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Doctrinal Statement:

Verbal Inspiration: 
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the verbally inspired Word of God, which is our final authority for faith and life.  They were inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed.
II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13

The Godhead:
God exists as the Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Each person of the Trinity is equal together.  They exist as one God.
Genesis 1:1,26; John 4:24 and 10:30; II Corinthians 13:14

The Person and Work of Christ:
A) The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men.
John 1:12,14; Luke 1:35

B) The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as or substitutionary sacrifice; our justification was made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 1:3-5, 2:24; Ephesians 1:7

C) The Lord Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father.  There as our High Priest, He serves as our representative, intercessor, and advocate.
Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 7:25, 9:24; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit:
A) The Holy Spirit is the person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement.  He is the supernatural agent in regeneration who baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, indwells them, and seals them until the day of redemption.
John 7:38-39, 16:8-11; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14

B) He is the Divine Trinity.  He fills them to equip them for service.  
John 16:13; Ephesians 5:18-6:9; I John 2:20

Total Depravity:
By nature, all men are lost sinners who cannot make themselves right with God.  
Romans 3:23, 5:12

Blood Atonement:
The shed blood of Jesus Christ provides the only atonement for sins.
Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:22; Ephesians 1:7

Justification By Faith:
Men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 13:38-39; Romans 4:4-5

Eternal Security:
All of the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever.
John 5:24, 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38,39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5; Hebrews 10:10

Spiritual Gifts:
A) In His sovereignty, God bestows spiritual gifts to all believers for the perfecting of the saints.  As the New Testament scriptures were completed, we believe sign miracles, speaking in tongues, and receiving direct revelation ceased.
I Corinthians 12:4-11, 13:8-10; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:19-20, 4:7-12; I Timothy 5:23; II Timothy 4:20

B) God does hear and answer the prayer of faith for the sick and afflicted in accordance with His own will.
John 15:7; I John 5:14-15; I Timothy 5:23

The Church:
A) In this dispensation, the saved are members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church.
I Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 1:22-29, 5:25-27

B) The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught in the New Testament.
Acts 14:27, 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11

It is the responsibility of Christians to promote evangelism locally and worldwide.
Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:18-20

Satan is a fallen angel who opposes God and His people in this age.
Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Revelation 20:10

Every Christian is to separate himself unto the Lord and away from worldliness.  
James 4:4; Romans 12:2; I John 2:16; II Corinthians 6:14-17

Two Natures:
Every Christian possesses the old human nature that he received at conception, and a new spiritual nature that was given at regeneration.  Victory over the old nature comes by living in the power of the Holy Spirit.  The old nature will not be eradicated as long as the believer lives in his natural body.
Romans 6:13, 8:12-13; Galatians 5:19-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 1:8-10

The Second Coming of Christ:
Jesus Christ is going to appear in the clouds to rapture the Church out of the world.  This event can take place at any moment; it will occur before the Tribulation and Millennium.  After the Tribulation, Jesus Christ will come to the Earth in glory with the Church to rule the Earth for 1,000 years.  
I Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1:10, 5:9; Titus 2:13; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-16, 20:1-6; Zechariah 14:4-11

The Eternal State:
A) We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: The saved will enjoy their glorified bodies in Heaven, and the unsaved will be resurrected to be cast into the Lake of Fire.
Matthew 25:46; John 5:29, 11:25-26; Revelation 20:4

B) At death, the soul and spirit of the believer is absent from the body and present with the Lord.  In Heaven, the Christian will wait in conscious bliss for the final resurrection when he will receive his resurrection body.
Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Phillippians 1:23, 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16-17

C) At death, the soul of the unbeliever enters a place of conscious torment.  At the second resurrection, every unbeliever will receive a body and will stand before Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgement and then will be cast into the Lake of Fire where he will suffer day and night forever.
Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6 and 7; Mark 9:43,48; Revelation 20:11-15

We believe that God has divided history into certain periods - dispensations - in which He has dealt with mankind according to specific revelation.  We interpret the Bible in such a matter which is often called dispensationalism.  We reject "Hyper Dispensationalism" which teaches that the Lord's Table and baptism are not to be practiced today.  
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41, 18:8; I Corinthians 11:23-26

​Rev. Norman Stark

Charleston Bible Church has recently been blessed to hire Pastor Stark as interim pastor.  He, his wife, and family moved here from Grand Rapids, MI.  Pastor Stark previously pastored at the Mendota Bible Church in Mendota, IL. We look forward to all that God has planned for the Charleston Bible Church and Pastor Stark's ministry.   

Charleston Bible Church          2605 University Drive                                     Charleston, IL 61920         217.345.4476