DECLARATION OF FAITH

 

ARTICLE I

We, as New Testament Baptist, 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 Savior.

ARTICLE II

We believe, the Scriptures, both the Old and New testaments, to be the plenarily and verbally inspired Word of God without error, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

ARTICLE III

We believe; in one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Mark 12:29; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:1-3; Matt. 28:18-19)

ARTICLE IV

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. (John 1:1-2; Luke 2:40; Luke 1:30-35) He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. (Rom. 3:24-26 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Cor. 15:3) Further He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on high, He now is our High Priest and Advocate, (John 20:20; 1 Cor. L5:4; Acts 1:4 Eph. 1:20-21; Heb. 12:2; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1)

ARTICLE V

We believe, that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men of sin, regenerate the sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for Godly living and service. (John l6:7-15; l4:16-17: Titus 3:5; John 3:5; Gal. 5:16)

ARTICLE VI

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but fell into sin and is therefore lost, totally depraved, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained, (Gen. l:26; 2:l7; 3:6; Rom. 5:1; Eph. 2:l-3; John 3:5-7; Eph. 2:4-5)

ARTICLE VII

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan, and that he is the enemy of God and of the people of God, (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19; Job 1:6-2:8; 2 Cor. 4:3-4; 11:13-15; 12:7) We believe that Satan was judged at the cross, though not then executed, and that he, as a usurper, now rules as the "god of this age" awaiting the day of his final judgment. (John 16:l1; Col. 2:15; Rev, 20:10)

ARTICLE VIII

We believe that the shedblood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for the justification and salvation of all who believe, and that only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God. (1 Peter 1:18-19; Rom, 4:25; John 1:12; Rom, 1:16-17)

ARTICLE IX

We believe in the personal, premillennial, pretribulation, and imminent return, of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (John l4:1-3; 1 Cor. l5:51-5; 1 Thess. 4:l3-18; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-3)

ARTICLE X

We believe, in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment, (1 Cor. L5:125; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 20:11-15)

ARTICLE XI

We believe that, because of God's freedom to exercise grace toward the meritless on the ground of the propitiatory blood of Christ, because of the very nature of His divine gift of eternal life, because of the regenerating, abiding presence of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of all who are saved, we and all true believers everywhere once saved shall be kept saved forever. (John 5:24; 10:28-29; 14:16-17; 17:11; Rom. 8:38-39; Heb. 7:25)

ARTICLE XII

We believe that water baptism by immersion soon after accepting Christ as personal Savior is a testimony of death to sin and resurrection to a new life, and that the Lords' supper is a memorial service setting forth in sacred and symbolic manner the death of the Lord Jesus Christ till He comes, and that all true believers and only believers should share in it. (Matt. 28:l9; Acts 10:47-48)