THE BIBLE – THE SCRIPTURES
The Bible, which contains both the Old and New Testaments, is the product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The inspired Word of God is the only basis for all doctrine, reproof, instruction and correction. We accept the scriptures as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and its authority is ultimate, final and eternal. At no time are the scriptures to be added to or subtracted from.
– 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21
SALVATION – THE NEW BIRTH
Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the world, but the benefits are only for those who receive Jesus as personal Savior and must be appropriated by each believer.
Salvation is appropriated in the person who through personal repentance believes in the Lord Jesus and accepts Him as Lord and Savior. The scriptures are clear that salvation is a free gift from God, an invitation from God to all mankind to live for eternity in God’s Presence. It is only through the free will act that man enters into the New Birth and that act should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ our Savior. – John 3:3, 1 John 5:12
THE TRINITY – THE GODHEAD
The Old and New Testaments both bear testimony to the fact, along with the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. God is One and He is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. – Genesis 1:26
God the Father is greater than all and the creator and sustainer of all things. He created man in His own image and likeness for fellowship.
The Son was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary, the Word became flesh and was called Jesus. – John 1:1,14
C. Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit who was active in the Old Testament and given to the New Testament Church empowers the saints for service and witness. It is through the partnership of the Holy Spirit that man can be conformed into the image of God’s Son Jesus. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the God’s Spirit in the believer’s life. – John 14:26, 16
Baptism in water is by immersion and a commandment of our Lord Jesus Christ. This ordinance of the Lord is the outward expression of what God has done in the believer’s life and is a testimony to all of the person’s faith in Jesus.
Baptism is on the confession of ones faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, that the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
SANCTIFICATION – THE BELIEVER’S LIFE
The shortcomings of the believer or the Church are because of the still progressing sanctification of the Christian. Even though The Believer’s life experiences warfare against a spiritual enemy, for those abiding in Christ until their deaths or Christ’s return, the promise of eternal blessing in the presence of God is assured.
MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
Man is a spirit he has a soul and lives in a body. God created man in His likeness and image, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. Jesus came into this world He created to redeem man, His creation from destruction. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested in the flesh to undo the works of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God.
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper is a Holy time where followers of the Lord commemorate the death of the Lord Jesus and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again.
THE CHURCH – HOUSE OF PRAYER, WORSHIPAND SCHOOL OF THE SPIRIT
A. The Church is a House of Prayer.
Prayer is vitally important and highly valued at Oak Ridge Family Bible Church. Prayer is not asking God to bless our endeavors but rather asking God what He would have us to do and then doing it. Prayer is communion with God.
B. The Church is a House of Worship.
God created music and has invited us to join His symphony with our musical compositions. God inexplicably uses music to help usher people into His presence where bodies are healed and lives are changed.
C. The Church is a School of the Spirit.
God created man in His likeness and image, making him a Spirit. God’s Word the Bible is Spirit and it is Life. Each service people learn how to Walk in the Spirit and enjoy the life that Jesus gave His life for.
THE RESURRECTION OF THE JUST AND THE RETURN OF OUR LORD
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”
His coming is imminent. When He comes, “…The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air…”.
Following the Tribulation, He shall return to earth as King of kings, and Lord of lords, and together with His saints, who shall be kings and priests, He shall reign a thousand years.
-Revelation 5:10; 20:6
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost and fire is a gift from God as promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is received subsequent to the new birth. We believe the need for the Holy Spirit’s power and presence in a believer’s life is as critical today as it was in the day of the Apostles. We do not teach a dispensational view of the Holy Spirit’s power and the expression of gifts. Rather we hold the position, supported by Scripture that the Holy Spirit’s presence and power is for every believer until Jesus returns.
We recognize that the families and members of Oak Ridge Family Bible Church come from varied and diverse backgrounds. As such, we extend the opportunity for people to grow in their understanding of the person and power of the Holy Spirit as well as their understanding of His work in their lives.
Everyone at ORFBC is encouraged to seek the power and presence of the Holy Spirit for themselves in a manner with which they are comfortable. No one will ever be forced to receive the Holy Spirit or any of His gifts, but all are taught the contemporary work of the Holy Spirit from Scripture and encouraged to grow in love and intimacy with God.
As we minister to individuals, we will use all the gifts available to us from God to see healing, deliverance and freedom developed in a person’s life. Appropriate expression of a gift of the Holy Spirit in a corporate setting includes submission to pastoral authority and involves expression of the gifts with dignity and order so that it can be received by all.
Jesus promised His Church that they would receive a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit after Jesus’ own death and resurrection. It is our view that God desires every Christian to experience this same encounter with the Holy Spirit’s power. In Luke 11:13, Jesus explains that it is our heavenly Father’s pleasure to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him. Just like salvation, the Holy Spirit is a free gift from the Father which is received by faith. Through the baptism in the Holy Spirit, God extends His power and the blessing of His presence to all believers. Our role is to receive.
While we acknowledge that emotionalism has often been associated with expressions of the Holy Spirit and at times there has been failure in the church universal to properly administrate the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, these are not sufficient reasons to limit the work or expression of the Holy Spirit.
The Pastoral Staff at Oak Ridge Family Bible Church are committed to teach biblical truth and uphold a biblical standard of order in our corporate worship while at the same time allowing and encouraging an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit’s work among us. We believe this is a better solution to past abuses and excesses in the church related to the Holy Spirit and His gifts.
This baptism is marked by an initial act of receiving and continues as a daily response of receiving what God has made available for our service and relationship with Him. Through this process of receiving, we choose to accept His good gifts and all His provision for our lives.
You receive the Holy Spirit by faith based on the truth of Scripture and the desire of your heart to accept the promise of God for yourself. The acceptance of the promise of God’s power is by faith—the same faith used to receive Christ as Savior. To receive the Holy Spirit, you simply approach God in an attitude of faith, because according to Luke 11:13, it is His good pleasure to give His Spirit to those who ask.
When you receive the Holy Spirit you can expect things to be different in your life. As demonstrated in Scripture, when a person receives the Holy Spirit, there was a manifestation associated with the encounter such as tongues and a boldness to witness.
We believe the gift of tongues has a dual purpose as outlined in the Scriptures. When coupled with the gift of interpretation, it provides encouragement, comfort and exhortation to the congregation of believers.
When used in prayer, it also provides personal edification for the believer and heavenly unction for prayer concerns that we lack words to adequately express (1 Corinthians 14). As a prayer force, it adds a new dimension to our partnership with God.
-Matthew 3:11; John 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:38,39; Acts 19:1–7; Acts 2:1–4