Let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner.
... 1 Corinthians 14:40
Let all that you do be done in love.
... 1 Corinthians 16:14
Let all things be done for edification.
... 1 Corinthians 14:26
Do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus.
... Colossians 3:17
We, the members of Iron Range Bible Church, do ordain and establish the following ARTICLES, which form our CONSTITUTION.
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this church shall be Iron Range Bible Church, having its principle place of worship in the town of Eveleth hereinafter referred to as this Church.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
The purpose of this Church is to present systematic expositional teaching of the Word of God through exegetical, categorical, and isogogical preparation adhering to the literal, historical, grammatical hermeneutic, standing unequivocally for the fundamentals of the faith as contained in the Holy Scriptures, the sending out of evangelists and missionaries, and the ordaining of pastor-teachers, present the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ both at home and abroad.
The thrust of this Church is to make sound doctrine available to believers in the Lord Jesus Christ to the end that each might become spiritually self sustaining; i.e. until we all attain the goal in the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a mature man, unto the standard of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
The execution of the purpose and thrust of this Church is the consistent continual teaching of the Word of God .
ARTICLE III - DOCTRINE AND TENETS
A. STATEMENT OF DOCTRINE
The following basic doctrines contained in the Holy Scriptures are hereby adopted:
1. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe the Scriptures in the original languages of Hebrew and Greek, both Old and New Testaments, to be the plenary verbally inspired Word of God. Plenary means that the entire or complete fully revealed Word of God is found in Scripture. Verbal refers to the principle that every word is fully inspired by God. Inspiration means "God-breathed" (2 Timothy 3:16) and refers to the fact that the Bible is God's complete and connected revelation to mankind (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Matthew 5:18, John 16:12-13).
2. THE GODHEAD
We believe in ONE TRIUNE GOD, existing in three (3) persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
3. THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God but that in the sin of the first man, Adam, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, became alienated from any relationship with God, and is totally unable to retrieve his lost condition by his own merit (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis Chapter 3; Romans 3:10-18; 22-23; 5:6-21; 6:12-23; Ephesians 2:1, 12).
4. THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man; that He accomplished our redemption through His spiritual death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice; that our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1-2; 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; 4:25; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 1:3-5); that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
We believe the term salvation encompasses the total work of God by which He seeks to rescue man from the ruin and doom that results from man being under the penalty of sin as a sinner who is dead in his trespasses and sins. This provision is made available to mankind on the basis of faith in the complete work of Christ on the cross. On the basis of that faith in Christ, God bestows upon the one believing in Christ the wealth of His grace encompassing the forgiveness of sin, the gift of eternal life, and the provision for abundant life now, and eternal glory. Salvation in every dispensation is by means of faith, never by man's works (Romans 3:9; 22-28; 4:4-5; Ephesians. 1:3-8; 2:4-10; 1 Peter 1:3-5; John 3:16, 36; 10:10).
6. THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER
We believe that all believers are kept secure forever and that neither man nor God can annul a believer's saving faith (Romans 8:1; 38-39; John 10:27-30; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8).
7. THE CHURCH
We believe that the Universal Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual body made up of all born-again persons of this age irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:16,20-22; 5:22-30; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Colossians 1:18,24; 2:19; 1 Peter 2:4-7).
We believe that the Local Church is an assembly of Believers in Jesus Christ in a specific geographic locality: which assembly is the authorized environment for spiritual growth in the Church Age. Further, it is the responsibility of each believer to assemble under a pastor-teacher so he/she can be equipped to carry out the work of the ministry of said local church (Acts 8:1; 16:5; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 16:1,19; 2 Corinthians 8:1; Galatians 1:22; Ephesians 4:11-13; Colossians 3:16-17; Hebrews 10:25).
We believe that dispensations are distinct administrations of God in
human history in which the purpose of God is revealed through divine
revelation. Human history is a sequence of divine administrations each having
unique characteristics, as well as certain functions in common with other ages. God administers through delegated
authority in each dispensation. Each designated authority, such as Israel in
the Age of Israel and the Church in the Church Age, is to teach the gospel and
explain Godís purpose and will to mankind (Romans 3:2; Acts 15:14; Ephesians
3:2). The essence of dispensationalism is a consistent distinction between
Godís plan and purposes for
9. THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
We believe in the person of Satan, a finite creation, who is the open and declared enemy of God and all believers. We believe that Lucifer, who was created perfect and sinless by God, fell and subsequently took with him other angels called demons. As a result of man's fall Satan became the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, who seeks through various strategies to tempt and deceive mankind. Further, that his success in blinding the minds of people with false doctrine is dependent on their continued negative volition to the truth. Finally, we believe that Satan will be defeated by Christ and forever be consigned to the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ephesians 2:2; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41 Rev 12:4; 20:10)
10. THE BLESSED HOPE
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will return prior to the Tribulation, in the air, to receive to Himself the dead in Jesus Christ and the believers who are alive at His coming, otherwise known as the Rapture, the Translation of the Church (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14).
11. THE TRIBULATION
We believe that the Rapture of the Church will be followed by the fulfillment of Israel's seventieth (70) week, the later half of which is the time of Jacob's trouble, the great tribulation . (Daniel 9:27; Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 6:1-19, 21)
12. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe that the great tribulation will be climaxed by the pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ to the earth to set up His kingdom (Zechariah 14:4-11; Matthew 24:15-25, 26; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:6).
13. THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory; but the souls of all unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment at the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15).
14. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BELIEVERS
We believe that each believer must grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. The believer's daily life must be consistent with the Lord's plan and will. This brings glory to the Lord. (2 Peter 3:18). Every believer is responsible to be an ambassador for Christ which means witnessing to the lost when the opportunity arises. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). We believe that all believers in Jesus Christ should seek to walk in such a manner worthy of their calling in Christ. (Ephesians 4:1; Colossians 1:10) We believe that it is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and to support it with their means as the Lord has prospered them (1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:7).
15. CHURCH ORDINANCES
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Ordinances of Baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper. Both of which may be observed by all born again believers until His return (Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 1 Peter 3:21).
16. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son. As God He possesses the same divine attributes as the Father and the Son. His ministry is to convict the world concerning the sin of unbelief, the absolute righteousness of God, and the judgment of Christ as our substitute (John 16:8-11).
The Spirit is the agent of regeneration, sanctification and comfort to those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 14:26).
The Spirit is a person, just as the Father and Son are persons. He indwells all believers of the present church age. He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ and seals them until the Day of Redemption. He is given as a pledge, a guarantee of all that the believer is promised as God's own possession (Ephesians 1:14). It is the duty of every believer to be walking by the Spirit and therefore be empowered by Him in their life and in fellowship Gal. 5:16-25.
Spiritual Gifts ---
The Holy Spirit through grace and apart from human merit sovereignly bestows one or more spiritual gifts on every believer at salvation (Hebrews 2:4; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11; Rom 12:4-8), but the temporary gifts of apostleship, prophecy, miracles, healing, tongues, interpretation of tongues, word of wisdom, and word of knowledge were cut off, done away with at the close of the Apostolic Age (1 Corinthians 13:8-11; 14:22; Ephesians 4:3-16).
Any attempt to claim these gifts today is satanic in origin, being a part of the great apostasy at the end of the age which is called the "working of the mystery of iniquity".
This iniquity operates by means of satanic power, signs and lying wonders toward constructing the world church and toward manifesting the Man of Sin (2 Thessalonians 2:19).
The attempt to practice any of these temporary gifts today by any person in the congregation shall be grounds for expulsion from this church under Article V, section D, item 3 of this constitution. Although the gift of healing is no longer given to man, God does still hear and answer the prayer of faith for the sick and afflicted in accordance with His own will (John 15:7; 1 John 5:14-15; James 5:15).
We believe that spirituality is an absolute condition in the life of a believer in this dispensation wherein he is filled or empowered by the Holy Spirit, walking in love and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that spirituality is distinct from maturity, that a believer becomes carnal or fleshly, dominated by the sin nature through any act of mental, verbal or overt sin and that spirituality or fellowship with Christ is restored solely by personal confession of that sin to God the Father (John 15:7,8; 2 Corinthians 5:6; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:1-2; Romans 6:11-13; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 1:5; 2:2; 1 Corinthians 11:30,31).
B. STATEMENT OF TENETS
1.† †This Church shall not at any time become a member of, sanction, or support the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches or any other such ecumenical organization.
2. ††This Church shall not at any time become a member of or part of a denomination.
3. ††This Church shall not solicit any one to become a member. Those who desire to affiliate with this Church may do so by complying with the provisions of Article V.
4.† †This Church shall not knowingly accept gifts from unbelievers nor make individual solicitation of funds or pledges from believers.
5.† †This Church shall not engage in any enterprises not related to the propagation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Bible Doctrine.
6. ††This Church shall not have a woman Pastor-Teacher or a woman Deacon (1 Tim ).