Upper Room Bible Church
The Bible- We believe the Bible is God’s inspired word to all mankind. We believe the Bible is the foundation of our faith, perfect and inerrant in the original languages in which it was written and given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible to be the full revelation of God to mankind, in relation to the salvation of mankind, the prophetic word of future events and the order and administration of the church and the personal, moral conduct and doctrine of followers of Jesus Christ.
God- We believe in One God. He is eternal, self-existent, infinite, perfect and unchanging. He is the Creator of all things visible and invisible and holds all things together by the power of His Word. We believe that God gives ministry gifts to individual believers; for service and to build up the church into the likeness of Jesus Christ. God is One in essence and nature, yet manifests Himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
God the Father- We believe The Father is eternally God and possesses all the attributes of God. We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ- We believe Jesus Christ is eternally God and possesses all the attributes of God. We believe that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh; born of a virgin, lived a perfect and sinless life, died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice in obedience to the Father and rose again on the third day. We believe that Jesus is the only source of salvation for mankind. We believe that Jesus ascended to heaven, where He sits at the right hand of the Father and that He will return physically to claim His church. We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the universal church and the local church.
The Holy Spirit- We believe the Holy Spirit is eternally God and possesses all the attributes of God. We believe the Holy Spirit will always bring glory to Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit lives in the life of every believer in Jesus Christ beginning at the moment of salvation. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe the Holy Spirit is the Teacher of believers, guiding them to lives of godliness and service.
Sin and salvation- We believe that mankind was created in the image of God originally with innocence. We believe that Adam willfully chose to disobey God, and by this act, as the first man he brought the sin nature to every member of the human race. We believe that unregenerate mankind is totally depraved, has no ability to meet God’s standard of righteousness on his own and is therefore spiritually dead. We believe that only by a loving, trusting faith in the life, substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ can any person be delivered from spiritual death and receive eternal life. We believe eternal life is the free gift of God bestowed upon believers in Jesus Christ at the moment of repentance from sin, and therefore, all thanksgiving, honor and glory for this gift are owed exclusively to Him.
Love- Since God is love and we are to be imitators of His Son, all our thoughts, works and deeds should be marked by love. This love is God’s unique love: unconditional, willing and sacrificial. This love of God is so critical in His church, that Jesus tells us it is the defining characteristic of all who are known as His followers.
URBC Final June 24, 2015