IDPB FAITH DECLARATION
We believe that no denomination, and no man is an island in itself, and our witness should be placed alongside all other evangelicals in Brazil in order to obtain the maximum cooperation within us for the salvation of souls. To avoid doubt about our belief we feel that everyone should listen to what is believed by us. As the scriptures say: "Let them all say the same thing, and let there be no divisions among you, but be united in one mind and in one mind" (1 Cor. 1:10).
ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES: The scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired words of God, presenting to us the complete revelation (1 Tim. 3:16) of God's will for the salvation of mankind, and constitutes the only divine rule for Christian faith and practice 1:21). ABOUT GOD: Our God is a Trinity in unity, manifested in the three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (John 1: 1,2, 14:26, Phil 2: 6). God is infinitely perfect, being in His three co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal persons (Deut. 32: 4, Col 1:16).
ABOUT MAN, HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION: Man is a being created in the image and likeness of God, but by the transgression of Adam and his fall sin entered the world (Rom 5:12, 3:23, 3:10). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work of Satan, who, through temptation, caused Eve and Adam to sin. Jesus Christ gave his life and shed his blood to redeem and restore man to his holy position before God (John 3: 8). Salvation is the gift of God to man and is separated from works and law and made operative by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, producing works acceptable to God (Ephesians 2: 8).
ABOUT SALVATION: Salvation is possible by the meritorious works of Jesus Christ on the cross and by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Repentance of sins makes possible the experience of the new spiritual birth, and Christ reigning within us is the gift of eternal life operating (Luke 24:47, Rom 10: 13-15, Tit 2:11, 3: 5-7).
ABOUT THE CHURCH: The true Church is the body of Jesus Christ (Col. 1:18; Eph 4:15), Jesus being the head and the members here on earth are all true believers, born again by the Spirit (John 3:36) and by the word (1 Pet. 1:23). The Church is delegated the various offices and gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12: 7-11; 27-28) needed to fulfill successfully, the Great Commission given to the disciples in Matthew 28:19; Mk 16: 15-20; At 1: 8.
ABOUT THE MINISTRY: God, through the Holy Spirit, purposefully calls upon such as He desires to serve as evangelists, pastors, and teachers, and specifically invests those who are called with the talents and gifts necessary for that office or office (Ephesians 4: 11-13 ). No one should be consecrated to any position without evidence of the call to be distinctly determined.
ABOUT BAPTISM IN WATER: Water baptism is by immersion and is a direct command of our Lord (Mt 28:19) and is exclusively for believers. The ordinance is a symbol of the believer's identification with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection (Rom 6: 4, Col 2:12, Acts 8: 36-39). We recommend the following formula: "Upon the confession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and by His authority, I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen'.
ABOUT THE LORD'S SUPPER: The ordinance of the Lord's Supper is a commandment of our Savior and is a memorial of His death and resurrection, and his participation is strictly limited to believers (1 Cor. 11:27). The time and frequency of observance is left to the discretion of the local congregation (1 Cor. 11:26). We recommend the use of unfermented grape juice.
ABOUT SANCTIFICATION: The Scriptures teach that without holiness no one will see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). We believe that the doctrine of sanctification is a progressive work of grace, beginning at the time of the regeneration of the believer and continuing until the consummation of salvation (Heb 13:12, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Pet 1: 2, Eph 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; John 17:17; 1Th 5:23).
ABOUT BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to all believers in this dispensation and is an experience simultaneous with or subsequent to spiritual birth (Matt. 3:11, John 14: 16-17, Acts 1: 8, 2 : 4,38-39; 10: 44-48; 11: 15-17; 19: 2-6), and is always manifested by the evidence of 'glossolalia' as the Holy Spirit commands. The initial evidence is distinguished from the charisma of the 'glossai' which the Holy Spirit later bestows for the private (or publicly) building of the saints (1 Cor 14: 1-15; 12: 15-18; 26-28; 39).
ABOUT DIVINE HEALING: Healing is for the physical ailments of the human body and is done by the power of God through the prayer of faith and the laying on of hands (Mark 16:18, James 5: 14-15); is promised and stipulated in the atonement of Christ and is available to all who truly believe.
ABOUT THE LORD'S COMING: We believe in the imminent return of the Lord as a blessed hope of the Church, and that the Church will be raptured before the great tribulation (Acts 1:11; 1Th 4: 16-17). After the great tribulation the Lord will return as King of kings and Lord of lords, together with his saints and will reign for a thousand years (Rev. 20: 6). We believe that it is not prudent to set dates, preach or publish visions of numbers and dates that would help to fix the time of the Lord's coming, but that we be prepared, watching in prayer for this great event (Mark 13: 32-33).
ABOUT HELL AND ETERNAL RETRIBUTION: The person who dies physically in their sins without Christ is desperately and eternally lost and will have no other opportunity to hear the gospel and repent. The lake of fire is literally the place prepared for the devil and his angels (Heb 9:27, Rev 19:20, Mt 25: 41-46). Those who will follow the devil voluntarily do so, since the gospel and salvation are offered to the whole world by the Christ who died on the cross (Rom 1: 16-27).
ABOUT TITHES AND OFFERS: We acknowledge the duty, in the form of the Scriptures, for the whole world, lay and minister, to pay tithes (Heb. 7: 8-10, Ml 3: 7-11, Phil 4: 10-18, 1Co 9: 7-11, and 16 : 1-2) and make collections for the use in the sustenance of the ministry and in the preaching of the gospel and in the work of the Lord. As the Scriptures say, 'Thus hath the Lord also commanded them that preach the gospel, that they should live the gospel.' (1 Corinthians 7: 13-14).