We believe that the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, that they are inerrant in the original writings and preserved, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life (II Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 12:6,7). We insist that the Authorized King James Version of the Bible be used both in the Sunday School and from the pulpit and in all other meetings associated with this church.
The God Head (Trinity)
We believe that the God Head eternally exists in three Persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections (Gen. 1:1; Matt. 3:16,17; Matt. 28:19,20; John 10:30; II Cor. 13:14; Romans 8:9).
The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in 1) His eternal existence as God (Heb. 1:8); 2) His incarnation by means of the Virgin Birth (Luke 1:35; Isa. 7:14); 3) His death on the cross as the substitutionary atonement for the sins of all mankind (Rom. 3:25; Heb. 9:14); 4) His literal bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:36,43; Acts 10:40,41); 5) His present ministry of intercession in Heaven (Acts 1:9; I John 2:1; Heb. 8:1,2); 6) His imminent return for the body of Christ (Rapture) (I Thess. 4:16; Acts 1:11; Col. 8:4); and 7) His personal return to earth (Matt. 26:64; Rev. 19,20).
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, convicts men of sin (John 16:8) and regenerates, indwells, seals, and sets believers apart into a holy life (I Cor. 3:16; Eph. 1:13,14; Eph. 5:18); that He keeps and empowers believers day by day; and that He is the teacher of the Word of God and Guide for our daily lives. The baptism of the Holy Spirit takes place the moment one trusts Christ for Salvation (I Cor. 12:13). Anyone who does not have the Spirit living in him is not a child of God (Rom. 8:9).
We believe that 1) Man was created innocent and pure (Gen. 1:26); 2) Adam fell through the sin of disobedience (Rom. 5:19); 3) Thereby, all men are corrupted in body, mind, and soul (Rom. 5:12); 4) Therefore, all are in need of redemption (Rom. 3:23); 5) This redemption is only acquired by grace, repentance from sin, and faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary (Eph. 2:8,9; Acts 20:21; Rom. 10:9-13).
We believe that: 1) The local church is composed of regenerated and baptized believers, voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, edification, fellowship of believers, spiritual growth, and Christian service. 2) It has been commissioned by Christ to take the Gospel unto the uttermost parts of the earth. 3) It has absolute right of self-government, free from interferences of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the Head of the church is Christ, through the Holy Spirit. 4) Its only Scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus. 5) On all matters of membership and governmental policy, the will of the local church is final (Acts 2:41-47; 4:33-37).
We believe that Christ gave only two ordinances to the Church to be observed “till He comes.”
1) The Lord’s Supper — The Lord Himself left this as an ordinance (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19,20; I Cor. 11:23-25) for a memorial of His death until He comes. The Supper should not be taken inadvisably but with the examination of one’s life.
2) Believer’s Baptism — We practice baptism because of the example of our Lord Jesus while He was here on earth (Matt. 3:13) and because of the command given by our Lord to be baptized (Matt. 28:19). We accept immersion in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit as the Scriptural mode of baptism. Baptism does not save; it is meant for those who are already saved showing forth, in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Col. 2:12).
Priesthood of Believers
We believe in the priesthood of all believers–that Christ is our Great High Priest, that through Him every born again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest, and that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and properly interpret Scripture guided by the Holy Spirit (I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 4:16).
Security of the Saints
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ and cannot lose their salvation. However, God cannot overlook sin in His children and will chasten and correct them in love (John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39 ; Heb. 12:5-8).
We believe in the Genesis account of Creation. We believe that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species; that all animal and plant life was made directly by God and that God’s established law was to bring forth only “after their kind” (Gen. 1&2; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom. 1:20; Acts 17:23; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6).
The Devil or Satan
We believe that the devil is real and personal, created as an anointed cherub, who together with a great multitude of angels, fell from his first estate (II Peter 2:4; Luke 10:18; Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17) to become the enemy of God, man, and all righteousness (I Peter 5:9); that the devil is the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience (Eph. 2:2), blinding, deceiving, and enticing them in order to lead them to follow him in his rebellion against God and to reject the salvation offered through Jesus Christ (II Cor. 4:4); and that the devil and his angels will ultimately be cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10; II Peter 2:4; Job 1:6,9; Job 2:3; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:1-11; I Peter 5:8).
The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked (Malachi 3:18); that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus (Rom. 1:17) and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in His esteem (I Cor. 6:11) while all such as continue unrepentant and in unbelief are in His sight wicked (John 3:18,36) and under the curse of sin. The righteous at death go immediately into the presence of God in heaven (II Cor. 5:8), and the wicked at death go immediately into a literal hell (Luke 16:22-24; Matt. 18:8-9; Psalm 9:17; Rev. 21:8).
1) We believe in the imminent, personal, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ: a) for His saints to gather them unto Himself (This is called the Rapture, which immediately precedes the Tribulation period.) and b) with His Saints to judge the nations (This is called the Revelation, which follows the Tribulation period but precedes the Millennial period.) 2) We believe in the bodily resurrection of the unjust unto judgment and everlasting, conscious punishment in the lake of fire (This takes place immediately following the Millennial period.) (I Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 11-15; I Thess. 1:10; 5:9; Rev. 3:10;Matt. 24:31-46).
We believe that it is our duty to call the attention of believers to the Scriptural teaching of separation and that we should abstain from worldly practices and live a life devoted unto the Lord (Rom. 12:1-2; 13:13; II Cor. 6:14,17; I John 2:15,16; Titus 2:12; I Cor. 11:14; II Cor. 5:17; Acts 1:8; Deut. 22:5; Col. 3:1-3; Rom. 6:11-14).
We believe that Jesus left us the command that we should all be witnesses for Him (Acts 1:8) and should take the good news of the Gospel to every place where people are to be found (Matt. 28:19-20). We believe that to carry out this command, we must ourselves be witnesses by life and word to tell lost men about Christ. Also, we must support by prayer and financial aid those who go out under sound missionary agencies to represent us in other parts of the world.
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts, that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers and the other serving and ministering gifts are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints today, and that speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority was established (Rom. 12:4-8; I Cor. 12:1-11; II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12).
1) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5,13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4). 2) We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23).
Divorce and Remarriage
According to Jesus’ statements in Matt. 5:27-32 and according to Romans 7:1-3, we believe that to divorce your spouse is only allowed when some type of fornication has taken place. To remarry after you are divorced while your divorced spouse is still living is to commit adultery. Therefore, the pastor of Bible Baptist Church will not marry someone who has been divorced with a living spouse. According to I John 1:7, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin; therefore, the sin of adultery and remarriage can be forgiven by God. Although divorced and remarried couples may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the office of pastor or deacon (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; Titus 1:6).
AUTHORITY OF STATEMENT OF FAITH
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the statement of faith.