unrepentant, persistent lifestyle of sin in His children without consequences. In His infinite love He will correct or discipline those who are truly His. True faith in Christ will be expressed, in the power of the Holy Spirit, by a fruitful, God-pleasing life that endures until death. Matthew 7:20; John 10:27-29; Romans 6:1-2; 8:29-39; Galatians 6:7; Hebrews 7:25; 12:6-10; James 2:20; I John 5:13

Sanctification

We believe that God, in the Scriptures, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. This includes salvation from the penalty of sin (Romans 5) as well as from the power of sin (Romans 6). Sanctification from sin affects both the positional and practical aspects. Positional sanctification as a work of the Holy Spirit is complete and absolute at the moment of salvation; however, practical sanctification is a result of the continuing work of the Spirit using the Word of God to provide nourishment for growth into maturity in Christ. While the process of practical sanctification is assured and accomplished by the Word and the Spirit, it is yet imperfect in this life. There is some element of corruption in every aspect of creation which is the source for the war between the flesh and the Spirit. Spiritual growth occurs as believers feed on the Word and are in fellowship with other believers for encouragement and service. John 17:17; Romans 5:1; 6:19,22: 8:18-22; I Corinthians 1:2,30; 6:11; Colossians 2:6-7; Hebrews 10:25; I Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 1:3

The Church

We believe the true Church, called in Scripture the Body of Christ, is a spiritual
organism. Every person who has trusted Jesus Christ for salvation is a part of the
church. The local church, as established in Scripture, is made up of redeemed
individuals who have joined together for worship, instruction, fellowship and service. We believe the ‘Church’ was and is the primary means by which God is reaching the world with the hope of the gospel of Jesus. John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2:42; 13:1-2; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22

We believe that “we” (His church) are commissioned by Jesus to unconditionally reach out to everyone with the gospel of salvation in Christ without prejudice or bias of any kind. We believe we are to love and pursue all peoples regardless of race, creed, gender, social/economic status, or sexual orientation with the hope of Jesus. We believe we must reach out to everyone with an attitude of utmost humility remembering/knowing we were all once spiritually blind, naked, lost, lifeless, His enemies and yet He still pursued us. We are called to be ‘friends of sinners’ with the intent and hope of introducing people to the only hope of humanity, Jesus (Matt. 9:11- 13; Luke 5:29-32; Rom. 5:8; 1 Cor. 6:11).

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 Scripture nor the doctrines and values of West Valley Bible Church. Matt. 22:34-40; Luke 6:31

(See the document on “Church Discipline”)

We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers as a matter of obedience, not as a condition for salvation – water baptism by immersion subsequent to the believer’s profession of faith, and the Lord’s Supper. Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23-26

We believe that each local body of believes is shepherded and led by a plurality of qualified male elders/pastors who, in mutual accountability prayerfully seek the will of Jesus Christ, the head of the church. Their primary oversight responsibilities are to provide leadership regarding Biblical instruction, doctrinal clarity, as well as the mission, vision, values, and structure of the ministry. Their primary shepherding responsibilities are prayer, equipping for ministry and moral purity. Eph.1:22, 23; Col.1:18; 2:19

(See the document on “Leadership Model”)

We believe God has given spiritual gifts to every believer for the building up of the Body of Christ. As they walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, mutual edification, encouragement and admonition takes place. Eph. 4:11–13; 1 Cor.12:12-27; Rom.12:4, 5; Eph.4:1-4, 15,16.

The Eternal State

We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at Christ’s coming for the Church, when soul and body will be reunited. We then shall be with Him forever in glory. We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire – not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment. Luke 16:19-26; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15

Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct

The West Valley Bible Church statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of West Valley Bible Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Elder Board is West Valley Bible Church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.