What We Believe
Many often desire to know immediately "what we believe"... But before we answer that, we want you to know who we are, where we have been and where we are desiring to go by the grace of our sovereign King.
Twin Lakes Bible Church began a revitalization effort starting in February of 2016. This 100 year old congregation has had a long-standing Gospel impact on people's lives in the Vilas County area. Over the last several years, this Faith Family has re-kindled it's passion for our main purpose, which is to glorify God by enjoying Him and loving Him first. He has reformed our desires and passion to the Gospel alone. We are a Faith Family that desires real Gospel transformation to touch every single aspect of Life. This year in 2018, the focus is on building unity both personally, corporately and ecclessiastically. Our big question last year was "Who are you becoming by the grace of God?" And this year's big question is "Who is He creating Twin Lakes Bible Church to be?" We believe that God is shaping and forming our identity by His means: expositional preaching, regular administration of sacraments and discipline, passionate worship, unity of the saints, Gospel-shaped marriages and parenting, and (last but not least) Life on Life evangelism. We put our hope in God through fully embracing who Christ by daily walking in the Spirit.
Now if you wish, please see our doctrinal beliefs below.
TWIN LAKES BIBLE CHURCH
Last Modified: May 30th, 2017
CONSTITUTION OF TWIN LAKES BIBLE CHURCH (first parts) *Email us for the whole document if you wish.
ARTICLE I. NAME 3.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE 3.
ARTICLE III. DOCTRINE 3.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP 12.
ARTICLE V. GOVERNMENT 13.
ARTICLE VI. PASTOR AND OFFICERS 15.
ARTICLE VII. DUTIES OF PASTOR AND OFFICERS 17.
ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS 20.
ARTICLE IX ORDINATION 21.
ARTICLE X. AMENDMENTS 22.
ARTICLE XI GIFTS TO THE CHURCH 23.
ARTICLE I - CHURCH NAME
The name of this church shall be: 'TWIN LAKES BIBLE CHURCH'.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE STATEMENT
The purpose of this church shall be to: glorify God1 by building itself up in the faith2, by instruction of the Word3, by fellowship4, by keeping the ordinances5, by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world6, and by unashamedly standing on the truth of the Word in contending for the faith7.
- 1 Corinthians 10:31, Ephesians 3:20, 21
- Ephesians 4:11-16
- 2 Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17
- Acts 2:42, 1 John 1:3
- Luke 22:19-20, Acts 2:41-42
- Matthew 28:18-20
- Romans 1:16, 1 Peter 3:15, Jude 1:3
ARTICLE III - DOCTRINAL BELIEFS
Section 1 – The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the 66 books of Scripture as the completed canon1, with nothing to be added to or taken away from2. We believe the Old and New Testament are the verbally inspired3 Word of God, and are inerrant4 in the original manuscripts5. We also believe the Holy Scriptures are the final authority for faith and life, able to make the man/woman of God thoroughly complete for all good works6. We teach that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Holy Scriptures7. The Holy Scriptures are to be desired more than gold8 and are necessary for knowledge9 and spiritual nourishment10.
- Canon – the completed collection of self-authenticating & divinely
authoritative books of the Bible
2. Revelation 22:18-19; Ecclesiastes 3:14
3. Verbally inspired–God the Holy Spirit guided the human authors of
the Bible so as not to distort the character or personality of each
human author: 2 Peter 1:19-21
4. Inerrant – containing no errors: John 17:17; Psalm 19:7
5. Original manuscripts: the initial manuscripts written by the original
authors in the original languages
6. 2 Timothy 3:15-17
7. Romans 10:17
8. Psalm 19:10
9. Proverbs 1:2-7
10.1 Peter 2:2
Section 2 – The Godhead
We believe there is one living and true God1, the creator and sustainer of all things2, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit3, perfect in all His attributes4, one in essence, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit5 – each equally deserving worship and obedience6.
1. Deuteronomy 6:4, Jeremiah 10:10
2. Colossians 1:16, Hebrews 1:3
3. John 4:24, Hebrews 4:13, Revelation 1:8
4. Psalm 18:30, Revelation 15:4
5. Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, John 15:26
6. Ezekiel 36:27, John 15:10, Revelation 4:11
Section 3 – God the Father
We believe God the Father is the 1st person of the Trinity1, Who works all things in accordance with His will and purposes2. His Fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with mankind. He is the Father of all mankind3, but is Spiritual Father only to believers4. In His sovereignty He is neither author nor approver of sin, and He holds all men accountable5. He saves all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ from the just penalty of their sins6. He also draws all those who are elect in Christ and chosen from eternity past to be conformed to the image of God the Son7.
1. Matthew 28:19
2. Ephesians 1:11, Isaiah 46:9-11
3. Ephesians 4:6
4. Ephesians 1:5, John 1:12-13
5. Habakkuk 1:13, John 8:44, Romans 5:12, Romans 14:11-12
6. Romans 6:23
7. John 6:44, Romans 8:28-30, Ephesians 1:4-5
Section 4 – God the Son
We believe Jesus Christ is the 2nd person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God1, Who became a man without ceasing to be God2, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary3, lived a sinless life4 in order that He might reveal God5, redeem sinful man6, and rule over God's kingdom7. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His finished work on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice8 and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead9. Christ's blood atonement is unlimited in its potential to all mankind, yet is only applicable to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ10. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father as our Advocate and High Priest11. We believe Jesus Christ will return to receive the Church, which is His Bride (Body), unto Himself at the Rapture and, returning with His Church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on earth12.
1. John 1:1
2. John 1:14, Philippians 2:5-7
3. Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:20-23
4. 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:5
5. John 14:7-11
6. Redeem – bought back to God through Christ's sacrifice,
1 Peter 1:18-19
7. Isaiah 9:6-7, Revelation 11:15
8. John 19:30, 1 Peter 2:24
9. Justification – to be declared righteous by God through faith,
Luke 24:39, Romans 4:24-25
10. Atonement – the work Christ did in His life and death to earn
our salvation, 1 John 2:1-2, John 3:36
11. Advocate – one who pleads another's cause, Romans 8:34,
12. Rapture – taking up of believers to be with Christ, Acts 1:9-11,
1 Thess. 4:13-18, Revelation 20:1-6
Section 5 – God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Trinity1, Who proceeded from God the Father as promised by God the Son2. We believe He is the all-knowing, all-seeing, everywhere present God3, who was active in the creation4, the Incarnation5, the written revelation6, and the work of salvation7. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment8. We believe the Holy Spirit is the supernatural agent in regeneration9, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ10, indwelling the believer from the moment of salvation11, and sealing them for the day of redemption12. We believe the Holy Spirit guides believers into all truth13, and it is the privilege and duty of all those born of Him to be filled with and controlled by Him14.
1. Matthew 28:19
2. John 14:15-16, John 15:26
3. Psalm 139:7-10, Isaiah 40:13-14, Acts 5:3-4
4. Genesis 1:2
5. Matthew 1:18
6. 2 Peter 1:19-21
7. John 3:5-7
8. John 16:8-11
9. Titus 3:5
10. 1 Corinthians 12:12-14
11. Romans 8:9-11
12. Ephesians 4:30
13. 1 John 2:20, 27
14. Ephesians 5:17-18
Section 6 – Creation
We believe in the supernatural account of creation as revealed throughout the Bible1, and that God spoke everything into existence out of nothing by the power of His Word2. We believe all of God's original creation was determined to be “very good”3, but then was marred by the effects of sin4, and now eagerly awaits restoration5. We believe every living thing God created on days 3, 5 and 6 were to reproduce after their kind6, leaving no place for any macro-evolutionary processes7. We believe the genealogies presented in Scripture8 provide a time-line for the initial creation act of only several thousand years ago, not millions or billions. We believe the six days of creation are six literal, consecutive 24 hour periods of time due to the qualifiers attached to each day9, and other complimentary texts10. We believe God created man specially on day six11, and that the entire human race is descended from a literal Adam and Eve, making all people of one race12. We believe the Bible makes perfect sense of creation, science, and that state of the world around us13, while man's fallible ideas and preconceived beliefs can never lead him to the truth. We believe the present corrupt, fallen state of God's creation will be “burned up”, and God will create a new heavens and a new earth free from the effects of sin14.
- Genesis 1:1-2:3, Nehemiah 9:6, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16-17,
2. Psalm 33:6-9, Hebrews 11:3
3. Genesis 1:31
4. Genesis 3:14-19 which corresponds to the 2nd Law of
Thermodynamics or The Law of Entropy which basically states that
everything is getting worse and worse over time – falling apart
5. Romans 8:18-22
6. Genesis 1:11, 12, 21, 24, 25
7. Macro-evolutionary means large-scale change from one animal into
another, such as reptile to bird
8. Genesis 5, 11:10-32, Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23-38
(For additional information see PDF longevity chart)
9. Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31 number, evening, and morning with
each day. The Hebrew word for day used here is 'yom' which when
used elsewhere in the Old Testament always means an ordinary
day when it has one or more of the three qualifiers listed above.
10. Exodus 20:11
11. Genesis 1:26, 28, 2:7
12. Genesis 3:20, Acts 17:26, 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
13. Ecclesiastes 1:6-7, Isaiah 40:22, Romans 8:22, Hebrew 1:10-12
(For additional information see PDF – origins belief statement)
14. 2 Peter 3:10-13, Revelation 21:1
Section 7 – Man
We believe God created man directly and immediately in His own image and likeness as a sinless, rational, and moral being1. We believe God's intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God's fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God's purpose for man in the world2. We believe man voluntarily disobeyed God3 resulting in: a loss of innocence, spiritual separation from God leading to both a physical and eternal death, becoming subject to God's wrath and judgment4. We believe all men, with the exception of Jesus Christ5, are sinners by nature and by choice6, and are totally incapable of recovering from their lost condition, apart from God's divine saving grace7.
1. Genesis 1:27, 2:7
2. Ecclesiastes 12:13, Isaiah 43:7, Revelation 4:11
3. Genesis 2:16-17, 3:6
4. Genesis 3:16-19, John 3:36, Ephesians 2:1-3, Hebrews 9:27,
5. 2 Corinthians 5:21
6. Psalm 51:3-6, Romans 3:23, 5:12
7. Jeremiah 17:9, Psalm 14:2-3, Romans 5:8-11, Ephesians 2:8-9
Section 8 – Angels
We believe angels are powerful spirit beings created by God to bring Him glory and fulfill His purpose in the universe1. We believe angels were originally created holy, but within the body of angelic beings some rebelled against God and were removed from their privileged position in the presence of God2. We believe these fallen angels are under the leadership of him, who is called Satan, now roam the universe and are especially active on earth, opposing God and His purposes and ruling over the spiritual darkness of this world3. We believe these wicked angelic beings are destined to be judged by Jesus Christ at His return, and to be finally, eternally incarcerated in the Lake of Fire4.
1. Psalm 103:20-21, Psalm 148:2, Colossians 1:16
2. Genesis 1:31, Isaiah 14:12-19, Ezekiel 28:12-19, Revelation 12:4
3. Ephesians 6:11-12, 1 Timothy 4:1, 1 John 5:19, Revelation 18:2-4
4. Revelation 20:1-3, 10
Section 9 – Israel
We believe God called to Himself the nation of Israel1, who are the promised physical descendants of Abraham2, Isaac3, and Jacob4. As God's chosen people, Israel has been unfaithful in the past5, is separated from God in the present6, and will be saved by God's spiritual regeneration in the future7. We believe God will literally fulfill all of His promises to Israel which will include the Land Covenant8, the Davidic Covenant9, and the New Covenant10.
1. Deuteronomy 7:6-9
2. Genesis 12:1-3
3. Genesis 26:1-4
4. Genesis 28:10-14
5. Ezekiel 39:21-24
6. Romans 9:31 – 10:21
7. Ezekiel 36:26-27, Romans 11:25-27
8. Deuteronomy 30:1-9, Ezekiel 36:23, 24, 28
9. 2 Samuel 7:10-17, Luke 1:31-33
10. Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 8:7-13
Section 10 – Salvation
We believe salvation is completely a work of God. It is God's gift brought to man by grace and received by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ1. All who believe in Christ are graciously forgiven of their sins by God2, regenerated3, justified4, adopted5, sanctified6, and some day will be glorified7. We believe all who are genuinely saved can never lose their salvation because their destiny depends upon God's keeping power8. We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word9 which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an excuse for sinful living and carnality10.
- Romans 3:20-28, Ephesians 2:8-9 – even the faith necessary for
salvation is a gift from God!
2. Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 2:12
3. Regeneration – born again (spiritual birth) work of God the Holy
Spirit. John 1:13, Titus 3:4-6
4. Justification – to be declared righteous by God through faith.
Acts 13:39, Romans 5:18
5. Adopted – brought into God's family. Romans 8:14-16, Galatians 4:4-6
6. Sanctification – set apart by God for His service—
- Positionally–believers are in Christ—1 Corinthians 1:2
- Progressively and practically–believers are continually being transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ—2 Corinthians 3:18
- Perfectly–believers will ultimately be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ when He returns—1 John 3:2
7. Glorification – the final state of salvation. Romans 8:30, 1 Corinthians 15:50-53
8. 1 Peter 1:3-5
9. Romans 8:38-39, 1 John 5:13
10. Galatians 5:13-26, Titus 2:11-14
Section 11 – The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe every saved person is involved in a daily conflict1 between the new nature in Christ2 and the old nature in the flesh3. We believe adequate provision is made for victory over our old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and practical application of God's Word4. We believe all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural5.
1. Romans 7:22-23, Galatians 5:17
2. Ephesians 4:22-24
3. Flesh – immaterial nature of man given to sin and opposed to God–
Ephesians 2:1-3, 1 John 2:16
4. Romans 8:12-13, Galatians 5:16-25, Ephesians 4:17-24, John 17:17
5. Romans 7:24, Philippians 3:12-14 & 20-21, 1 Corinthians 15:50-57
Section 12 – Human Sexuality
We believe God designed human sexuality to be between one man and one woman, and is to be shared only inside the bounds of marriage1. We believe any form of homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex2.
1. Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, 1 Timothy 3:2, 12, Titus 1:6
2. Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18:6-16, 23, Romans 1:26-32, and
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Section 13 – Sanctity of Human Life
We believe all human life is created in the image of God1, and is therefore sacred in every state of its existence from conception through the process of natural death2. We believe the taking of human life is justified through the government’s role of protecting society through the use of capital punishment and war3. We believe God provides hope, meaning and purpose through His Word to every human life He creates, regardless of their circumstances4.
1. Genesis 1:26-27
2. Psalm 139:13-16, Matthew 6:25-34
3. Genesis 9:6, Romans 13:1-4
4. Genesis 50:20, John 3:16, Romans 8:18, 28, James 1:2-4, 12
Section 14 – Church
We believe all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united and living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head1. We believe the formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost2 and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture3. We believe local churches are visible expressions of the Body of Christ, gathering and scattering for the express purpose of glorifying their Head through loving obedience to the Word of God4. We believe the local church is an organized congregation of believers that assemble together for worship, fellowship, service, and edification5. We believe the local church, under the guidance of God the Holy Spirit and according to the Word of God, govern and discipline themselves, appoint their own leadership (elder(s) and deacon(s)) 6, memorialize the Gospel through the ordinance of baptism and the Lord's supper7, select their own missionaries, and prayerfully and practically participate in the worldwide fulfillment of the Great Commission8. We believe local churches are free to cooperate with each other and partner with biblical organizations for the purposes of contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel. We believe local churches are free from any external hierarchy of individuals or organizations and should avoid associating with any ecumenical endeavor, neo-orthodoxy, new evangelicalism, or any such efforts that willingly or unknowingly compromise the Word of Truth9.
1. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
2. Acts 2:1-47
3. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52
4. Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 20:7
5. 1 John 1:3, 1 Corinthians 14:26, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, John 4:22-24, Acts
2:42, Colossians 3:23-24
6. Galatians 6:1, 1 Corinthians 5:1-8, Titus 3:10-11, Acts 15:22, Acts 6:3-7, 1
7. Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 22:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
8. Acts 1:8, Romans 10:8-18
9. Jude 1:3-4, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 Timothy 4:2-4, Titus 1:9
Section 15 – Baptism/ Lord's Supper
We believe the Scriptural ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord's Supper, and are to be administered by the local church1. We believe the two ordinances are outward expressions of an inward spiritual truth that have no bearing on either obtaining or maintaining salvation. We believe baptism, by immersion, should be administered to believers and shows forth a solemn and beautiful picture of their faith in the crucified, buried and resurrected Savior, and their death to sin and resurrection to a new spiritual life in Christ Jesus2. We believe that the bread and cup used in the Lord's Supper are symbolic of Jesus' broken body and shed blood on the cross. We believe the Lord's Supper commemorates together the death, resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ, and should be preceded by careful self-examination3.
1. Acts 2:41-42
2. Acts 8:35-39, Romans 6:3-11
3. 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
Section 16 – Spiritual Gifts
We believe God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts, and the gifts given to believers are sufficient for the perfecting of the Body of Christ today1. We believe the gifts of speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and its authority became established2. We believe God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the healing of the sick and afflicted3.
1. Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, Ephesians 4:7-12
2. Acts 2:4-11, 43, Acts 8:4-8, 1 Corinthians 13:8
3. James 5:13-18, 1 John 5:14-15
Section 17 – Separation
We believe separation from sin is called for throughout the Old and New Testaments1, and the Scriptures clearly indicate that in the Last Days apostasy and worldliness will increase2. Every believer should refrain from all things that would defile them and bring shame to the name of their Lord and Savior, such as religious apostasy, worldliness, and sinful pleasures3. Every believer should pursue holiness in life and ministry through obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit and God's Word4. We also believe local churches are to refrain from cooperation or alliance with groups or individuals which do not stand unashamedly for the truths revealed in the Word of God5.
1. Isaiah 52:10-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:22
2. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
3. 2 John 9-10, 1 John 2:15-17, Galatians 5:19-21
4. 1 Peter 1:13-16, Galatians 5:22-25, John 17:14-17
5. Romans 16:17-19, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
Section 18 – Missions
We believe God has commanded every Christian to participate in the fulfillment of the Great Commission under the authority and guidance of the local church. Scripture defines the Great Commission as follows:
- Strategy–making disciples through going, baptizing, and teaching–Matthew 28:19-20
- Scope–reaching every person in the world with the Gospel–
- Substance–preaching repentance and remission of sins based
upon the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ–
- Submission–submitting to the commission as Christ submitted to
the will of the Father – John 20:21
- Strength–relying on the Holy Spirit to fulfill the Great Commission–
Section 19 – The 2 Aspects of Jesus Christ Second Coming
We believe the first aspect is the personal, bodily return in the air of our Lord Jesus Christ before the seven-year Tribulation to rapture His Church from the earth1. We believe the second aspect of His coming begins immediately following the removal of the Church from the earth when the righteous judgment of God will be poured out upon an unbelieving world, and that these judgments will be climaxed by the bodily return of Christ in glory to the earth to establish His millennial kingdom2. We believe during this time, the Antichrist and the false prophet will be overthrown, and Satan removed from the world3. We believe during Christ's 1000 year reign the resurrected saints will rule with Him over Israel and all the nations of the earth, which will be a time of justice, peace, righteousness, harmony, and a fulfillment of God's promises to Israel4. We believe immediately following the 1000 year reign that Satan will be released again upon the earth to deceive and gather nations together to battle against the saints, whereby Satan and his army will be devoured by fire from heaven, and Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity5. We believe Christ, who is the judge of all people6, will then resurrect and judge the dead, both great and small, at the Great White Throne judgment. We believe anyone not found written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal, conscious punishment7.
1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, John 14:2-3
2. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12, Revelation 16:1-21, Matthew 24:27-31,
3. Revelation 19:19-20:3
4. Isaiah 65:17-25, Ezekiel 36:16-38, Zechariah 8:1-17
5. Revelation 20:7-10
6. John 5:22
7. Revelation 20:11-15
Section 20 – Eternity
We believe after the judgment of unbelievers at the Great White Throne judgment, the saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God1, after which the elements of this earth will be dissolved and replaced with a new earth where only righteousness dwells2. Following this, the heavenly city (New Jerusalem3) will come down out of heaven and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will forever enjoy fellowship with God and one another4. We believe our Lord Jesus Christ, having fulfilled His redemptive mission, will then deliver up the kingdom to God the Father so that the Triune God will reign forever and ever5.
1. 1 John 3:2, Romans 8:29-30, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54
2. 2 Peter 3:10-13, Revelation 21:1, 27
3. Revelation 21:9-27
4. Revelation 21:2-6
5. 1 Corinthians 15:24-28
Last Modified January 16, 2000
Policies of the
Twin Lakes Bible Church
Policy I Wedding Policy 1.
Policy 2 Missionary Policy 2.
Policy 3 Sexuality (May 30th 2017)
Policy 4 Sexual Offenders (May 30, 2017)
Policy I Wedding
1. EXCEPTIONS to this Marriage Policy of the Twin Lakes Bible Church will require the couple to personally meet with the Church Board for approval.
2. COUNSELING by the Pastor shall precede all weddings.
3. The Bride or Groom must be a member of the Twin Lakes Bible Church; or regularly attending the worship services of the Twin Lakes Bible Church; or be a son/daughter of a Twin Lakes Bible Church member; or be a son/daughter of one who regularly attends the worship service of the Twin Lakes Bible Church.
4. The Bride and Groom must be saved, if the wedding is to be IN the church building. NO EXCEPTIONS.
5. The Bride and Groom cannot be living together as husband/wife prior to, or at the time of the wedding, if the wedding is to be IN the church building. NO EXCEPTIONS.
6. The Bride cannot be pregnant, if the wedding is to be IN the church building. NO EXCEPTIONS.
7. The marriage of divorced person IN the church building; IN the church Parsonage; ON the church grounds; will be permitted only by Church Board Approval. Divorced persons requesting to use any of the above mentioned facilities for marriage, will be required to meet personally with the Church Board. NO EXCEPTIONS.
8. Same sex weddings are not permitted IN the church building, nor IN the church Parsonage, nor UPON the church grounds. NO EXCEPTIONS.
9. Weddings at the parsonage shall be only with Church Board approval. NO EXCEPTIONS.
10. Weddings conducted ELSEWHERE by the Pastor do not need Church Board approval.
Policy 2 Missionary
Beginning January 16, 2000, missionaries supported by the Twin Lakes Bible Church on a regular basis, who leave their position on the mission field due to health problems, change of position within the mission, or any other situations requiring an extended leave from their field of ministry, will be subject to review by the Church Board. The Church Board will determine whether or not financial support warrants being continued, taking their proposal to the Voting Membership of the church for a final determination.
Policy 3 Position on Marriage and Sexuality
Twin Lakes Bible Church
Position on Marriage and Human Sexuality
Definition of Marriage
The institution of marriage has been valued by every culture and society throughout human history. Twin Lakes Bible Church believes marriage is an institution ordained by God and prescribed by Scripture to be a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman physically created in these respective genders by God. We believe God intended heterosexual marriage to be an enduring covenanted relationship established before Himself and man to propagate the human race, lovingly express healthy relational and sexual intimacy, and picture the covenant relationship He has with all genuine believers.
Basis of Authority for the Definition
As a distinctively Christian church, Twin Lakes Bible Church strives to live according to the doctrinal, moral, and ethical dictates of the Bible which serves as our final authority for all matters pertaining to doctrinal beliefs and moral and ethical practices. Our understanding of marriage and application of its meaning is grounded in more than established human tradition and existing cultural norms. As the authoritative, inspired, inerrant, and timelessly relevant Word of God, the Scriptures have binding authority for the doctrinal belief and moral practice of believers, churches, and Christian institutions (2 Sam. 7:28; Prov. 30:5; Matt. 4:4; 5:17-20; 24:35; 2 Tim. 3:15-16; 2 Pet. 1:16-21; 3:2). The Bible speaks clearly and authoritatively to the matters of marriage, consensual sexual activity and gender identity. Its clear teachings on these matters govern and are central to the beliefs and practices of TLBC and serve as the final authoritative grounds for the content of this position statement.
The Scriptures teach that God created man and woman in His image (Gen. 1:27-28), brought them together in the life-long covenant relationship of marriage and blessed this union (Gen. 1:28). Furthermore, the Scriptures make plain that this first marriage was intended to be an authoritative pattern for all future human marriages as evidenced by the teachings of Moses (Gen. 2:18-24), the Wisdom books (Prov. 12:4; 18:22; 31:10; Eccles. 9:9), the Prophets (Mal. 2:13-16), the Apostles (1 Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; Col. 3:14-19; Heb. 13:4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7), and Jesus Himself (Matt. 19:4-6; Mark 10:1-9).
Marriage is a covenantal life-long relationship between a woman and a man who were physically created and assigned these genders by God (Gen. 1:27; Ps. 139:13-16; Matt. 19:4; Mark 10:6). We believe God intended heterosexual marriage for the propagation of the human race and the loving expression of healthy relational and sexual intimacy, and to picture the covenant relationship He has with all believers (Eph. 5:22-33).
Context for Human Sexuality
Human sexuality is part of God’s divine design for human beings (Gen. 1:28). However, the Bible restricts all forms of consensual sexual activity to within the boundaries of the marriage relationship (1 Cor. 7:1-5; Heb. 13:4). The Bible clearly prohibits not only non-consensual sexual misconduct (Deut. 22:25-27) but also any consensual sexual activity outside the boundaries of heterosexual marriage (1 Thess. 4:1-8). Furthermore the Bible specifically names as sinful and prohibits any form of sexual activity between persons of the same sex (Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:10), polygamy (Matt. 19:4-6; 1 Cor. 7:11), incest (Lev. 18:6-18; 1 Cor. 5:1), bestiality (Exod. 22:19; Lev. 18:23; 20:15-16; Deut. 27:21; Gal. 5:19; Eph. 5:3; Col. 3:5), adultery (Exod. 20:14; Mark 10:19; Luke 18:20; James 2:11), and fornication of any sort including pornography (1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Thess. 4:3-8; Lev. 18:20).
Statement about Gender Identity
God created man and woman in His image as two distinct but equal genders which He intends to use for His glory (Gen. 1:26-27). Furthermore, individual gender is assigned by God and determined at conception (Ps. 139:13-16). Therefore we believe that to intentionally alter or change one’s physical gender or to live as a gender other than the one assigned at conception is to reject God’s right as Creator to assign gender to His creatures and is a personal rejection of His plan to glorify Himself through the original gender He assigned that individual (1 Cor. 10:31).
Expectations of TLBC Pastors, Staff, Board Members, Employees, etc.
Because the positions set forth in this statement are grounded in the biblical, moral and ethical commands clearly taught and demanded by Scripture, Twin Lakes Bible Church expects all its pastors, staff, board members, employees, teachers, speakers, students, volunteers and members to agree with and abide by this statement on marriage, human sexuality, and gender identity.
Posture toward those who disagree with us
All of us are sinners. We live in a world broken by sin and are called to live out our biblical beliefs among those who may disagree with us. We desire to do so in ways that honor God and point them to Him (1 Pet. 1:11-12). We believe every person must be treated with respect and compassion and are committed to living out our commitments to these biblical standards with grace and humility. We also believe that we are called to speak God’s truth in love (Eph. 4:15) as we call all men to recognize that all human sinfulness is an offense to God (Rom. 3:10-11; Rom. 6:23a), that God has displayed immense grace and mercy toward all sinners (Eph. 2:1-10), and that He offers a full and free forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who repent and forsake their sin, turn in faith to Him and continue to walk in newness of Life (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 6:23; 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 John 1:8-9).
Policy 4 Sex Offenders
TLBC Policy for Sex Offenders
The church is a place of hospitality, yet we embrace the Gospel’s mandate to protect, “the least of these”, particularly children, vulnerable adults and teens. Each sex offender will be dealt with on an individual basis, which may then deviate slightly from the below mentioned safe guards and guidelines. Twin Lakes Bible Church (TLBC) reserves the right to refuse admittance to the church those individuals who do not shown any signs of remorse, repentance, or removal from the sexual sins committed against God, themselves, and others. The Bible takes this matter very seriously and so should “the Body of Christ”.
The TLBC affirms the need of all to come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are committed to being a religious community open to those who are in need of worshipping with us, especially in times of serious personal troubles. However, based on your background, we have concerns about your contact with children, vulnerable adults and teens in our congregation. We are called as a church to be a shepherd of souls, but we are also called to protect the flock. In recognition of the fact that sins against children are especially heinous and vile, and incur a greater judgment (see Luke 17:2), the following guidelines are designed to reduce the risk to both you and the congregation at TLBC. We welcome you to our congregation, but your participation will be limited to ensure the safety of our children, vulnerable adults, teens, and to ensure that you will not be subject to future accusations while at TLBC.
All church policy will be set with the Word of God in mind either being used directly when applicable, or indirectly as each individual case arises. When dealing with deviant sexual sins in the church, the New Testament points us to 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, which reads as follows:
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.
2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.
4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
. 6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
. 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our
Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
. 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
TLBC Sex Offender Guidelines
The board at TLBC will do its best to be proactive in performing the following duties regarding any known sex offenders who wish to attend TLBC:
1. The congregation will be informed of any known sex offender who wants to attend TLBC, before the sexual offender is allowed to attend.
2. The sexual offender will have to sign a covenant (code of conduct) that will be drawn up by the board on a case by case basis. Any breech of that covenant by the sex offender is grounds for removal from the church property and may result in a refusal to be allowed in to any future services.
3. The board will take any covenant with a sex offender extremely seriously.
4. When new members join the church, they will be told about this policy and covenant.
5. The board may seek recommendation from outside the church body from professional council as deemed necessary.
6. The sex offender will have to attend an extended series of meeting with the pastor/elders to determine the spiritual state of mind of the offender before they are allowed into any services at TLBC. The number of meetings and extended time period will be based on a case by case basis, and in no way do they guarantee the sex offender the right to attend the church. Only through faith, repentance, and a growing discipleship will they be allowed to attend TLBC.
7. The sex offender will also meet with the entire board at TLBC as much as deemed necessary to give an update as to his/her progress spiritually before admittance is allowed in the church services.
8. A system of accountability will be set in place with regards to each sex offenders particular case. In the case of a pornography addict, the internet use would have to be extremely limited or completely restricted, along with television, smart phones, and anything else that could provide easy or unlimited access to pornographic images.
9. The board will acquire the sex offenders criminal background, any personal references, job history and stability, that will be kept on file at the church.
10. Any violations of any of the guidelines or safeguards set here by the sex offender will be documented and filed, and if necessary reported to the proper authorities
TLBC Sex Offender Safeguards
1. Once the sex offender has the approval of the board to attend church services, they will be limited to only attending the Sunday 10:00 a.m. service at first (possibly only this service ever).
2. Upon arrival to a regular service the sex offender will sit in the front row and will be discreetly monitored by one member in good standing of the TLBC until dismissal, where the offender will
then proceed to his/her car and leave church grounds.
3. During the service, if the sex offender needs to use the restroom, he/she will have to use a designated restroom and be monitored as to their coming and going.
4. All parents are to be aware of where their children, along with any other children, are at any and all times on church grounds, especially when the sex offender is present.
5. All children need to be picked up by parents/guardians or those that are pre-approved.
6. Any new church members, employees and volunteers can be subject to a background check if the board/pastor deems it necessary.