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Our Beliefs

We believe the Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Mat. 5:18; John 16:12-13)

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - Co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Jn. 1:1-2, 14; Lk. 1:35)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifce; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rm. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:3-5)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 7:25, 9:24; Rm. 8:24; 1 Jn. 2:1-2)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural agent in Regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (Jn. 16:8-11; 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14)

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Jn. 16:13; 1 Jn. 2:20, 27; Eph. 5:18)

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totaly depraved, and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rm. 3:23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12)

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Eph. 2:8-10; Jn. 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)

We believe that all true believers are saved with an eternal salvation, are kept by God's power, and are thus secure in Christ forever. (Jn. 6:37-39; 10:28; Rom. 8:38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; Phil. 1:6)

We believe that the true believer is responsible to live a godly, consistent Christian life; and that the evidence of saving faith is manifested in a true desire to live in a manner that is pleasing to God. (Rom. 8:5-9; Gal. 5:16-25)

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13; 8:12-13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9-10; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 1 Jn. 3:5-9; 2 Pet. 1:3-4)

We believe that all the saved should live in a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all worldly and sinful pleasures and practices is commanded by God. We further believe that the Scripture plainly teaches that Christians should not marry or have other entangling alliances with unbelievers. (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 1 Jon. 2:15-17; 2 Cor. 6:14; 7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5)

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today; and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. (1 Cor. 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12)

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accord with His own will for the sick and the afflicted. (Jn. 15:7; 1 Jn. 5:14-15)

We believe that the Church, which is the body of the espoused Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age of grace. (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2)

The Lord's Supper shall be observed according to 1 Corinthians 11:23-31 in which the menbers of the Church, the Body of Christ, made up of all born-again believers, by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the death of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.

We believe in the Dispensational view of Bible interpretation, but reject the extreme teaching known as "Hyper- Dispensationalism," such as that teaching which opposes either the Lord's Table or Water Baptism as a Scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts. 2:41-42; 18:8; 1 Cor. 11:23-26)

We believe that Satan is a person,the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Is. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)

We believe in that "Blessed Hope", the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for his redeemed ones, and in His subsequent return to earth, with His Saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (1 Thess. 4:1-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Thess. 1:10;5:9; Rev. 3:10)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the return of the Lord, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Lk. 24:32; 2 Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thess.4:16-17)

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the second resurrection when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment

We affirm biblical, traditional and historical marriage as the uniting of one man and one woman (as genetically defined) within covenant bonds and lifelong commitment. Marriage is not open to social architecture, cultural engineering, or judicial activism. God established it as His purpose at the beginning of time with Adam and Eve, demonstrated it through the rest of Scripture, and reinforced it through the teachings of Jesus. God regards any sexual activity outside of this biblical definition of marriage as sinful, and, therefore, so must we.

We cannot and will not recognize or endorse same-sex "marriages" nor will Mendota Bible Church or its Pastors be involved in solemnizing such "unions," either by hosting them within our church or officiating at such ceremonies.

Any position, perspective, or redefinition of marriage and sexuality that disagrees with this biblical standard, regardless of its origin or source, will be dissented and rejected.

The Bible also informs us how we are to respond to people who struggle with sin of any kind, including homosexuality. We are to possess and demonstrate God's love for sinners, a love that seeks to deliver them from their sin through the provision of Jesus Christ. We renounce common reactions such as sarcasm, mockery, ridicule, and disrespect to those engage in sin. However, the Gospel is not, nor has it ever been, about affirming humanity in whatever expression it chooses. It is rather about the powerful grace of God toward sinners that delivers us from sin by cleansing us through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is impossible, therefore, to demonstrate the love of God, and at the same time, endorse, legitimize, or affirm conduct or behavior that brings His condemnation on its participants. (Gen. 2:24-25; Matt. 19:1-12; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; 1 Cor. 7:1-15; 1 Thess. 4:3-7)