River Valley Baptist Church

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Beliefs in Brief

The following is a brief explanation of the doctrines taught and practiced by River Valley Baptist Church (see RVBC constitution for full statement):

The Doctrine of Scripture
We believe that God has inspired the original Scriptures perfectly with no error (inerrancy), and has preserved these very Scriptures without error, as He promised (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Ps. 12:6-7).
We believe that these inspired and preserved words of God are found in the Hebrew Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Greek Received Text of the New Testament (Mt. 4:4; 5:18).
We believe that the accurate and faithful rendering of these inspired and preserved Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words in the English language occur in the King James Bible (Rom. 16:25-26).
We therefore use exclusively the King James Version (also known as the Authorized Version) as the only Bible for rule and faith of this assembly.

The Doctrine of God
We believe in the Triune God of the Bible as Scripture states: “These three are one” (1 Jn. 5:7).
We believe that the Three Persons of the Godhead include God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (1 Jn. 5:7; Mt. 3:16-17; 28:19-20).
We believe there is One God and therefore the Members of the Trinity are co-equal, co-eternal, co-powerful, and co-existent (2 Cor. 13:14).
We believe that the Members of the Godhead are all deity in nature and attributes, and equally involved in their respective roles in creation, inspiration, and redemption.
We believe that the Triune Godhead created the heavens and earth in six literal days, which creation included Adam and Eve (Gen. 1:1-2; 27).
We believe that the Triune Godhead created the angelic realm perfect during the creation week, after which Lucifer (now known as “the great dragon,” “the old serpent,” the “Devil” and “Satan”) fell along with one third of the angels (Gen. 2:1; Job 38:7; Isa. 14:12-14; Rev. 12:9).
We believe that the Triune Godhead inspired and preserved His words which are forever settled in heaven (1 Cor. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:21; Ps. 119:89).
We believe that God the Father sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as God manifest in the flesh, to redeem fallen mankind through His bloody, substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, which Gospel work, when believed, commences salvation and subsequent sanctification through the work of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 3:16; 1 Tim. 3:16; Mk. 10:45; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 1:2).

The Doctrine of Salvation
We believe that all mankind is depraved, sinful, and lost (Eccl. 7:20; Isa. 64:6; Rom. 3:9-19).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ provided salvation for all mankind through His death, burial, and resurrection
(1 Jn. 2:1-2; 1 Cor. 12:1-4).
We believe that the Scriptures require sinners to meet the conditions for conversion which are repentance and faith
(Lk. 13:3; Acts 16:30-31).
We believe that Christians may have full assurance of salvation as they grow in sanctification (Rom. 10:13; 1 Jn. 5:11-12; 2 Pet. 3:18).
We reject as unbiblical the notions of “easy believe-ism,” Calvinism, and the possibility of losing one’s salvation.

The Doctrine of the Church

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ founded His ekklesia (assembly, congregation, or church) prior to Pentecost, and built it up with church discipline, the Lord’s Supper, and the Great Commission (Mt. 16:18; 18:16-18; 26:24-26; 28:19-20).
We believe that He guaranteed the perpetuity of immersionist assemblies by promising to be with those who carry out the Great Commission, until the end of the local church age (Mt. 28:19-20).
We believe that the local Baptist church is the Body of Christ in that locale (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 1:22-23).
We believe that the two ordinances for the local church are believer’s baptism (full immersion) and the memorial of the Lord’s Table (Acts 2:41, 47; 1 Cor. 11:23-32).
We believe that the Christian must serve the Lord faithfully in the local church, using his or her spiritual gift by which the believer will be judged (Rom. 12:4-8; 1 Pet. 4:8; 1 Cor. 3:11-15).
We believe that the only two offices for the assembly are the Bishop (Elder or Pastor) and Deacon (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:6-9).

The Doctrine of Last Things

We believe in the imminent return of Christ prior to the Tribulation and known as the Pre-Tribulation Rapture (1 Thes. 4:13-18).
We believe that the seventieth week (heptad) of Daniel’s prophecy is the yet-to-come seven year Tribulation which will be followed by the one thousand year Millennium (Dan. 9:24-27; Rev. 4-19; 20:1-6).
We believe that Christ will judge all mankind with respect to salvation and service (1 Cor. 3:11-15; Rev. 20:12-15; Heb. 9:28)
We believe that the Lord will raise all mankind, some to the resurrection of life and some to the resurrection of damnation
(Jn. 5:28-29; Col. 3:20-21 Rev. 20:12-15).
We deny as unscriptural the notions of a Mid-Tribulation, Pre-Wrath, Post-Tribulation, Post-Millennial, A-Millennial eschatological positions.
We believe that the righteous dead go immediately to be with Christ forever in heaven, and the lost who die go immediately to hell and will suffer in the lake of fire forever (Phil. 1:21; Lk. 16:22-23; 2 Cor. 5:8; Mk. 9:43-48; Mt. 25:46).