The Scriptures – We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word and Revelation of God and is therefore our only authority in matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21). (Note: ODBC uses the King James Version for all services and ministries.)
The Lord Jesus Christ – We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; that He is the very God by whom and for whom all things were created. We believe in His virgin birth; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and is God manifest in the flesh. (John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:8; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:16; Luke 1:31).
The Triune God - We believe in one God eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that these Persons have the same nature, attributes and perfections. (Jude 20, 21; Matthew 3:16,17; II Corinthians 13:14).
The Holy Spirit – We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling, and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13,14).
The Resurrection of Christ – We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and in His presence at the right hand of God as our Priest and Advocate. (Matthew 28:1-10; I Corinthians 15:20; I John 2:1; Hebrews 7:25).
Sin and the Total Depravity – We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. We believe in the necessity of regeneration through the Holy Spirit of God and faith in Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:22,23; 5:12; Genesis 1:26,27; Ephesians 2:1-3,12; John 1:12; 3:3-7).
Salvation – 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 for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18,19).
Baptism and Lord’s Supper – We believe that the believer’s baptism by immersion is commanded by the Lord and shall be practiced by the church. We believe that the communion of the Lord’s Supper is a privilege and responsibility intended only for those who are believers in Christ. (Matthew 28;19; Acts 2:41,42; Romans 6:4; I Corinthians 11:23-34).
The Return of Christ – We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones (the rapture); and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His millennial kingdom (after the tribulation). (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10).
Satan – We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, who is the author of sin and the avowed enemy of God and man; and that he shall eventually be eternally punished in the lake of fire. (Job 1:6, 7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
Security of the Believers – We believe that all of those who are born again are kept by the power of God and are therefore secure in Christ forever. (John 10:28,29; Philippians 1:6; I John 5:11-13).
Eternal State – We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved resulting in their everlasting blessedness, and, in the bodily resurrection of the unsaved after the millennium, resulting in their everlasting conscious punishment. (II Corinthians 5:1; II Timothy 1:12; Revelation 20:11-15).