Statement of Faith


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I. The Scriptures

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 II. God 

There is only one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creation owes the highest love, reverence and obedience. (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17)

III. The Trinity 

God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. (Mt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)

 IV. Providence 

God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures. (Heb. 1:3; Mt. 10:39-31; Prov. 16:33) 

V. Election 

Election is God’s eternal choice for some people to everlasting life-not because of foreseen worth in them, but of His mercy in Christ-in consequence of which they are called, justified and glorified. (Rom. 8:30; Eph. 1:3-6; Acts 13:48) 

VI. The Fall of Man 

God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby all people to follow inherited a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law. They are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors. (Gen. 1:27; 3:4-7; Rom. 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3) 

VII. The Mediator 

Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law of God; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again on the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He lives forever to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign LORD of the Universe. (Mt. 3:17; 1 Cor. 15:3-7; 1 Tim. 2:5; Rom. 5:6-11; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb 1:3) 

VIII. Regeneration 

Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those who are dead in trespasses and sins opening their minds spiritually and in a saving way to understand the Word of God (the Bible), and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone. (Jn. 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:3) 

IX. Repentance 

Repentance is a free gift and grace from God, where a person is made aware of the depths of their sin, humbled by it, and with godly sorrow turns from it all by the power and work of the Holy Spirit. Repentance is a purpose and endeavor to turn from sin and live to please God in all things. (Mk. 1:15; Acts 20:21; 2 Cor. 7:9 )

X. Faith

Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatever is revealed in the Bible concerning Jesus Christ; accepting and resting on Jesus alone for justification and eternal life. Faith is created in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness. (Jn. 1:12; 5:24; Eph. 2:8, 9) 

XI. Justification

Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of guilty sinners who believe in Christ. God forgives all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not because of anything done in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience of Christ in life and in death. They receive and trust in Jesus and His righteousness by faith and are given a right standing with God. (Rom. 3:23-24; Rom. 5:1-2; 18, 19; 2 Cor. 5:21) 

XII. Sanctification 

Those who have been made new in salvation are also sanctified (progressively made more holy) by God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is a process that occurs through the supply of Divine strength, which all Christians should seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in heartfelt obedience to all Christ’s commands. (Jn. 17:17; 2 Thes. 2:13; Heb. 12:14) 

XIII. Perseverance of the Saints 

Those whom God has accepted in the Jesus, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from salvation, but will persevere to the end. Though they may fall through temptation into sin and grieve the Holy Spirit, reduce their experience of God's grace, bring reproach on the Church, and incur earthly judgment on themselves. Yet they can be renewed again through repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith for salvation. (Jn. 10:28-29; 1 Jn. 2:19; Rom. 8:30) 

XIV. The Church 

The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is all power for its governing. According to His commandment, Christians are to gather together into local churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering order, discipline, and worship which He has appointed. The regular offices in a Church are Elders and Deacons. (Col. 1:18; Mt. 16:18; 18:15-18; 1 Tim. 3:1-15; 1 Pet. 5:1-4) 

XV. Baptism 

Baptism is an ordinance given to us from Jesus, required by every believer, where they are immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of their unity with the perfect life, sacrificial death, and victorious resurrection of Christ. This is a giving of themselves up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 8:38-39) 

XVI. The Lord’s Supper 

The Lord’s Supper is another ordinance given by Jesus Christ, to be practiced with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and is to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no way a sacrifice for sin, but is designed to celebrate His death for us, to give us a picture of Christ's broken body and shed blood, and to be a pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. (Mt. 26:26-27; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26) 

XVII. The Lord’s Day 

The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution to be regularly observed, and should be used to live out time of worship of God and spiritual devotion, both public and private. (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; Col. 2:16; 3:16; Rev 1:10) 

XVIII. Liberty of Conscience 

God alone is the Lord of a person's conscience; and He has left it free from the teaching and commandments of men that are in any way contrary to the Bible, or not discussed in it. Civil officers of the State are put in place by God and should be obeyed by the Church to the degree that they do not command disobedience to God. This is not only out of fear, but also for the sake of our conscience. (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:17) 

XIX. The Resurrection 

After death the bodies of mankind return to dust, but their spirits go immediately--the righteous to be with God; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness until the Day of Judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised from death. (1 Cor 15; Jn. 5:28, 29; Phil. 3:21) 

XX. The Day of Judgment 

God has appointed a day when He will judge the entire world on the basis of faith in Jesus Christ, when every person shall receive what they deserve accordingly; the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life. (Mt. 25:31-46; 1 Cor. 15:35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10)

 

 

 

Adapted from The Abstract of Principles, the Southern Baptist Confession from 1858.