Treasure Valley
 Bible Church
"I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me." Galatians 2:20a

Treasure Valley Bible Church

Statement of Faith


The Bible


The Bible, in its original manuscripts, is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16).  It was not written by an act of human will, but by men moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21).  God’s Word is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16).  It fully equips the believer for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17; Ephesians 2:10).  For further discussion, see the paper “The Authority and Sufficiency of God’s Word."


God


There is one God (Isaiah 43:10).  He exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).  He is eternal (Isaiah 40:28), self-existent (Exodus 3:14), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-12), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8), and omniscient (1 John 3:20).  He is holy, righteous, and just (Revelation 16:5-7).  He is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness and truth (Exodus 34:6).


God the Father


God the Father has always existed as God (Revelation 4:8).  He is spirit (John 4:24) and dwells in unapproachable light (1 Timothy 6:16).  He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Exodus 3:6).  The Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to redeem those who would believe (John 3:16).  After Jesus was crucified and placed in a tomb for three days, the Father raised Him from the dead (Galatians 1:1).  The Father blesses the believer with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies, in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14).


God the Son


God the Son, Jesus Christ, has always existed as God (John 1:1, 14).  He created all things, and He holds all things in their place (Colossians 1:16-17).  Jesus was conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:30-35).  While on earth, Jesus was fully God (John 8:58) and fully man (Romans 5:15).  Jesus died upon a cross for the sins of man, He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day He was raised from the dead (1 John 2:2; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).  After presenting Himself to many believers, Jesus ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father (Hebrews 1:3).  


God the Holy Spirit


God the Holy Spirit has always existed as God (Acts 5:3-4; Hebrews 9:14).  The Spirit led Jesus while He ministered upon the earth (Luke 4:18-19).  After Jesus’ ascension, the Spirit was sent to indwell believers on the day of Pentecost, and the church was established (Acts 2:1-4).  At salvation every believer is permanently indwelt by the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30).  The Spirit glorifies Christ (John 6:14).  He seeks to direct the believer’s life (Galatians 5:16) and guides him into all truth (John 16:13; 1 John 2:27).  For further discussion, see the paper entitled “The Spirit-Led life.” 


The Depravity of Unsaved Man


God created Adam without sin, in His image (Genesis 1:26).  When Adam sinned (Genesis 3:1-6), all of mankind experienced spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1).  As a result, unbelievers live in the lusts of their flesh, follow Satan, and are children of wrath (Ephesians 2:1-3).  Through creation, all unbelievers know there is a God, as well as His invisible attributes, eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:19-20).  Even though they know there is a God, they refuse to honor Him as God or give Him thanks (Romans 1:21).  The depravity of unsaved man can be summarized as follows, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE” (Romans 3:10-12).  For further discussion, see the paper entitled “The Depravity of Man and the Sovereignty of God.”


Salvation


A person is saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), believing that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died upon the cross for his sins (Acts 16:30-31).  Since unbelievers are spiritually dead and refuse to seek God (see previous section), God is just to choose some to whom He gives mercy and salvation (Romans 9:6-16; Ephesians 2:4-5).  Before the foundation of the world, the Father chose those who would believe in Him (Ephesians 1:4).  He draws them to His Son Jesus Christ (John 6:44), and He gives them faith to believe (Ephesians 2:8-9).  For further discussion, see the paper entitled “The Depravity of Man and the Sovereignty of God.”


The Flesh 


Before salvation, a person lives in the lusts of his physical flesh (Ephesians 2:3).  When a person places his faith in Christ, he becomes a new spiritual creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), but his flesh remains com-mitted to sinning (Romans 7:14).  The flesh continually seeks to direct the believer’s life and opposes the leading of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-17).  When a believer walks by the Spirit, he does not fulfill the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). For further discussion, see the paper entitled, “The Spirit-Led Life.”


The Church


The church was established on the day of Pentecost, when the believers were permanently indwelt with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4; John 14:16). Each local church is to be led by a plurality of elders of equal standing (Titus 1:5; Acts 20:27).  Elders are placed in their position by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28), and they are to display specific character qualifications (1Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).  Elders are to equip, oversee, and shepherd the congregation placed in their charge (Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Peter 5:2-3).  As individuals of the congregation are equipped, they are no longer tossed about by various false doctrines (Ephesians 4:14). They speak truth to one another in love (Ephesians 4:15), and they use their giftedness in the building up of the body in love (Ephesians 4:16; Romans 12:4-8). For further discussion, see the paper entitled “Biblical Leadership and the Local Church.”


Satan


Satan, also called the devil, is a fallen angel (Ezekiel 28:12-16). In the Garden of Eden, Satan tempted Eve and was instrumental in Adam’s original sin (Genesis 3:1-7).  God sovereignly allows Satan to rule over the world and all unbelievers (Job 1:6-2:7; 1 John 5:19; Ephesians 2:2-3).  By faith, believers can stand firm against schemes of Satan (Ephesians 6:10-13).  As they submit to God and resist Satan, he flees from them (James 4:7).  God uses Satan’s attacks upon believers to perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish them (1 Peter 5:8-10).


The End Time


During the end time, nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven (Luke 21:10-11).  A man called “the beast” will be given great authority and power by Satan, and the world will worship him (Revelation 13:1-2, 8).  He will make war against the saints and overcome them (Revelation 13:7).  Yet, these saints will remain faithful and will be victorious in their faith (Revelation 12:17, 15:2).  During this time, Jesus will return on the clouds.  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then those saints who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Corinthians 15:52).  At the conclusion of the end time, Jesus Christ will return to earth to wage war with the nations, and unbelieving Israel will believe in Jesus as their Messiah (Revelation 19:11-21; Zechariah 12:10).  During the next 1000 years, Christ will reign upon the earth with His saints (Revelation 20:4-6), and the Jews will live in security in their land (Zechariah 4:11).  After the 1000 years, there will be a final war (Revelation 20:7-9).  Unsaved man will stand before Christ, be judged for his sins, and be sentenced to eternal punishment (Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 25:31-46).  After the judgment, there will be a new heaven and new earth.  God the Father and Jesus Christ will physically dwell in New Jerusalem, and all believers will dwell with God for eternity (Revelation 21:1-22:5).