Ambassadors Bible Chapel Doctrinal Statement & By-Laws

THE GOLDEN RULE OF BIBLE INTERPRETATION

When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word, at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.
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DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF AMBASSADORS BIBLE CHAPEL

ARTICLE I  –  THE HOLY SCRIPTURE:

  1. We believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures.  We believe that in both the Old and New Testaments, each word, to the very parts of its letters, is by the guidance of God and the Holy Spirit.  The result is the very Word of God; inerrant in its original writings and the final authority for faith and life.
    Matt. 5:18, John 16:12, 13, II Tim. 3:16, 17, II Peter 1:20, 21, Gal. 3:16


ARTICLE II  –  THE GODHEAD:

  1. We believe in the One God who has revealed himself in three equal, but different persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
    Deut. 6:4, Matt. 28:19, John 3:34-35, I Cor. 12:3-6, I Tim. 3:16,
  2. We believe in the sovereignty of God.
    Deut. 10:14 & 17, I Sam. 2:6-8, Job 12:9, 10 & 16, 17, Acts 17:24-26, Rom. 9:15-24


ARTICLE III  –  THE PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST:

  1. We believe in the pre-existence, eternity, of Jesus Christ and that His attributes declare His Deity.
    John 1:1-15, John 17:5-24, John 3:13-15, John 8:58, Matt. 28:18, Eph. 1:3-5, Col. 1:16, 17, Col. 2:9, Heb. 1:5-14, I Peter 3:22, Rev. 1:8, Rev. 19:16, Micah 5:2, I Peter 1:18-20
  2. We believe that Jesus became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
    Isa. 7:14, Luke 1:35, John 1:1, 2, 14
  3. We believe in the sin free life of Jesus Christ and that His death on the cross was a true substitute for the wages of our sinfulness.  We believe that God, by His grace, sent His Son for this purpose and that redemption is through faith in His blood and by His righteousness.
    Rom. 3:23-35, II Cor. 5:21, Eph. 1:7, I Peter 2:24
  4. We believe in the literal, physical, resurrection from the dead of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
    Matt. 28:5-7, I Cor.15
  5. We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our high priest He fulfils the ministry of intercessor and advocate.
    Acts 1:9, 10, Rom. 8:34, Heb. 7:24-28, 9:24, I John 2:1, 2
  6. We believe that our Lord will come again in like manner as He ascended into Heaven.
    Matt. 24:29-31, Mark 13:24-27, Luke 21:25-28, John 14:23-28, Acts 1:9-11


ARTICLE IV  –  THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, 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, Rom. 8:9, I Cor. 12:12-14, II Cor. 3:1-6, Eph. 1:13, 14
  2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth.
    John 16:13, I Cor. 3:9-16, Eph. 5:18, I John 2:20 & 27


ARTICLE V  –  THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN:

  1. We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God and that in Adam’s sin the human race fell.  By this sin our first parents fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and we in them: death coming upon all, all dead in sin, and wholly defiled in all faculties and parts of soul and body to the total depravity of man.
  2. We believe that man, of himself, is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
    Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 6:5, Jer. 17:9, John, 6:44, Rom. 3:10-19, Rom. 3:22-23, Rom. 5:12, Rom. 8:7, Eph. 2:1-3, Eph. 2:12, Tit. 1:15, Tit. 3:3-5


ARTICLE VI  –  SALVATION:

  1. We believe that God, in His appointed time, effectually calls the believers by His Word and Spirit, out of the state of sin and death in which they are by nature, to His grace and salvation by belief in Jesus Christ.
  2. We believe that He enlightens their minds Spiritually that they may understand the things of God, changing their heart and their will that they would come freely to Jesus Christ by His grace.
  3. We believe that those who are effectually called by God are also freely justified, by forgiveness of sin and by the righteousness of Christ.
  4. We believe that salvation and justification are by trusting in nothing other than the righteousness of Jesus Christ, receiving and abiding in Him and His righteousness by faith, which faith we have not of ourselves; it is the gift of God.
    John 1:12, John 6:35-37, John 6:44, Acts 26:18, Rom. 3:24, Rom. 4:5-8, Rom.8:3, Rom. 8:30, Rom. 11:7, Eph. 1:7-11, Eph. 1:19, Eph. 2:1-10, Phil. 3:8-9, II Thes. 2:13-14


ARTICLE VII  –  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.  As salvation is not by the works of man, neither is the perseverance of the Saints by the hand of man.
    John 10:27-30, Rom. 8:1 & 38, 39, Phil. 1:6, I Cor. 1:4-8, I Peter 1:5, I John 2:19
  2. We believe in the infallible assurance of faith, founded on the blood and righteousness of Christ revealed by the Gospel and by the testimony of the Spirit of God witnessing with our spirits that we are the children of God.
    Rom. 8:15-16, Heb. 6:11-20, I John 5:1-13
  3. We believe in the assurance obtainable by a changed lifestyle.  Such change being worked in us by our Lord and the Holy Spirit.
    I John 1:6-7, 2:2-29, 3:7-10, 3:14-15, 3:17-19, 3:24, 4:20-21, 5:12, 13, 17


ARTICLE VIII  –  THE TWO NATURES OF THE BELIEVER:

  1. We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural.
    Rom. 6:13, Rom. 8:12-13, Gal. 5:16-25, Eph. 4:22-24, Col. 3:10, I Peter 1:14-16, I John 3:5-9


ARTICLE IX  –  SEPARATION:

  1. We believe that all the saved should live in such manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God.
    Rom. 12:1-2, Rom. 14:13, II Cor. 6:14, II Cor.7:1, II Tim. 3:1-5, I John 2:15-17,  II John 9-11
  2. We believe that by our separation unto God, we are afforded great liberty; but that this liberty must never be used as an occasion to the flesh or an offense to the brethren.
    Rom. 13:13-14, Rom. 14:13-21, I Cor. 6:12, Gal. 5:13, Titus 2:11-15


ARTICLE X  –  MISSIONS:

  1. We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Word of God and to seek proclamation of the Gospel to all mankind.
    Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, II Cor. 5:19-20


ARTICLE XI  –  BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER:

  1. We believe that baptism of believers is ordained of God and appointed by our Lord Jesus Christ to be continued in His Church to the end of the age.
  2. We believe that all who have come to Christ should be baptized after their conversion as a profession of repentance toward God and a confession of faith and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and that these are the only proper subjects of this ordinance.  We do not believe in infant baptism as it is not scriptural.  We practice baptism by immersion, unless physically impractical, but do not exclude from fellowship those who have been baptized by other legitimate means.
    Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:16, Acts 8:35-38, Acts 18:8, Acts 22:16
  3. We believe that the observance of the Lord’s Supper was ordained by our Lord Jesus Christ on the same night wherein He was betrayed, to be observed by His Church until the end of the age.  We believe it is ordained for the remembrance and shewing forth of the sacrifice in His death, for the confirmation of the faith of the believers in the benefits thereof and as a bond and pledge of their communion with Him and with one another.
    I Cor. 10:16-21, I Cor. 11:23-26
  4. We believe that the cracker [bread] and the juice [wine] used in observing the ordinance of Christ are truly representative of His Body and His Blood; however, in substance and nature remain only bread and wine.
    I Cor. 11:27, I Cor. 26:28
  5. We do not restrict our observance of the Lord’s Supper to our membership. It is open to all who in truth call Jesus Christ both Lord and Savior. In so doing we can share this time of communion with believers outside of our immediate church family.  We warn that all who would take of this ordinance unworthily shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord and eateth and drinketh judgment to himself.
    I Cor. 11:27-30


ARTICLE XII  –  THE CHURCH:

  1. We believe that the church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons of this present age.
    Eph. 1:22-23, Eph. 5:25-27, I Cor. 12:12-14, II Cor. 11:2
  2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
    Acts 14:27, Acts 20:17, Acts 20:28-32, I Tim. 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11


ARTICLE XIII  –  DISPENSATIONALISM:

  1. We believe in a normal, literal, grammatical, historical interpretation which produces a dispensational view of the Bible.  But we reject the extreme teaching known as “ hyper-dispensationalism”, such as that teaching which opposes either the Lord’s Table or water baptism as a scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age.
    Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 18:8, I Cor. 11:23-26


ARTICLE XIV  –  THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN:

  1. We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is 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, Isa. 14:12-17, Matt. 4:2-11, Matt. 25:41, Rev. 20:10


ARTICLE XV  –  THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST:

  1. We believe in that “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent, pretribulation and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His millennial kingdom.
    I Thes. 1:10, I Thes. 4:13-18, I Thes. 5:9, Rev. 3:10, Rev. 19:11-16, Rev. 20:1-6, Zech. 14:4-11


ARTICLE XVI  –  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, John 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, II Cor. 5:8, Philip. 1:23, Philip 3:21, I Thess. 4:16-17
  3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery 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 everlasting conscious punishment.
    Matt. 25:41-46, Mark 9:43-48, Luke 16:19-26, II Thess. 1:7-9, Rev. 20:11-15, Jude



AMBASSADOR BIBLE CHAPEL BY-LAWS


ARTICLE I  –  MEMBERSHIP:

  • We believe that membership in a local assembly is a statement of commitment on the part of a believer. In obtaining membership he or she demonstrates their commitment to the Lord’s service in His Church, to the financial support of a local assembly and to obedience to the will of God.
  • We therefore require by way of by-law that the following steps be accomplished by any seeking membership in our assembly.

  1. Proclamation of salvation by confessing having received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
  2. Baptism
  3. Completion of a brief study of the doctrinal statement of our church
  4. Proclamation of agreement with our doctrinal statement
  5. Proclamation of commitment to uphold this assembly and it’s ministry before the Lord in prayer and by financial support as guided by His Spirit.


ARTICLE II  –  SPIRITUAL GIFTS:

  1. We believe that spiritual gifts are extraordinary abilities prepared in the believer by the Holy Spirit for the effectual functioning and perfection of the Body of Christ.
    Rom. 12:1-21
  2. We believe that certain gifts were primarily given as signs to unbelievers and were least effective in edifying the church.
    I Cor. 14:1-2, I Cor. 14:22
  3. We believe that telling forth the Word of God by direct revelation is the definition of the gift of prophesy and that instructing in the Word of God, as a result of careful study and with the ever-present teaching of the Holy Spirit, is the definition of the gift of teaching.
    I Cor. 12:28-29
  4. We believe that certain gifts are temporary while those founded upon Love, Faith and Hope are eternal.
    I Cor. 13

  • It is therefore the by-law of this assembly that the following will not be exercised within our fellowship as gifts: Tongues, Healing, Prophecy, Miracles and Apostleship.
    We rejoice in our Lord that He continues to reach, with His Gospel, people of Every language.  That He heals even the whole man.  That He reveals Himself by His Word and His children who are obedient to Him.  That His workings are miraculous and that He continues to call men to follow Him.


ARTICLE III  –  MARRIAGE:

  1. We believe that marriage is a spiritual union between a man and a woman, each God’s child, and ordained by God.
  2. We believe that in this union God has ordained that each partner submit to the other in the fear of Christ.  The woman submitting to her husband and the two as one flesh submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  3. We believe that the bonding agent that joins the husband and wife as one flesh is unity in our Lord, Jesus Christ.
  4. We believe by the spiritual ordinance of God and by the terms expressing it [cleave, joined, one-flesh, submit, love, “what therefore God has put together let not man put asunder, etc.] that it is the perfect plan of God for the marriage union to be a commitment for life.

  • The following shall therefore be the by-laws of this assembly concerning marriage by our serving pastor.

  1. Persons requesting to be married by the serving pastor of this assembly will complete a period of counseling conducted by the pastor or an appointed elder.
  2. Evidence must be shown by witness and confession of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  3. Only such actions as remarriage of a divorced partner or other actions that forbid reconciliation of the marriage shall allow for the marriage of the innocent party.  This decision will be at the discretion of the serving pastor.

  • Our primary concern in the matter of divorce is the reconciliation of the union ordained by God.


ARTICLE IV  –  ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO:

  1. We believe that the use of alcohol and tobacco can be destructive to the body and witness of the Child of God.
    I Cor. 3:6, Luke 1:15, I Thes. 5:22

  2. The use of alcohol and or tobacco shall not be permitted in the church building or the picnic facility.



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