STATEMENT OF FAITH

  I.  ARTICLES OF FAITH

  We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, having been born again by the power of the Spirit of God.  As a company of believers we have    associated ourselves together and have joined this Baptist Church, which we understand to mean, a church composed of persons who hold and            teach the following doctrines:

 

  1.  GOD

  We believe in existence of one God who exists in three persons - Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  We believe that these three Persons of the Godhead        are the same in essence and attributes; and that from all eternity they have occupied these positions of equality and glory.

  See:

  Matthew 28:19 “…the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”

  1 Peter 1:2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through       

                    sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of  

                    Jesus Christ.”

  John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and

                  Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

 

  2.  SCRIPTURES

  We believe that the Holy Scriptures consist of the 66 books of the Bible, 39 of which formed the Jewish Scriptures, and are in our Old Testament,      and 27 which form the New Testament.  We believe that these books were given by God’s inspiration and are completely without error in the            original languages as God directed the men who wrote them.

  We believe this Word of God is infallible and should serve as our final authority for faithand conduct. 

  See:

  2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable….” 

  Acts 17:11 “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” 

  1 Peter 1:23-25 “ Being born again…of incorruptible seed, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever….But the word of the Lord                endureth for ever.”  

  Psalm 12:6 “ The words of the LORD are pure words:  as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” 

  John 2:22 “When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them:  and they believed the scripture,      and the word which Jesus had said.”

  2 Peter 3:2 “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of        the Lord and Saviour….”

  2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

 

  3.  MAN

  We believe that man was made as a direct creation of God in His image and likeness.  We accept the Genesis account of creation.  We believe that      man exists as a three-fold being: body, soul and spirit.

  See:

  Genesis 1:26-27 “And God said, “Let us make man in our image….”  

  Psalm 8:5-6 “For thou hast made him (man) a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  Thou madest him to have    dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet….”

  1 Thess. 5:23-24 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto      the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.”

  Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of    soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of    the heart.”

 

  4.  SIN

  We believe that when Adam sinned, the entire race fell in him.  As a result all those who have been born since Adam are born totally depraved.        Although all are not equally sinful, we believe man is affected by sin in every part of his being.  In this natural state, man cannot receive or                  understand spiritual things.  He is considered to be “dead in sin” until his spiritual faculties are made alive by the Holy Ghost. 

  See:

  Psalm 14:3 “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy:  there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”

  John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him...”

  Ephesians 2: 1-5 v 1 “And you hath he quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins;  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love                    wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)"

 

  5.  SATAN

  We believe that man’s fall was brought about by his deliberate disobedience of God’s command.  In his disobedience, man followed the devil’s              misleading suggestions and advice.  Satan, we believe to be a spirit being, created by God originally upright, but who fell by misusing the                    freedom which God gave him to enjoy.  He is the chief of a host of evil spirit-beings who will all one day be justly tried and properly punished for      their disobedience. 

  See:

  Genesis 3: 1-6 “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.”

  Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,  prepared for the devil and his      angels.”

  Jude v 6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto    the judgment of the great day.”

 

  6.  SALVATION 

  We believe that God elected or chose even before the creation of the world, those whom He would save.  We believe that in His own time and          way God calls and graciously saves every one of his chosen people.

  See:

  Romans 8:29-31 “For whom he did fore-know, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn            among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called:  and whom he called, them he also justified:  and whom he              justified, them he also glorified.  What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us, who can be against us?”

  We believe that since man was made in the image and likeness of God, and since God has made salvation freely possible to everyone, all men are          answerable to God for acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ.  Every individual who reaches the age or state of understanding is held                          responsible to trust and obey Christ as He is revealed in God’s word.

  We believe that justification is by faith alone.  We believe God credits the righteousness of Jesus Christ to the one who trusts in Him.                          Regeneration (the giving of life to our spirits) and Sanctification (the growth in the Christian life) are part    of this salvation whereby God applies    to us the benefits of the work of Jesus Christ.  We believe that everyone who trusts in Christ will be kept by him according to the specific promises    of God’s Word, and in keeping with the truth that salvation is by grace alone and not by any works of men.  In this we believe that the                      perseverance and ultimate perfection of all the saints is guarantied.

  See:

  Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

  Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

  John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life;  and they shall never perish,          neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;  and no man is able to pluck them out of my    Father’s hand.”

  7.  JESUS CHRIST

  We believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.  We affirm as well His eternal Deity that is that He is fully God.  As the eternal Son of God he is        equal with the Father.  In the fullness of time, He voluntarily surrendered Himself to be fashioned as a helpless child, was miraculously born of the    virgin Mary and thus as the Godman He was qualified to be our Saviour and Judge.

  See:

  John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

  Galations 4:4-5 “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that      were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”

  We believe that by His death on the cross, Christ as our Substitute made complete and eternal atonement for the sins of His people.

  See:

  1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be          testified in due time.”

  Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your                  conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

  We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  His resurrection signifies that His death provided a full payment for our sin.  It    also guarantees to us that the bodies of all the dead will be raised at the coming again of Jesus    Christ.

  See:

  1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures;        and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures:”

  1 Thessalonians 4:14 “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

  John 5: 25, 28, 29 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they        that hear shall live.…all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that    have done good, unto the resurrection of life;        and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

 

  8.  THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST

  We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ.  We believe that His coming is still future, and will be a personal, visible appearance.  His coming      will terminate the day of grace and will end forever the opportunity for sinners to be saved.  It    will be followed by the final judgment of all men,      and the eternal punishment of unbelievers and the everlasting reward for all who have trusted Christ for salvation.

  We believe that the details of Christ’s coming (one’s eschatological view e.g. Pre-millennial, A-millennial, etc.) is a matter for private interpretation    and should not be made a test of fellowship.  Our belief that Jesus Christ is coming again should motivate us to holy living rather than an                    endless debate over details.

  See:

  Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall          wail because of him.  Even so, Amen.”

  2 Peter 3: 10, 12 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;  in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the          elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be        dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of            God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”

 

  9.  THE HOLY SPIRIT 

  We believe in the Holy Spirit of God.  We believe that the Bible teaches Him to be the third person of the Godhead who shares the attributes of        deity with the Father and Son.

  We believe He is a person and not an impersonal force.  In John 16:13 Christ refers to the Spirit as “He”.  He can be blasphemed against; lied to;          resisted, grieved and quenched.

  The evidence of the work of the Spirit of God is seen in character qualities called in Scripture the “fruit” of the Spirit.  Although there are 9              aspects, there is only one fruit or product of the Holy Spirit.  Each believer should examine his own life and ask God to produce in his life these          powerful qualities.

  The Holy Spirit indwells every true believer and seals every believer as a guarantee of complete salvation.  He equips the believer with spiritual          gifts to serve the body of Christ.

  See:

  Matthew 28:18-20, Hebrews 9:14, Genesis 1:2, John 16:13, Mt. 12:31, Acts 5:3, 7:51, Ephesians 4:30, Galatians 5:22,23.

  Four key passages on spiritual gifts are: Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12-14, Ephesians 4 & 1 Peter 4:10-11.

  All believers have at least one gift but not the same gift(s) as others possess.


  10.  THE CHURCH

  We believe that a Church according to the Scriptures is a gathering of believers voluntarily associated together.  This group meets regularly to            build each other up in their faith in Christ and to worship Him, as well as to observe the  ordinances and spread the Gospel.

  We believe a New Testament church is not a national or universal organization, but an autonomous body, free from outside control and responsible    to Jesus Christ, the only properly recognized Head of the Church. These independent, local churches fellowship with others of like faith and              practice for mutual strengthening and fellowship. 

  Each church has its own officers.  These usually consist of pastors and deacons.  A pastor, who in scripture is also called “Bishop”, “Elder” or              “Overseer”, is called of God to teach and preach the Word of God.  The deacons, who may vary in number according to the needs, assist in the          leadership of the overall ministry of the church. 

  The two divinely appointed ordinances for the New Testament Church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  They are not sacraments, that is, they    do not contribute toward salvation, but are testimonies of faith and obedience to Christ. 

  Baptism is for believers only and is by immersion in water in the name of the Triune God - Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  It signifies the believer’s          identification with Christ in His death, burial & resurrection and is a public testimony of repentance and faith inChrist. 

  The second ordinance known as “The Lord’s Supper”(communion) is to be observed by baptized believers and portrays the death of Jesus Christ as    well as the communion/fellowship that exist between the believer, Jesus Christ and other believers.  In this memorial feast, God’s people                    portray the death of Christ and testify to their dependence on Him and their hope in Him.  Believers are instructed in 1 Corinthians 11 to examine      themselves to test their own worthiness to partake of the emblems of Christ’s body and blood.

  Scriptures: There are many on this topic-especially Acts 2:41, 42; Romans 6:1-11;  1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; 1 Peter 5:1-5; 1                        Thessalonians 5:9-15.

  Acts 2:41-42 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:... And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,          and in breaking of bread and in prayers.”

  John 3:23 “And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came and were baptized.

  Romans 6:3-4 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  Therefore we are buried with him    by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of              life.”

  1 Corinthians 11:27-29 “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood    of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that   cup.  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily,      eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”