Theological Composition

The following Theological Composition is the basic guide for life and practice for the students, faculty, and staff of Empowerment Bible University.  A copy of this statement will be provided to each University employee who will give assurance to the Board of Regents that he or she is in agreement with the statement.  If any employee finds him or herself out of harmony, or has reservations concerning these statements, he or she should report this difference in writing to the President and be willing to resign his or her position at the request of the Board of Regents. 

 

The Godhead: We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being; co-identical in nature; co-equal in power and glory; and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; Matthew 28:18, 19).

 

Jesus 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 that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1, 2, 1¬4, 18; Luke 1:35).  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our complete redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, propitiatory, and substitutional sacrifice, a redemption made sure to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24, 25; 5:8-10; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7).  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father where, as our High Priest; He fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor and advocate (Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 1:3; 6:19, 20; 7:24, 25; 9:24; I John 2:1, 2). 

 

Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, possessing all the attributes of deity, and that in essence, he is equally God (Acts 5:3, 4; II Corinthians 13:14).  We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration and sanctification, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling equally and permanently with every believer, and sealing them unto the day of redemption (Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:11; 12:12-14; Ephesians 1:13, 14; 4:30).  We believe that every unregenerate person, the moment he exercises faith in Christ as Savior, immediately possesses the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 4:6; I Thessalonians 4:8).  We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; that He sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts upon each believer; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled (controlled) with the Spirit (John 16:13; I Corinthians 12:4-7; Ephesians 5:18).


The Scriptures: We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the original writings of the sixty-six books of the Bible, the Word of God.  The Word of God is the full and complete revelation of God's will for man, the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21; Jude 3).

 

Historicity of the Bible: We believe in the full historicity and perspicuity of the Biblical record of primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on creation, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge, and the origin of nations and languages at the tower of Babel (Gen. 2:7; 2:21-25; 3:1-7; 3:8-19; 7:11-24; 11:1-9).

 

Man and Original Sin: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but through Adam's sin the whole race fell, became alienated from God and inherited a sin nature, is totally depraved, possesses no spark of divine life, and of himself, is utterly helpless to remedy his lost condition apart from the grace of God (Genesis 1:25-27; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).

 

Salvation: We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to sinful man by grace and received solely by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who accomplished complete redemption by His substitutionary death and shedding of His precious blood (John 3:18; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9; Philippians 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; I Peter 1:18, 19).

 

The Church: We believe that the universal church, which is the body and the bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of the present age which began at Pentecost and shall be terminated at the rapture (Ephesians 1:22, 23; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 12:5; Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47).  We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local church is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures, being composed solely of believers (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).  These churches worship on the first day of the week, the Lord's Day (John 20:19, 26; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1, 2; Hebrews 10:25).  We believe baptism by immersion should precede local church membership (Acts 8:35-38).

 

The Personality of Satan: We believe that Satan is a personal being, the highest rank of all angelic creatures; that through pride became the author of sin and the cause of the fall of man.  He is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Genesis 3:1-19; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:21; 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

 

The Blessed Hope: We believe that the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the imminent, personal, pre-tribulation return of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself into heaven both His own who are alive and remain unto His coming and also all who have fallen asleep in Him.  This event is the blessed hope set before us in Scripture, and for this we should be constantly looking (John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51, 52; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10).

 

The Tribulation: We believe that the translation of the church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel's seventieth week (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6:1-19, 21) during which the church, the body of Christ, will be in heaven.  This entire period of seven years will be a time of judgment on the whole earth, at the end of which, the times of the Gentiles will be brought to a close.  The latter half of this period will be the time of Jacob's trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), which our Lord called the great tribulation (Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 6:1; 19:21).

 

The Second Coming of Christ: We believe that the period of great tribulation will be climaxed by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth as He went, in person, on the clouds of heaven, and with great glory to introduce the millennial age; to bind Satan and place him in the abyss; to lift the curse which now rests on the whole creation; to restore Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of God's covenant promises, and to bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Isaiah 11:4-9; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 14:4; Romans 8:19-23; 11:25-27; Revelation 20:1-3).

 

Creation: We believe in the Genesis account of Creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, not allegorically, nor figuratively.  We believe that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness, that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or developments through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms.  We believe that all animals and vegetable life were made directly, and God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind" (Gen. 1:1-2:25; Ps. 8:5; John 1:2-3).