We believe the Holy Scriptures 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.
References: Matt 5:18; Jn 16:12-13; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Pet 1:20-21.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections.
References: Deut 6:4; 2 Cor 13:14.
Person & Work of Christ
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 man. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead.
References: Lk 1:35; Jn 1:1-2, 14; Rom 3:24; 8:34; 14:9; Acts 1:9-10; Eph 1:7; 2 Tim 4:1; Heb 7:25; 9:24; 1 Pet 1:3-5; 2:24; 4:5; 1 Jn 2:1-2.
Person & Work of The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption.
References: Jn 16: 8-11; Rom 8:9; 1 Cor 12:12-14; 2 Cor 3:6; Eph 5:18.
Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; man is totally depraved and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
References: Gn 1:26-27; Rom 3:22-23; 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.
References: Jn 1:12; Eph 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet 1:18-19.
Eternal Security & Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh.
References: Jn 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom 8:1, 38-39; 13:13-14; 1 Cor 1:4-8; Gal 5:13; Ti 2:11-15; 1 Pet 1:5.
Ministry & Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer's responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him.
References: Jn 15:7; Rom 12:1-8; 1 Cor 12:7, 11-13; 13:1-13; Eph 4:7-8; 1 Pet 4:10-11; 1 Jn 5:14-15.
We believe that the church is established as the New Covenant, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control. We recognize believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church.
References: Matt 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 13:1-4; 14:27; 15:19-31; 18:8, 22; 20:17, 28; Rom 16:1, 4; 1 Cor 3:9, 16; 5:4-7; 12:12- 14; 11:23-26; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Tim 3:1-3; Ti 1:5-11; 1 Pet 5:1-4.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other.
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of WOBC as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the WOBC members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by WOBC in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of WOBC.
References: Gn 1:26-27; 2:18-25; Matt 5:16; 15:18-20; Mk 12:28-31; Lk 6:31; Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11, 18; 7:2-5; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22; Heb 13:4.
Final Authority on Matter of Faith & Conduct
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Word of God itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of WOBC’s faith doctrine, policy, and discipline, our pastor and/or deacons is WOBC’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.