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Statement of Faith

The Doctrine of the Bible

We believe in the Bible as the verbally (every word) and plenary (completely) inspired Word of God and that it was written inerrant in its original languages and has been providentially preserved “for all generations forever.” All portions of Scripture are equally inspired and contain no contradiction. The Holy Bible has God as Its Author (2 Peter 1:21); salvation for its end (2 Timothy 3:15); and truth for its matter (Proverbs 30:5-6). The Scripture is our only rule for faith and practice, the supreme standard by which all conduct, associations, and ministries should be tried (1 John 4:1). The canon, the sixty-six books of the Bible, is complete. Nothing shall be added to nor taken from them (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1; Revelation 22:18-19). To eliminate confusion, all preaching and teaching will be from the King James Version. We believe the King James Version of the Scriptures has been faithfully translated from the preserved Word of God.

The Doctrine of God

We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God. He is an infinite, intelligent, and personal Being; a perfect Spirit, who is the Creator, Preserver, Sustainer, and Supreme Ruler of the universe; inexpressibly glorious in holiness (Ex. 15:11); worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love (Mark 1:20). The Godhead exists eternally in three Persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections. Likewise, they are worthy of the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:25; John 1:1; John 14:1-17; I Timothy 3:16).

The Doctrine of Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity and virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, not having a human father, and He is both 100% God and 100% man. He is man's only hope of salvation from sin, being the only Mediator between God and man. He died, was buried, and rose again the third day for our sins according to the Scriptures. His return for His Church, (the body of Christ), which He will take to Heaven, is imminent. He will come to this earth to set up His millennial reign (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; John 10:30; John 14:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; I Thessalonians 4:1-18; Revelation 20:4-6).

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit to be coequal with the Father and with the Son. He is a person. He came to this earth as the fulfillment of Christ's promise. He convicts, regenerates, indwells, seals, fills, empowers, and guides the believer (John 16:7-13; John 3:3-5; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:1-14; Ephesians 5:18).

The Doctrine of Man

We believe that God created man in His Own image by a special act of God (Genesis 1:27 and 2:7). Man was created in a state of holiness, but through the temptation of Satan, he voluntarily transgressed and fell from his holy state (Genesis 3:1-24). The consequence of this fall is that mankind is born with a sinful nature (Romans 5:19; Psalm 51:5). This sinful nature is evidenced by sinful acts. We believe that man is totally depraved, and if he is not born again, he is eternally lost (Jeremiah 17:9; Luke 16:23; Romans 3:1-23; I Corinthians 15:21-22; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 21:8).

The Doctrine of Salvation

We believe that a person is saved when he repents of sin and exercises faith by accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. Below are listed particular matters concerning salvation.

Concerning Justification

We believe that the great gospel blessing, which Christ secures to all that believe in Him, is justification (Acts 13:39). Justification includes the pardon of sin (Romans 5:9) and the promise of eternal life on the principles of righteousness (Romans 5:17). It is freely given, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood (Romans 4:4, 5). By virtue of faith, His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God (Romans 5:19). It brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity (Romans 5:1, 2).

Concerning the Basis of Salvation

The basis of our salvation is the precious blood of Christ (I Peter 1:18-19). We are saved by Christ's death, and the Bible teaches it was necessary that His saving death had to be by the shedding of His blood.

Concerning the Way of Salvation

The salvation of man is only by the grace of God and not by works which man can do (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

Concerning Regeneration

When a person places his faith in Jesus Christ as the One Who paid the penalty for sin, that person is regenerated, or born again (John 3:3). This means he has a new life and should be changed so that works which glorify God will be manifested through his life (2 Corinthians 5:17). Believers are regenerated by the Holy Spirit using the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23 and Titus 3:5-6).

Concerning Repentance and Faith

We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God (Acts 20:21). Biblical saving faith requires Biblical repentance. Saving faith requires that we turn to God with confession and supplication for mercy, at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as the only and all-sufficient Saviour (Luke 13:3-5; Luke 18:13; Romans 10:9-10).

Concerning the Scope of Our Salvation

We believe the scope of salvation includes forgiveness of all our sins - past, present, and future; a perfect standing before God as in Jesus Christ, and the changing of our earthly body to be conformed like unto the body of our Lord at His return for His own.

Concerning God's Purpose of Grace

We believe election is the eternal purpose of God according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners (2 Timothy 1:8-9), being perfectly consistent with the free agency of men (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14).

Concerning Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:3). It is a progressive work (Proverbs 4:18) and begins in regeneration (1 John 2:29). It is carried in the hearts of believers throughout their earthly lives by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, watchfulness, and prayer (Philippians 2:12-13).

Concerning the Filling of the Spirit

We believe that the filling of the Spirit in a believer's life is manifested by that person's willingness to be under the control of the Holy Spirit and thus to be obedient to the Word of God. We do not believe that speaking in tongues is a primary manifestation of the fullness of the Spirit as it is taught and espoused by the charismatic movement. We believe that tongues were a sign in the early church, and the gift ceased after the completing of the canon of Scripture (1 Corinthians 13:8-10).

Concerning the Security of the Believer

We believe that every true believer has eternal life (John 3:16; 3:36; 5:24; 6:47), and he is kept secure in his salvation by the power of God (1 Peter 1:9). God gives eternal life to the believer, and he shall never perish (John 10:28-29).

The Doctrine of the Church

We believe that the local church is composed of the following:

We believe the only Scriptural officers of a local church are Bishops (Pastors or Elders) and Deacons (Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1, 8). The titles Bishop, Elder, and Pastor in the New Testament refer to the different functions of the same office.

The Doctrine of Satan and Fallen Angels

We believe that Satan is a person. He is a created being who sinned and became the archenemy of God and His creation. He is the chief adversary of God's children. He seeks to keep man from the Lord; when he cannot succeed in this, he seeks to weaken the testimony of Christians. He has at his command a great host of fallen angels, called demons, to carry out his purposes. He is not omnipotent or omnipresent and can be overcome by the power of God. His doom is sealed in the Lake of Fire forever and ever (Ezekiel 28:12- 19; Isaiah 14:12-14; Revelation 12:10; Revelation 20:10).

The  Doctrine of Last Things

We believe there will be a resurrection of all:   first, the just at the coming of Jesus Christ; and finally, the unjust after the Millennium. The saints are raised to be forever with the Lord, and the unsaved will be confined for eternity in the Lake of Fire. We believe in the ‘Blessed Hope,’ which is the personal, bodily, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Saviour for His Church, also known as the Rapture. ‘Blessed Hope’ also includes His later return to the earth in power and glory with His saints to set up His Kingdom, the Millennium (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9, 11; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:20; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 7:25; 1 John 2:1-2; Revelation 21:1-8.)

The  Doctrine of Separation

We believe that God commands Christians to be a separated people according to 2 Corinthians 6:17, 18 and 7:1:

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

Faith Baptist Church remains separated from all forms of apostasy and religious inclusivism. We reject the ecumenical movement which seek to join all churches into one body regardless of doctrine or practice, and the Charismatic renewal movement, with its unscriptural emphasis on tongues and healing. We enjoy fellowship with churches of like faith and order, but will have no part in any council of churches that is ecumenical in nature.

We believe Christians are to be personally separated from all worldly practices that hinder spiritual growth and stability. We believe that God's people should not love the world’s system or the things that are in the world (1 John 2:15-16).

 

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