The Bible
The Bible is the Holy Word of God. It is the physical embodiment of Jesus Christ. God used men to write the Bible but it is 100% perfect and whole.

 All sixty-six books of the Bible are inspired by God and comprise the complete Word of God. God placed His Word above His name. The Bible is an eternal living book and is applicable to all people for all time. God has promised to preserve His Word. God’s Word is preserved for English speaking people, in the form of the King James Bible completed in 1611. The King James Version is perfect in its translation of God’s Word. It is understandable and applicable to those who speak English.

2 Timothy 3:16 Psalm 19:7-11 Psalm 119:89-91 Revelation 22:19 Psalm 138:2 Psalm 119:38 Psalm 119:160 Psalm 119:160 Hebrews 4:12 1 Peter 1:25 

God the Father
There is one God. He is eternal, Perfect, Omnipotent, Sovereign, Omnipresent, Creator, Trinity, worthy of all worship.

Deuteronomy 4:35 Deuteronomy 6:4 John 17:3 Job 36:26 Psalm 102:12 Revelation 1:8 Daniel 4:35 Isaiah 43:13 Matthew 19:26 Luke 1:37 Matthew 10:29-31 Isaiah 45:7-9 Job 42:2-3 Proverbs 15:3 Colossians 1:17 Matthew 18:20 Genesis 1:1 John 1:3 Revelation 4:11 John 1:14 John 10:29-30 Matthew 28:19 1 John 5:7-8 Revelation 4:11 Psalm 96:4 Psalm 156

God the Son Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is God. Jesus is the Eternal Word of God in the Flesh. He was Holy Ghost conceived and born to a virgin. When Jesus was on this earth He was 100% God and 100% man.

 This is described as the hypostatic union. Jesus was tempted in all points but was without sin. Jesus came to this earth to redeem man from sin. Jesus came to earth to be the sacrifice for all mankind. He died, was buried and rose from the dead. He is the fulfillment of the law God gave to Moses in the Old Testament. 

 John 3:16 1 John 4:9 John 1:14 Matthew 1:18 Luke 1:35 Mark 14:61-62 Matthew 4:2 John 1:1-5 Hebrews 4:15 Romans 5:8 1 Peter 2:24-25 2 Corinthians 5:21 

God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with God. He is God. The Holy Spirit dwells within the Christian and convicts of Sin.

 The Holy Spirit bears witness of the Truth. He is the guide to all knowledge and discerns God’s Word for the Christian. Jesus calls Him the Comforter.

1 John 5:7 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 6:19 2 Timothy 1:14 John 16:7-8 John 15:26 Romans 8:12-17 John 14:15-26 

Satan (Lucifer) was created by God to be holy.

 Lucifer was one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful angel God created. He was called “The Anointed Cherub that Covereth” (Ezek 28:14). Lucifer thought he could and should be as high as God. Satan was expelled from Heaven and took with him one third of the angels of Heaven. Satan is the Father of Lies. He is the Prince and Power of the Air, the Prince of the World and the Accuser of the Brethren. Hell was created for the Devil and his angels.

Ezekiel 28:12-15 Isaiah 14:12-14 Revelation 12:4 John 8:44 Ephesians 2:2 John 16:11 John 12:31 John 14:30 2 Corinthians 4:4 Revelation 12:9-10 Job 1:6-12 Zechariah 3:1 Matthew 25:41 

Everything that exists was created by the word of Jesus in six days (twenty-four hour periods). Jesus formed man with His hands and breathed life into him. Life exists solely on Earth.

 Everything was created mature and can only reproduce after its kind. God the Son created man in the image of Elohim. Man is unique in his creation and reflects the Trinity of God in his body, soul and spirit. Man is an eternal being; his spirit will continue for eternity either with God or in eternal separation from Him in the Lake of Fire.

Genesis 1:1-31 Exodus 21:11 Exodus 31:17 John 1:1-3 Genesis 2:7 Genesis 1:11,12,20,21,22,24,25 Genesis 1:26-28 1 Thessalonians 5:23 John 6:63 James 2:26 John 4:24 Psalms 22:26 Psalms 23:6 Matthew 25:46 John 3:15-16 Romans 6:23 

Fall of Mankind
God created Adam and Eve perfect. They were created in perfect fellowship with God. Mankind sinned in the garden willingly.

Eve was deceived, but Adam knowingly sinned. Sin nature is passed from father to son and could not be atoned until the Second Adam paid the debt for all mankind.

Deuteronomy 32:4 Romans 6:12 Genesis 3:8 Romans 5:12-21

Atonement for Sin
It is only by the grace of God that sin is atoned. Jesus’ sacrifice was the act of grace that atoned for the sins of all humanity.

 Jesus’s Sacrifice was the fulfillment of the Law. God the Father gave the law to the children of Israel as a foreshadow of the ultimate sacrifice The Lamb Slain Before the Foundation of the World would make for Jews and Gentiles alike. The blood of Jesus was required for the atonement of sin. Jesus made this complete sacrifice on the cross and paid the sin debt for every person past, present and future.

Ephesians 2:4-9 2 Timothy 1:9-10 Romans 3:23-25 John 1:29 1 Peter 2:24 Isaiah 53:5-6 Matthew 1:21 Mark 10:45 Leviticus 17:11 1 Corinthians 15:3 

Salvation is a free gift for all humanity.

 Salvation is accepted when a person acknowledges the depravity of the human condition, repents of his or her sin and accepts Jesus as the Lord of their life. Salvation is by grace through faith in the sacrifice Jesus the Christ made on humanity’s behalf for sin. Salvation is eternal and not dependent on the actions of the person. Jesus holds salvation in His hand and God the Father holds Jesus in His hand. The righteousness of Jesus Christ is given to the saved person as a covering for their sin. Salvation was accomplished through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

John 3:16-20 John 4:10 Romans 5:15-17 Romans 8:32 Ephesians 2:8-9 Romans 3:23 Romans 6:23 1 Corinthians 2:14 Isaiah 53:6 1 John 1:9 2 Peter 3:9 Mark 1:15 Luke 13:3 Acts 2:38 Revelation 13:8 Romans 10:9-13 John 1:12 1 Corinthians 15:3 Acts 2:21 Acts 16:30-33 1 John 5:11-13 John 10:28-30 Romans 8:38-39 John 3:24 Ephesians 1:13 1 Peter 1:3-5 John 6:47 Ecclesiastes 3:14 

Of Justification
Justification is the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life through the righteous of Jesus and is bestowed without regard of any works which we have done, but is only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

 That blood is imputed onto us and sin is removed from us and was taken  by Jesus and covered on the cross.

Isaiah 53:11; Habakkuk 2:4; Zechariah 13:1; Acts 13:39; Romans 1:17; 4:1; 5:1-9; 8:1; Galatians 3:11; Titus 3:5-7; Hebrews 10:38 

Resurrection of Jesus
Jesus died, atoning for the sin of the world. He was buried for three days and three nights. Jesus conquered death and rose on the third morning to give all who accept Him as their Savior victory over death (the result of sin).

 Over five hundred people saw Jesus after resurrecting from the dead in the forty days He remained on this earth before ascending to Heaven. Jesus ascended to the Right Hand of the Throne of God where He acts as the Interceder with the Father for the saints.

John 19:30 Matthew 27:50 Mark 15:37 Luke 23:46 Matthew 12:38-40 John 2:19-21 Mark 15:1-2 Mark 8:31 1 Corinthians 15:4 John 20:1 Matthew 28:5-6 Mark 8:31 1 Corinthians 15:4 John 20:1 Mark 16:6 Acts 1:3 1 Corinthians 15:6 Mark 16:19 Luke 22:69 John 20:17 Romans 8:34 1 John 2:1 Hebrews 7:24 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 John 16:33 

The Church

 The Church is a called out assembly to a local, physical, known location of saved individuals by God to reach the community they live in and ultimately the world. God the Spirit through the preaching, teaching and leadership of the pastor leads the Church. God has given each church freedom of administration; He leads each church differently to meet the needs of the pastor, members and community. What does not differ is the doctrine recorded in the Bible for each church to live by. Each local church has the same purpose: to preach, teach, baptize and care for the needs of the members and the community. The members are to be “of one heart and of one soul (Acts 4:32)” with each other and contend for the faith with other churches in the area.

The church has two ordinances given by God: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is a sign of obedience by the newly saved individual. Baptism is to be administered one time after the person has been saved. It is the complete submersion of the believer in water and it symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Baptism protects the church from dangers without the church.

The Lord’s Supper is time set apart for the church to come together in remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made for humanity. Jesus commanded His disciples to do this in remembrance of Him. The Lord’s Supper is not the physical flesh and blood of Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is a “closed communion” and is intended only for the members of the local church. Each member is to allow God to examine them and reveal any problem areas in their life. This is a time of humility, reflection, thankfulness and change. The Lord’s Supper protects the church from dangers within.

God gave the church two distinct offices for the administration of the church: the Pastor and the Deacon. The Pastor or Bishop is to be a man, married to one woman. He is to be blameless (unreprovable, unaccused), vigilant, sober, of good behavior, not given to wine, no striker (quarrelsome), not greedy, not a novice, and called by God to pastor a specific local church. The Pastor’s children are to be “faithful children not accused of riot (abandoned in moral principle) or unruly (disobedient) (Titus 1:7).” The Deacon is the second office that God defines in His Word.

The Deacon is to be a man, husband of one wife, grave (honorable, honest), not doubletoungued, not given to much wine, not greedy, living a life that is pure. The Deacon’s children are to follow the same guidelines as the Pastor’s children. There are additional titles that God gives in scripture for leaders in the church these include: Elders, Preachers and Teachers. Elders, Preachers and Teachers support the pastor and strengthen the members in their knowledge of God and His Word. Evangelists are ambassadors for Christ sent from a local church, called by God to reach a specific group of people. We often use the term “Missionary” but this word is not mentioned in scripture.

Mark1:8-10 Acts 8:38-39 Acts 16:30-33 Romans 6:3-6 Colossians 2:12 Acts 2:41 1 Corinthians 11:24-32 Luke 22:19 Matthew 1:18-22 Mark 1:16-20 John 1:35-51 Ephesians 2:19-22 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 1 Peter 5:1-4 Hebrews 13:17 Jeremiah 3:15 1 Corinthians 12:5 Matthew 28:19-20 Acts 6:1-4 Ephesians 4:32 Galatians 6:2 Proverbs 24:11-12 Acts 4:34-35 Jude 1:3 Romans 12:5 Philippians 2:2 Acts 4:32 1 Timothy 3:1-13 Titus 1:7-16 Ephesians 4:11 James 5:14 1 Timothy 5:17 2 Timothy 4:5

Tithes, Offerings Spiritual Gifts
Within church membership, God has called christians to participate, pray and support the work of the ministry. God gives the christian the responsibility to tithe. Tithe is the first ten percent of increase.

 Tithe is ten percent of the gross increase not the net increase. Tithe is intended to meet the needs of the church. God also commands christians to bring additional offerings voluntarily as He directs. God gives spiritual gifts to the christian. He commands chrisitans to “covet earnestly the best gifts (1Cor 12:31).” Each person has a talent and sphere of influence unique to him or her. Speaking in tongues and healing were temporary gifts. Spiritual gifts are not indicative of salvation or baptism.

Hebrews 7:1-10 Genesis 14:20 Deuteronomy 14:22 Malachi 3:8-10 Exodus 25:1-9 Psalm 96:8 1 Corinthians 12:1-12 1 Corinthians 12:31 Acts 5:12 2 Corinthians 12:31 Acts 5:12 Hebrews 10:25 Acts 2:46 Acts 4:34-37 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Ephesians 6:18 

Marriage and Family

 We believe that God has commanded, for our protection and His glory, that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of Biblical marriage which is clearly defined as being 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.

We believe that the only legitimate Biblical marriage is the joining of one saved man and one saved woman.  Marriage is God’s design and designed for His glory.  It is not just the deviant lives that dishonor this sacred covenant, the concept of marriage and family in general has been corrupted.  What God created to be the foundation of a functional society has been largely destroyed.  For this reason, Temple Baptist Church does not conduct marriages for non-members and that only following a lengthy course of Biblical Pre-Marital Counseling.

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 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; 1Timothy 2:8-15; 3:4-5,12; Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23; Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5,13; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1Corinthians 5:1, 6:9; 1Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4; Genesis 1:26-27 Genesis 2:18-25 Ephesians 5:22-33; Song of Solomon 8:6-7 Colossians 3:18-19 Proverbs 22:6 Psalm 127 Hebrews 13:4 1 Corinthians 1:34-37 Genesis 1:28 Genesis 9:1 Romans 7:1-3 Psalm 139:13-15 Jeremiah 1:5 Isaiah 44:24 Job 33:4 Galatians 1:15

The End Times
During Jesus’s ministry on Earth He promised, He would return to take His followers to be with Him for eternity.

 This Rapture of the Saints will happen with a trumpet sounding and in the “twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52).” The Rapture will take place before the promised time of Tribulation. The purpose of the Tribulation is for God to judge His people Israel. This is confirmed in the prophecies of Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Jesus. The Tribulation is a seven-year period in which God will send judgements on the world. At some point after the Rapture, the Judgment Seat of Christ will take place. This is the judgment of the saints when each believer must give an account of every action and word they did and said while on earth.

When the time of Tribulation is complete, Satan will gather his armies at Armageddon. Then the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place in Heaven where those who are called will worship and praise God. After the Marriage Supper of the Lamb Jesus will come the second time to Earth. He will come on a white horse with the armies of Heaven. The battle of Armageddon takes place, the beast and false prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire and Satan is bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. Jesus reigns for a thousand years with a rod of iron.

At the end of the thousand years Satan is loosed and will gather another army to oppose Jesus. God will send fire from heaven and kill the army of Satan. Satan is then cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. After the battle of Armageddon begins the Great White Throne Judgment. This judgment is for those who rejected Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin. Every person who rejected Jesus Christ will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. Death and Hell are then cast into the Lake of Fire in the Second Death. When this has been completed, a new Heaven and new Earth will be created, Jerusalem will descend and God will wipe away the tears of His saints. Eternity will begin for the saints of God and we will be with Him forever.

2 Peter 2:4-9 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-58 John 14:1-6 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 Romans 14:10-13 2 Corinthians 5:9-15 Daniel 9:20-27 Jeremiah 30:4-17 Ezekiel 20:33-44 Revelation 19:1-10 Matthew 24:29-40 Mark 13:24-31 Luke 21:20-28 Revelation 16:13-16 Revelation 19:11-16 Revelation 20:1-15 Revelation 21&22