Article I – THE SCRIPTURES
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Scriptures.
Verbal – that in the original writings the Holy Spirit guided the choice of words used while preserving the individual writer’s style and vocabulary.
Plenary – that every portion of the Bible is infallible as to its truth and final as to its divine authority. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; John 5:39.
Article II – THE GODHEAD
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God equal in attributes and nature. Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; 10:30; 14:9-12; Luke 3:21, 22.
Article III – THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe that the eternal Son of God came into this world as purposed by God and prophesied in the Scriptures to fulfill the plan of salvation for a lost world. John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
We believe that, while not divesting Himself of His absolute deity, He took upon Himself a perfect sinless human nature being born of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:35.
We believe that Christ voluntarily became sin for us; and that by His death, as the sinless Lamb of God, He bore the righteous judgment of a Holy God and tasted death for every man. Hebrews 10:5-14; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18.
We believe that Christ rose from the grave having the same body but glorified. John 20:9, 20; Philippians 3:21; Romans 6:4.
We believe in the bodily ascension of Christ to the right hand of the throne of God, and that He has become Head over all things to the Church, which is His Body. John 20:17; Acts 1:9; Ephesians 1:22, 23.
We believe that Jesus Christ is now intercessor and advocate for all those who are saved and that He will return for His Bride, the Church, at the rapture. Hebrews 7:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
Article IV – THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit was and is present in all the plan and work of God and that He has ministries peculiar to each dispensation. His ministries to this age of grace are:
- Restraining of evil. 2 Thessalonians 2:7.
- Convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. John 16:7-11.
- Regenerating all believers. John 3:6.
- Indwelling all saved. Romans 8:9.
- Baptizing all the saved into the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:13.
- Anointing all believers to teach them truth. John 16:13.
- Sealing all believers until the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30.
- Filling and empowering for service. Ephesians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 12:7; Acts 1:8.
We believe that the Holy Spirit will end His abode in the world as indwelling the Body of Christ at the rapture of the Church. 2 Thessalonians 2:7.
Article V – MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but that through willful sin, he became dead in trespasses and sin and subjected himself and creation to the authority of Satan.
We believe that this total depravity in man has been transmitted to every child born of man. Genesis 1:26; 2:17; 6:6; Romans 3:10-19; Ephesians 2:1-3.
Article VI – SALVATION
We believe that salvation is wrought by God alone and is free to every one without human merit or attainment. It is by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8-9.
We believe that to every believer has been committed the ministry of reconciliation and that no one can be saved without hearing and accepting the gospel. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; 1 Corinthians 1:21; Romans 10:14, 15.
We believe that the atoning work of Christ is the only basis for our redemption and that entrance into the Kingdom of God is by the new birth alone. John 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17.
We believe that salvation is eternally secured to all believers, and that this assurance is their portion from the very day of their trust in Christ. John 3:16; 10:28, 29; Hebrews 10:22; Romans 8:28-39.
We believe that this salvation will be fully realized when Christ comes back to take us to Himself – this is the Christian’s blessed hope. John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-13.
Article VII – THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe that it is incumbent upon every believer to walk worthy of His calling – to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. 1 Thessalonians 2:12; Romans 8:4, 5.
We believe that Christian character and fruit is produced solely by the operation of the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 2:6, 7; 4:22-24; Galatians 5:16-23.
Article VIII – THE CHURCH
We believe that the true Church, which is the Body of Christ, is composed of all believers of this dispensation who are united to the risen Lord by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:4-6; 5:23-32.
We believe that each local assembly is under the direct leadership of the Holy Spirit and that He appoints the ministering gifts as He will. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28.
We believe that we are to assemble ourselves together for worship, praise, prayer, encouragement and ministry. Hebrews 10:24, 25.
Article IX – THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that this dispensation will end with the rapture of the church and that there will follow a period of great tribulation upon the earth, after which the Lord will visibly return with His Church in power and great glory to introduce His millennial reign and establish Israel in the land according to the covenant promises. 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Matthew 24:21; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Romans 6:7.
We believe that Satan will be bound until the end of the millennium during which time the curse upon the whole creation will be lifted. Revelation 20:1-3, 7; Isaiah 11:6-9; Romans 8:21.
Article X – JUDGMENT
We believe that at death every believer passes into the presence of Christ and there awaits the resurrection, after which he will be judged by Christ for his works. 1 Corinthians 3:9-13; 15:51-54; 2 Corinthians 5:8, 10; Romans 14:10.
We believe that the unsaved will remain under condemnation, and in misery, until the judgment of the Great White Throne where they will be united with their body to be cast into the eternal lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15.
We believe that Satan and the fallen angels also will be cast into the lake of fire to be tormented forever. Revelation 20:10.
Adopted by The Bible Church of Little Rock April 18, 1951