“For the equipping of the saints for the work of service” Ephesians 4:12
Spokane Bible Church is a non-denominational assembly of believers which places priority on the teaching of the Word of God so believers can grow in grace and knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Believers, thus prepared by understanding the Word of God, may then have an outreach in their work places, neighborhoods and schools. In this manner the gospel of the Word of God is communicated to unbelievers so they may believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His complete and total work on the cross.
As a church, our priorities include:
- Teaching believers the Word of God from the original languages.
- Reaching out to our community to share the message of salvation.
- Supporting fellow believers.
- Praying for our nation, community, church and fellow believers.
- Mankind is born physically alive and spiritually dead… in need of a Savior Ephesians 2:1
- The relative righteousness of man is not good enough to match God's righteousness Isaiah 64:6
- Jesus Christ is God, equal and co-eternal with God the Father, and was qualified to be our Savior John 10:30
- Jesus Christ died for the sins of all human beings on the cross Romans 6:10; 2 Corinthians 5:14-18
- All God's righteous demands were satisfied by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross 1 John 2:2
- Salvation is by grace alone. There is no work that an individual can perform that will gain them salvation Ephesians 2:8
- Salvation is the result of understanding that you are a sinner and believing that Jesus Christ took your place, died for your sins and rose again John 3:16-18; Acts 16:31
- Salvation is secure for all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing a believer can do to lose his salvation John 3:16; John 10:28-29
- To progress in the Christian way of life fellowship with God must be maintained. When believers sin fellowship with God is broken. When believers confess the sin to God, God restores them to fellowship 1 John. 1:9; Galatians 5:16-26
- The Bible in the original language is the inspired Word of God 2 Timothy 3:16
- Believers are responsible and obligated to learn the Word of God so they can grow spiritually Ephesians 4:12-13
- Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ reap spiritual rewards in time and in eternity as a result of spiritual growth and maturity Ephesians 1:3; Philippians 3:14
Salvation (Faith Alone in Christ Alone):
- The sole condition for receiving eternal salvation from hell is faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died a substitutionary death on the cross for man's sin and rose from the dead (John 3:16-18; John 6:47; Acts 16:31).
- No act of obedience, preceding or following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, such as commitment to obey, sorrow for sin, turning from one's sin, baptism, or submission to the Lordship of Christ, may be added to, or considered as a part of, faith as a condition for receiving eternal salvation (Romans 4:5; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5).
- This saving transaction between God and the sinner is simply the giving and receiving of a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 4:10; Revelation 22:17).
Assurance of Salvation:
- The assurance of eternal salvation is based only on the promise God makes in His Word that everyone who trusts in Jesus Christ alone possesses eternal life (John 5:24; 1 John 5:9-13).
- Good works, which can and should follow regeneration, are not necessary for a person to have assurance of eternal life even though they may have a secondary, confirmatory value (Ephesians 2:10; Titus 3:8).
Discipleship (Growing in Christ):
- The ultimate goal of the Holy Spirit's work in the believer's life is to produce spiritual maturity reflected in consistent Christ-like behavior and attitudes (Galatians 5:22-25; Luke 14:25-33; Colossians 1:23-29).
- Therefore, obedience to the Word of God, while not necessary for obtaining eternal salvation from hell, is the essential responsibility of each Christian (Romans 6:12-23; Hebrews 5:13, 14; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4).
- However, the Bible does not teach that this obedience will be manifested in all believers. If a believer does not yield to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in his experience, failure will result, evidenced by sinful acts or even prolonged disobedience (1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Galatians 5:16-21).
- The believer is assured of salvation from hell and is eternally secure, since that salvation is based solely upon the finished work of Jesus Christ (John 10:28, 29; Romans 8:38, 39). Therefore, it is inconsistent with the Gospel and with Scripture to seek to gain or keep eternal salvation by godly living. The Scripture, however, does present several motivations for obedience in the Christian life.
- A powerful motivation for living the Christian life is gratitude to God for saving us by His grace (Romans 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 5:14, 15; Galatians 2:20).
- Believers should also be motivated by the knowledge that their heavenly Father both blesses obedience and disciplines disobedience in His children (Hebrews 12:3-11; Leviticus 26:1-45).
- Finally, every Christian must stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, not to determine his destiny in heaven or hell, but to assess the quality of his Christian life on earth (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 22:12)
- Anticipating either reward or loss of reward at the Judgment Seat should also motivate believers to perseverance and to faithfulness to God's revealed will (1 Corinthians 3:10-17, 9:24-27; James 5:8, 9; 1 John 2:28).