DECLARATION OF FAITH

 

We, as New Testament Baptists, believe in the historical Baptist belief that a scriptural church is a democracy of believers meeting in some local place, sovereign and autonomous in deciding matters of church policy and affiliation and composed only of persons who profess to have been born again and have been immersed in water upon their confession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. In common with Baptist Or all ages and nations, we believe the following:

 

1.   BIBLE:  We believe that the Bible, consisting of both the Old and New Testaments, is God’s infallible inerrant Word, written by men who were uniquely moved by the Holy Spirit and that it is our sole authority in all matters of faith and practice.  We affirm our belief in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Scriptures in their original writings.  2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21.

 

2.   GOD:  We believe in one God, creator of heaven and earth, eternally existing in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19.

 

a.   GOD THE FATHER is perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power.  We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.  Jude 24, 25.

 

b.   GOD THE SON, Jesus Christ, is God's only begotten Son, born of a virgin, sinless in life, who atoned for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people, His lordship and His personal visible, premillenial return to the world according to His promise.  Colossians 1:13-18, Matthew 1:18-25, Hebrews 4:14-16.

 

c.   GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.  His works in the believer include (but are not limited to) salvation, baptizing into the body of Christ, indwelling, sealing eternally, progressive sanctification, gifting, filling, teaching, enabling and glorifying.  John 16:8-13, Ephesians 1:13-14, I Corinthians 12:12-14.

 

3.   MAN:  We believe that man was created in the image of God and was originally without sin.  Because of the sin of Adam and Eve, all men are now sinners both by nature and by choice.  Man is unable to remedy his own lost condition.  Every human being is capable, under God, of deciding for himself in the matters of faith and life. Each man is also free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience.  Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:10 and 23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 14:5 and 22.

 

4.   SALVATION:  We believe that salvation is God's gift to man in the person of Jesus Christ.  Sinful man is saved from the eternal penalty of sin as a result of receiving Jesus Christ, by faith, as the Savior and Lord of life.  Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16, Romans 6:23.

 

5.   THE CHURCH:  We believe that the church is the body of Christ which is made up of every born-again believer since Pentecost regardless of race, sex or national origin and will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.  The local church is an organized body of immersed believers voluntarily associated together for the worship of God, the fellowship of believers, the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ throughout the world and the observance of the Biblical ordinances (believer's baptism and the Lord's supper).  The Scriptural officers of the church are described in I Timothy 3.  The local church is independent and autonomous and is free from all outside ecclesiastical or political interference.  Acts 4:19, Ephesians 4:4-16. Acts 2:41, I Corinthians 11:23-32, I Timothy 3:1-14.

 

6.   SATAN:  We believe that Satan is a person, a fallen angel, the author of sin and the cause of the fall.  He is the open and declared enemy of God and man. He will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.  Isaiah 14:12-17, Ezekiel 28:11-17.

 

7.   ETERNITY:  We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the believer and the non-believer.  The saved will enjoy the wonders of God's presence forever and the lost will be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.  Revelation 20:1-10.