El Vista Baptist Church

Summary of El Vista's Statement of Faith

§ We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired of God and are without error. They are the supreme and final authority for faith and life. We use the King James Version, God's preserved Word in English.

§ We believe in one God, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Who is eternally existent in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

§ We believe in the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ: His virgin birth, sinless life, His death to pay the penalty for our sins, His bodily resurrection, His exaltation at the Father's right hand, and His personal, imminent, premillennial return.

§ We believe that all men sinned and are, therefore, guilty before God and under His condemnation.

§ We believe that all who by faith receive Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, thus, children of God and eternally saved. The Holy Spirit dwells within every believer to enlighten, guide, and enable him in life, testimony, and service.

§ We believe that God gives spiritual gifts to all believers for the building up of the body of Christ; however we believe that some gifts of the Spirit, such as tongues and healing, were limited to the early church. We believe that God answers the prayers of His people and meets their needs according to His purpose.

§ We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved in Glory, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost.

§ We believe all believers are called into a life of separation from worldly and sinful practices or alliances. Gambling, pornography, sexual activity outside of marriage, homosexuality, use of alcoholic beverages or drugs, and rock music would be considered some of the sinful practices.

§ We believe in the personal, pre-tribulation, premillennial return of Christ for His bride, the church, consisting of all who have been born again by the Holy Spirit, who will be caught up to meet their Lord in the air, and will return with Him to this earth to reign with Him.