Doctrinal Statement of Faith Baptist Church
This church teaches and believes the following scriptural truth.
Section 1. CONCERNING THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:
We believe the Bible to consist of 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament that they are verbally, plenary inspired of God. We also believe that God’s Word is forever settled in Heaven and has been preserved in translation for the English-speaking world in the King James Version of 1611. We believe the Bible is inerrant in its entirety, and that it is our infallible rule and authority of faith and practice. We believe the Holy Spirit guided Spirit filled men to write down exactly what he wanted written. (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21; John 10:35; I Peter 1:23, 25; Ps. 12:6, 7; 119:89,160; Matt. 5:18; Pro. 30:5)
Section 2. CONCERNING GOD:
We believe God is the One Infinite Eternal Being, Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe, Who is Spirit, Love and Light, and in whom all things have their source and end; Who is a one triune God, eternally existing in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. God is love, gracious, merciful, longsuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; and withal most just and terrible in His judgments, holy in all His counsels, in all His works, and in all His commands. To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience He is pleased to require of them. God is Eternal (Ps. 90:2), Incomprehensible (Romans 11:33), Invisible (John 1:18), Immutable (Malachi 3:6), Omnipotent (Jeremiah 32:27), Omniscient (Ps. 147:5), Omnipresent (Ps. 139:7-10), and Sovereign (Rom. 11:36). (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; Is. 48:16; I John 5:7,8; John 1:1-3,14).
Section 3. CONCERNING THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST:
a. His Person
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator and Preserver of the universe, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Immutable. He took on the form of man in all ways, but totally without the sin nature. (John 1:1-3, 14,18; Col. 1:14-18; Heb. 1:1-3,8; Micah 5:2; Is. 7:14, 9:6; Phil. 2;5-8; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:133; Rev. 1:8; Gal. 4:4; Luke 1:35; I Tim. 3:16).
b. His Work
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead; and that He made possible the only means of salvation for sinful man by said sacrifice and resurrection. (I Peter 2:24; Gal. 3:13; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:18, 19; 1:3, 4; Rom. 3:24, 25; John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representatives, Intercessor, Mediator, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9, 10; Phil. 2:9-12; Heb. 9: 24; 7: 25; Rom. 8: 34; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2: 1,20.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth in two phases known as his second coming; first for the pre-tribulational rapture of His Church, the saints, which will be in the clouds of the air, and second to bring judgment upon the Antichrist and his followers, to reveal Himself to Israel as the Messiah and to establish His earthly reign for a thousand years. (I Thes. 4; 16, 17; Jn. 14:1-6; Acts 1:10-11; Zech. 14:9-21; Rev. 19:11-20; 20:6; Col. 3:4).
Section 4. CONCERNING THE HOLY SPIRIT:
a. His Person
We believe that the Holy Spirit is not an influence or a force, but is a divine Person who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is therefore eternal (Heb. 9:14), and of the essence, majesty and glory with the Father and the Son. We believe therefore that the Holy Spirit is truly God. (Acts 2:33; 5:3, 4; John 14:26)
b. His Work
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (Jn. 16:7-11); that He is the member of the Godhead that restrains iniquity from breaking loose in the world (II Thes. 2:7); that He regenerates those who place faith in Christ (Jn 3:6, 7; Titus 3:5) baptizes all believers into the body (church) of Christ (I Cor. 12:13); that He seals all believers unto the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30); that He intercedes for and comforts the believer (Rom. 8:26); and that He is the source of all the believer’s energy, strength and power to enable him to live the Christian life and be effective in winning souls for the Lord Jesus Christ, thus it is the believer’s privilege and duty to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18; Rom. 8:4; Gal. 5:16, 18, 25).
We believe that the Holy Spirit moved upon the holy men of God as they wrote the Scriptures, thus the Spirit of God is the Author of the perfect Word of God. (II Peter 1:20, 21) Therefore, we believe the Holy Spirit is the teacher who will guide believers into all truth that they might know the things that are freely given to them of God. (I Cor. 2: 10-12; Jn. 16:13)
c. His Gifts
We believe that the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowment of all His spiritual gifts which are given to individual believers within the local church to profit withal. (I Cor. 12:8-12; Rom. 12:6-8) Some of these gifts were temporary such as miracles, tongues, etc. which are referred to as sign gifts (I Cor. 14:22) given as a sign to Israel to establish and confirm the Word of God (Mark 16:20; I Cor. 11:22; Heb. 2:3, 4) until the New Testament was completed and its authority became established, then these gifts ceased. (I Cor. 13:10)
We believe that all the gifts given by the Spirit of God are controlled by Him and may not be misused; and the gifts are given for the express purpose of equipping the believer and aiding him in winning lost souls to Christ, and are not for prestige or personal enjoyment. We are opposed to the present-day Charismatic Movement and doctrine.
We opposed their unscriptural emphasis on the gift of tongues as an evidence of the filling of the Holy Spirit and for the purpose of personal edification. (Is. 28:10-13; I Cor. 14:21-25)
Section 5. CONCERNING MAN:
a. His Fall and Depravity
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, and the Bible supports no process of evolution, but that in Adam’s sin the whole human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from the life of God; and, that man is totally depraved, that is, of himself he is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. Not only was his moral nature grievously injured by the fall, but he totally lost all spiritual life, becoming dead in trespasses and sins, and subject to the power of the devil. (Gen. 1:26, 27; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:18; Rom. 5:19)
b. His Hopelessness
We believe that man cannot see nor enter the kingdom of God until he is born again by the Spirit of God. That no degree of reformation however great, no attainment in morality however high, no culture however attractive, no humanitarian and philanthropic schemes and societies however useful, no baptism or other ordinance however administered, can help the sinner to take one step toward heaven; but a new nature imparted from above, a new life implanted by the Holy Spirit through the Word is absolutely essential to salvation. (Jn 1:12,13;3:3-8; Titus 3:5; I Jn 5:1; Ps 51:5; 53:1-3; Jer. 17:9; Is. 64:6; I Peter 1:23)
Section 6. CONCERNING SALVATION:
a. God’s Part
We believe salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace, which grace was made possible when Christ became the sinner’s substitute before God and died as a propitiatory sacrifice for the sin of the whole world. Nothing can be added to the finished work of Christ on Calvary. His death was sufficient for our complete salvation, and no human efforts, merits, good works, or suffering can add in the least to our salvation or His finished work. (Eph. 2:8,9; Rom. 6:23; Is. 53; I Peter 2:24; 3:18; I Jn 2:2; Jn 1:29; Heb. 2:9; 10;12-14; I Tim. 4:10)
b. Man’s Part
We believe that since salvation is a free gift, then all that is required of man to receive it is repentance and faith – “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21; 17:30; Luke 24:27), which must be apart from all works.
We oppose the Hyper-Calvinistic teaching that one must be born again before he can receive Christ. The Scriptures make it plain that within the sovereignty of God, God has made proper allowance for the free will of man, thus man can make an honest choice, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to receive Christ as his personal Savior and thereby be born again. We believe in a whosoever will salvation. The moment one trusts Christ as his personal Savior, he receives eternal life and is justified from all sin, is accepted before the Father in Christ, is loved as Christ is loved and made one with Him.(Eph. 1:6; 2:8,9; Titus 3:5;Jn 1:12; 3:3,15-16;5:24; 6:47; I Cor. 1:30; 6:11; Col. 2:10; Rom. 8:38,39; 10:13; Rev. 22:17)
Section 7. CONCERNING ETERNAL SECURITY:
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by the power of God and thus are secure in Christ forever; for once a person is saved he receives the gift of eternal life, a gift that cannot be taken away.(Jn. 6:37-40; 10:28,29; 17:11,12; Rom. 8:1,38,39;4:21;Eph. 4:30;I Cor. 1:4-8; Phil. 1:6; II Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25; I Peter 1:5; I Jn. 2;1; Jude 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 to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13, 14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
Section 8. CONCERNING THE BELIEVER’S TWO NATURES:
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures which are contrary one toward another, the flesh against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh, thus producing warfare in the believer. Provision is made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Spirit. We believe that all claims of eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13; 8:12,13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16, I Jn.3:5-9)
Section 9. CONCERNING SEPARATION:
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and in such a manner as not to cause other Christians to stumble; thus separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God.(II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2;14:13; II Cor. 6:14-18; Eph. 4:17-32; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Jn. 9-11; James 4:4; II Thes. 3;6,14)
Section 10. CONCERNING EVANGELISM AND SOUL WINNING:
We believe that it is the obligation and responsibility of the saved to witness by their lives and to be affective and diligently consistent in soul winning activities by seeking out the lost and proclaiming the truth of the gospel (I Cor. 15:1-4) to all mankind.(Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15; Jn. 20:21; Acts 1:8; Luke 14:16-24; II Cor. 5:18-21; I Peter 3:15; Ps. 126:5,6)
We believe it is the responsibility of the believer, for all his soul winning efforts, to seek and earnestly pray for the power of God, the fullness of the Holy Spirit; without which his efforts will be stifled and greatly limited.(Act 1:8; 5:32; 4:8; Matt. 28:18, 19; I Cor. 2;1-5; Eph. 5:18)
Section 11. CONCERNING THE CHURCH:
a. The Bride and Body of Christ
We believe the bride and body of Christ to be the whole company of regenerated persons who have been called out by the power of God through faith in the crucified and risen Christ and baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ during this age of grace from Pentecost to the return of Christ for His own at the rapture. The redeemed of this age will not constitute a true church until we are called out of this earth and are assembled together with the Lord in the clouds in the air forever to be with him.
b. The Local Church
We believe that the establishment and the continuance of the local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament; and the local church is to be composed of a membership only of persons who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and who have been scripturally baptized by immersion.
We believe the main purposes for establishing local churches is to win souls to the Lord Jesus Christ, to train believers in the Word of God as well as in soul winning, and to provoke one another unto love and to good works. (Acts 14:27; 20:17; Matt. 28;18-20; I Tim. 2:1-13; Acts 2:47; 6:7; Heb. 10:24,25)
c. The Ordinances of the Local Church
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, who is head over the Church, commanded believers to observe two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, not as essential to salvation, but both of which are an evidence of obedience to the Lord and constitute an intimate aspect of the believer’s fellowship with the Lord and his people; and both of which the unbeliever has not part. (Matt. 28:28, 29; I Cor. 11:23-29; Acts 8:36,37)
We believe the bread and cup of the Lord’s Supper is symbolic of the broken body and shed blood of Christ, and believe the purpose of the Lord’s Supper is “…this do in remembrance of me.” (I Cor. 11:23-29) We also believe that unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice should be used to properly represent the sinless life of the Lord Jesus Christ.(I Cor. 5:6-8; Ex. 12:5-8) We believe in Close Communion, that each person should examine self.
We believe that baptism by immersion is symbolic of the spiritual baptism by the Holy Spirit which identifies and unites the believer, at the moment of salvation, to Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection; and believe it is a public testimony of the believer’s desire to unite in fellowship with the local church. (Matt. 28:18; I Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 2:38)
Section 12. CONCERNING THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN:
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan; that he is the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he has great power, but is not omnipotent; that he has great wisdom, but is not omniscient; that he is very active, but is not omnipresent. We believe that Satan was the highest ranking angel before his fall, and at the time of his fall he deceived and drew a third part of the angels of God with him. We believe he is the open and declared enemy of God and man and he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire.(Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14;12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; I Peter 5:8; Matt. 4:1-11; 25:41; Rev. 12:4; 20:10; Eph. 6:12)
Section 13. CONCERNING THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST:
We believe in that “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation, and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for all born again believers in the clouds in the air; and then following the seven years tribulation, we believe in Christ’s subsequent return to the earth, with his saints, to defeat and judge the nations of the earth and to establish His Millennial Kingdom where he shall reign physically and literally from Jerusalem.(I Thes. 4:13-18; 1:10; 5:9; Rom. 5:9; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6; Jude 14; Col. 3:4; Jn. 14:1-6; I Cor. 15:51-58)
We also believe the nation of Israel has a glorious future to which they can look forward. The main thrust for Israel’s future has its roots and basis in the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3; 13:14-18; 15:1-21; 17:1-14), and is further amplified in the Palestinian Covenant (Duet. 10:1-9), the Davidic Covenant (II Sam. 7), and the New Covenant (Jer. 31). Israel’s future is an earthly one connected with the “land”, whereas the church’s future (the redeemed of this age) is a heavenly one connected with the “throne of God”.
Section 14. CONCERNING THE ETERNAL STATE:
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; Jn. 5;28; 11:25,26; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13)
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:22, 23; 3:21; I Thes.4:16, 17; I Cor. 15:20-24; Dan. 12:2)
We believe the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when the soul and body will be reunited and they shall appear before the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment. (Luke 16:19-26; Matt. 25:41-46; II Thes. 1:7-9; Mark 9:43-48; rev. 20:11-15)
Section 15. CONCERNING HUMAN SEXUALITY:
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13;26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thes. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)
Section 16. CONCERNING THIRTEEN BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES DOWN THRU THE AGES:
a. Its head, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the founder and only head and law giver of the church.
b. Its only rules and authority, the Word of God.
c. Its offices, only two, pastors and deacons: the pastor is the under shepherd of Christ, the deacons are the servants of the church.
d. Its government, a pure democracy, and that executive only, never legislative.
e. Its membership, believers only who are saved by grace, not works, through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit.
f. Its membership requirements, believers only who have been baptized by immersion.
g. Its autonomy, separated and independent in its execution of laws and discipline, but cooperative in work.
h. Its ordinances, two-baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. They are typical and memorial, not saving.
i. Its priesthood, every believer.
j. Its salvation, by grace through faith alone.
k. Its security, eternal and dependent upon Christ alone.
l. Its separation, of church and state.
m. Its Religious Liberty, absolute for all.