- To lead as many people as possible to a personal relationship with Christ as personal saviour. We hope to do this on the local level through the outreach of Faith Baptist Church. We intend to help fulfill the worldwide scope of the Great Commission by assisting the ministries of missionaries.
- To teach, encourage and nurture believers to grow in grace, spiritual discernment and Christ-likeness.
- To stand for the truths of the Bible in opposition to doctrinal error and heresy.
Statement of Faith
Section 1. Inspiration of the Bible
We believe the Bible, the Scriptures, of the Old Testament, and the New Testament, preserved for us in the Masoretic Text (Old Testament), Textus Receptus (New Testament) and in the King James Bible is verbally and plenarily inspired of God.
It is the inspired, inerrant, infallible and altogether authentic, accurate and authoritative Word of God; therefore the supreme and final authority in all things.
Section 2. Belief in God
We believe there is one God; eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19, I John 5:7)
A. God the Father
We believe in God the Father; creator and sustainer of all things visible and invisible; who is true holiness, eternal power, infinite love, perfect justice, absolute truth, the Alpha & Omega, the “I AM THAT I AM .”
(Exodus 20:2-3, Genesis 1:1, Leviticus 19:2, Romans 1:20, I John 2:8-9, Romans 3:6, Titus 1:2, Revelation 22:13, Exodus 3:14)
B. God the Son
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (the only begotten Son of God), in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His bodily ascension to the right hand of the Father where He ever liveth to make intercession for His saints; in His pre-millennial coming for His saints; and in His return to earth to reign in power and glory.
(John 1:14, Matthew 1:18, 22-23, Hebrews 4:15, Acts 10:38, I Peter 1:19, Matthew 28:6, Acts 1:9, Hebrews 7:25, I Thess. 4:13-18, Acts 1:10-11, Zech. 14:4-9)
C. God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person who moved holy men of God to write the Scriptures, who convicts of sin, who quickens in the new birth, who seals and is earnest of our inheritance, and who indwells the believer with the power of holy living and service.
(John 14:16-17, II Peter 1:21, John 16:8-9, Romans 8:11, Eph. 1:13-14)
Section 3. Man: his creation, fall & need of redemption
We believe that man was created by God in His own image as given in the Genesis account; that through disobedience to God, man lost his first estate and thereby became a sinner in need of a Saviour; and that since that time all men are born sinners, spiritually dead, alienated from God and stand in need of personal redemption that is in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.
(Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 3:1-24, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:23-24, Psalm 51:5, Eph. 2:1, Col. 2:13, Eph. 4:18, Col. 1:21, Col. 1:14, Hebrews 9:12)
Section 4. Blood Atonement for Sin
We believe the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, shedding His blood on the cross as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who repent and believe in Him, receiving Him by faith as personal Saviour, are thereby justified on the ground of His shed blood.
(Eph. 2:8-9, Romans 4:4-6, I Cor. 5:6, Isa. 53:6, Acts 17:30, Matt. 9:13, Acts 10:43, Acts 13:38-39, John 1:12, Col. 2:6, Romans 5:9, Eph. 1:7)
Section 5. Personal New Birth
We believe in order to be saved, all people, being sinners, must be born again. We believe all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit. We believe this new birth is instantaneous, and of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We believe that in this new birth, God justifies the believer and writes his name in the Lamb’s book of Life and that he Holy Spirit indwells the believer with the power for holy living and service.
(Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, John 1:12-13, Rev. 3:20, I Cor. 6:19-20, II Cor. 5:17, Acts 16:30-34, John 16:7-8, I Peter 1:23, Titus 3:5-7, Romans 8:33, Rev. 21:27, Romans 8:2, Gal. 5:22-23)
Section 6. Justification
We believe that justification is a judicial act of God by which He imparts to the born-again believer complete pardon of sins, the gift of eternal life, and imputes to believers His own righteousness. We believe justification is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness the believer has done, but solely because of his/her faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Romans 4:6-8, Acts 13:38-39, John 5:24, John 6:47, Romans 3:21-22, Romans 4:5, Titus 3:5, Romans 5:9, Romans 3:25)
Section 7. The Difference Between the Righteous (saved) & the Wicked (unsaved)
We believe there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. We believe the righteous to be those who have been born again of the Spirit of God through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the wicked to be those who have never been born of the Spirit of God. We believe the righteous are assured of eternal life with the Lord Jesus Christ, whereas the wicked are destined to everlasting conscious suffering in a real and literal hell, eternally separated from God.
(Psalm 1, Mal. 3:18, John 1:19-31, Gal. 3:26, John 3:3-5, Romans 8:9, John 3:18, I John 5:11 – 13, Rev. 20:15, Mark 9:43-48, Luke 16: 19-31)
Section 8. The Security of the Believer
We believe that all who are truly born again are eternally secure since they have been saved believing on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, have been sealed by the Holy Spirit, and are kept by the power of God unto salvation.
(I John 5:1, Acts 16:31, John 10:26-29, Romans 10:9-13, Eph. 1:13, II Cor. 1:22, I Peter 1:3-5, Romans 8:31-39)
Section 9. Our Position Regarding Sign Gifts
We believe the baptism of the Holy Spirit is experienced at the moment of salvation, that the gift of speaking in tongues and the gift of men with power of miraculous healing were temporary sign gifts that ceased when the Bible was completed.
(Acts 2:38, Acts 10:44-45, Romans 8:9, I Cor. 2:12, 3:16, 6:19, 12:3,7,13, 13:8-10, II Cor. 12:7-10, Gal. 3:2,14, 4:6, Eph. 1:13-14, I Tim. 5:23, II Tim. 4:20, Rev. 13:12-15)
Section 10. The Church
We believe the majority of references to the Church in the New Testament refer to the local, visible Church, which is also called the Body of Christ. The Bible teaches that its membership is to be made up only of those who have been born again by faith in Jesus Christ, and who have been baptized by immersion.
(Matt. 18:17, Acts 2:41,47; 5:11; 8:1,3; 9:31; 11:22, 26; 12:1,5; 13:1; 14:23, 27; 15:3,4,22,41; 16:5; 18:22; 20:17,28; Romans 16:1,4,5,16,23; I Cor. 1:2; 4:17; 6:4; 7:17; 11:16,18,22; 12:27,28; 14:4,5,16,23,28,33-35; 15:9; 16:1,19; II Cor. 1:1; 8:1,18,19,23,24; 11:8,28; 12:13; Gal. 1:2,13,22; Phil. 3:6; 4:15; Col. 4:15-16; I Thess. 1:1; 2:14; II Thess. 1:1,4; I Tim. 3:5; 5:16; Phil. 1:2; James 5:14; I Peter 5:13; III John 1:6,9-10; Rev. 1:4,11,20; 2:1,7,8,11,12,17,18,23; 3:1,6,7,13,14,22; 22:16)
Section 11. The Ordinances of the Local Church
We believe that Christ, as the Head of the Local Church, commanded two ordinances:
- Lord’s Supper
We believe that baptism, as taught in the scriptures, is by immersion, is not necessary for salvation, yet is the privilege and duty of every child of God to follow the Lord in baptism as an open confession of his/her identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
(Mark 1:9; John 3:23; Acts 8:38-39; Luke 23:39-43; Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:3)
B.The Lord’s Supper
We believe the Lord’s Supper is to be observed by born-again believers in remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ, that its observance shows forth His death till He comes and should always be preceded by self-examination.
(Matt. 26:26-29; Luke 22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-32; I Cor. 10:21)
Section 12. The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord and in His bodily ascension into Heaven where He is now at the right hand of God as our High Priest, Mediator, Intercessor and Advocate.
(Mark 16:5-7; Matt. 28:5-7; John 20:27; Luke 24:36-40; Acts 1; Luke 24:50-51; heb. 8:1; Heb 9:15; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1; Heb. 1:3)
Section 13. The Lord’s Second Coming
A. We believe at present the Lord is taking out a people for His name and that those who receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour constitute the Body of Christ which is his True Church.
(Acts 15:14; Acts 2:39; John 1:12-13; Rom. 12:5; Eph. 1:22-23)
B. We believe the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first, then the living in Christ which are alive and remain to be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. We believe the Rapture will be before the Great Tribulation which is before the Millennial Kingdom of Christ.
(I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 15:51-52; II Thess. 2:7-8; II Peter 2:9; Rev. 3:10; Rev. 4:1)
C. We believe that true born-again believers must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
(I Cor. 5:10; I Cor. 3:11-16; Rom. 14:10; I Peter 4:17-18)
D. We believe in the personal return of Christ to the Mount of Olives following the Great Tribulation for the purpose of setting up His Kingdom which is a thousand year reign.
(Acts 1:11; Zech. 14:4; Matt. 24:29-31; Luke 21:25-31; Rev. 20:1-4)
E. We believe the unsaved dead shall be resurrected and judged by God according to their works at the Great White Throne and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life is cast into the Lake of Fire.
(Rev. 20:11-15; Romans 2:12,16)
Section 14. Satan
We believe in the reality of Satan; a living personality who is the unholy prince of this world. He is the author of all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire.
(Matt 4:13; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10)