We Believe


Palos Bible Church receives the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God and its sole authority in matters of faith and practice.


The Old and New Testament Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired, and are the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice.  (Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:12-13.)

There is one God, and only One, Who is  self-existent, eternal and infinite  in every excellence,  and Who   has  revealed   Himself   as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,  the same in essence, though distinct in personality. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14.)

Man was created innocent.  By disobedience of the command of God . . . he fell, thereby losing his innocence, becoming subject to death and to the eternal displeasure of God.  (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12.)

Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man, came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His Blood as an atonement, and making it available to all who exercise faith in Him.  (Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; Acts 2:38-39; Romans 3:24-25; 8:34; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; 1 John 2:12.)

The result of the heart acceptance of Jesus Christ is justification, whereby pardon is secured and we are brought into a state of peace and favor with God.  (John 1:16; Romans 5:1-2; 8:29-30; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Colossians 2:9-10.)

The human means by which this result is secured is repentance and faith, whereby we turn to God in sincere contrition and accept Jesus Christ as an all-sufficient Savior. (Acts 17:30; Romans 2:4; 1 Thessalonians  1: 9-10; 2 Timothy 2:25; 2 Peter 3:9.)

God has His purpose of grace in the salvation of men.  These purposes are made effectual by the giving of His Son, and in the constraining and regenerating influence of the Holy Spirit upon all who sincerely believe on Christ. But these purposes do not contravene the freedom of man’s will nor render inoperative the proclamation of the Gospel to all.  (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19.)

Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God; but they are “kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation,” the sure proof of this being their patient continuance and progress in righteousness and true holiness. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corinthians 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:5.)

The ordinances of the Gospel are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” and symbolizes the fact of regeneration.  The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His undying love, and symbolizes the fact that the believer is continuously fed and nourished by Christ.  (Acts 8:36-39; 10:27-30; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 1:14-17; 11:22-34; Colossians 2:12.)

The Church Universal includes the whole company of believers of whatever name, age or country, and is known only to the eye of God.  The Church Local is a company of believers observing the functions, ordinances and the principles laid down in the New Testament.  (Acts 14:27; 20:  28-32; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11.)

The first day of the week is to be observed as the Lord’s Day.  (Matthew 28:1; John 20:1.)

Civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; and magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in matters opposed to the will of Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth. (Romans 13; 1 Peter 2:13-17.)

The coming of Jesus Christ is imminent; when He will rapture away the Church, His bride, after which He will return in glory to judge the nations and fill the earth with His glory and power.  (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15.)

There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust — the just for blessedness and reward, the unjust for judgment and eternal doom. (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16, 19-20.)