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Accent Bible Curriculum

Doctrinal Statement


1. We believe in the Holy Scriptures accepting fully the writing of the Old and New Testaments as the inerrant Word of God, verbally inspired in all parts and therefore altogether sufficient as our only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5a; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21).

2. We believe in the One True God who is an intelligent, sovereign, spiritual and personal Being, perfect, infinite and eternal in His being, holiness and love, wisdom and power. He is absolutely separate from and above the world as its Creator, yet He is present everywhere in the world as the Upholder of all things. He is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three distinct persons but without division of nature, essence or being, and each having a distinct ministry in God's relation to His creation and people. (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 15:11; Psalms 83:18; 139:7-9; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; 15:26)

3. We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the second Person of the Triune God, the Eternal Word and the Only Begotten Son. Without any change in His divine Person, He became man by the miracle of the Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true Man, one Person with two natures. As Man He was tempted as we are, yet he did not sin. As the Perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, bearing the sin of the world and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead. He rose from the grave in a glorified body and as our great High Priest He ascended into Heaven to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor. (John 1:1, 14, 3:16; Matthew 1:18-25; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:6-10; I Corinthians 15:37; Hebrews 4:14-16; I John 2:1-2)

4. We believe in the Holy Spirit who is the third Person of the Triune God and the divine agent in nature, revelation and redemption. He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment. He regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals and anoints all who become children of God through Christ. He further empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies and fills believers who daily surrender to Him. (John 3: 5; 14: 16- 17, 2 6; 16:7-14, Romans 8:9, I Corinthians 12: 13, II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)

5. We believe all men are by nature and choice sinful and lost. Man was a direct creation of God, made in God's image and likeness. By personal disobedience against the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature, the father of a fallen race, which is universally sitting in both nature and practice, thus alienated from the life and family of God under the righteous judgment and wrath of God, and has within himself no possible means of salvation. (Genesis 1:27; 3:6, Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 5:12,19; Galatians 3:11)

6. We believe in salvation by Grace through Faith. Salvation is a free gift of God, neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any virtue or work of man. It is received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all true believers have as a present possession the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God, deliverance and security from all condemnation, every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish. This salvation affects the whole man. Apart from Christ there is no possible salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3 :5, John 1:12; 3:14; 10:28-29; Romans 8:1; Philippians 1:6)

7. We believe in righteous living and Godly works not as a means to salvation in any sense but as its proper evidence and fruit; therefore, as Christians, we should obey the Word of our Lord, seek the things that are above, walk as He walked and accept as our solemn responsibility the duty and privileges of bearing the gospel to a lost world remembering that a victorious and fruitful Christian life is possible only for those who, in gratitude for the infinite and undeserving mercies of God, have presented themselves wholly to Christ. (Ephesians 2:10; Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 2:16)

8. We believe in the existence of Satan who originally was created a holy and perfect being, but his through pride and wicked ambition he rebelled against God, thus becoming utterly depraved in character, the great adversary of God and His people, leader of all other evil angels and wicked spirits and the deceiver and god of this present world. His powers are vast but strictly limited by the permissive will of God who overrules all Satan's wicked devices for good. Satan was defeated and judged at the Cross, and therefore his final doom is certain. We are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God, by the blood of the Lamb and through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ephesians 6:12; I Peter 5:8; I John 3:8;Revelation 12:9-11; 20:10)

9. We believe in the Second Coming of Christ. His coming in the air to rapture His Church, which is our blessed hope, is always imminent. When He has first, by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living, removed from the earth His waiting Church, He will then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world and afterward descend with His Church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years. (I Thessalonians 4: 13-18; James 5:8; Hebrews 10:37; Jude 14-15; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:4-7)

10. We believe in future life, bodily resurrection and eternal judgment. The spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in Heaven. Their works shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ for the determination of reward, which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own. The spirits of the unsaved at death descend immediately into Hades where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave. They shall be judged and cast into Hell, the place of final and everlasting punishment. (I Corinthians 15; II Corinthians 5:8-10; Luke 16:19-23; Revelation 20:11-15)

11. We believe in the separation of Church and State with each having definite and distinct spheres of responsibility (Matthew 22:21; Romans 13: 1 -7).

12. We believe in the Priesthood of all believers. Christ is our Great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God's presence without the need of a human priest. The believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit. (John 14:6; Hebrews 4:16; II Timothy 2:15; I Peter 2:1,5, 9)

13. We believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He alone is Head of the body of Christ, which all true believers are immediately baptized into by the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. All members of this one spiritual body should assemble and identify themselves in local churches. (I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1 :2223; 4:11-15; Galatians 1:22)

14. We believe in the importance of the local Church. A New Testament church is a local assembly of born-again, baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, and to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, a united testimony and to engage actively in carrying out the Great Commission. (Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11 :2; Matthew 28:19-20)

15. We believe in the independence and autonomy of the local Church. Each New Testament church is free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference and should cooperate with other New Testament churches as the Holy Spirit leads. The local Church is responsible to follow the pattern of the New Testament church and is directly accountable to God. (Matthew 18:17; Acts 6:1 -5; 15 :22-23)

16. We believe the two ordinances given to the local Church are baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is done by immersion of believers in water, thus portraying the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Lord's Supper is the partaking of the bread and cup by the believer

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