The doctrine of a church is more important than the scope of their children’s ministry, their style of their worship, or the location of their building. In writing to Timothy and Titus, the Apostle Paul told these two young pastors to be “constantly nourished on the words of the faith and the sound doctrine,” to “pay close attention to yourself and your teaching,” and to “hold fast to the faithful word.” That is much needed correction in a day when doctrine is ignored or not discussed at all for the sake of external unity. Here we offer a condensed form of our doctrinal statement which we have titled We Believe: The Doctrinal Statement of the Kootenai Community Church. You can click on the link for the full statement in PDF format.
|(A) THE HOLY SCRIPTURES||(E) ORDINANCES|
|(B) GOD||(F) SPIRITUAL GIFTS|
|(C) MAN||(G) ANGELS|
|(D) SALVATION||(H) LAST THINGS|
We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to man. We believe that the inspiration of the Old and New Testaments is both verbal and plenary. The Scriptures are inerrant in the original autographs, infallible and God-breathed (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:16).
We believe that there is but one living and true God (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 45:5-7; 1 Cor. 8:4), an infinite, all knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three persons, called the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14) – each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, and coequal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections, and equally deserving the same worship, homage, confidence and obedience (John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4-6).
We believe that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, possesses all the divine excellencies, and in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and co-eternal with the Father (John 10:30; 14:9). He is thus full Deity, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father. We believe in the eternal sonship of Christ.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (John 10:15; Rom. 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24).
We believe that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. In this literal physical resurrection from the grave, three days after His crucifixion, God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross (John 5:26-29; 14:19; Rom. 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10; 1 Cor. 15:20, 23).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, a divine Person, eternal, un-derived, possessing all the attributes of personality and Deity. (1 Cor. 2:10-13; Eph. 4:30; 1 Cor. 12:11; Heb. 9:14; Ps. 139:7-10; Isa. 40:13-14; Rom. 15:13; John 16:13).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is given in full to a believer at the moment of his salvation and no second work of grace is needed to receive the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Eph. 2:21-22).
We believe that in Adam’s sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. With no recuperative powers to enable him to recover himself, man is hopelessly lost. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Gen. 2:16-17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Rom. 3:1-20, 23; 6:23; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).
We believe that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:1-19).
We believe that justification is the judicial act of God (Rom. 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Rom. 2:4; 2 Cor. 7:10; Isa. 55:6-7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 12:3; 2 Cor. 4:5; Phil. 2:11).
We believe in the eternal security of the believer, that all the redeemed once saved are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; Eph. 4:30; Heb. 7:25; 13:5; 1 Pet. 1:5; Jude 24).
We believe that only two ordinances have been committed to the local church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:38-42).
We believe that Christian baptism is by immersion. It is a solemn and beautiful testimony of a faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and a union with Him (Rom. 6:1-11). It represents the spiritual reality of our baptism into the Body of Christ by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation (1 Cor. 12:13), and is also a sign of fellowship and identification with the visible Body of Christ, the Church (Acts 2:41-42). Baptism is an act of obedience, does not convey grace in and of itself, and is not necessary for salvation.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by our Lord (Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 11:23-33). The Lord’s Supper is to be observed in remembrance of the Lord (Luke 22:19). It is a commemoration and proclamation of His death to be observed until He comes, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination (1 Cor. 11:28-32).
We believe that God is using the Church to accomplish His purposes and to that end has given spiritual gifts (Eph. 4:7-12; Rom. 12:5-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; 1 Peter 4:10-11). The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts by ostentatious displays, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the most holy faith (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 3:18).
We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowing of all His gifts for the perfecting of the saints today and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles in the beginning days of the church were for the purpose of pointing to and authenticating the apostles as revealers of divine truth, and were never intended to be characteristic of the lives of believers (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 13:8-10; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; Heb. 2:1-4).
We believe that angels are created beings and as such are not to be worshipped. (Luke 2:9-14; Heb. 1:6-7, 14; 2:6-7; Rev. 5:11-14; 19:10; 22:9). We believe that Satan is a created angel. He is the author of sin and incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19). He is the open and declared enemy of God and man.
We believe that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Rev. 6:9-11), that the soul of the redeemed passes immediately into the presence of Christ (Luke 23:43; Phil. 1:23; 2 Cor. 5:8), that there is a separation of the soul and body (Phil. 1:21-24), and that, for the redeemed, such separation will continue until the rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-17).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men both saved and lost. The saved are resurrected to eternal life (John 6:39; Rom. 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Cor. 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Dan. 12:2; John 5:29; Rev. 20:13-15).
We believe in the personal, visible, bodily, and imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year tribulation (1 Thess. 4:16; Titus 2:13) to translate His Church from this earth (John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; 1 Thess. 4:15-5:11).
We believe that following the removal of the Church from the earth (John 14:1-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18) the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world (Jer. 30:7; Dan. 9:27; 12:1; 2 Thess. 2:7-12; Rev. 16). These judgments will be climaxed by the return of Christ in glory to the earth (Matt. 24:27-31; 25:31-46).
We believe that the kingdom itself will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel (Isa. 65:17-25; Ezek. 37:21-28; Zech. 8:1-17) to restore them to the land which they forfeited through their disobedience (Deut. 28:15-68). The result of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily set aside (Matt. 21:43; Rom. 11:1-26) but will again be awakened through repentance to enter into the land of blessing (Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:22-32; Rom. 11:25-29).
We believe in the direct creation of the heavens and the earth in six literal days by fiat from Almighty God as described in the first two chapters of Genesis (Gen. 1-2; Col. 1:16-17; John 1:1-3). We believe Adam and Eve were literal historical characters (Gen. 1-3; Matt. 19:4-5; Rom. 5:12-21), the parents of all men of every race, tribe, and kindred (Acts 17:26). We believe in the literal fall of our first parents in the Garden of Eden resulting in the depraved, fallen, sinful state of all humanity, necessitating their regeneration. We believe that death, decay, and suffering entered creation for the first time as a result of this fall (Gen. 3:1-3; Rom. 5:12-21). We believe in a literal global flood of Noah as described in Genesis 6-9. We believe that the early chapters of Genesis are literal history.