What We Believe

Doctrine & Convictions

Biblical, Confessional, and Historical

We believe the Bible is the final standard of faith and practice for the believer in Jesus Christ and for His Church. While recognizing the historical, interpretive, and guiding value of creeds and confessions of faith made throughout church history, we affirm the Bible alone as the infallible and final authority in the life of a believer.

Our King’s Way Statement of Faith is an abridged version of The Westminster Confession of Faith for your reading convenience. You can read a complete version of the confession at The Westminster Standard.

1. We believe in the one true and living God, in three Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who is invisible, personal, omnipresent, eternal, dependent on none, unchanging, truthful, trustworthy, almighty, sovereign, omniscient, righteous, holy, good, loving, merciful, long-suffering and gracious.

1 Cor. 8:4,6Deut. 6:4Jer. 10:10Isa. 48:12Exod. 3:14John 4:241 Tim. 1:17Deut. 4:15–16Mal. 3:61 Kings 8:27Jer. 23:23Ps. 90:2Gen. 17:1Isa. 6:3Ps. 115:3Isa. 46:10Prov. 16:4Rom. 11:36Exod. 34:6–7Heb. 11:6Neh. 9:32–33Ps. 5:5–6Exod. 34:7Nahum 1:2–31 John 5:7Matt. 28:192 Cor. 13:14Exod. 3:14John 14:11I Cor. 8:6John 1:14,18John 15:26Gal. 4:6.

2. We believe that Almighty God has revealed all that is necessary to life and salvation in the sixty six books of Holy Scripture which are the Word of God. All Scripture was given by inspiration of God, is infallible and inerrant, and is the final arbiter in all disputes. Its authority is derived from its Author and not from the opinions of men.

2 Tim. 3:15-17Heb. 4:122 Pet. 1:19-21Rom 15:4John 17:17Matt. 4:4Ps. 119:160Isaiah 40:8Matt. 24:35Luke 24:44.

3. We believe that God made our first father Adam perfect, holy and upright. He was appointed representative and head of the human race thereby exposing all his offspring to the effects of his obedience or disobedience to God’s commands.

Gen 1:313:12,13Rom. 5:12-21.

4. We believe that Adam fell from his original righteousness into sin and brought upon himself and all his offspring physical and spiritual death, condemnation and sinnership.

Gen. 3:617-19Rom. 5:12191 Cor. 15:21-22James 1:15Ps. 51:15Isaiah 59:2Eph. 2:1-3Rom. 7:9-11Job 15:14John 3:6.

5. We believe it is utterly beyond the power of spiritually dead and fallen man to love God, to keep His laws, to effectually understand the Gospel, to genuinely repent of sin, or produce saving faith in Christ.

Eph. 2:1-31 Cor. 2:14Rom. 8:7Eph. 4:18Rom. 3:10-1823.

6. We believe that God, before the foundation of the world, for His own glory did elect an innumerable host of men and women to eternal life as an act of free and sovereign grace. This election was in no way dependent upon His foresight of human faith, decision, works or merit.

Eph. 1:4-52 Tim. 1:9Rom. 8:28-30Matt. 25:34Rev. 13:8John 15:16Tit. 1:1-2Rom. 9:23-242 Thess. 2:13.

7. We believe that God sent His Son into the world, conceived of the virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit, unchangeably sinless, both God and man, born under the Law, to live a perfect life of righteousness, on behalf of all who will believe in His name.

Isa. 7:14Matt. 1:18-25Gal. 4:4Luke 1:34-35John 3:161 John 4:9-10Rom. 8:32John 3:15John 11:25-261 John 3:52 Cor. 5:211 Pet. 2:22Heb. 4:15.

8. We believe that God’s Son died at Calvary to effect propitiation, reconciliation, redemption, and atonement for His chosen people. God bore testimony to His acceptance of His Son’s work by raising Him from the dead.

Rom. 5:81 Pet. 2:24-25Gal. 2:201 Cor. 1:18-22Col. 2:14John 19:301 John 2:2Gal. 3:13Mark 10:45Rom. 10:91 Pet. 1:31 Thes. 4:141 Cor. 15.

9. We believe that God’s Son ascended to the right hand of His Father and is enthroned in glory, where He intercedes on behalf of His people and rules over all things for their sake.

Acts 2:335:31Mark 16:191 Pet. 3:22Eph. 1:20-23Rom. 8:2734Heb. 7:25Col. 2:10Phil. 2:9-11.

10. We believe that God the Son has poured out the Holy Spirit to work alongside the preached Word. The Spirit of God regenerates the elect sinner and draws him irresistibly to faith in Christ the Savior.

John 14:261615:261 Cor. 2:10-136:191 Pet. 1:121 Thes. 4:8Rom. 10:172 Thess. 2:13-14James 1:18John 3:81:133:56:371 Pet. 1:23Eph. 2:8Acts 16:14.

11. We believe the elect, who are called by grace, are justified in the sight of God on account of the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ which is received by faith alone.

2 Cor. 5:21Rom. 8:29-304:51:73:21-2210:4Phil. 3:91 Cor. 1:301 Pet. 2:24.

12. We believe that all who are regenerated, called, and justified shall persevere in holiness and never finally fall away.

Phil. 1:6John 10:27-281 Pet. 1:52 Tim. 1:12Romans 11:29Jude 1:24Rom. 8:30.

13. We believe that the moral law of God is summarized in the Ten Commandments and that all the Ten Commandments continue today to be the standard of righteousness which every child of God ought to love and obey.

Ex. 20:1-17Romans 13:8–10James 2:810–12James 2:1011Matthew 5:17–19Romans 3:31.

14. We believe God has particularly appointed one day in seven for a Sabbath to be kept holy unto Him, which from the beginning of the world to the Resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week which is called the Lord’s Day; and is to be continued to the end of the world as the Christian Sabbath; the observation of the last day of the week being abolished.

Ex. 20:81 Cor. 16:12Acts 20:7Rev. 1:10Col. 2:16Heb. 4:9-11.

15. We believe baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church, but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace. The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a called and qualified minister of the gospel. This sacrament is not only for those who profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, but also the infants of one or both believing parents.

(Matt. 28:191 Cor. 12:13Rom. 4:11 with Col. 2:11-12Rom. 6:5Gal. 3:27Tit. 3:5Mark 1:4Rom 6:3-4Mat 28:19-20Matt. 3:1128:19-20John 1:33Mark 16:15-16Acts 8:37-38Gen 17:7 with Gal 3:914 and Col 2:11-12Acts 2:38-39Rom. 4:11-12Matt. 28:19Mark 10:13-16Luke 18:151 Cor. 7:14.)

Romans 6:3–5Col. 2:12Galatians 3:27Mark 1:4Acts 22:16Romans 6:4Mark 16:16Acts 8:3637Acts 2:41Acts 8:12Acts 18:8Matthew 28:1920Acts 8:38Matthew 3:16John 3:231 Corinthians 11:23–261 Corinthians 10:161722 Corinthians 6:14151 Corinthians 11:2629Matthew 7:6.

16. We believe marriage is only to be between one man and one woman and that marriage was ordained by God and, therefore, cannot be redefined by man.

Gen. 2:24Mal. 2:15Matt. 19:5-6Gen 2:181 Cor. 7:29Eph. 5:22-33Mark 10:6-9Heb. 13:4.

17. We believe that our corporate worship must be regulated by the Scriptures alone and that we are not free to impose extra-biblical elements into our worship before God.

John 4:21-24Col. 2:231 Cor. 14:26-401 Tim. 4:132 Tim 2:4Eph. 5:19.

18. We believe that the Scriptures teach that only men—biblically qualified men—are to hold the only two offices Christ has given to the Church, that being elder and deacon.

1 Tim. 3:1-135:17Acts 14:2320:1728Titus 1:5-7Phil. 1:11 Pet. 5:1-2Heb. 13:17.

19. We believe that the local church is under the authority of Christ alone and not the civil government. Nevertheless, civil authorities are established by God and Christians should submit in the Lord to them to the extent that their submission does not cause them to disobey God.

Eph. 1:225:23Col. 1:18Rom. 13:1-71 Pet. 2:171 Tim 2:1-2Acts 5:29.

20. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ shall come again to raise the dead, both righteous and unrighteous, and that the righteous shall enjoy everlasting life and the wicked endure everlasting punishment.

Heb. 9:281 Thess. 4:16-172 Peter 3:10Acts 17:31John 5:22271 Corinthians 6:3Jude 62 Corinthians 5:10Ecclesiastes 12:14Matthew 12:36Romans 14:1012Matthew 25:32–46.

We believe that God has revealed Himself and His truth by both general and special revelation. General revelation displays His existence, power, providence, moral standard, patience, goodness, and glory; special revelation manifests His triune nature and His plan of redemption through Messiah for humanity. This special revelation has been given in two ways, preeminently in the incarnate Word of God—Jesus Christ, and in the inscripturated Word of God—the Bible. We affirm that the sixty-six books of the Bible are the written Word of God given by the Holy Spirit and are the complete and final canonical revelation of God for all time. (Rom. 1:18-2:42:14-16Ps. 19Acts 14:15-1717:22-31John 1:1- 181 Thess. 2:13Heb. 1:1-24:12)

We believe these books were written by a process of dual authorship in which the Holy Spirit so moved the human authors that, through their individual personalities and styles, they composed and recorded God’s Word which is inerrant. These books, constituting the written Word of God, convey objective truth and are the believer’s only infallible rule of faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16-172 Pet. 1:19-20John 10:3517:171 Cor. 2:10-13)

We Believe that, whereas there may be several applications of any given passage of Scripture, there is but one true interpretation. The meaning of Scripture is to be found as one diligently applies the literal grammatical-historical method of interpretation under the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit (John 7:1716:12-151 Cor. 2:7-151 John 2:20). It is the responsibility of believers to ascertain carefully the true intent and meaning of Scripture, recognizing that proper application is binding on all generations. Yet the truth of Scripture stands in judgment of men; never do men stand in judgment of it.

We believe the Church is the elect people of God, existing from the beginning of the world and completed at the return of Christ who is its head. The mission of the Church is to glorify God by worshiping corporately, building itself up as a loving, faithful community by instruction of the Word, observing baptism and communion, embracing the doctrinal mandates of the apostles, communicating the Gospel and making disciples of all peoples. (Matt. 16:1828:16-20Acts 1:4511:152:46471 Cor. 12:13Rom. 12:4-21Eph. 1:22232:19-223:4-65:25-27Col. 1:18Rev. 5:9)

We believe Christians should gather together in local assemblies. They are priests before God and to one another, responsible to serve God and minister to each other. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and leading the assembly are elders and deacons. Although church and state are distinct institutions, believers are to submit to the government within the limits of God’s Word. (Matt. 18:15-1822:15-2228:19Acts 2:41426:1-61 Cor. 14:40Eph. 4:11121 Tim. 3:1-13Tit. 1:5-9Heb. 10:251 Pet. 2:5-1013-175:1-5)

We believe Baptism is a sacrament of the New Testament, ordained by Jesus Christ, not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible Church, but also to be unto him a sign and seal of the covenant of grace, of his ingrafting into Christ, of regeneration, of remission of sins, and of his giving up unto God, through Jesus Christ, to walk in newness of life: which sacrament is, by Christ’s own appointment, to be continued in his Church until the end of the world. The outward element to be used in this sacrament is water, wherewith the party is to be baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, by a called and qualified minister of the gospel. This sacrament is not only for those who profess faith in and obedience unto Christ, but also the infants of one or both believing parents. (Matt. 28:191 Cor. 12:13Rom. 4:11 with Col. 2:11-12Rom. 6:5Gal. 3:27Tit. 3:5Mark 1:4Rom 6:3-4Mat 28:19-20Matt. 3:1128:19-20John 1:33Mark 16:15-16Acts 8:37-38Gen 17:7 with Gal 3:914 and Col 2:11-12Acts 2:38-39Rom. 4:11-12Matt. 28:19Mark 10:13-16Luke 18:151 Cor. 7:14.)

* King’s Way is a Presbyterian church that upholds the Westminster Confession of Faith as its fundamental doctrine. Despite this, we recognize that some members may have different beliefs about baptism. For instance, while we believe in paedobaptism (baptizing babies), but we also allow members to hold a credobaptist view (baptism after profession) and be baptized by immersion instead. We want to assure our brothers and sisters that choosing this alternative method does not affect their good standing membership in the church.

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of the Lord in which gathered believers eat bread, signifying Christ’s body given for His people, and drink the cup of the Lord, signifying the New Covenant in Christ’s blood. We do this in remembrance of the Lord, and thus proclaim His death until He comes. This ordinance portrays His death, unites believers in fellowship, and anticipates their participation in the marriage supper of the Lamb. Those who eat and drink in a worthy manner partake of Christ’s body and blood, not physically, but spiritually, in that, by faith, they are nourished with the benefits He obtained through His death, and thus grow in grace. (Luke 22:19201 Cor. 10:16-1811:23-29)

We believe that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12Eph. 1:72:8-101 Pet. 1:18-19).

We believe that regeneration is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit by which the divine nature and divine life are given (John 3:3-7Tit. 3:5). It is instantaneous and is accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God (John 5:24) when the repentant sinner, as enabled by the Holy Spirit, responds in faith to the divine provision of salvation. Genuine regeneration is manifested by fruits worthy of repentance as demonstrated in righteous attitudes and conduct. Good works are the proper evidence and fruit of regeneration (1 Cor. 6:19-20Eph. 2:10), and will be experienced to the extent that the believer submits to the control of the Holy Spirit in his or her life through faithful obedience to the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17-21Phil. 2:12bCol. 3:162 Pet. 1:4-10). This obedience causes the believer to be increasingly conformed to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). Such a conformity is climaxed in the believer’s glorification at Christ’s coming (Rom. 8:172 Pet. 1:41 John 3:2-3).

We believe that election is the act of God by which, before the foundation of the world, He chose in Christ those whom He graciously regenerates, saves, and sanctifies (Rom. 8:28-30Eph. 1:4-112 Thess. 2:132 Tim. 2:101 Pet. 1:1-2). We teach that sovereign election does not contradict or negate the responsibility of man to repent and trust Christ as Savior and Lord (Ezek. 18:233233:11John 3:18-19365:40Rom. 9:22-232 Thess. 2:10-12Rev. 22:17). Nevertheless, since sovereign grace includes the means of receiving the gift of salvation as well as the gift itself, sovereign election will result in what God determines. All whom the Father calls to Himself will come in faith, and all who come in faith the Father will receive (John 6:37-4044Acts 13:48James 4:8).

We believe that the unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own part or to God’s anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (Eph. 1:4-7Tit. 3:4-71 Pet. 1:2).

We believe that election should not be looked upon as based merely on abstract sovereignty. God is truly sovereign, but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love (Rom. 9:11-16). This sovereignty will always exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 11:25-282 Tim. 1:9).

We believe that justification before God is an act of God (Rom. 8:33) by which He declares righteous those who, through faith in Christ, repent of their sins (Luke 13:3Acts 2:383:1911:18Rom. 2:42 Cor. 7:10Isa. 55:6-7) and confess Him as sovereign Lord (Rom. 10:9-101 Cor. 12:32 Cor. 4:5Phil. 2:11). This righteousness is apart from any virtue or work of man (Rom. 3:204:6) and involves the imputation of our sins to Christ (Col. 2:141 Pet. 2:24) and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to us (1 Cor. 1:302 Cor. 5:21). By this means God is enabled to “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26).

We believe that every believer is sanctified (set apart) unto God by justification and is therefore declared to be holy and is therefore identified as a saint. This sanctification is positional and instantaneous and should not be confused with progressive sanctification. This sanctification has to do with the believer’s standing, not his present walk or condition (Acts 20:321 Cor. 1:2306:112 Thess. 2:13Heb. 2:113:110:101413:121 Pet. 1:2).

We believe that there is also, by the work of the Holy Spirit, a progressive sanctification by which the state of the believer is brought closer to the standing the believer positionally enjoys through justification. Through obedience to the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, the believer is able to live a life of increasing holiness in conformity to the will of God, becoming more and more like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:1719Rom. 6:1-222 Cor. 3:181 Thess. 4:3-45:23).

In this respect, we teach that every saved person is involved in a daily conflict—the new creation in Christ doing battle against the flesh—but adequate provision is made for victory through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The struggle nevertheless stays with the believer all through this earthly life and is never completely ended. All claims to the eradication of sin in this life are unscriptural. Eradication of sin is not possible, but the Holy Spirit does provide for victory over sin (Gal. 5:16-25Eph. 4:22-24Phil. 3:12Col. 3:9-101 Pet. 1:14-161 John 3:5-9).

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 5:246:37-4010:27-30Rom. 5:9-108:131-391 Cor. 1:4-8Eph. 4:30Heb. 7:2513:51 Pet. 1:5Jude 24).

We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for sinful living and carnality (Rom. 6:15-2213:13-14Gal. 5:1325-26Tit. 2:11-14).

We believe that separation from sin is clearly called for throughout the Old and New Testaments, and that the Scriptures clearly indicate that in the last days apostasy and worldliness shall increase (2 Cor. 6:14-7:12 Tim. 3:1-5).

We believe that, out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God granted to us, and because our glorious God is so worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to God and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We also believe that separation from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by God (Rom. 12:1-21 Cor. 5:9-132 Cor. 6:14-7:11 John 2:15-172 John 9-11).

We believe that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thess. 1:11-12Heb. 12:1-2) and affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the teaching of the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:2-12) and a continual pursuit of holiness (Rom. 12:1-22 Cor. 7:1Heb. 12:14Tit. 2:11-141 John 3:1-10).

We believe that God creates each individual as male or female, and that these distinct and complementary genders reflect God’s image and nature (Gen. 1:26-27). To reject one’s biological sex is to reject the divine imprint within oneself and is sinful.

We believe that the term “marriage” denotes the union of one man and one woman in an exclusive and lifelong bond, as described in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25). God intends sexual intimacy to occur solely within the context of marriage between a man and a woman (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We hold that all sexual immorality, including adultery, fornication, homosexual conduct, bisexual behavior, incest, bestiality, and pornography, is a sin that offends God (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10).

We believe that same-sex attraction or “minor attraction” or “animal attraction” (even while celibate) is sinful as the substance of the attraction is perverted and distorted against God’s intentions for human sexuality. However, we also believe that when a person comes to Christ, they are a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17), and any person who struggles with these sinful attractions will eventually, by the power of the Holy Spirit, be given restored affections through the process of sanctification (1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Thess. 4:3).

We believe the value and worth of every person, and believe that all individuals should be treated with compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). We reject all forms of hateful or harassing behavior or attitudes toward any person, as they are contrary to Scripture and the doctrines of King’s Way Bible Church.

Practical Matters

Staff and Volunteers: To maintain the function and integrity of King’s Way Bible Church as a local Body of Christ and to model biblical values to our members and community, we require that all staff and volunteers commit to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Sexuality, and Gender (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22).

Weddings: Because God has so ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man and a woman, before God, King’s Way Bible Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Further, the pastors, officers, or spiritual representatives of King’s Way Bible Church shall only officiate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman who are professing Christians and communicant members in good standing of King’s Way Bible Church. Finally, the facilities and property of King’s Way Bible Church shall only host weddings for those who meet the same criteria.

We hold that every human life is sacred and originates from God, who creates each individual in His own image. Regardless of their stage or condition, from conception to physical death, all human beings possess immeasurable value and dignity in every dimension of their existence, including those who are pre-born, aged, or physically or mentally challenged. As such, we are called to actively defend, protect, and honor all human life in accordance with the teachings of Exodus 20:13 and Psalm 139.

Alcohol Scripture teaches that beverages containing alcohol can be a blessing or a source of evil. Those who drink alcohol must consider its effects on themselves and on others. Abstinence from alcohol may be an appropriate moral response in particular situations, but Scripture does not demand it and, therefore, should not be demanded by the church.

According to Scripture, all Christians must avoid drunkenness. However, abstinence from alcohol is a morally creditable choice; those who, in their freedom in Christ, choose to use alcohol moderately are not to be condemned. The church should provide pastoral care and guidance for alcoholic church members and their families, including intervention and discipline when necessary.

Cannabis We reject the recreational use of marijuana as it has been decisively proven to demonstrate psychoactive properties that are incongruent with the Bible’s call for personal sobriety. However, for those who have been prescribed cannabis for genuine medical needs, we do not condemn such use.

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