What we Believe
ARTICLE I – SCRIPTURES
“Let us, therefore, yield ourselves and bow to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, which can neither err nor deceive.” – Augustine of Hippo
We believe the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired, plenary, infallible, inerrant Word of God, and that they are without error in the original manuscripts, and God’s complete, written revelation to humanity. The Bible is sufficient and trustworthy for life, faith, conduct, and practice, and is the supreme and final authority in all matters to which it speaks and is without error or contradiction. The Holy Spirit illumines the inspired text, enabling the born-again believer to embrace the truth and significance of what God has communicated to us that we may see the glory of Christ in the Word of God. The Scriptures, therefore, are the foundation of our faith, thus, our sole authority in faith and practice.
ARTICLE II – GOD
“We do not segment our lives, giving some time to God, some to our business or schooling, while keeping parts to ourselves. The idea is to give all of our lives in the presence of God, under the authority of God, and for the honor and glory of God. That is what the Christian life is all about.” – R.C. Sproul
We believe in one true God, the Creator, and Sustainer of all things; eternally divine, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; we believe that these are equal in every distinct perfection and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, redemption, and judgment . [Cf. The Trinity]
God the Father
We believe in God the Father: an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe God’s knowledge is limitless, inscrutable, and He fully knows the past, present, and future independent of human decisions and actions.
God the Son, Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the incarnation of God’s eternal Son. God the Son has precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. We believe further that He is not only true God but true, sinless man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven, His priestly intercession on behalf of His people, and His personal, visible, return from heaven.
God, the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit, His personality and His sovereign work in regeneration, faith, sanctification, and the perseverance and preservation of God’s elect. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, to implement Christ’s work of redeeming the lost, and to empower the believer for godly living and service. We believe the Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to believers as He wills for the common good. No ecstatic gift signifies His baptism or filling, nor does any gift provide authoritative revelation beyond what is revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Life in the Spirit includes trials and does not guarantee physical health, material wealth, or confirming outward signs, except for the virtues called the “fruit of the Spirit” mentioned by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23.
ARTICLE III – HUMANITY AND SIN
“The treatment of our Lord Jesus Christ by men is the clearest proof of total depravity. Those must be stony hearts indeed which can laugh at a dying Savior and mock even his faith in God!” – C.H. Spurgeon
We believe God created people, male and female, in His image, thus, free from sin. We believe that through the fall of Adam and Eve, all people became sinners by nature and then by choice, and are thus totally depraved and spiritually dead in sin. We also believe that those who are called to eternal life repent of their sin of unbelief and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, having been regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 51:5, 58:3, 143:2; Job 14:4; Romans 3:9-19, 5:12-19, 6:20; 8:7, 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22, 45, 49; Ephesians 2:3; Colossians 1:21; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 2:14, 15) Why was God’s judgment on Adam and Eve so severe?
ARTICLE IV – SALVATION
“To be born again is, as it were, to enter upon a new existence, to have a new mind, a new heart, new views, new principles, new tastes, new affections, new likings, new dislikings, new fears, new joys, new sorrows, new love to things once hated, new hatred to things once loved, new thoughts of God, and ourselves, and the world, and the life to come, and salvation.” – J.C. Ryle
We believe that salvation is a gift of God based solely upon His mercy and love for us, His people and that this salvation is received by grace alone through faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ, apart from any human merit, moral works, or rituals. On the cross, Christ was our substitution in divine judgment and wrath thus, He procured the reconciliation of His people. Because of our Lord’s work on our redemption and justification, we are accepted by the Father and eternally secured by the Holy Spirit. We further believe that salvation, being the effect of regeneration by the Spirit and the Word, results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern.
(John 3:16-18, 3:36, 5:24, 10:29-30; Romans 3:23-26, 6:23, 8:33-39, 10:8-12; Ephesians 1:3-11, 2:4-9; Philippians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 1:10-14; Titus 3:5-6; Mark 12:30-31)
ARTICLE V – THE CHURCH
“The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.” – A.W. Tozer
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. The universal Church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, purchased for God with Christ’s blood from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service.
ARTICLE VI – THE ORDINANCES
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of positive and sovereign institution. They are appointed by the Lord Jesus the only lawgiver and are to be continued in his church to the end of the age. These holy appointments are to be administered only by those who are qualified and called to administer them, according to the commission of Christ. (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 4:1, 11:26). 1689 LBCF. Chapter 28. 1, 2.
The physical substances; the baptismal waters, unleavened bread, and fruit of the vine are the types and shadows of the reality, which is Jesus Christ—the spiritual reality and substance of these natural symbols of our faith. Concerning Baptism, we believe in credobaptism by immersion, which is reflective of our Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper too symbolizes the torn body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and we remember this theological truth by eating broken unleavened bread and drinking of the fruit of the vine.
ARTICLE VI – THE END TIMES
All instructors at Port Jervis School of the Bible affirm the Nicene Creed, The Canons of the Council of Orange, the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith; The Canons of Dordt, the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, and The Danvers Statement.
In lieu of the 1689 LBCF, teachers committed to the Westminster Standards – 1647 will be strongly considered.