What We Believe

  1. We believe that the Bible, consisting of 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, the inerrant, infallible Word of God, was divinely inspired in its original autographs and written by men and is the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Proverbs 30:5, 6; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21)

  2. We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead, one God eternally existing in three co-equal Persons and revealing Himself to us in three distinct entities: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

  3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the second Person of the Triune Godhead, the eternal Word, and the only Begotten of the Father, our great God and only Savior, without any essential change in His Person, took to Himself the properties of humanity, yet without sin, through the miracle of the virgin birth, suffered, bled, and died the perfect Lamb of God to atone for the sins of all humanity on Calvary’s cross. He rose again bodily from the grave and ascended to the Father’s right hand as our Intercessor, Advocate, and victorious Redeemer. (John 1:1-3, 14; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:8; 13:8; Philippians 2:6-8; Luke 1:31-35; Isaiah 53:1-12; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Luke 24:39; Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 1:3; 4:14-15; 1 John 2:1; Philippians 2:6-11; Revelation 5:9)

  4. We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, gives spiritual life to repentant sinners, and baptizes them into the body of Christ; seals, endues, indwells, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, enables, and helps believers (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:13; John 16:7-11; John 14:16, 17; Romans 8:14-27).

  5. 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, bringing not only physical death but also spiritual death, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved in thought, word, and deed, and of himself is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12).

  6. We believe that the Lord Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures as the Representative and substitutionary Sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood (1 Corinthians15:3, 4; Revelation 1:5; Romans 5:9).

  7. We believe that salvation is by grace through personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, not by works, and that all who repent and receive by faith the Lord Jesus as Lord and Saviour are born again of the Holy Spirit, becoming children of God and joint-heirs with Christ. We believe in the eternal security of the believer (Romans 8:14-17; John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 3:3, 7; John 10: 27-29; Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 4:30).

  8. We believe in the physical resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present ministry for us at the right hand of the Father as High Priest and Advocate (Hebrews 8:1; Acts 1:9,10; John 20:11-24; 1 John 2:1).

  9. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just to an everlasting conscious state of blessedness and the bodily resurrection of the unjust to an everlasting conscious state of punishment (1 Corinthians 15:20, 24; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20:5, 6; John 5:28, 29).

  10. We believe in the one true Church, the Body of Christ, composed exclusively of all who have been born again through faith in Christ Jesus. As members of the one Body, all members are united by the Holy Spirit to one another and are all in Christ who is the Head of the Body, the Church (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:25).

  11. We believe in the personal, physical, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ: First, to catch up unto Himself the Church, then to return to earth with His resurrected saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom (1Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11).

  12. We believe that the following movements are out of harmony with the Word of God and are contrary to the official doctrine and position of the Lisbon Bible Church and are inimical to the work of God:
    1. The modern Ecumenical movement with such advocates as the National and World Council of Churches.
    2. The Neo-Evangelical movement characterized by cooperation and dialogue with theological liberalism.
    3. The so-called Charismatic movement characterized by a strong emphasis on experience, a so-called “Baptism in the Spirit” and “speaking in tongues”.

  13. We believe the New Testament Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, observing His laws, practicing His ordinances, and carrying out His commission.  Such a group is associated together by a common faith and fellowship in the Gospel.

  14. We believe the Church is an autonomous body, free from the mandates of any hierarchy, with responsibility directly to her Lord.

  15. We believe the Scriptural officers of a Church are bishops (or pastors) and deacons, whose qualifications and responsibilities are defined in Acts 6, 1 Timothy 3, and Titus 1.  (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 1:22-23.)

  16. We believe that there are two Church Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
    1. Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.  It is a testimony to one’s faith in the final resurrection of the dead.  (Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 8:35-39; Romans 6:3-9; Colossians 2:12-15.
    2. The Lord’s Supper is a rite instituted by the Lord Jesus on the eve of His death.  We believe that the elements of the bread and the cup are only symbolic representations of Christ’s body and shed blood.  Only gospel believers are to participate in this rite and the Lord’s Supper shall be served to the congregation only in the church facility by the pastor (or a man designated by the deacons), assisted by the deacons (or men designated by the pastor and deacons), one Sunday each month or at the discretion of the deacons.  Since it is the Lord’s Table, no gospel believer shall be barred but the pastor shall frequently state the scriptural order, which places baptism as a preferred prerequisite to this communion, and shall explain the meaning of this ordinance.  (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

  17. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 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.  God has given each institution specific biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other.
    The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Peter 2:13-14). Civil Government is divinely appointed for the interest and good of human society.  Thus, we should pray for government officials and conscientiously obey them, except in things opposed to the will of God. The Church and State are to be separate.  That is, neither should exercise control over the other (Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; Matthew 23:10; Revelation 9:16).

  18. We believe that the primary responsibility of education was given to the home and to the church.  We believe that our children should be taught subjects from a biblical world view.  The education of children should include informing them of the necessity of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A commitment to Christian education must also be a commitment to academic excellence and academic responsibility (Deuteronomy 6:1-10; Job 28:28; Psalm 1; 19:7-11; Proverbs 22:6; Matthew 7:24-27; 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31).

  19. We believe that God is the Source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him.  Christians are therefore under obligation to financially support their local church and serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions and should recognize that all these are entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others.

  20. We believe that God has established the tithe as an Old Testament 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.  According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth (Leviticus 27:30-32; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 23:23; Luke 12:16-21).  We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of his tithe or offering after the gift has been given (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17).

  21. We believe that at death the spirit and soul of the believer pass instantly into the presence of Christ and remain in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body when Christ comes for His own (2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57).  The blessed hope of the believer is the imminent, personal, pretribulational, pre-millennial appearance of Christ to rapture the Church (Titus 2:13; Thessalonians 4:14-17).  His righteous judgments will then be poured out on an unbelieving world during the Tribulation.  The climax of this era will be the physical return of Jesus Christ with His church to the earth in great glory to establish His Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 19:11-16).  Following the Millennium, the Great White Throne Judgment will occur, at which time the bodies and souls of the wicked shall be reunited and cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15).  The righteous shall enjoy eternal conscious blessedness with the Lord.

  22. We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord.  God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings (Leviticus 19:28; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).

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

  24. We believe that the only scriptural marriage is the joining of one man who was always a man and one woman who was always a woman (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23).

  25. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity take place outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, and adultery are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex.  We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4).

  26. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and in the church.  The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church.  Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; 1 Timothy 2:8-15; 3:1-15).

  27. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society.  The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church.  The wife is to submit herself to the scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the leadership of Christ.  Children are an heritage from the Lord.  Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including scriptural corporal correction (Genesis 1:26-28; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mark 10:6-12; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7).

  28. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced 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 (Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).

  29. We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being.  Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused 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 physical or mental well being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).

  30. We believe that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention.  Life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death.  Thus we believe that an act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder contrary to the will of God.  Discontinuing medical procedures that are extraordinary or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be a legitimate refusal of over-zealous treatment (Exodus 20:13; 23:7; Matthew 5:21; Acts 17:28).

  31. We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward those who are not believers, those who oppose us, and those who engage in sinful actions.  We are to deal with those people who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly.  God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice.  Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions (Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Romans 12:9-10, 17-21; 13:8-10; Philippians 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18).

  32. We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes.  We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members.  We 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 Corinthians 8:1-8; Ephesians 4:31-32; Matthew 5:25, 40).

  33. 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 of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20).