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Koolau Baptist Church - What We Believe

What We Believe


 The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible and teach it to be perfectly true. Every belief and teaching of Ko'olau Baptist Church flows from God’s Word.  The Bible itself is the sole final source of all that we believe.  This statement of faith does not exhaust our faith.

The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official translation used by the Church in all of its ministries, including literature (tracts, etc.). (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

Dispensationalism

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their normal grammatical – historical sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or periods of stewardship which define God’s dealings with man in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered ways by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations (the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the kingdom) are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28; I Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; Eph. 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6)

The Godhead

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26)

The Person and Work of Christ

  1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)
  2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Ro.3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5)
  3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Ro. 8:34; I John 1:1-2)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteounsess, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Ro. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14)
  2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (I Cor. 2:9-16; Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; I John 2:20, 27)
  3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Ro. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12)
  4. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness and death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (I Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22)

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; Ro. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19)

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

  1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power, and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Ro. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5)
  2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, also, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Ro. 12:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

The Church

Statement: We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is not a business. It is a ministry of God for the following reasons:

  1. We believe that the local church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons. (I Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
  2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
  3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Ro. 16:1, 4; I Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; I Peter 5:1-4)
  4. We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the only Scriptural ordinances for the Church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I Cor. 11:23-26)

Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (Ro. 12:1-2; 14:13, 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11) The Second Advent of Christ We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, imminent, return of Christ Who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the tribulation Christ will personally and visibly return, with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the Nation of Israel. (Ps. 89:3-4;Dan. 2:31-45; Zec. 14:4-11; I Thes. 1:10; I Thes. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16 20:1-6)

The Eternal State

  1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)
  2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
  3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer eternal conscious punishment and torment. (Matt 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)

The Personality of Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the open and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Is. 14:12-17; Mat. 4:2-11;25:41; Rev. 20:10)

Creation

We believe that God created the universe in six literal and consecutive 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution, as false and unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen. Chapters 1 & 2; Ex. 20:11)

Civil Government

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the Home; 2) the Church; 3) the State. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves are answerable to God and governed by His Word. The Home, the Church, and the State are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Ro. 13:1-7; (Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; I Peter 2:13-14)

Practical Theology

Human Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5; 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Ro. 1:26-29; 1 Cor 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)

Divorce and Remarriage

We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons may hold positions of service in the Church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt:19:3-12;Ro. 7:1-3; 1Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)

Abortion

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; Isa. 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke1:44)

Missions

We believe that God has given the Church a Great Commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors for Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Mat. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15; Lk. 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)

Lawsuits Between Believers

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Church to resolve personal disputes. We believe that the Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. 1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)

Tithe and Offerings

  1. believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the Church, the relief of those in need and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor:9:6-7; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; I John 3:17)

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