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What We Believe At Coastline Baptist Church:

A. Scriptures

We believe the Scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments alone, to be the verbal-plenary inspired Word of God. We believe the Bible is inerrant and that it is the supreme and final authority on all matters of faith and practise. Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:89; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21

Furthermore, the Masoretic Text of the Old Testament and the Received Text of the New Testament (Textus Receptus) are those texts of the original languages we accept and use; the King James Version of the Bible is the only English version we accept and use.

B. Godhead

We believe in one God who exists eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that they are equal in every divine perfection and are executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Matthew 28:19; John 4:7-12; John 16:7

C. Jesus Christ

We believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, begotten by the Holy Spirit: that He is fully God and fully man. We believe Jesus shed His blood to atone for our sins, willingly gave His life as a ransom for all, was bodily raised from the dead and ascended into Heaven, where He now makes intercession for us, and is coming again to receive His own. Matthew 1:18-21; John 1:1-2; Acts 1:8-11; Colossians 1:19-20

D. Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, the third person of the Godhead, and that He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment, that He indwells the believer at the moment of regeneration, and that He fills and empowers believers for service as they yield themselves and surrender to His will. John 15:26; John 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18

E. Sin

We believe that man, who was created in God's image, became a sinner through voluntary disobedience to God's Word, and that through one man's sin the curse of sin came upon all humankind, resulting in not only physical, but also spiritual death. There is not one without sin, therefore all are in need of a Saviour. Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:14-15.

F. Salvation

We believe sinful humankind can only be saved by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, that through His resurrection we have the free gift of eternal life, and that by the power of God we are secure in Christ, eternally saved. The blood of Christ cleanses from all sin - past, present, and future, and is sufficient to save anyone who will believe. John 10:27-30; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9.

G. Church

We believe the New Testament Church is a local organized assembly of immersed believers actively engaged in carrying out the Great Commission and the observance of the two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe the local church is the visible manifestation of the Body of Christ and was founded by Him. Matthew 16:18-19; Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 12:12-31; Hebrews 10:25.

H. Baptism

We believe that baptism is one of two ordinances committed to the local New Testament Church, that immersion is the only scriptural method, and salvation it's only prerequisite. It is a step of obedience and a symbol that publicly identifies the believer with Christ. Romans 6:1-5; Acts 2:41; Acts 8:36-38.

I. Lord's Supper

We believe the Lord's Supper to be a church ordinance in commemoration of the Lord's death till He comes again. The unleavened bread representing His body, and the cup (non-alcoholic grape juice) symbolic of His blood are the elements used. The Lord's Supper should be partaken of by believers who are scripturally baptised and members of a church of like faith and practice and that only after careful self-examination. I Corinthians 11:23-32.

J. Last Things

We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to raise the dead in Christ, and rapture His saints out of this world, following which there will be a seven-year period of tribulation upon the earth, after which Christ will return with His saints to set up His millennial kingdom, a literal 1000 year period, during which Satan shall be bound.

At the close of the millennium, Satan is again loosed for a short season, but is afterward banished forever to the Lake of Fire. The unsaved will be judged to eternal condemnation at the Great White Throne, and the saved will enjoy eternity with the Lord in Heaven. Matthew 24:1-51; I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 6:16; Revelation 20:13.

K. Present Trends In Doctrine & Practice

NEO-ORTHODOXY - This theological persuasion is a futile attempt to reconcile, "The higher scientific Biblical criticism with the true Biblical interpretation." Such an appeal to Biblical revelation is based on half-truths and as such is false and deceptive. We utterly reject this method and position.

NEO-EVANGELICALISM- This movement, while claiming to be fundamental in theology, has actually compromised the underlying principles of the Christian faith. It questions inspiration and literal interpretation; it accepts liberals as Christians, takes a new attitude toward the ecumenical movement, promotes ecumenical evangelism, denies both ethical and ecclesiastical separation, restructures eschatology, and over-stresses the social aspects of the Gospel. We hold this stand to be unscriptural.

ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT - The attempt to unite the different faiths today on the basis of the least common denominator of doctrine is a betrayal of the unity of believers based upon sound doctrine of the historic Christian faith. Its dialogue with other religions is dialectical. Its method of operation is subversive and shows a tendency to totalitarianism. Its concept of an ecclesiastical kingdom is not supported by Scripture. We reject all cooperation with this movement.

THE TONGUES MOVEMENT - We believe that the gift of tongues was given as a sign to Israel and like the gifts of Apostleship and prophecy, which were for the founding of the church, is therefore not being given today. We believe that the current resurgence of the practice of tongues, which is not Scripturally regulated and which is usually divisive, is not the Scriptural gift.

CALVINISM.- We believe the five points of Calvinism, as represented in the acronym TULIP, to be in error. We believe that Jesus Christ, God's only Son, died on the cross, rose from the dead, and paid the penalty for the sins of all mankind, and that man has a responsibility to respond to the Gospel. The man who ends up in Hell is not eternally condemned because God ordained it so from the beginning, but rather, because of his own disbelief, or disobedience and willful rejection of the truth of God's plan of redemption.

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTLAN MUSIC: We believe that Contemporary Christian Music, also known as CCM, is dangerous not only for its worldly rhythms, but also because it is characterised by the use of unscriptural lyrics. We believe the use of Contemporary Christian Music brings great and rapid change upon its entry into the church.

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