Southern Bible College & Seminary
Tuesday, February 20, 2024
I.  God:  There is only one true and living God existing in three persons:  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit each a distinct person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and each worthy of the same worship, confidence, and obedience  (Gen. 1:26; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19).
II.  The Scriptures:  We believe that both Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man.  The scriptures through the providence of God have been preserved and give to us a perfect treasure of divine instruction.  The criteria by which the Bible is interpreted is Jesus Christ.  (Ps. 19:7; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21).
III.  Jesus Christ:  Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, shed his blood at Calvary as a vicarious substitute, was buried, rose from the tomb bodily, and ascended to the father according to the scriptures  (Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; I Cor. 15:3; Heb. 4:15).
IV.  Man:  We believe that man is the direct creation of God made in God's image and is not in any sense a result of evolution.  Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience resulting in the fall of mankind and incurred physical and spiritual death for all (Gen.1:26-27; Rom. 3:10,23;5:12).
 V. Priesthood of the Believer:  We believe in the priesthood of all believers so that every Christian has direct access to God in prayer through Jesus Christ, our great High Priest, and there is no mediator between God and man other than Jesus Christ (Heb. 4:16; I.Tim. 2:5; Rev. 1:6).
 VI.  Eternal Security:  We believe that salvation is by God's Grace through faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven.  That salvation is sustained by the Lord and the Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and seals him or her in salvation for all eternity.  Since salvation is of the Lord, apart from all the works of people, we hold that the believer is kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation  (John 10:28; 14:16-17,26; I. Cor. 2:9-14; Eph. 1:13; 2:8-9; I Pet. 1:5; Jude 24-25).
 VII.  The Church:  We believe that the church is a company of baptized believers with Christ as its Head and the Holy Spirit as its guide.  The mission of the church is to strive to fulfill the Great Commission that Christ left His disciples.  To go at home and abroad to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The church will one day be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and after seven and a half years of tribulation will return again actually to the earth at His second coming to set up His literal Kingdom.  (Acts 2:41; 15:13-17; Eph. 1:3-6; I Cor. 12:12; Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:6-8; I Thess. 4:16-18).