OUR BELIEFS

OUR BELIEFS

Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church holds to the historic doctrines of the Christian Faith such as the inspiration of the Scriptures, the Trinity, the incarnation, substitutionary death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the sending of the Divine Spirit, and the calling out of God’s people to do his will on earth.  We have the hope that Jesus Christ will one day return and put all things right and that all believers in Christ will live with him for eternity.

GOD

We believe there is one living and true God, who is one in essence while eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
(Deut. 6:4; Isa 5:3; John 1:1, 14, 10:30, 14:16-17; Matt 28:19, II Cor 13:14)

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God, the Son. We believe that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and by his voluntary sacrificial death on Calvary and by His bodily and visible resurrection from the dead, paid the penalty of sin and purchased eternal life for all. 
(Micah 5:2; Matt 1:20, 21, 25; John 19:17-19, 20:16, 17)

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, a person of the Trinity; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; and that it is by His power that the Christian is able to live in obedience to God by being transformed into the likeness of  Christ.
(Matt 28:18-19; Rom 8:1, 10-14; Gal. 5:22-26; John 18:8)

SCRIPTURE

We believe the Bible is the only standard of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible is the epic story of God and his plan to redeem his creation. We believe every word of the Old and New Testaments is inspired by God and therefore without error in the original writings.
(Psalm 119:160; II Tim 3:16; Heb 4:12; II Pet 1:20-21)

MANKIND

Men and women were directly created in the image of God to enjoy a relationship with Him, and to reflect His character and will in our relationships and activities on this earth. In one historic act, man fell into sin by personal disobedience to the will of God; consequently, all people are spiritually dead and subject to the certainty of physical and spiritual death. All are born sinners and therefore need forgiveness and salvation available only in Christ.
(Gen 1:26-27, 3:1-21; Rom 1:18-32, 3:10-20.)

SALVATION

Jesus Christ died on the cross as the only sufficient payment for our sins. All who place their trust the Lord Jesus Christ are saved by grace. The believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit into the one true Church, the Body of Christ.
(Rom 3:20-26; Eph 2:1-5, 4:4-6)

THE FUTURE

We believe in the bodily resurrection of every human being to everlasting life with God for the believer, and to the everlasting separation from God for the unbeliever. We are looking forward to the imminent return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matt 24&25; I Thess 4:13-17; Rev 19-22)