About Us

Our God-given Purposes

The overall purpose of Christ’s church both corporately and individually is to glorify God. At Fellowship Bible Church we believe that God is glorified as His church carries out five biblical purposes, and these five purposes are our God-given mission and the reason why we exist.

Exalting Christ

Loving God supremely

Through Him (Jesus Christ) then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.

Hebrews 13:15


Encouraging People

Loving Others Sacrificially

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35

Evangelizing Unbelievers

Sharing The Gospel

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

Establishing Believers

Growing Toward Maturity

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

Colossians 2:6-7

Equipping Servants

Exercising Spiritual Gifts

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful people who will be able to teach others also.

II Timothy 2:2

Our Leaders



Pastor Park Hardy

Mark Hardy

Pastor and Elder


Pastor Mark is the founding pastor of Fellowship Bible Church. He moved to Coeur d' Alene with his family in 1973 from Redding, California. He graduated from Coeur d Alene High School in 1976 and from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1981, where he met his wife, Julie. They have been happily married now for 34 years and are hoping for many more years to serve the Lord together.

In 1986 he received a Master's degree in Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, and in 1992, a Master's of Divinity degree from The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles, California. In 2016 he completed Grace Advance Academy, a ministry of Grace Community Church designed to support and train pastors in the best ways of reaching their communities with the gospel of Christ. Mark is devoted to Jesus, spending hours every week in the study of His Word so he can share the things God is teaching him through the ministry of Strength for the Journey.

He and Julie live in Coeur d' Alene and have two children, Jessica and John, both married, Jessica to Jerry and John to Denni. In addition they also have been blessed with three grandchildren, Cohen, Elias, and Natalie. Mark loves to read and devours every book about theology and practical Christian ministry he can. Also an avid hunter, he loves to track down those elusive elk every year.

Youth Minister Simeon King

Simeon King

Youth Minister


Simeon is the enthusiastic and committed Youth Minister here at FBC. He served us as a youth intern while he attended Moody Northwest but he became our official Youth Minister in 2010 and has been faithfully serving our FBC youth ever since.

He graduated with honors from Moody Northwest in May of 2014 with a degree in Biblical Studies. Along the way, God introduced him to his wife, Tesa, and they got married in June of 2014. Simeon has a heart for Jesus and wants to see young people understand and experience the love of Jesus in a life-transforming way. He has the distinction of completing every single year in the AWANA program and served as a youth counselor in the AWANA camps as well.

Simeon loves to study God's Word and he also loves video games so it was only logical that these two passions combined in the writing of a book about video gaming and Christianity, which he hopes to see published very soon. He is also the co-creator of the Two Button Crew YouTube Channel and has even co-designed his very own video game called Accelerated Delivery.

Simeon also enjoys having the opportunity to teach us what he is learning here at FBC. He is a young man who models an infectious humility and desire to know Jesus and to make Him known to others.

Don Lowe

Don Lowe

Ruling Elder


Don was born in San Francisco, California and spent most of his life in the Golden State until his retirement in 2010, when he moved up here to Northern Idaho. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married now for 35 years and along the way, God has blessed them with two children, Donald and Ashley, and two grandchildren, Samantha and Matthew. Of all the official titles that they have had, Don and Sharon think that Grandpa and Grandma might be the ones they like the best.

Don became a born-again believer in Jesus on Easter Sunday, 1985. Since then God has used him in many ways, including being a Sunday School teacher, a home Bible Study leader, a church director, worship team leader, a leader in Bible Study Fellowship, and as an Elder at FBC. He and Sharon are heavily involved in ministry together at FBC and we are grateful to God for bringing them here to us.

Along with Sharon, Don loves to golf, to travel, to fish for bass, and to spend time with their kids and grandkids. As die-hard, San Francisco Giants baseball fans, they both love to cheer their beloved Giants on from the stands. As a matter of fact, Don has made it a goal to attend at least one professional baseball game in every major league baseball stadium in the United States before God calls him home, and as the years go by he is having a lot of fun achieving that goal!

Richard Hardy

Richard Hardy

Ruling Elder


After his birth in Sanger, California, Dick’s family moved to the city of Dunsmuir, California, where he attended school. Dick became a believer in Christ at an early age, greatly influenced by the love and godly example of his parents. He was a talented basketball player in school and loved all the time he spent on the court. In school he met his wife, Jo Ann, and they have now enjoyed 63 years of married life, serving the Lord together. God has not only blessed them with three children; Roxanne, Mark, and Jill, but also with seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Keeping up with all of them along with their ministries at FBC definitely keeps them both young at heart!

Dick moved up here to Northern Idaho in 1973, and along with his brother, Walter, opened several Hardy Boys Lumber stores in the area. Through the years, God has blessed his determination to honor Him in the way he has conducted all his businesses, whether in a lumber store, a restaurant, or a motel, Dick has sought to show the love of Jesus to all the people he has done business with.

The priorities of both Dick and Jo Ann now revolve around family: both personal family and FBC church family. They continue to pray that every family member will experience a life-transforming relationship with Jesus and will follow God with all their heart, in all their days.

John King

John King

Ruling Elder


John was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and loves it so much he still lives there today. He became a born-again believer in God when he was 9 years old, while attending a Boys Brigade meeting. He definitely has a servant’s heart and loves to stay busy working on various types of projects that help the people around him.

He married Connie back in 1978, so that means they’ve been serving Jesus together for almost 39 years and they look forward to enjoying many more together. God has blessed them with three children, Shannon, Shane, and Tia, and also seven grandchildren, Riley, Marcus, Sarah, Aidan, Charlotte, Layla, and Joshua. Spending time with all of them brings a lot of joy to both of their hearts.

In addition to hanging out with his family, when John does have a little spare time he loves to fix all kinds of equipment. He also loves woodworking and travelling together with Connie. And he’s a passionate backpacker who loves to spend time out in God’s creation.

Both John and Connie choose to travel across the Idaho border to Post Falls every week to worship and serve at Fellowship Bible because they love Pastor Mark’s teaching and their FBC church family that much. We sure don’t know what we’d do without them!

 

Our Beliefs

We teach that there is but one living and true God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, personal, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons (i.e. Trinity)—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Isaiah 48:16; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)—each equally deserving worship and obedience. Functional subordinations within the Trinity never stand opposed to the full Deity that each of the Persons possesses. God is, but is not limited to:

 Self-Existent (John 5:26; Romans 11:36).

 Eternal (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 57:15).

 Sovereign (Psalm 115:3; Daniel 4:35; Matthew 19:26).

 Transcendent (Psalm 113:4-5).

 Omnipresent (1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:24).

 Omnipotent (Isaiah 40:28; Jeremiah 32:17).

 Omniscient (Psalm 147:5; Hebrews 4:13).

 Immutable (Psalm 102:25-27; Malachi 3:6; James 1:17).

 Incomprehensible (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 11:33-35).

 Perfect (Psalm 18:30; Matthew 5:48).

 Holy (Leviticus 11:44; Isaiah 6:1-3; 57:15).

 Truthful (Numbers 23:19; Romans 3:4; Hebrews 6:18).

 Gracious (Matthew 5:45; Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8-9).

 Love (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:8).

 Merciful (Romans 11:32; Titus 3:5).

 Righteous (Psalm 119:137; 145: 17; Habakkuk 1:13).

 Just (Romans 1:18; 2:6-8).

GOD THE FATHER

We teach that God the Father, the first person of the Trinity, orders and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace (Psalm 145:8-9; 1 Corinthians 8:6). He is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9). As the only absolute and omnipotent ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36; Ephesians 1:3-14). His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity (John 2: 16; 17:5, 24; Acts 13:33; Ephesians 1:3), and His relationship with mankind. As Creator He is Father to all men (Acts 17:28-29; Ephesians 4:6), but He is spiritual Father only to believers (Matthew 6:8-9; Romans 8:14-15; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 4:6).

We teach that God the Father has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass (Ephesians 1:11). He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11; Daniel 4:35). In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin (Habakkuk 1:13; 1 Peter 1:16-17), nor does He diminish the accountability of moral, intelligent creatures (1 Peter 1:17). He has graciously chosen from eternity past those whom He would have as His own (Ephesians 1:4-6); He saves from sin all who come to Him through Jesus Christ; He adopts as His own all those who come to Him; and He becomes, upon adoption, Father to His own (John 1:12; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Hebrews 12:5-9).

GOD THE SON

We teach that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, possesses all the attributes of God, and in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father (John 1:1-3, 14; 10:30; 14:9; 20:28; Hebrews 1:3).
We teach that God the Father created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them according to His own will, through His Son Jesus Christ, by whom all things continue in existence and in operation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:2).

We teach that there are preincarnate appearances of the Son of God in the Old Testament where He is referred to as “LORD” (Genesis 18:1-2, 22; 19:24;) and as “the Angel of the LORD” (Genesis 16:7; 22:1-12; Exodus 3:2-6; Judges 13:18-22). There are several instances in the Old Testament where Christ took on the physical form of a man (Genesis 18:1-2, 32:24-30; Joshua 5:13-15).

We teach that Jesus Christ fulfilled various Old Testament prophecies (e.g. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 52-53; Micah 5:2; Psalm 2; 22; 118:22; Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:44-45).

We teach that in the incarnation (i.e. Hypostatic Union) the eternally existing second person of the Trinity (i.e. Jesus Christ) became man and that He represents humanity and deity in indivisible oneness being 100% God and 100% man (Micah 5:2; John 1:1, 14; 5:23; 14:9-10; 17:5; Colossians 2:9), and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, to redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom (Psalm 2:7-9, Isaiah 9:6; John 1:29; 3:16; 6:51; 2 Corinthians 8:9; 1 Peter 1:18-21).

We teach that in the incarnation Christ voluntarily took upon Himself the form of a bond-servant and laid aside His right to the full prerogatives of the attributes of deity (Kenosis), yet surrendering nothing of the divine essence, either in degree or kind (Philippians 2:5-8).

We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23, 25; Luke 1:26-35), and lived a sinless life (Luke 1:35; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22).

We teach that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood (i.e. His sacrificial death on the cross—1 Peter 1:18-19), and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (John 10:15-18; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24).

We teach that on the basis of the efficacy of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (Romans 3:25; 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).

We teach that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross. Jesus’ bodily resurrection is also the guarantee of a future resurrection life for all believers (John 5:26-29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23).

We teach that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead and that He has ascended in His glorified body to the right hand of the Father, where He mediates as our Advocate and High Priest (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:38-39; Acts 2:30-31; Romans 4:25; 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1).

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man (Ephesians 2:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5), is the Head of His body, the church (Ephesians 1:22; 5:23; Colossians 1:18), and the coming universal King who will return with His bride and reign on the throne of David (Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:31-33).

We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the one to whom every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11), and through whom God will judge all mankind (John 5:22-23):

 Believers (1 Corinthians 3:10-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10)

 Living inhabitants of the earth at His glorious return, i.e. the Second Coming of Christ (Matthew 25:31-46)

 Unbelieving dead at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15).

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We teach that the Holy Spirit is a divine person (John 14:26; 16:13; Acts 5:3-4), eternal (Hebrews 9:14), underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13), emotions (Ephesians 4:30), will (1 Corinthians 12:11), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness (John 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-56; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; and Jeremiah 31:31-34 with Hebrews 10:15-17).

We teach that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. We recognize His sovereign activity in creation (Genesis 1:2), the incarnation (Matthew 1:18), the written revelation (2 Peter 1:20-21), and the work of salvation (John 3:5-7).

We teach that a unique work of the Holy Spirit in this age began at Pentecost when He came from the Father as promised by Christ (John 14:16-17; 15:26) to initiate and complete the building of the body of Christ, which is His church (1 Corinthians 12:13). The broad scope of His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ and transforming believers into the image of Christ (John 16:7-9; Acts 1:5; 2:4; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:22).

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the supernatural and sovereign agent in regeneration (Titus 3:5), baptizing all believers into the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 4:4). The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, illuminates, empowers for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13; 3:16; 1 John 2:20, 27).

We teach that the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who guided the apostles and prophets into all truth as they committed to writing God’s revelation, the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). Every believer possesses the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit from the moment of salvation, and it is the duty of all those born of the Spirit to be filled with (i.e. controlled by) the Spirit (John 16:13; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 John 2:20, 27).

We teach that the Holy Spirit administers spiritual gifts to the church. The Holy Spirit glorifies neither Himself nor His gifts, but He does glorify Christ by implementing His work of redeeming the lost and building up believers in the faith (John 16: 13-14; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

At Fellowship Bible Church we believe that water baptism is an outward manifestation of an already saved and changed heart. Being baptized does not save us, but it is an important act of obedience and submission to God's leadership over us. We believe that baptism is a necessary and important act of personal testimony and identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection that all true believers should experience.

We are aware that there are some brothers and sisters who see their baptism as an infant to be true, Biblical baptism. But we are convinced by the study of God's Word that baptism is supposed to occur after one has made a profession of faith that Jesus Christ is Lord, so that excludes infant baptism.

We further believe that the Bible exclusively presents baptism as being fully immersed in water because there are no scriptural examples of baptism by any means other than immersion. Therefore, baptism by immersion after one makes a profession of saving faith in Jesus Christ is what we practice here at FBC. If you are a believer in Jesus and have not yet been baptized we urge you to contact us so that we can help you make this very important step of obedience.

We were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy intimate fellowship with Him. If you are not confident that you have a personal relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ, then consider these truths. Please feel free to visit us here at FBC on Sundays at 10:15 AM, call us, or email us and we would consider it an honor to help you.

God is holy and requires the same from us.
• Matthew 5:48 Therefore you are to be perfect, just like your heavenly Father is perfect.
• James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point has become guilty of all.
(See also Isaiah 6:3, 1 Peter 1:16, and 1 John 1:5)

Man is sinful and deserves death, is completely incapable of saving himself.
• Romans 3:10-12, 23 There is no one righteous not even one, there is no one that understands, no one that seeks after God…for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
• Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(See also Titus 3:5, Ezekiel 18:4, Isaiah 64:6, Ephesians 2:8-10, and Hebrews 9:27)

Christ died on the cross to pay sin’s penalty, and He rose from the dead as proof that God’s righteous demands were fulfilled in Him.
• John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
• 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 … that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
(See also Isaiah 53:4-5, Colossians 2:9, Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 3:18, and 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Accept God’s free gift of eternal life. Choose to believe in what Christ has done for you, turn away from your sins and commit to following Christ.
• Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return to the Lord and He will have compassion on him and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
• Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
(See also Matthew 11:28-30, Luke 9:23, Luke 13:3, Acts 17:30, 1 Thessalonians 1:9, 1 John 2:3)

You can talk to God and tell Him that you want to receive His gift of eternal life, you can ask Jesus to forgive all your sins and save you. God loves you so much, and wants you to Know Him personally through His Son, Jesus. If you have made this decision today or want to know more about it, please contact us and we would be happy to help and support you in any way we can.

We believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant and authoritative Word of God. We teach that whereas God has revealed Himself to man generally (i.e. in nature and conscience), these avenues are insufficient for salvation (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-2:16), and thus, the Word of God constitutes God’s special revelation to mankind for salvation. This special revelation was finished with the completion of the New Testament (Hebrews 1:1-2; 2:3-4; Jude 3; Revelation 22:18-19).

We teach that the Bible is God’s only written revelation to man, and thus the sixty-six books of the Bible (i.e. the Protestant Canon) is the objective, propositional revelation of God (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13). No church council or group of men made these books canonical, rather these books were recognized as clearly inspired by God.

We teach the verbal, plenary, inspiration of Scripture—God-breathed equally in all parts and in every word in the original documents (2 Timothy 3:16).

We teach that God spoke in His written Word by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit so superintended the human authors that, through their individual personalities, backgrounds and different styles of writing (John 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-14; Galatians 1:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21); they composed and rendered God’s Word to man without error (i.e. inerrant) in whole or in part (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16).

We teach that the Bible constitutes the only infallible rule of faith and practice, and is sufficient for both salvation and sanctification (Isaiah 40:8; 55:11; Matthew 4:4; 5:17-19; 24:35; John 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12-13).

We teach that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation, which recognizes varieties of expression, literary forms and figurative language, under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:17; 16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-15; 1 John 2:20).

We teach that the Bible is absolutely authoritative and that therefore it is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. The truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it (2 Timothy 2:15).

We teach that throughout human history in the context of time God revealed more and more of His person, character and will (i.e. progressive revelation). Though in history God did modify how he dealt with specific people in line with His sovereign plan, no previous revelation was ever contradicted.

We believe that all men are lost sinners and must turn to Christ alone in saving faith through regeneration by the Holy Spirit. We teach that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Romans 9:16; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19). God gets all the credit for the believers salvation and that the unbeliever is responsible for his rejection of salvation. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Works are not the way to salvation, but the result of salvation.

We teach that Christ’s atonement is both general in that Christ died for all men (2 Corinthians 5:19; 1 Timothy 2:6; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:2), and particular in that Christ’s death has special reference to the elect (John 10:11; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25). Therefore, Christ’s saving work on the cross was “sufficient for all, effectual for the elect” (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:10).

REGENERATION

We teach that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-7; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:23). It is instantaneous (2 Corinthians 5:17) and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24; Romans 10:17), when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation.

We teach that genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works will be its proper evidence and fruit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:10; James 2:14-26), and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his life through faithful obedience to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17-21; Philippians 2:12b; Colossians 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4-10). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). Such conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorification at Christ’s coming (Romans 8:17; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 3:2-3).

PREDESTINATION/ELECTION/REPROBATION

We understand that there has always been much debate and controversy over these doctrines. The use of different definitions for these terms has only added confusion to the debate. Therefore, we define what we mean by each term as we teach the following:

The doctrine of predestination in its widest sense refers to the fact that God, before the foundation of the world, in eternity past, sovereignly predestined or foreordained (i.e. predetermined) whatsoever shall happen in history according to His own plan and purpose (Isaiah 46:10; Acts 4:27-28; 15:18; 1 Peter 1:20; Ephesians 1:11). However, in its narrower sense it refers to God from eternity past sovereignly predestining two things:

1) God positively and actively “elected” or “chose,” out of the mass of fallen and justly condemned humanity, a body of undeserving people for Himself in Christ whom He graciously regenerates, saves and sanctifies (Acts 13:48; Romans 8:28-30; Ephesians 1:4-11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1-2; Revelation 17:8). This is the doctrine of election. God does not “elect” any to damnation.

2) At the same time, God negatively and passively predestined to “pass over” (i.e. preterition) the rest of sinful humanity (i.e. the reprobate— the non-elect who reject God’s free gift of salvation) by withholding His work of grace in their lives and leaving them to continue in their own chosen and self-determined sinfulness to ultimate eternal punishment (Exodus 9:16; Proverbs 16:4; Romans 9:17, 22; 1 Peter 2:7-8; Jude 4).

Whereas the Bible teaches that the eternal destiny of both the elect and the reprobate is settled by the eternal foreordination of God (i.e. double predestination), we reject any distorted view of predestination that states that God works in the same way and same manner in the lives of the reprobate as He does in the lives of the elect (i.e. “double election”).
We teach that in the lives of the elect, God changes an evil, unbelieving heart (e.g. Jeremiah 31:33-34; 32:38-40; Ezekiel 36:22-27; Acts 16:14) justifying the ungodly (Romans 4:5). Note that He does not do this apart from faith on the elects’ part (Romans 3:21-28; Ephesians 2:8-9). In the lives of the non-elect (i.e. reprobate), God does not change a neutral or believing heart into an unbelieving heart (John 3:18; Romans 3:23). Though God may harden the hearts of unbelievers and “give them over” (e.g. John 12:37-40; Romans 11:7-12; Exodus 9:12, 16; Romans 9:18; 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12; Romans 1:24, 26, 28), He is but simply leaving them to their own desires, sealing their condemnation by confirming them in their current state of sin and unbelief (John 12:35-36; Romans 11:3; Exodus 7:13-14, 22: 8:15, 32; 9:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; Romans 1:24-32). Man is not lost because he is hardened; he is hardened because he is lost due to sin (imputed, inherited, and personal).

Although God’s elective decree focuses on those He chooses for salvation, God, having foreordained all things, also uses the reprobate to bring to pass His sovereign purposes (Genesis 50:20; Psalm 76:10; 105:25; Acts 2:23; 4:27-28; Romans 9:17-22; 11:25-32).

Any view of predestination that makes God the author of sin who punishes men for doing what He irresistibly forces them to do is unbiblical. God does not force any man to sin (Psalm 5:5; James 1:13).

We teach that the doctrine of election provides mercy for the elect while the passing over of the rest (i.e. preterition) provides justice for the non-elect. Therefore, God shows mercy sovereignly and unconditionally to some, and gives justice to the rest. Because God is under no obligation to grant mercy to all men no one is the victim of injustice. Thus, God receives all the credit for salvation (Romans 9:15, 16; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31), whereas man is totally responsible for his own damnation (John 5:40; 8:24).

We teach that the unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own part, nor to God’s anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (John 1:13; 5:21; Romans 9:15-16; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Ephesians 1:4-7; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2). Since sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God determines. However, sovereign election does not contradict nor negate the total responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezekiel 18:23; 32; 33:11; John 3:18-19, 36; 5:40; Romans 9:22-23; 10:8-13; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Revelation 22:17). All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith and all who come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-40, 44; Acts 13:48; James 4:8). The goal of election is that the believer will be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29-30), and that we should be to the praise of His glory (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14).

We teach that due to the depravity of man, a correct understanding of the doctrine of predestination is the only basis of hope for success in the preaching of the gospel. Therefore, this should stimulate evangelism and missions, not lead to fatalism (Ezek. 33:11; Acts 18:10; Romans 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 3:5-9; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:10).

In the final analysis there is still an element of mystery and incomprehensibility concerning election and reprobation (Rom. 9:19-20; 11:33-36). Though we may never be able to fully reconcile all of these things (i.e. predestination, foreordination, election, reprobation, preterition, human responsibility, etc.) with our finite minds, we must live with the unresolved tension and leave the rest to God (Deut. 29:29; Isa. 55:8-9). We do know that God does all things in perfect conformity to His own attributes (e.g. omniscience, righteousness, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, love, etc.), bringing everything to pass sovereignly by means of His active or permissive will.

JUSTIFICATION

We teach that justification before God is an instantaneous act of God (Romans 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10) and receive Him as Savior and Lord (Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:3; 2 Corinthians 4:5). This righteousness from God is apart from any virtue or work of man (Romans 3:20; 4:6; Philippians 3:9) and is based on His placing our sins on Christ at Calvary (Colossians 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24), and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us at the moment of salvation (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21). By this means God is enabled to “be just, and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26; 1 Peter 3:18).

SANCTIFICATION

We teach that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This positional sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing, not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 2:11; 3:1; 10:10, 14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:2).

We teach that there is also by the work of the Holy Spirit a progressive sanctification by which the present state of the believer is brought closer to the perfect standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification (2 Corinthians 3:18). Biblical Christianity is discipleship (Luke 9:23-26; Acts 11:26). Because all true believers are disciples, the Lord intends all of His disciples to grow to Christlike maturity (Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28).

We teach that through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:17, 19; Romans 6:1-22; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23).

In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh. The struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Whereas eradication of sin is not possible, the indwelling Holy Spirit does provide adequate provision for victory over sin (Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 3:9-10; 1 Peter 1:14-16; 1 John 3:5-9).

GLORIFICATION

We teach that every believer will one day be glorified and perfectly conformed into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29-30; 1 John 3:2).

ETERNAL SECURITY/ASSURANCE OF SALVATION

We teach that all 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 5:9-10; 8:1, 31-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 4:30; Hebrews 7:25; 13:5; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 24).

We teach that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the security of their salvation on the basis of the testimony of God’s Word. The believer will enjoy the assurance of their salvation as they are walking in obedience to God’s Word under the control of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). However, the Scriptures clearly forbid the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality (Romans 6:15-22; 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13, 25-26; Titus 2:11-14). And because a holy God cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will lovingly discipline them if they persistently sin (1 Corinthians 11:27-32; Hebrews 12:5-11).

DEATH AND RESURRECTION

We teach that physical death involves no loss of our immaterial consciousness (Revelation 6:9-11), and that there is a separation of soul and body (Philippians 1:21-24). We teach the bodily resurrection of all men (John 5:28-29), the believer to eternal life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14), and the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting punishment in a literal lake of fire (Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:13-15).

• THE BELIEVER

We teach that the soul of the believer at death in the church age passes immediately into the joyful presence of Christ (Luke 23:43; Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8) until the time of the Rapture when he along with other believers physically alive at the first phase of our Lord’s return (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) will receive glorified bodies suited for a new, ultimately eternal order (1 Corinthians 15:12-58; Philippians 3:20-21). These believers, along with all of the Old Testament and Tribulation saints, constitute the first resurrection (Revelation 20:4-6).

• THE UNBELIEVER

We teach that the soul of the unbeliever at death passes immediately into conscious punishment (Hell/Hades—Luke 16:19-31) until the second resurrection. This will be followed by the final judgment (i.e. Great White Throne judgment) where both body and soul will be cast into the eternal lake of fire and brimstone where there will be conscious everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:13-15).

THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH
We teach that as it was prior to Christ’s first coming, in that it was not easy to discern a two-staged coming of Christ from the Old Testament Scriptures (Isaiah 9:6-7; 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-21), so it will be prior to His second coming. The two phases of His final coming, normally designated as Rapture and Revelation, are most often mentioned side-by-side without clear distinctions in the New Testament contexts (1 Thessalonians 2:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 8; 2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13).

We teach the personal, bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ to translate His church from this earth (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-5:11). The exact timing of this Rapture is both imminent and unknown to all but God (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32-37), and no signs or events of history need precede it. As clear as the fact of the Rapture is, its timing in relationship to Daniel’s Seventieth Week or the Tribulation remains open to a number of theological interpretations each exhibiting some strengths and some weaknesses. However, we teach a Pre-Tribulation Rapture before the seven-year tribulation (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 3:10).

We teach that between the rapture and Christ’s glorious revelation with His saints (i.e. the Second Coming of Christ to the earth), the Lord will evaluate the works of each believer at the Bema Seat of Christ. This judgment does not concern the believer’s salvation, but rather the eternal rewards (or loss of them) for the believer’s faithful service (Romans 14:10-13; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

THE TRIBULATION PERIOD

We teach that immediately following the removal (i.e. Rapture) of the church from the earth (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), Satan will be thrown out of heaven and cast to the earth (Revelation 12:7-12), and the righteous judgments of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world (Jeremiah 30:7; 12:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Revelation 6-18). This period includes the seventieth week of Daniel’s prophecy (Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-31; 25:31-46).

THE SECOND COMING (i.e. CHRIST’S GLORIOUS REVELATION)

We teach that the Tribulation period will be climaxed by the Second Coming of Christ in glory to the earth to occupy the throne of David (Matthew 24:27-31; 25:31-46; Luke 1:31-33; Acts 1:10-22; 2:29-302 Thessalonians 2:7-12).

We teach that at the beginning of the Second Coming the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be overthrown and cast into the lake of fire (Daniel 7:17-27; Revelation 19:19-20), and Satan will be bound for a thousand years from the world (Revelation 20:1-7).

MILLENNIUM

We teach that the Lord Jesus will then establish His Messianic kingdom for a literal thousand years on the earth (Pre-millennial: Revelation 20:1-7). During this time all of the resurrected saints will reign with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth (Ezekiel 37:21-28; Daniel 7:17-22; Revelation 19:11-16).

We teach that the kingdom itself will be the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel (Isaiah 65:17-25; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 8:1-17) to restore them to the land, which they forfeited through their disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). The result of their disobedience was that Israel was temporarily set aside (Matthews 21:43; Romans 11:1-26) but will again be awakened through repentance to enter into the land of blessing (Jeremiah 31:31-34; 33:15; Ezekiel 36:22-32; Romans 11:25-29).

We teach that at this time our Lord’s reign will be characterized by harmony, justice, peace, righteousness, and long life (Isaiah 11; 65:17-25; Ezekiel 36:33-38), and will be brought to an end with the release of Satan (Revelation 20:7).

We teach that at the end of the thousand year reign of Christ, Satan will be loosed briefly and will deceive the nations of the earth and gather them to battle against the saints and the beloved city (i.e. Jerusalem), at which time Satan’s army will be devoured by fire from heaven (Revelation 20:7-9).

THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT

We teach that immediately following the Millennium, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10) whereupon Christ, who is the judge of all men (John 5:22), will physically resurrect (i.e. the second resurrection) the great and small to appear at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-13). They shall then be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire and brimstone (Matthew 25:41-46; Revelation 20:14-15) and banished from the presence of God forever (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:41; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

ETERNITY

We teach that after the closing of the Millennium, the temporary release of Satan, and the judgment of unbelievers (2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:7-15), believers will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved (2 Peter 3:10) and replaced with a new earth wherein only righteousness dwells (Ephesians 5:5; Revelation 21-22).

We teach that following this, the heavenly city (i.e. New Jerusalem) will come down out of heaven (Revelation 21:2) and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will enjoy forever fellowship with God and one another. Our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father that in all spheres the triune God may reign forever and ever (1 Corinthians 15:24-28).

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