What We Believe

About God:
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19;
1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

About Jesus Christ:
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30;
Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3,4;
Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13

About the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men and women aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; John14:16,17; Acts 1:8;
1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16;
Ephesians 1:13; 5:18; Galatians 5:25

About the Bible:
The Bible is God’s Word to us written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is the truth without any error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13;
Psalm 119:105,160; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings:
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a;
Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2

About Salvation:
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6; John 1:12;
Titus 3:5;Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

About Eternal Security:
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25;
Hebrews 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5

About Eternity:
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18;
Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9

About the Autonomy of the Local Church:
We believe that a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. The Head of the church is Jesus Christ. The spiritual leaders of the church are elders and deacons. The purpose of the church is to make disciples. The responsibility of every church member is to exercise spiritual gifts for the growth of God’s kingdom and the health of the body. Members are committed to the study of God’s Word, fellowship, worship, evangelism, ministry and prayer.

Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-12, 15-16;
1Timothy 3:1-15; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20;
1 Corinthians 12; Acts 2:41-47

About the Priesthood of the Believers:
We believe that all Christians are ministers or servants of God. As believers, we have direct access to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. We may go directly to God through Jesus for forgiveness of sin. All believers are priests belonging to God.

1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16;
1 John 1:9; 2:27; 1 Peter 2:5, 9

About the Lord's Supper:
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of devotion to Christ whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize His death and anticipate His second coming. We believe both Baptism and the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance instituted by Jesus for the believer. Since salvation is by grace through faith, we receive the Lord’s Supper as a symbol of our personal relationship with Jesus and as an act of obedience to His will.

1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 21; 11:23-29;
Ephesians 2:8-9

About Tithing:
At PBC we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body, the church, as God commands. Jesus is the biblical standard for giving. The tithe (a tenth of our income) is the biblical starting point for giving.

Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 14:22;
Malachi 3:8, 10; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 8:7-9