Kona Bible Church

What we believe

What We Believe

The Scriptures

Every word in the original writings is inspired by God and is without error.  The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice of Kona Bible Church (II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:21).

God

The Bible teaches a plurality of oneness in which God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  The three have distinct personalities and yet are of the same substance, one God. (Gen. 1:1; John 10:30; John 4:24; Deut 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14)

The Father

The Father is the first person of the Trinity.  He exists in the spirit.  His presence is made known to the world by The Word of God.

The Son

The Word of God is the second person of the Trinity. He became incarnate – the Lord Jesus Christ, being born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. He died physically on the cross and was bodily resurrected three days later and now sits at the right hand of The Father. (John 1:1,14,18; 5:18; Heb. 1:1-9; 5:8; I John 5:20; I Tim. 2:5; I Cor. 15:1-5; Lk. 22:69; Ac. 2:33 )

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. He convicts, regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals all believers in Christ and empowers those yielded to God.  (Matt. 28:19; John 3:3-7; John 14-16, Titus 3:5; I Cor. 6:19; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 2:12; 12:13; Eph. 4:30; Col. 3:14)

Man

Man is created in the image and likeness of God. In Adam, all mankind fell into sin with the result that all men are sinners. Men are justly condemned to eternal judgment and can do nothing to merit salvation. (Rom. 2:2,3,5; Eph. 2:8,9; Gen. 1:27, 9:6; Rom. 5:12; 3:23; Eph. 2:1)

Salvation

Salvation is given to those individuals chosen by God and drawn to Christ by the Holy Spirit. The only means to their salvation is belief in Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection. (Jn. 12:32; Acts 4:12; 13:38,39; I Cor. 15:1-4; Rom. 4:4,5; 5:1; John  3:16; Eph. 2:8,9; Acts 16:31; Eph. 1:4,5; Rom. 8:29,30)

Assurance

All who are born of the Spirit through faith in Christ can have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ if they continue in their faith. (Rom. 5:1; I John 5:13; John 10:27-29; 17:12; II Tim. 1:12; Eph. 4:30; John 6:37, Col 1:22-23)

Christian Life

Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit. This service includes the propagation of the gospel message to the whole world. All believers are promised rewards in heaven for their faithfulness in service. (I Pet. 1:15,16; Acts 1:8; I Cor. 3:12-17; John 14:1-3)

The Church

The church is composed of all believers in Jesus Christ. It is the body and bride of Christ, formed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit and existing in two aspects, universal and local. The universal church is an elect company of believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body. Its mission is to witness to its head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations. At the Rapture of the church, it will be caught up to meet the Lord, after which He will return to set up His Kingdom. The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together in love to worship God with praise and thanksgiving, and to glorify Jesus Christ by preaching the gospel and exercising spiritual gifts. (Eph. 1:22,23; 5:24-30; I Cor. 12:4-13,27)

Ordinances

The Bible sets forth two ordinances, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is identifying oneself into the community of faith. Water baptism is the outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ. The Lord’s Supper is the fellowship of an individual with the community of faith. Ideally, this meal is shared only with baptized believers in Jesus Christ and is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross, and in expectation of His return.  (Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16; Acts 8:12,36-38; 9:18; 10:47; I  Cor. 11:23-26)

Kingdom of God

We believe the kingdom of God has been inaugurated with the first coming of Jesus Christ and will be established in its fullness when He returns (Matt. 4:17, Eph. 3:2-6, 9-11; Col. 1:13-14,25-27; Rom. 6:14, Heb. 7:18-19)

Second Coming

The blessed hope of the church is the imminent return of Christ. The events preceding His return include: the rapture of the church and the judgments, the second advent and the establishment of the reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years, and finally the eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved.  (Titus 2:13; I Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:4-10; John 14:1-3; Matt. 24:21,29,30; 25:31-46; The Book of Revelation)