DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF TBA

The Holy Scripture
We believe that the original text of the Holy Scriptures is the verbal and plenary God-inspired and humanhand written Word of God, inerrant and infallible in all 66 books. They are a divine treasure of instructions; which is to say that their author is God, their message is salvation, and their content is truth without mixture of error. We believe that they describe real miracles. They reveal the principles by which God will judge. They are and will remain to the end of the world as the true standard of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which behavior, creeds, and religous opinions need to be tested. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pt. 1:20-21; 2 Sam. 23:2; 1 Thess. 2:13; Is. 8:20; Jn. 10:35, 17:17, 20:30-31; Rom. 3:1-2; Ps. 119:105)

We believe in the literal meaning of all 66 books of the Holy Scriptures. When the apparent meaning of Holy Scripture has clear meaning, no other sense should be sought. Because of that, it is necessary to accept every statement in its primary, simple, literal and most obvious meaning, fully to the degree that the context and the precisely defined rules of the original language do not clearly indicate that individual phrases are symbolic or pictorial and not literal. (2 Pt. 3:15-16; 2 Tim. 2:15)

The Godhead (Divinity)
There exists only one eternal, living and true God, a wise, spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, the Preserver, the Ruler of the universe, infinite in holiness and all other perfections, to whom we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. In the Holy Scriptures he is revealed as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each with special and personal attributes, but without division in nature, essense or being. (Gen. 1:1-2, 26; Is. 48:16; Rom. 1:19-20; Mt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:13; Eph. 3:14-17, 4:4-6; 1 Pt. 1:2; Jn. 14:26, 15:26)

God the Son
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit without a human father, born of the virgin Mary, and is fully God and fully man; and His divinity is absolute; in entirety He is unique, special and sinless. (Mt. 1:18-25, 16:16; Jn. 11:27, 1:1-2, 5:18, 17:21-22, 20:28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Col. 2:9-10; 1 Pt. 2:22)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the crucified body of Christ; the body, which according to the Holy Scriptures was raised from the dead, was [His] personal body of flesh and bones. He ascended to the heavens and sits at the right hand of God as the believer's Great High Priest and only Advocate. (Lk. 24:30-40; Rom. 1:4; 1 Cor. 15; 1 Tim 2:5-6, 3:16; Heb. 1:3, 4:14-15; 7:25)

God the Holy Spirit
We believe in the person and divinity of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. He is the divine interpreter of God's inerrant Word, who will not lead a person to something contrary to God's Word, rather who witnesses about Christ, convinces the world about sin, renews and indwells in every true believer, and strengthens, enlightens, and urges us to holiness. (Jn. 14:26, 15:26, 16:8-15, 17:15,17,19; Rom. 8:9,11; 2 Pt. 1:21; Heb. 9:4; Ps. 139:7-10; 1 Cor. 2:10-11, 3:16)

The Fall of Man
We believe according to the Holy Scriptures that man is created as a being in the image of God; but man voluntarily committed sin and lost his sinless state. As a consequence of that the whole human race is guilty. Further, mankind is through Adam in sin, has a fallen nature, is spiritually dead, subject to the powers of evil, without holiness, inclined to evil and helpless without divine grace. (Gen. 1:26-27, 2:17, 3:6,11-19; Ps. 51:7; Rom. 1:18, 3:23, 5:12-21; Ps. 14:3; Is. 53:6, 64:5)

Salvation
We believe that the salvation of man according to the Holy Scriptures is possible to achieve exclusively by God's grace, only by personal faith in Christ. Salvation of the underserving sinner is based on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, who by His death as a substitute for the sinner before God became the propitiatory sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. (Jn. 3:3,7; 1 Pt. 1:3,23, 2:24; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Cor 15:3-4; Ac. 4:12; Rom 1:16, 5:8-10, 10:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Jn. 2:1-2, 4:10)

Man is dead in transgressions and sin, at enmity with God, blinded by sin and Satan, and unconscious of his sinful state. Man can only by the Word of God and by the functioning of the Holy Spirit repent and believe. No degree of man's renewal regardless however sincere; no kind of moral achievements however ennobled; no kind of culture regardless of its attractiveness; no kind of church membership however valid-can contribute to salvation (which is only by Christ's blood), nor does it have any merits in the completed work made possible for us by Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom. 3:25, 6:23; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; Jn. 8:39-43; Eph. 2:8-9; Ac. 8:18-23; Phil. 3:3-9; Col. 3:11; Tit. 3:5; 1 Jn. 1:7)

Justification
Justification is by God's grace and is complete freedom from accusation based on the principles of Christ's righteousness for all sinners who put their faith in Jesus Christ. This blessing is imputed not on the basis of a work of righteousness which we have done, but as an acquired position before God. (Jn. 5:24; Rom. 3:21-26, 4:5; 1 Cor. 6:11; Tit. 3:6-7)

The Believer's Security and Sanctification
We believe that all born-again people are eternally secure in Christ, since the Holy Scriptures teach that our justification before God rests only on the finished work of Jesus Christ, and forever remains an unchanging foundation of the believer's faith. Santification begins at the moment of salvation, is a fruit of the Spirit, and is in the believer's life a consequence of the uninterrupted working of God who is transforming him into the likeness of the Lord Jesus till the day of God's call to glory. (Rom. 5:17-19; Jn. 10:27-29; 1 Jn. 5:1,9-13; Rom. 8:29-31; Heb. 10:10; Jn. 15:5,16; Eph. 4:23-24; Ohil. 1:6; 1 Thess. 4:3-8, 5:23-24; 2 Thess. 2:13)

The Church
We believe that the local church is the congregation of born-again and baptized believers. Whose head is Jesus Christ. The Church is people of God and the body of Christ, called and elected by God «by the decision of His will prior to the genesis of the world». Her purpose is to nurture worship of God, fellowship and instruction of its membership, and witnessing to others. It is the responsibility of the local church to practice the ceremonies [ordinances] of baptism and the Lord's supper. She needs to be self-governing, and it is desirable that she promote fellowship with other churches similar according to belief and convictions. (Mt. 16:16-18, 28:19-20; Ac. 2:41-42; Rom. 12:1-13, 16:1-16; 1 Cor 12:27; Gal. 1:2; Eph. 1:4,5,11; Col. 4:15-16; 1 Pt. 2:10)

Baptism
We believe that baptist is a command of Jesus. It is for all those who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, repented and abandoned sin. We support baptism of converts by immersing, conducted in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The ceremony [ordinance] of batism is only for saved persons and is a requisite for church membership. (Mt. 28:19; Ac. 2:38,41; Rom. 6:3-4; 1 Thess. 1:9)

Lord's Supper
We believe that Jesus Christ established the Lord's supper during the Passover, and that it must be practiced until Jesus comes again. It reminds [us] of Jesus' death for our sins, warns [or: reminds] about His spiritual presence, and points to His return. It also unites members of His Church. (Lk. 22:1-23; Ac. 20:7,11; 1 Cor. 11:23-29; Heb. 7:26-27, 10:10,12,14)

Priesthood
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, because the Holy Scriptures declare (and the fundamentals of the reformation heritage confirm) them to be «a royal pristhood» and «a kingdom and priests to God» but the only mediator between God and man is Jesus Christ. The spiritual leaders of the local church are elders, pastors-teachers and deacons, whom her members recognize and choose for the sake of advancing God's work.1 (Ac 6:1-7, 14:23; Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Tim. 2:5, 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Pt. 2:9; Rev. 1:6, 5:10)

Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God by His grace has given spiritual gifts to His church, whether for special for general ministry. Some train the church for ministry of the word and other equip her for practical ministry. By character they are supernatural, but that does not mean that they are spectacular. Believers have various gifts and various ministries. These gifts are not the possession of believers. However, their purpose is that God be praised and that order be maintained in the church. (Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Cor. 12 and 14; Eph. 4:11-16; 1 Pt. 4.8-11)

Mission
We believe that God's primary purpose is to call to Himself a nation redeemed «out of every tribe and language and people and nation» saving them, sanctifying them and building up for Himself a pure Church, the Bride of Christ. Since it is necessary to hear the word of Truth, the Gospel, in order to believe, the preaching of the Gospel to every person and in every nation needs to be of central importance to God's people. (Mt. 24:13; Mk. 13:10; Rom. 10:17; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:13; Rev. 5:9, 7:9, 21:2,9)

Civil Authority
We believe that civil government is appointed by God, for order in society; that believers should prav for their magistrates, and conscientiously honor and obey them, according to the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-3; 1 Pt. 2:13-17; Ac. 4:27-29)

Creation
We velieve in the creation as recorded in the book of Genesis. It asserts that all things have their origin in God, who by His decision directly ex nihilo created in six days all (non)living things according to their kinds. The theory of organic evolution is untenable. Correct biblical interpretation does not leave room for the theory of theistic evolution. God supernaturally and instantaneously created first Adam, then Eve. All records of the Holy Scriptures regarding questions of history and reliable science are irrefutable. (Gen. 1-2, 3:20, 4:25, 5:3; Mt. 19:4; 1 Tim 2:13; Jn. 1:3,10; Mk. 13:19; Col. 1:15-17; Rev. 4:11; Jn. 17:17)

Eschatology
We believe that the souls of those who have believed in Jesus Christ as Savior will after death immediately go to heaven, the dwelling place of God. They will enjoy conscious bliss to the day of the resurrection of the dead in Christ, at the second Coming of Jesus Christ, when their souls and bodies will again be united and will always be overjoyed before the Lord in glory. (1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Pt. 3:9; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; Jn. 14:1-3; Rev. 21:3-6)

We believe that at death the souls of unbelievers depart to hell and will remain in conscious suffering till the final judgement of the Great White Throne. Then their souls and bodies will again be reunited at the resurrection, and appear before God for judgement, and then will be «thrown into the lake of fire which is the second death» and will be «punished by eternal torment.» (Mt. 5:22,29,30, 25:41,46; Mk. 9:43-48; Lk. 12:5; 2 Thess. 1:6-9; Rev. 20:10-15, 21:8)

According to the Holy Scriptures we believe in the primised, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ; that His second Coming will be a literal, physical, visible, personal return; that His Coming for His church constitutes the «Blessed Hope», which is placed before us, and for which we need to wait unwaveringly. We also believe that His return will occur before the Millenium. (Mt. 24:30-31,36; Ac. 1:11; Tit. 2:12-13; Rev. 20:1-7)

Satan
We believe in the existence of Satan as the supreme of the fallen angelic beings, «that old serpent which is called the Devil and Satan, which deceives the whole world.» He is not the personification of evil, but the evil being over other fallen angels, called demons, who also today deceive people and cause spiritual battle for believers in Christ. Satan's final destination will be eternal torment in «the lake of fire». (Job 1:16-2:7; Mt. 4:1-11, 16:23; Lk. 8:2,26-33; 2 Cor. 11:14; Eph. 6:10-16; 2 Thess. 2:9-10; Rev. 12:9, 20:2,10)

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