Our Purpose and Beliefs

What do we Believe?

A Bible Baptist is one who believes in a supernatural Bible, which tells of a supernatural Christ, Who had a supernatural birth, Who spoke supernatural words, Who performed supernatural miracles, Who lived a supernatural life, Who died a supernatural death, Who rose in a supernatural splendor, Who intercedes as a supernatural priest, and Who will one day return in supernatural glory to establish a supernatural kingdom on the earth.

The Bible

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter-, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man-, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. Which as originally written does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God, preserved in the Authorized Version.

 

By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired. Psa. 19:7-1 1; Psa. 199:89, 105, 130, 160; Isa. 8:20; Prov. 30:5-6; Luke 16:3 1; Luke 24:25-27, 44-45, John 5:39, 45-47; John 12:48; John 17:17-, Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Rom. 3:4; Rom. 15:4; Eph. 6:17; II Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet. 1:23; II Pet. 1: 19-2 1; Rev. 22:19.

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 worth 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 Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Gen. 17:1; Ex. 15:11; Ex. 20:2-3; Psa. 83:13-, Psa. 90:2; Psa. 147:5; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 4:24; John 10:30; John 13:26; John 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 11:33; I Cor. 2:10-11; I Cor. 8:6; I Cor. 12:4-6, II Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18; Eph. 4:6; Phil. 2:5-6; I Tim. 1: 17; I John 5:7;.Rev. 4:1 1.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He Is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. Gen. 1: 1-3; Matt. 3: 11; Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; Luke 3:16; Luke 24:49; John 1:33; John 3:5-6, John 14:16-17,26; John 15:26-27; John 16:8-13; Acts 5:30-32; Acts 11:16; Rom. 8:14-16, 26-27; Eph. 1:13 -14; II Thes. 2:7,13;Heb. 9:14,1 Pet. 1:2.

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 malignant 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 His 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 the powers of darkness – destined however to final defeat at the hands of God the Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. Isa.14:12-15, Ezek.28:14-17; Matt.4:1-3-Matt.13:25,37-39; Matt.25:41; Mark13:21-22; Luke 22:3-4 John 14:30; II Cor. 11: 13-15; Eph. 2:2; I Thes. 3:5-, II Thes. 2:8-1 1; I Pet.5:8-, II Pet. 2:4; I John 2:22-, I John 3:8-, I John 4:3; II John 7; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7-10; Rev. 13:13-14-, Rev. 19:11, 16,20; Rev. 20:1-3, 10.

Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; 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, or development through interminable periods of time from 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.”

Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

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 our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. Ex. 18:21-22; II Sam. 23:3; Psa. 72:11; Dan. 3:17-18; Matt. 10:28; Matt. 22:21; Matt. 23:10; Acts 4:19-21; Acts 23:5; Rom. 13:7; Phil. 2:10-11; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13-14, 17.

The Church

We believe that a Baptist church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a statement of faith and fellowship of the gospel, said church being understood to be the citadel and propagator of the Divine and Eternal Grace; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true missions of the church is found in the Great Commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order-, we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; 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 faith and 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 policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Lev. 27:32; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 14:23; Acts 15:22-23; Acts 20:1728; I Cor. 5:11-13; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 11:2; I Cor. 12:4, 8-11; I Cor. 16:1-2; II Cor. 8:23-24; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4: 11; Eph. 5:23 -24; Col. 1:18; I Tim. 3:1-13; I Pet. 5:1-4; Jude 3:4.

Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatory offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying 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 and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour. We believe in an unlimited atonement. That the atonement in Christ’s blood in sufficient for every individual but only benefiting those who receive it by personal faith. Isa. 53:4-7, 11, 12; Matt. 18:11; John 3:16; John 10:18; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24-25; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 12:2; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; I John 2:2; I John 4: 10.

 

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, nor by the will of man but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit upon faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. Luke 5:27; John 1:12-13; John 3:3, 6-7; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:17-19; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 2:1; Eph. 5:9; Col. 2:13; II Pet. .1:4; I John 5:1.

 

We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and an obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. We are neither Calvinist nor Arminian in doctrine but believe in a Biblical balance; believing in the sovereignty of God, the eternal security of every believer, and the indispensable work of the Holy Spirit in the conversion of a soul. We believe also that Christ’s death is sufficient for all and salvation is offered freely to every man. Therefore man is responsible for receiving or rejecting this offer. Isa. 53:6; Isa. 55:1, 6-7; Matt. 11:28; John 3:15-18, 36; John 5:40; John 6:37; Acts 2:38; Rom. 8:29-30; Rom. 10:13; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; Col. 3:12; I Thes. 1:4; I Tim. 1:15; I Tim. 2:4; Titus 1:1; I Pet 1:2; II Pet 3:9; I John 2:2; Rev. 22:17.

 

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification, that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that 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 imputed unto us.
Isa. 53:11; Hab. 2:4; Zech. 13:1; Acts 13:39; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 4:1-8; Rom. 5:1, 9; Rom. 8:1; Gal. 3:11, Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 10:38.

 

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; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.

 

We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. Psa. 12:3; Matt. 6:20; Matt. 13:19-21; John 8:31-32; John 10:28-29; John 16:8; Rom. 8:28, 35-39; Phil. 1:6; Col. 1:21-23; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. 1:5; I John 2:19.

 

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked-, that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Gen. 18:23; Prov. 11:31; Prov. 15:32; Mai. 3:18; Matt. 7:13-14; Matt. 25:34, 41; Luke 9:26; Luke 16:25; John 8:21; John 12:25; Acts 10:34-35; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 6:16-18, 23; Rom. 7:6; I Cor. 15:22; Gal. 3:10; I Pet. 1:18; I John 2:7, 29; I John 5:19.

Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, in-a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God, the Son. Gen 3:15; Psa. 2:7; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; I Cor. 15:47; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20.

The Ordinances

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord’s supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and the fruit’ of the vine (unfermented grape juice) are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. Matt. 3:6, 16; Matt. 28:1, 9-20, 29; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-28; Col. 2:12.


Summary of Beliefs

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “The third day according to the Scriptures,” that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;” “That this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven” – bodily, personally and visible, that His coming in the air to rapture all living saints, which is our blessed hope, is always imminent. That the “dead in Christ shall rise first,” that the living saints “shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;” He will then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world and afterward descend with His saints and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over the world for a thousand years. “That the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David;” and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.” Psa. 72:8; Isa. 11:4-5; Matt. 24:27, 42; Matt, 28:6-7; Mark 16:6, 29; Luke 1:32; Luke 24:2-6, 39, 51; John 14:3; John 20:27; Acts 1:9, 11; I Cor. 15:4, 25, 42-44, 51-53; Phil. 4:20-21; I Thes. 4:16-17; I Tim 2:5: Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10; Heb 8:1, 6; Heb. 9:28; Heb. 12:2; I John 2:1; Rev. 3:21; Rev. 20:6; Rev. 21:1-4.
Matt. 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and, lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

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Our Purpose

Our desire is to exalt Jesus Christ, to evangelize at home and abroad, edify the believer, and to establish other New Testament Churches.