Our Beliefs

Read our official Statement of Faith at East Coast Bible College.

What do we believe?

As a Charismatic-Evangelical Bible College, we desire to hold the values of the truth of God's Word and the power of the Holy Spirit in tension together. Read below to find out more about what we believe in our Statement of Faith:

statement of faith

Section 1.

We believe that the Bible (Holy Scripture) is inspired by God, entirely trustworthy, infallible, and the absolutely supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (II Tim. 3:16,17).

Section 2.

We believe in one God, who has always existed in three Persons, Father, Son (Jesus Christ), and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10).

Section 3.

We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His death, His resurrection, His ascension, His work as the only mediator between man and God, and His personal return in power and glory. In remembrance, and as a reminder, of His sacrificial death on our behalf, we celebrate the ordinance of Holy Communion the Lord's Supper.

Section 4.

We believe in the salvation of lost and sinful man only by faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, not by works, (Rom. 4:1-5).

Section 5.

We believe in the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is regenerated, and empowered to live a holy life in order to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ, Matt. 3:11: John 20:22; 1 Cor. 6:19.

Section 6.

We believe in the resurrection of the dead, both the saved and lost; they that are saved unto the eternal life; and they that are lost unto eternal death, Acts 24:15; 1 Cor 15:12 & 21.

Section 7.

We believe that water baptism is an essential and necessary step for an obedient born again believer, and is to be performed by immersion only upon repentant believers. We hold water baptism as an ordinance of the church (Acts 2:38).

Section 8.

We hold that all believers may speak in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. (Acts 2:40). We believe that “speaking in tongues” is the Scriptural physical sign, which accompanies the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Section 9.

We believe that each believer should speak in tongues and then strongly desire the spiritual gift of prophesy so that he or she might build up and encourage the whole Church. (I Cor. 14:1-5). We further believe that prophecy in the Church is a sign of the end-time visitation of God (Joel 2; Acts 2), for the "testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Rev. 19:10).

Section 10.

We believe in the doctrine of the laying on of hands for (1) the confirmation of ministries by the laying on of hands, (Acts 13:1,3); (2) the impartation of the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:17,18); (3) the ministry of healing to the sick (Mark 16:16); (4) the blessing and dedication (setting apart) of children (Mark10:16). We also hold the dedication of children as an ordinance of the Church.

Section 11.

We believe in the five-fold ministry given to the church by Jesus Christ when He ascended into heaven, and that these ministries continue to be needed and should be expected today - that is, the ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Working with these ministries will be elders, deacons, and the gifted men and women of the Church (Eph 4:11).

Section 12.

We believe that the nine gifts of the Spirit (I Cor. 12) should be and must be operative in the Church today in order for the believers to enjoy the fullness of God; also, that these gifts are imparted by the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and only work or are operated by the Spirit. (I Cor. 12:11).

Section 13.

We hold that healing for the body is provided in the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ, for "by His stripes, we are healed." (I Peter 2:24, 25).

Section 14.

We believe that "the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made [us] free" from the curse of sin, sickness, and death. (Rom. 8:2; Matt. 8:17).

Section 15.

We believe in marriage the covenant relationship between a man and a woman, which is declared

before God and the Church. We hold marriage as an ordinance of the Church, which is a reflection of the relationship between Jesus and His Church, (Eph. 5:22-33).

Section 16.

We believe in the unity in the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ, (Romans 12:5: 1 Cor 12:12 & 27).