We believe that the Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. Jn 16:8-11; II Cor 3:6; I Cor 12:12-14; Rom 8:9; Eph 1:13, 14; Titus 3:5.
We believe that He is the divine teacher who guides believers into all truths. Jn 16:13; I Jn 2:20, 27; I Cor 2:14.
We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to be filled with the Spirit. Eph 5:18; Gal 5:16, 25; Rom 8:4.
We believe that all believers, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. They can not lose their salvation. Jn 6:37-40; Jn 10:27- 30; Rom 8:1, 38, 39; I Cor 1:4-8; I Pet 1:5.
We believe that the testimony of God’s Word clearly forbids the use of our security as a license for sin. Titus 2:11-15; Rom 6; Rom 13:13, 14.
We believe that God is in the process of conforming all believers into the image of Christ and this transformation is evidence of the believer’s salvation. The assurance of a believer’s salvation comes from the fruit of obedience to the Lord. Rom 8:29; II Cor 3:18; Mt 7:15-27; Jn 15:8; Jam 2:14-26; 1 Jn 2:3-6.
We believe that the Holy Spirit has sovereignly given to every individual believer a unique gift[s] for the purpose of building up the church.
We believe that there are two types of spiritual gifts: permanent and temporary. Permanent gifts continue throughout the church age. Temporary gifts such as speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. 1 Cor 12:4-11; 13:8-10, 2 Cor 12:12, Eph 4:7-12, Heb 2:3-4.
We believe that the Church which is made up of all born-again persons of this present age is a group of people called out of the world by God and placed into the body of Christ as His espoused bride . Eph 1:22, 23; 5:25-26; I Cor 12:12-14; II Cor 11:2; I Pet 2:9-10.
We believe that God establishes and continues local churches devoted to teaching the Word of God.. Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11.
We believe local churches exist to bring every believer to maturity in Christ so as to reflect the glory of Christ, that God may be glorified. Jn 17; Eph 4; Col 1:28.
We believe that every believer is to exhort and provoke one another to love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. Heb 10:24, 25.
We believe that the mode of baptism is immersion in water; a portrait of our association with the death, burial, and resurrection of our Savior. Mt 28:19; Rom 6:3-5.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper (Communion) is the commemoration of His Death until He comes. I Cor 11:23-32.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (I Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; I Cor 6:9-10)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of SFBC as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the SFBC members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by SFBC in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Article on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; I Th 5:22)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; I Cor 6:9-11)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of San Francisco Bible Church. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31; Jn 8:1-11; Rom 2:1-4; Jam 2:1-13)