The most important part of the Temple family is that our beliefs are grounded in the Word of God.
We believe the Holy Bible is the Word of God
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God; and therefore are the final authority in all matters of doctrine, duty, decisions, and church as well as individual life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. All Scripture will be interpreted literally according to the accepted rules of hermeneutics, according to the context, and according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)
We believe in the Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, the Creator, Who is eternal, loving, just, merciful, and unchanging; and that God exists in three Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each coeternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfect characteristics. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26)
We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, is the eternal Son of God (that is, He pre-existed with God the Father before His birth in Bethlehem); that He was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit in the body of the virgin Mary; that He lived a totally sinless and perfect life; that He died on the cross for the sins of the whole world; that He was buried and supernaturally raised out the grave and declared the victorious Son of God over sin, death, and hell; that He is presently seated at the right hand of God as the Great High Priest in the place of authority and intercession in Heaven, and that we need not the intercession of any man; and that He is coming back to the earth to bodily resurrect the dead in Christ and to rapture every living believer to be carried away to heaven with Him. (John 1:1-2, 3:16; Col.1:17; Is.7;14; Luke 1:35, 2:26-38; 1 Pet.2:22; Rom.1:1-4; Heb.7:25; 1 Thes.4:13-18)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical, bodily resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom.3:24-25; Eph.1:7; 1 Pet.1:3-5, 2:24)
We believe in the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father and God the Son; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ; that He indwells and seals all believers at the point of initial salvation until the day of redemption; that he fills and empowers the believer in order that he may live a holy and fruitful life, and that every believer should live under the control of the Holy Spirit; and that He imparts to every believer gifts in the service of the Lord and His church and for the edification of the body of Christ.
We believe that the evidence of the fullness or control of the Holy Spirit is a Godly, holy, fruitful, and witnessing life. We do not accept the teaching that any of the sign gifts are to be sought as evidence of the Holy Spirit’s fullness. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, prophesying, and healings, were temporary, and are not for today. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26-27; 16:7-11; Rom.8:1-14, 12:3-8; 1 Cor.12:4-11)
We believe that man is a sinner
We believe that Adam, the first man, was created in the image of God and in innocence.; that by his voluntary transgression against the will and command of God, he fell into sin and incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that consequently, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are in need of redemption. (Gen.1:26-27; Rom.3:22-23, 5:12, 6:23; Eph.2:1-3, 4:17-19)
We believe that God provides for man’s salvation
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, and that it is the free gift of God; that it was brought and provided to man by the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious, incorruptible blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins; that it is wholly the work of Christ on Calvary, and no human works are required to procure it; that man is saved by faith in the shed blood and finished work of Christ; that a person must repent of his sin and by faith receive and trust the Person and provision of Jesus Christ in order to be saved; and that there is no other way that man can be saved, have a relationship with God, or go to Heaven, except he be born again.
We believe that salvation is a present reality, that one can be saved and can know that he is saved, and enjoy his life of salvation.
We believe that all who have been truly born again will be saved forever and cannot lose their salvation, as they are saved by grace and kept by the power of God. At the same time, we do not believe that this security is a license to sin, but that those who are truly born again will be chastened by the Father when they persist in sin. (Eph.2:8-9; Rom.10:9-13; 1 Pet.1:18-19; John 6:37-40, 10:27-30; Rom.8:38-39; 1 Pet.1:5, 18-19; Heb.12:4-11)
We believe in the local church
We believe that the local church, which is solely made up of born-again persons, is God’s established and ordained instrument for this present age, and that all Christians should both belong to and be an active part of a local New Testament church; that the local church is a body of baptized believers in whom Jesus Christ lives and over whom He Lords, and is to live under the direction and discipline of the Holy Word of God; that they are united together in the Holy Spirit for the purpose of evangelizing the lost, building up the saved, and glorifying the Lord; that the church belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ, as He purchased it with His Own blood; that it was founded by and built upon the Lord Jesus Christ; that the members should love Christ and one another, and they should be faithful to the church’s purposes.
We believe that the church is a God-governed body with the pastor serving as its leader. We recognize the offices of pastor and deacon as the only Scriptural offices of the church, and that only men are eligible for licensure or ordination to these offices.
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, and that it should be free of any external authority or control, and independent from the control of any ecclesiastical body. At the same time, we believe that the church may and should cooperate with other churches, fellowships, associations, or conventions of churches that are of like faith and practice for the purposes of fellowship and fulfilling the Great Commission.
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church. Baptism by immersion is the only Scriptural mode. We believe that baptism does not save, but is an act of obedience to the command of Christ to be obeyed by every truly born again soul, is subsequent to a person’s willful acceptance of Christ as Savior, is a public profession and testimony of a person’s faith in Christ, and is a picture of one’s identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Any baptism by any other mode or for any other purpose shall be deemed as an alien form of baptism, and shall not be accepted by the church. We further believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic ordinance which pictures Christ’s body broken for our sins and His blood shed for our redemption; that it is not a saving ordinance, and that every born-again believer may take the Lord’s Supper as an act of remembrance, gratitude, and worship; and that a believer should examine himself and bring his life into obedience to Christ before taking the Lord’s Supper. (Matt.16:18, 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47, 6:1-7, 8:36-39, 13:1-4; Rom.6:1-6; Eph.3:21; 1 Cor.11:23-31)
We believe in giving
We believe the Bible teaches that every Christian should give at least ten percent of his income to the Lord through the local church; that the Bible teaches that every Christian should go beyond the tithe in his giving to Spirit-directed giving; that the Christian’s time, spiritual abilities, and money ought to be given back to God as an act of dedication, love and worship to Jesus Christ, and in order to fulfill the Great Commission. (Matt.28:18-20; Mal.3:8-11; Luke 6:38; 1 Cor.16:1-2; 2 Cor.8-9)
We believe in evangelism
We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every member of the local church to do everything he or she can to make the gospel of Jesus Christ available to as many people as possible; that evangelism begins at home as we personally lead people to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that evangelism then spreads to the community, the city, the state, the nation, and to the world; that the energies of our church ought to be totally directed to getting the gospel to the masses of the world; and that it is our solemn responsibility as a church not to reform the world, but to do everything we can to fulfill the Great Commission, both at home and abroad, and in accordance with God’s plan in Acts 13:1-3. (Matt.28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8, 13:1-3)
We believe in Christian living
We believe the greatest privilege of the Christian is to live for Jesus in this present age; that the Christian life is a supernatural one, that is, Christ living His life in us and through us; that it is a spiritual life, with the Holy Spirit empowering and enabling us to be what God wants us to be; that it is a life of warfare, a constant struggle between the flesh and the spirit; that it is a life of separation from the ways of the world; that it is a life of faith in the promises of God and of obedience to the commands of God; that it is a life of spiritual growth and maturity, where we become more and more like Jesus; that it is a life of holiness as commanded by God; that it is a life of fruitfulness where the fruits of the Christian are exhibited in our lives. We believe that witnessing is commanded by God, and is a necessary and normal part of the Christian life.
When the laws, rules, codes, and edicts of men conflict with the commands of God for the Christian life, we believe that we should obey God rather than men. (Acts 1:8, 5:29; 2 Cor.6:14-18; Gal.2:20, 4:19; 5:19-25; Eph.5:18; Titus 2:11-13; 1 Pet.1:14-16)
We believe in Creation
We believe that God created the universe as the Bible teaches in six literal, twenty-four hour periods. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen.1-2; Ex.20:11)
We believe that Satan really exists
We believe that Satan is a real, individual personality; that he was created and originally lived in heaven but was cast out of heaven when he rebelled against God; that he is totally sinful, deceptive, powerful, and is the enemy of all men; that he is the leader of a vast host of evil spirits who seek to keep unsaved people lost, to divide and deceive churches, and to devour and destroy individuals; that he was defeated by Christ at the cross and that the Christian has authority and power over the devil through the Lord Jesus Christ; and that he will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire at the end of the age. (Is.14:12-17; Ezek.28:11-19; Job 1:6-7; Matt.4:2-11; Eph.6:12; 1 Pet.5:8; James 4:7; Rev.20:10)
We believe in civil government
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: the home, the church, and the state; that every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word; that God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other; that the home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblical assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom.13:1-7; Eph.5:21-6:4; Heb.13:17; 1 Pet.2:13-17)
We believe in marriage and the family
We believe that marriage is a divine institution and is defined exclusively as the union of one man and one woman; that God also ordained as a civil institution for the order of society; that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of such a marriage; that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sexuality; that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. Furthermore Connersville Baptist Temple will not honor or participate in any same sex marriage.
We believe that men and women are spiritually and socially equal in position before God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church.
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society; that the husband is to love his wife as Christ love the church; that the wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural servant leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ.; that children are an heritage from the Lord; that children are to respect and obey their parents; that parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including corporal punishment as mandated in the Scripture.
We believe that Scriptural marriage is a lifetime commitment, and that God intends it to last until one of the spouses dies. (Gen.1:26-28; Ex.20:12, 14; Deut.6:4-9; Ps.127:3-5; Prov.19:18, 22:15, 23:13-14; Matt.19:9; Rom.7:1-3; 1 Cor.7:1-16; Eph.5:21-6:4; Col.3:18-21; 1 Pet.3:1-7)
We believe in the sanctity of human life
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being; that abortion is murder and constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life; that the direct taking of an innocent human life is a moral evil, regardless of the intention; that life is a gift of God and must be respected from conception until natural death; and that euthanasia is a sin and violation of God’s sovereignty over human life. (Ex.20:13; Job 3:16; Ps.139:14-16; Is.44:24, 49:1; Jer.1:5; Luke 1:44; Acts 17:28)
We believe that believers are to love one another
We believe that Christians are to love one another as Christ loves us; that we should love our neighbors as ourselves; that we should, as much as possible, live in peace with one another; that we should neither slander nor speak unnecessarily evil of one another; that we should take a stand when necessary against those who do otherwise, and against those who speak or act to destroy the unity of the church.
We believe that personal offenses should be resolved according to Jesus’ commands in Matthew 18:15-17; that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes, and that the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolves such disputes (see Article 5). (1 John 4:7-8; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom.12:9-10, 13:8-10; Titus 3:2; Eph.4:29-32; 1 Cor.6:1-8)
We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus is coming again; that the first phase of His return is the “blessed hope,” His personal, imminent return in the clouds to rapture His church prior to the seven-year Tribulation period, when those believers who have died will be resurrected and those believers who are living will be changed and caught up to meet the Lord; that the second phase of His return occurs at the close of the Tribulation period, when Christ will return to earth to establish His millennial kingdom; that we will return with Him and rule and reign with Him for one thousand years. (John 14:1-6; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Cor.15:51-57; 1 Thes.4:13-18; Titus 2:13-14; Rev.19:11-20:4)
We believe in Heaven and hell
We believe that Heaven is a real, literal place; that it is a lovely, perfect place; that it will be populated by the saints of all the ages; that the only way to Heaven is through saving faith in Jesus Christ; that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.
We believe that hell is a real, literal place where those who die without saving faith in Jesus Christ will spend eternity forever separated from God; that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matt.25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26, 23:43; John 14:1-6; 2 Cor.5:1-8; 2 Thes.1:7-9; Heb.12:22-24; Rev.20:4-6; 20:11-15, 21:10-22:5)