Doctrinal Positions of Faith Baptist Church
ARTICLE 1: THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally and plenarily inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men; that it is truth without any admixture of error; and therefore, is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian unity and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried. We believe that God has faithfully preserved His Word through the ages, that we might have an accurate and reliable translation today.
II Timothy 3: 16 – 17; II Peter 1: 10 -21
ARTICLE II: THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and Supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Exodus 20: 2- 3, I Corinthians 8: 6; I john 5: 7; Revelation 4: 7
ARTICLE III: Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is absolute Deity, being coequal with God; begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manor, born of Mary a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of a woman, and the He is both True God and True Man.
Matthew 1: 18- 25; John 1: 1, 14; Philippians 2: 6
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through Jesus Christ, the mediator between God and man, who, by nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death on the cross, and was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven.
John 3: 16; I Corinthians 15: 3; Ephesians 2: 8; I timothy 2: 5; Hebrews 2: 14; I Peter 2: 24; 3: 18
We believe in the bodily resurrection of our crucified Lord.
Matthew 28: 6-7; Luke 24: 39; John 20: 27; I Corinthians 15: 14
We believe that the risen, glorified Lord ascended into Heaven; that His present ministry is that of great High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of God.
Acts 1: 9-11; Hebrews 2: 17; 12: 2; I John 2: 1
ARTICLE IV: THE HOLY SPIRIT
WE believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, coequal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; the He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose in fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, that He is the agent of the new birth; that He seals, indwells, fills, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
Genesis 1: 1-3; Matthew 28: 18; John 3: 5-6; 16: 17, 26; Ephesians 1: 13- 14; II Thessalonians 2: 17
We believe that the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance) is evidence of His indwelling and that “sign-gifts,” such as speaking in tongues and healing, were temporary in nature, necessary only until the Scriptures were completed. We do believe in Divine healing but not “divine healers.”
Galatians 5: 22-23; I Corinthians 13: 8-11; 14: 22-24
ARTICL V; THE DEVIL OR SATAN
We believe that Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the corrupting prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all powers of darkness. We believe that he is destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, and the judgment of the eternal justice in the lake of fire, a place prepared for him and his angles.
Isaiah 14: 12-15; II Corinthians 11: 13-15; Ephesians 2: 2; I Peter 5:8; Jude 6; Revelation 12: 10; 19: 11, 16, 20; 20: 1-3,10
ARTICLE VI: THE CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of creation in six twenty-four (24) hour days, and that it is to be accepted literally, that this account is not figurative or a fable; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, of development through long periods of time form lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”
Genesis 1: 2; Exodus 20: 9-10; John 1: 3; Colossians 1: 16-17
ARTICLE VII: THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not only by nature, but by choice, and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Genesis 3: 1-6, 24: Romans 3: 10, 23: 5: 12
ARTICLE VIII: THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, not by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 1: 12-13; Romans 6: 23; II Corinthians 5: 17; Ephesians 5: 9; II Peter 1: 14
ARTICLE IX: REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; and at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Savior.
Mark 1: 15; Luke 12: 8; Acts 2: 38; 20: 21; Romans 10: 13
ARTICLE X: ELECTION
We believe that all men are totally depraved, without ability to come to God, and are hopelessly lost, but that God, in sovereign grace, and apart from any consideration of foreseen merit or response, and in perfect consistency with human responsibility, chose us before the foundation of the world to be recipients of salvation. This does not negate our firm belief that the whole of Christ was an unlimited atonement sufficient for the whole world but means that if it were not for election, none would be saved.
John 1: 12-13;6: 44; Romans 9: 16; 10: 17; I Corinthians 1: 21; Ephesians 1: 4-5; II Thessalonians 2: 13-14
ARTICLE XI: JUSTIFICATION
We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares the believing sinner righteous through faith in Christ Jesus. This justification includes the pardon from sin and acceptance by God on the basis of the imputed righteousness of Christ. It is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is given to us.
Acts 13: 39; Romans 4: 1-8; 5: 1, 9; 8: 1; Galatians 3: 11; Titus 3: 5-7
ARTICLE XII: SANCTIFICATION
We believe that sanctification has a two-fold meaning: (1) that of setting apart of things, days, or persons specifically for God, and that the believer at the time of his regeneration is so set apart by God the Father, and (2) the progressive work of the Holy Spirit whereby the believer, obedient to the Word of God, experiences the power of the indwelling Christ for holiness of life and victory over the old nature, which work will be completed when the believer stands in Christ’s presence.
Hebrews 10: 10, 14
ARTICLE XIII: THE CHURCH
We believe in the unity of all true believers in the Church which is the Body of Christ, which was established on the Day of Pentecost, and that all believers, from Pentecost to the Rapture, both Jews and Gentiles, are added to this church by the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe that this Church is manifested through the local church which is a congregation of immersed believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. Its scripturally designated officers are its pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.
We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: first, to make individual disciples; second, to baptize them; and third, to teach and instruct them as He has commanded. We believe that this is the Scriptural order.
Acts 2: 41-42; I Corinthians 11: 2; 12: 4; Ephesians 4: 11; I Timothy 3: 1-13
We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organization; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. On all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
Acts 154; 20: 17-28
ARTICLE XIV: THE ORDINANCES
We believe that Christian baptism is the believer’s single immersion in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; under the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior through whom we died to sin and rose to new life, that in the Scriptural order baptism precedes church membership and is the public recognition of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. We believe that the Biblical order of the ordinances is baptism and the Lord’s Supper and that participants should be immersed believers.
Matthew 3: 16; 28: 19-20; John 3: 23; Acts 2:41-42; 8: 36-39; Romans 6: 3-5; I Corinthians 11: 23-28; Colossians 2: 12
ARTICLE XV: ADAPTION
We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places new believers into the honored position of mature sons. The full benefit of this position accorded by adoption as the sons of God awaits the glorification of the believers at the coming of the Lord.
Galatians 4: 1-7; Ephesians 1: 5, 13-14
ARTICLE XVI: SECURITY OF THE SAINTS
We believe that all who are truly born again are eternally kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
John 10: 28-29; Romans 8: 35-39; Philippians 1: 6
ARTICLE XVII: CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
Matthew 22: 21; Acts 5: 29; 23: 5; Romans 13: 1-7; Philippians 2: 10-11; Revelation 19: 16
ARTICLE XVIII: ESCHATOLOGY (Doctrine of Last Things)
A. The Rapture
We believe in the imminent, premillennial return of Christ for His Church, and that at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, and the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the seventieth week of Daniel.
I Corinthians 15: 42-44, 51-54; I Thessalonians 4: 13-18; Philippians 3: 20-21; Revelations 3: 10
We believe that the rapture of the Church saints will be followed by a seven year period called the Tribulation of Daniel’s seventieth week. The Church will be in heaven during these years, during which time believers will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. The last three and a half years of the Tribulation is called the Great Tribulation or Jacob’s Trouble, a time of severe judgments upon the whole earth.
Jeremiah 30: 7; Daniel 9: 27; Matthew 24: 15-21; Romans 14: 12; II Corinthians 5: 10; Revelations 16: 1-21
C. The Millennial Kingdom
We believe the Tribulation will be terminated by Christ’s coming in judgment to establish the Millennial Kingdom, during which time He will fulfill the promises to Israel concerning their earthly kingdom.
We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people, that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, and that she will be regathered in the land of Palestine as promised in the Abrahamic Covenant and, after the completion of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the second advent of Christ.
Genesis 13: 14-17; Isaiah 65: 17-25; Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Ezekiel 37; Romans 11: 1-32; Revelation 20: 3
D. THE JUDGEMENT OF THE WICKED
We believe the Millennial Kingdom will terminate with the release of Satan form the Bottomless Pit, who will lead an insurrection against the
Son of God and will be eternally defeated by God. This will be followed by the Great White Throne Judgment, where all unbelievers will be judged and sentenced eternally to the Lake of Fire. There they will not be annihilated, but will be in conscious torment forever.
Mark 9: 42-48; II Thessalonians 1: 7-9; Revelation 20: 7-10
E. THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH
We believe in the new heaven and the new earth herein dwelleth righteousness, and which will be the abiding place of the redeemed for all eternity, where Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Revelation 19: 16; 21: 1-27; 22: 3