contentheadingimage We Believe

Palisades Community Bible Church knows that you ARE what you believe. Your faith and practice will follow your doctrine. The following statement of faith covers the essentials of what we stand for as a people called to serve and worship God.

We are a non-legalistic, Bible-believing church where the Word of God is preached and taught. Our worship is a blend of traditional and contemporary music. We are non-denominational, yet evangelical. As an independent, self-governing congregational church, our Board of Elders serve as spiritual leaders, while our Board of Deacons lead in areas of service.

If you have any specific questions about our faith and practice, please contact us.

The Scriptures

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We accept it as verbally inspired of God in all parts and wholly without error as originally given by God. We believe that the body of Scripture is complete and that God is not giving additional revelation today which would add to or alter the Word He has given (Rev. 22:18,19). The Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters pertaining to faith and life (2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Pet 1:20,21).

The Trinity

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Each person is fully God sharing the same nature and attributes (Deut 6:4; Matt 28:18,19; John 1:1,14; Heb. 1:1-3; Acts 5:3,4). We believe that each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience.

Jesus Christ

We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ and that He is true God and true man (Is. 7:14; Matt 1:20; John 20:27-29; 1 Tim. 2:5). He was without sin as to His nature and, in fact, did not sin (Heb. 4:15; 1 Pet. 2:22). We believe that Jesus was crucified and in His death paid the penalty for man's sin (Is. 53:6; Matt. 20:28; John 1:29). After three days, He arose from. the dead in the same body in "which He died (Luke 24:35-43; John 20:25-28; Rom. 4:25). He ascended into Heaven where He ministers as our Great High Priest, Advocate, and Intercessor (Heb. 4:14; 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1). We believe that access to God is only through Jesus Christ (John 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 10:19-22).

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and is fully God (Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:16,27; Acts 5:3,4). When a person receives Jesus as his Savior he is indwelled by the Spirit (ROM 8:9; John 7:37-39; 1 Cor. 6:19), baptized or joined to the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13), and empowered for life and service when yielded to His control (Eph. 5:18). We further believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows gifts to believers (1 Cor. 12:4-18) -which are to be exercised for the edifying of the Body of Christ and for Christian service (Eph. 4:7-16).

Man

We believe that God created man (male and female) in His own image (Gen. 1:26,27) and not by an evolutionary process from lower life forms. We believe that Adam personally disobeyed God, experienced a moral fall, and introduced sin into the human race (Gen. 3:1-24; 5:3; ROM 5:12). As a result, all men are now born with a sinful nature that opposes God and all are subject to death (1 Cor. 2:14; ROM 8:7; Heb. 9:27). Man's only hope of reconciliation to God is through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ (ROM 4:5; Eph. 2:1, 8-9; Titus 3:5).

Salvation

We believe in salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8,9). We further believe that this salvation is based on the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by Christ on the cross, and is received by man through faith, apart from any human merit, works, or ritual. We also believe that salvation results in righteous living, good works, and proper social concern (John 1:12,13; 3:3-7; 5:24; Eph. 2:10; Titus 3:8). It is also our persuasion that any professing Christian who continually lives in disobedience to God's Word has no ground for believing that he has been saved (Matt. 5:16; 2 Cor. 13:5; 1 John 3:9; 2 Pet. 1:10).

The Church

We believe that the Church is a spiritual body composed of all believers in Christ with Jesus as the Head of His Church (Eph. 1:22; Col. 1:18; 1 Cor. 12:12-27; Matt 16:18). The Church began to be formed on the day of Pentecost and will continue on earth until Jesus Christ completes it and returns to take it to Heaven (Eph. 2:19-22). We believe that the Church is not to be confused with Israel or the Kingdom, but it is a distinct purpose of God in this age. Furthermore, we believe that Christians should gather into local churches, which are expressions of the spiritual body, for worship, prayer, fellowship, and the observance of the ordinances (Acts 2:41-44). We believe that the Lord has given to the church the ordinances of believer's baptism by immersion (Matt. 28:19,20) and the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:23-29). We believe that every Christian should affiliate with a Bible-believing assembly, faithfully attend it, and seek to enhance its ministry by prayer, financial support, and service.

Angels

We believe that angels exist as spirit beings who were created by God to serve and worship Him. In a rebellion led by Satan, numerous angels followed him and were eternally condemned. These fallen angels, or demons, exist today as the enemies of both God and man. They do Satan's bidding. They may masquerade as God's messengers (Eph. 6:12; 2 Thess. 2:1,2) with both false doctrine and deceptive miracles (1 Tim. 4:1,2; 1 John 4:1). Other angels did not follow Satan in his rebellion and serve God faithfully (Heb. 1:13,14).

Last Things

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal conscious existence of all men either in heaven or the lake of fire, and in divine judgments, rewards, and punishments (John 5:29; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 15:51-58; 2 Cor. 5:6-10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 John 8; Rev. 19; 20). We believe in the personal, imminent, and premillennial return of our Lord. At some future time, known only to God, Jesus will return for His Church (Matt 24:36; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:13-18), and subsequently set up an earthly kingdom of righteousness predicted by the Prophets (Rev. 20:4,6; Zech. 4:10-12; Is. 2:1-4; 11). We believe that Satan is a personal being, a fallen angel, the prince of demons, the god of this age, and the adversary of Christ and His Church. We believe that Satan is a created being, therefore not omnipresent, but is assisted by hordes of demons who do his bidding. The destiny of Satan and his demons will be the lake of fire Ps. 14:12-15; 2 Cor. 4:3,4; 2 Cor 11:14; 1 Pet 5:8; Eph. 6:11-18; Rev. 12:9; 20:10).