DBC CORE BELIEFS
The Bible is God's word to all people. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian believers and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5)
There is one true God, eternally existing in Trinitarian form: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three roles are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a perfect life and offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He went back to heaven and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14, 10:10, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
The church, locally and universally, is an organic group of followers of Jesus Christ that have received salvation, been baptized, and are gathered according the teachings of the New Testament. The church, Christ being the Cornerstone, is a funnel of hope to the lost that functions through prayer, evangelism, fellowship, and Biblical teaching.
(Acts 2; 1 John 5:12; Romans 10:9; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 2:19-21, 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:5-7; Colossians 1:27)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He, as the "Spirit" of God also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His controlling presence daily.
(Genesis 1:2; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:1)
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God's creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are hindered by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Because of this totally depraved nature, this condition separates man from God.
(Genesis 1:26-27; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:10, 23)
Salvation is a gift from God to people. People can never make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can people be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5-6; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
Because God gives people eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.
(John 3:16; John 2:25; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 5:9; 1 Timothy 6:12; Revelation 20:15)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of literal, eternal existence.
(John 3:16; John 2:25; Romans 6:23; 1 John 2:25; 1 John 5:11-13; Revelation 20:15)
Dublin Bible Church adheres to the Elder-led model for a number of reasons. The first reason is that we believe it most closely follows the New Testament pattern for church leadership. Scripture throughout the Epistles contains instructions about this form of leadership. In addition, a plurality of Elders helps protect against heresy, false teaching, pride and the unqualified. Finally, since different Elders have different gifts, a wide range of ideas and wise counsel are brought into each discussion. The qualifications for Elders are found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-16.
At Dublin Bible Church, we will continue to show the love of Jesus and be tolerant of people, all people, but we have to be intolerant of the things the bible considers sin.
We will neither be a passive church not a militant church; we will be a people living out the Great Commission for the glory of the Name that is above every other name, Jesus Christ.
We will continue to teach the fullness of the Scriptures honoring our Highest Authority and the Supreme Judge, Jesus Christ.
Marriage between a man and woman was established by God, Genesis 2:4-25; affirmed by Jesus, Matthew 19:4-6; and elaborated on as a display of the Gospel, Ephesians 5:22-36. So to redefine marriage would be a hindrance to the Gospel. So, therefore, we will yield to the Highest Authority and our Supreme Judge, Jesus on the issue of marriage.
Jesus was the perfect example of grace and truth, and we will strive to be that to a hurting world. Jesus could have made a point by simply pointing out other people's flaws and sins, but he made a difference in this world because he met people were they were (in sin) but he didn't allow them to stay there (demanded repentance).
We, as a church, are here to make a difference when it seems that many others are okay with simply making a point!
We affirm that Jesus was prophesied in the Old Testament; Jesus was born a virgin; he lived a sinless life, and he was butchered on a rugged cross and died. He was buried, but he rose again on the third day proving that Jesus is God and that he died to take away the our sins, so that whosoever will receive his offer of salvation will have eternal life. That's the difference!