NEW TESTAMENT    

Baptist Church       

Statement Approved 8.25.2019 

God

We believe in the God of the Holy Bible. God is alone the maker and perfect maintainer of all things. In His holiness and perfection, He reigns with care and absolute authority over His created possessions. God is sovereign and exercises the right to choose in all matters, including salvation (electing, ordaining, predestinating, etc.). As the Eternal Spirit, God is unlike His creation. He cannot be seen, nor is He limited by time and space. His power and knowledge are limitless. Not only is He unlike all others, but He is set apart having nothing with which to compare. God is One (in nature, essence, and being), but is in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

John 4:24, Col. 1:15, Psalm 147:5, Romans 1:20, 1 John 3:20, 1 Kings 8:27, Is. 55:8-11, Is. 57:15, Is. 45:5, Mat. 5:48, Is. 46:9. Is. 6:1-7, Rev. 1:9-17, Rev. 4:1-11, 1 Tim 2:5, Phil. 1:2, Titus 2:13, Acts 5:3-4, John 11:41, Psalm 19:1-6.

Scripture

We believe God is the author of the Holy Bible which consists of the sixty-six books and letters of the Old and New Testaments. Its words were breathed out by God: Men recorded them as the Spirit of God moved them along. Since the time that the original books and letters (called autographs) were written, God has and will continue to preserve His Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is God's true, accurate, complete, flawless, authoritative and trustworthy revelation of Himself to man. Therefore, the Holy Bible is the supreme standard by which all faith, conduct, creeds, and religious opinions are to be measured.

Deut. 4:1-2, Rev. 22:18-20, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 1:1-3, Psalm 12:6-7, Prov. 30:5-6, Mark 13:31, John 17:17, Heb. 4:12, Psalm 119:160, Mat. 5:17-18, Psalm 119:89.

Man

We believe that God created mankind in His image on the literal sixth day of creation. As image bearers, each person is valued by God above all other created things. God created a man (male) and a woman (female) for the purpose of procreation within the marriage relationship. God charged mankind to rule the earth and to have dominion over all created things. As originally created, mankind was completely obedient and had unhindered fellowship with God. Everything changed when man disobeyed God and brought sin into the human race.

Genesis 1:26-30, 2, 3, 5:1, 9:6, Psalm 8:3-6, 100:3, Ecc. 7:29, Mat. 19:3-9, Mark 10:6-12, 1 Cor. 6:16-17, 7:2-4, 11, 2 Cor. 4:4, Eph. 5, 1 Tim. 5:14, James 3:7-9, Heb. 2:6-9, 1 Pet. 3:1-7, 1 John 1:5-10.

Sin

We believe that sin entered into the human race when Adam and Eve (the first man and woman) disobeyed God’s commandment in the garden. As a result, mankind’s unhindered fellowship with God was completely broken by the physical and spiritual separation of death (the wages of sin). All of Adam’s descendants inherit a nature and environment of sin from conception. The effects of the body of sin are so complete that apart from God’s intervention, man is left helpless and hopeless.

Genesis 2:16, 3, Psalm 51:5, 58:3, Ecc. 7:20, Is. 53:6, Rom 3:23,5:12, 6:6,23, Gal. 3:10, 22, Eph. 2:1-12, James 1:15, 1 John 1:8-10, Rev. 21:8.

Christ

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the second person of the Trinity of God. He is Christ, the eternal Son of God. Jesus Christ took on the nature of man when He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin woman (Mary) according to God’s eternal purpose revealed in the scriptures. While on earth, Jesus experienced every human demand, necessity, trial, and temptation, yet He did not sin. His perfect obedience gave honor to God’s law, so that in His death on the cross He became a substitute, giving Himself as payment for the debt owed by men for their sin. After three days, Jesus was raised from the dead with a glorified body. Being fully God and fully man, He then ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator between God and man. One day He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to complete His redemptive mission.

Genesis 18:1; Psalms 2:7; 110:1; Isaiah7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5;27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28;17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20;Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30;2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5;Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22;2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14;Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9;Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is the redemption, regeneration, and reconciliation of the whole man; a free gift to all who will accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. When a sinner responds with repentance (turning from sin toward God) and faith (acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) to God’s call and conviction of sin, they become new creatures in Christ. God fully forgives and pardons them of all their sin; the beginning of a new life of peace and favor with God. God enables all new believers to grow and progress toward moral and spiritual maturity by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This growth will continue until death or Jesus’ return, at which time the believer will enter the final state of glory.

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21;4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29;3:3-21,36; 5:24; 6:44,65; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 16:8; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 11:18; 13:48; 15:11;16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.;5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13;5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:3-7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13;Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12;Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the fully divine Spirit of God, the third person of the Trinity. He inspired the Holy Scriptures. He enables men to understand truth. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He exalts Christ. He calls men to the Savior, effects salvation and places every believer into the Body of Christ. He motivates Christian character, comforts believers, and gives them gifts by which they serve God through His church by worship, evangelism, and service. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence dwelling in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ.

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11;139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1;12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12;24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38;4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6;Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13;Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

Church

We believe that the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is made up of all His true believers, with Christ at the head. We believe a local church is a visible representation of Christ’s church. A local church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. Each congregation is governed by our Lord: Jesus Christ. Leadership within the local church is described in terms of function; Shepherding, Pastoring, Overseeing, and Ministering (deacons). Men who serve in these roles are to be spiritually mature elders as qualified in Scripture. The purpose of the church is to worship God and serve our Lord by spreading the gospel, and by discipleship and edification.

We believe in two ordinances: Baptism and the Lords Supper.

-           Baptism - Spirit baptism takes place at the moment of salvation when one is placed into the body of Christ. Water baptism takes place as an act of obedience after salvation as a picture of salvation. Water baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In water baptism, a believer symbolizes death to sin, burial of the old life, and resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. Being a church ordinance, water baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.

-           The Lord’s Supper- The Lord's Supper is an act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14;6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23;2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4;Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.

Spirit Realm

We believe angels are created beings, eternal ministering spirits who do God's will and work influencing the lives of both believers and unbelievers. One of God’s angels called Satan, rebelled against God and led Adam and Eve into sin. Satan is the unholy god of this age, and the accuser of the brethren. Satan was defeated and judged by Jesus Christ, and now awaits eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. Other angels called demons also rebelled with Satan and have joined his work against God. Satan and many of the demons also have influence over humanity (believers and unbelievers), but only unbelievers can be demon-possessed. All of the demons await judgment.

Genesis 3:15; Psalm 103:20-21; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-15; Matthew 25:41; Mark 8:32-33; Luke 16:22; 20:36; John 12:31-33; Acts 5:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 11:13-15; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 1:14, 2:14; 2 Peter 2:4; 1 John 4:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:10; 20:2, 10.

Last Things 

We believe that God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and God will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be condemned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.  

Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28;24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48;16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10;Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18;5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8;Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28;3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.