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the Holy Bible
believe that the Holy Bible was written by men
divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of
heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author,
salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture
of error for its matter; that it reveals the
principles by which God will judge us; and therefore
is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true
center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by
which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be
tried. We believe the King James Version of the
Bible is the preserved Word of God for English
speaking people. II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:21; I
Sam. 23:2; Acts 1:16; 3:21; John 10:35; Luke 16:29-31;
Ps. 119:11; Rom. 3:1-2; II Tim. 3:15; I Pet. 1:10-12;
Acts 11:14; Rom. 1:16; Mark 16:16; John 5:38-39; Prov.
30:5-6; John 17:17; Rev. 22:18-19; Rom. 3:4; Rom.
2:12; John 12:47-48; I Cor. 4:3-4; Luke 10:10-16;
12:47-48; Phil. 3:16; Eph. 4:3-6; Phil. 2:1-2; I Cor.
1:10; I Pet. 4:11.
the True God
believe that there is one, and only one, living and
true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name
is Jehovah, 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 Ghost, equal in every
divine perfection, and executing distinct but
harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of
God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having
been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the
virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and
redeem sinful men.
believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our
redemption through His death and shed blood on the
cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary
sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by
His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, and
is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our
High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of
Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate.
believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the
whole world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment;
and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration,
indwelling and sealing all true believers unto the day
believe the Holy Spirit is the divine teacher who
assists believers to understand and appropriate the
Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of
all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. John
4:24; Ps. 147:5; 83:18; Heb. 3:4; Rom. 1:20; Jer.
10:10; Ex. 15:11; Isa. 6:3; I Pet. 1:15-16; Rev.
4:6-8; Mark 12:30; Rev. 4:11; Matt. 10:37; Jer.
2:12-13;Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John
5:7; John 10:30; 5:17; 14:23; 17:5, 10; Acts 5:3-4; I
Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14;
Rev. 1:4-5; comp. 2, 7; Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35;
John 1:1-2; II Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8;
Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; I Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I
Pet. 1:3-5; Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I
John 2:1-2; John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 12:12-14;
II Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; I John
believe that Satan is a real person, the author of sin
and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open
and declared enemy of God and man; and, that he shall
be eternally punished in the Lakeof Fire. Job
1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10.
believe that God created the heavens and earth in six
literal 24-hour days. We reject evolution, the
gap theory, the day-age theory, theistic evolution,
and every other theory of creation except the six
literal 24-hour days, as recorded by God in Genesis. Genesis
1-2; Ex. 20:11; Col. 1:16-17; John 1:3; Heb. 11:3; I
Cor. 8:6; Eph. 3:9.
the Fall of Man
believe that man was created in innocence, under the
law of his Maker; but by voluntary transgression fell
from that sinless and happy state; in consequence of
which all men are now sinners; being by nature utterly
void of that holiness required by the law of God,
positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just
condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or
excuse. Gen. 1:27, 31; Eccl. 7:29; Acts 16:26;
Gen. 2:16; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; John
3:6; Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:15-19; 8:7; Isa. 53:6; Gen.
6:12; Rom 3:9-18; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18, 32;
2:1-16; Gal. 3:10; Matt. 20:15; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom.
1:20; 3:19; Gal. 3:22.
the Way of Salvation
believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of
grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of
God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took
upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the
divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death
made a full atonement for the Elect; that having risen
from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and
uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest
sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way
qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an
all-sufficient Savior. Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; I
John 4:10; I Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11; John 3:16;
1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; 12:24; Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9, 14;
II Cor. 5:21; Isa. 42:21; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 4:4-5; Rom.
3:21; Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 20:28; Rom. 4:25; 3:21-26; I
John 4:10; 2:2; I Cor. 15:1-3; Heb. 9:13-15; Heb. 1:8,
3; 8:1; Col. 3:1-4; Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9; Heb. 2:18;
7:26; Ps. 89:19; Ps. 14.
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
promise 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
Redeemerís blood; by virtue of which faith his
perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God;
that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace
and favor with God, and secures every other blessing
needful for time and eternity. John 1:16; Eph.
3:8; Acts 13:39; Isa. 3:11-12; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9;
Zech. 13:1; Matt. 9:6; Acts 10:43; Rom. 5:17; Titus
3:5-6; I Pet. 3:7; I John 2:25; Rom. 5:21; Rom 4:4-5;
5:21; 6:28; Phil. 3:7-9; Rom. 5:19; 3:24-26; 4:23-25;
I John 2:12; Rom. 5:1-3, 11; I Cor. 1:30-31; Matt.
6:33; I Tim. 4:8.
the Freeness of Salvation
believe 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
obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the
salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own
inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the
gospel, which involves him in an aggravated
condemnation. Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Luke ;
John 5:40; Matt. ;
Prov. 1:24; Acts 13:46; John 3:19; Matt. 11:20; Luke
19:27; II Thess. 1:8.
Grace in Regeneration
believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be
regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists
in giving a holy dispensation to the mind; that it is
effected in a manner above our comprehension by the
power of the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine
truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the
gospel; and that its proper evidence appears in the
holy fruits of repentance, and faith, and newness of
life. John 3:3, 6-7; I Cor. 1:14; Rev. 8:7-9;
21:27; II Cor. 5:17; Ezek. 36:26; Deut. 30:6; Rom.
2:28-29; 5:5; I John 4:7; John 3:8; 1:13; James
1:16-18; I Cor. 1:30; Phil. 2:13; I Pet. 1:22-25; I
John 5:1; Eph. 4:20-24; Col. 3:9-11; Eph. 5:9; Rom.
8:9; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 3:14-21; Matt. 3:8-10; 7:20; I
John 5:4, 18.
Repentance and Faith
believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties,
and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by
the regenerating, irresistible power of the Spirit of
God; whereby being deeply convinced 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 as our
Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as
the only and all-sufficient Savior. Mark 1:15;
Acts 11:18; Eph. 2:8; I John 5:1; John 16:8; Acts
2:37-38; 16:30-31; Luke 18:13; 15:18-21; James 4:7-10;
II Cor. 7:11; Rom. 10:12-13; Ps 51; Rom. 10:9-11; Acts
3:22-23; Heb. 4:14; Ps. 2:6; Heb. 1:8; 8:25; II Tim.
Godís Purpose of Grace
believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God,
according to which he graciously regenerates,
sanctifies, and saves His people; that being perfectly
consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends
all the means in connection with the end; that it is a
most glorious display of Godís sovereign goodness,
being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable;
that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes
humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and
active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages
the use of means in the highest degree; that it may be
ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe
the gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian
assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to
ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. II
Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-14; I Pet. 1:1-2; Rom. 11:5-6;
John 15:15; I John 4:19; Hosea 12:9; II Thess.
2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16; Matt. 20:16; Acts
15:14; Ex. 33:18-19; Matt. 20:15; Eph. 1:11; Rom.
9:23-24; Jer. 31:3; Rom 11:28-29; James 1:17-18; II
Tim. 1:9; Rom 11:32-36; I Cor. 4:7; 1:26-31; Rom.
3:27; 4:16; Col. 3:12; I Cor. 3:5-7; 15:10; I Pet.
5:10; Acts 1:24; I Thess. 2:13; I Pet. 2:9; Luke 18:7;
John 15:16; Eph. 1:16; I Thess. 2:12; II Tim. 2:10; I
Cor. 9:22; Rom. 8:28-30; John 6:37-40; II Pet. 1:10; I
Thess. 1:4-10; Rom. 8:28-30; Isa. 42:16; Rom. 11:29;
II Pet. 1:10-11; Phil. 3:12; Heb. 6:11.
believe that sanctification is a divine work of grace;
that it is not a state of sinless perfection attained
through a ďsecond blessingĒ or through a special
ďBaptism of the Holy Ghost;Ē that it is an act of
grace by which the believer is separated unto God and
dedicated unto His righteous purpose; that by it we
enter into divinely appointed privileges and thus
become larger partakers of His holiness; that it is
also a progressive work, begun in regeneration, and
carried on in the life of every believer by the
presence and the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word
of God; and that it is nurtured only by Heavenís
appointed means, especially by the Holy Spirit, the
Word of God, and the saved through his
self-examination, obedience, self-denial,
watchfulness, and prayer. I Thess. 4:3; ;
Jer. 1:5; Prov. 4:18; John 17:17; II Cor. 3:18; I John
I Tim. 4:5; Luke 9:23; Matt. 24:42; 7:7-11.
the Perseverance of Saints
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 Providencewatches
over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of
God through faith unto salvation. John 8:31; I
John 2:27-28; 3:9; 5:18; I John 2:19; John 13:18;
Matt. 13:20-21; John 6:66-69; Job 17:9; Rom. 8:28;
Matt. 6:30-33; Jer. 32:40; Ps. 121:3; 91:11-12; Phil.
1:6; 2:12-13; Jude 24-25; Heb. 1:14; II Kings 6:16;
Heb. 13:5; I John 4:4.
the Harmony of the Law and the Gospel
believe that the Law of God is the eternal and
unchangeable rule of His moral government; that it is
holy, just, and good; and that the inability which the
Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its
precepts arises entirely from their love of sin; to
deliver them from which, and to restore them through a
Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is
one great end of the Gospel, and of the means of grace
connected with the establishment of the visible
Church. Rom. 3:31; Matt. 5:17; Luke 16:17;
Rom. 3:20; 4:15; Rom. 7:12, 7, 14, 22; Gal. 3:21; Ps.
119; Rom. 8:7-8; Josh. 24:19; Jer. 13:23; John 6:44;
5:44; Rom. 8:2, 4; 10:4; I Tim. 1:5; Heb. 8:10; Jude
20-21; Heb. 12-14; Matt. 16:17-18; I Cor. 12:28.
believe that a New Testament Baptist Church, according
to divine purpose and plan, is a visible, local,
organized body; that it is composed of baptized
believers associated together by a covenant of faith
and fellowship in the Gospel; that New Testament
validity flows from strict obedience to essential
principles of the New Testament; that it is a
sovereign, independent, democratic, and militant body;
that its ministry is gloriously blessed with the
presence and leadership of the Holy Spirit and the
light and revelation of the Written Word; that its
work should ever be from within to without and never
from without to within; that it is a self-governing
body and is the sole judge, under the limitations of
the Scriptures, of the measure and method of
cooperation; that it is the only ecclesiastical
tribunal the Lord has on earth; that its judgment
concerning membership, missions, benevolence,
cooperative alignments, and support is final; that it
was personally founded by Christ Jesus during His
ministry on earth; that it is subject to His laws and
is the custodian of His ordinances; that the
perpetuity of our faith, our doctrines and practices,
ordinances and ordinations has been effected through
the Holy Spirit personally planting and preserving
local Baptist churches of like faith and order down
through the centuries by a continual line of
authority. Matt. 28:19-20; I Cor. 1:1-3; Acts
2:31-42; II Cor. 8:5; Matt. 16:19; 18:15-17; John
14:16-17, 26; Acts 1:8; 13:1-4; Matt. 18:17-18;
16:18-19; 26:26-29; 28:19-20; I Tim. 3:15; Mark
3:13-14; Luke 6:12-13.
Baptism and the Lordís Supper
believe that Baptism and the Lordís Supper are
ordinances personally set in the Church of the living
God by the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that
Baptism is the burial of a believer in water by the
authority and instruction of the local Baptist Church;
that it symbolizes the death and the burial and the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; that it also
typifies the believerís death to sin, the burial of
his old nature, and his resurrection unto a new life;
and that it is administered in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We
believe the Lordís Supper is a memorial table of
unleavened bread and fermented wine administered by
the authority and instruction of the local Baptist
Church and observed by its members; that it symbolizes
the broken body and the shed blood of the Son of God;
that its observance points backward to the crucified
Lord on Calvary and forward to the returning Lord in
glory. We believe that these ordinances are not
sacraments, but are sacred symbols, pointing to the
worldís only Savior, and bidding the sons of men
look unto an everlasting fellowship with the King of
kings and Lord of lords when He shall return to take
over the reins of all government. Matt. 26:26-29;
Matt. 16:19; Acts 10:47; I Cor. -24;
the Lordís Day
believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the
week is the Lordís Day; and is to be kept sacred to
religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular
labor and recreations, except works of mercy and
necessity, by the devout observance of all the means
of grace, both private and public; and by preparation
for that rest that remaineth for the people of God. Acts
20:7; Gen. 2:3; Col. 2:16-17; Mark 2:27; John 20:19; I
Cor. 16:1-2; Ex. 20:8-11; Rev. 1:10; Ps. 118:24; .
58:13-14; 56:2-8; Ps. 119:15; Heb. 10:24-25; Acts ; ;
Lev. 19:30; Ex. 46:3; Luke 4:16; Acts 17:2-3; Ps.
26:8; 87:3; Heb. 4:3-11.
believe that the local church and the State should be
kept completely separate; that civil government is of
divine appointment, for the interests and good order
of human society; and 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 Prince of the kings of the earth. Rom.
13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; I Pet. 2:13-14; Rom.
13:1-7; Deut. 16:18; I Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:23; Jer.
30:21; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13; I Tim.
2:1-8; Acts 5:29; Matt. 10:28; Dan. 3:15-18; 6:7-10;
the Righteous and the Wicked
believe that there is a radical and essential
difference between the righteous and the wicked; that
such only as by and through faith are justified in the
name of the Lord Jesus Christ, 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 happiness of the saved and the
everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Mal.
3:18; Prov. 12:26; Isa. 5:20; Gen. 18:23; Jer. 15:19;
Acts 10:34-35; Rom. 6:16; Rom. 1:17; 7:6; I John 2:29;
3:7; Rom. 6:18, 22; I Cor. 11:32; Prov. 11:31; I Pet.
4:17-18; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; John 3:36; Isa.
57:21; Ps. 10:4; Isa. 55:6-7; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25;
John 8:21-24; Prov. 10:24; Luke 12:4-5; 9:23-26; John
12:25-26; Eccl. 3:17; Matt. 7:13-14.
believe that every Christian, as a steward of that
portion of Godís wealth entrusted to him, is
obligated to support his local church financially. We
believe that God has established the tithe as a basis
for giving but that every Christian should also give
other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the
support of the church, the relief of those in need,
and the spread of the gospel. We believe that a
Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of
the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. Gen.
14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor.
9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; I Tim. 5:17-18; I John
believe God has commanded that no intimate sexual
activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage
between one man and one woman. We believe that
any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality,
bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, polygamy,
and pornography are sinful perversions of Godís gift
of sex. Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 28:8-9; Lev.
18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess.
4:1-8; Heb. 13:4.
Divorce and Remarriage
believe that marriage is a sacred institution ordained
by God and is intended to last until one of the
spouses dies and that divorce is a sin. Divorce
and remarriage is regarded as adultery. Although
divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may
be members of FaithBaptistChurch,
they may never be considered for the office of pastor
or deacon. Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom.
7:1-3; I Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6.
the Sanctity of Life
believe that human life begins at conception and ends
at death. We believe that assisting in the ending
of life under any circumstances is sin. We
further believe that an unborn child is a living human
being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified,
unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion
is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions
of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects,
gender selection, birth or population control, or the
mental well being of the mother are acceptable. Job
3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5;
20:15-18; Luke 1:44.
the Return of Christ
believe in the bodily, personal, imminent return of
Jesus Christ; that He will first come in the air to
catch away His Saints ushering in the seven year
tribulation period; and that He will return all the
way to the earth with His Saints at the close of the
tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up
His literal 1,000-year millennial kingdom on earth;
following this the lost will be judged at the Great
White Throne after which God will usher in eternity
with a new heaven and new earth. I Thess.
4:13-18; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 19:11-21; 20:1-7; 21:1;
I Cor. 15:51-54; II Pet. 3:10-13.
believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead,
both saved and lost; that the bodies of the saved
shall be resurrected at the coming of Christ and
reunited with their souls that are with the Lord; and
that the lost shall be resurrected, after the
millennial reign of Christ, from their present state
of torment, to appear bodily before the Great White
Throne to be eternally judged and cast into the lake
of fire. John 5:21-30; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor.
15:51-54; II Tim. 4:1; Rev. 7:9-17; 20:5-6, 11-15.