What My Family Believes & Practices
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible, the Scriptures of the Old Testament (39 books) and the New Testament (27 books), is verbally (word for word) and plenary (fully) inspired of God. The Bible is the inspired (God out-breathed), inerrant (without error), infallible (without the possibility of error), authoritative Word of God, therefore the supreme and final authority in all things (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Rev. 22:18-19). God has preserved the Bible for mankind in the Masoretic text (Old Testament), the Textus Receptus (New Testament) and, therefore, in the King James Version of the Bible.
We believe and the Scriptures teach one God (monotheism), eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spiritóthe Trinity. They are co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory. They are One in essence (essential being) and have the same attributes and perfections (I John 5:7; Matt. 28:19; Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that God created the universe in six literal, twenty-four-hour periods. We reject evolution as Satan's counterfeit creation, the Gap Theory, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11).
We believe and the Scriptures teach the deity of Jesus Christ, that He was supernaturally begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and is fully God and, at the same time, fully man (Matt. 1:20-21; Luke 1:35-36; 2:10-11). He is the only begotten Son of God (John 1:14; 3:16, 18; I John 4:9) and at the same time God the Son.
We believe and the Scriptures teach the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, and in His literal, physical, bodily ascension into Heaven, and in His present work there as High Priest, Mediator, and Advocate for believers (Heb. 9:24; 10:20-21; I Tim. 2:5-6; I John 2:1, 2).
The Holy Spirit
We believe and the Scriptures teach that at the precise time of the new birth the believer immediately receives the Holy Spirit and is by Him baptized (immersed) into spiritual union with Christ; that the believer is permanently indwelt by the Holy Spirit as Comforter (One who comes alongside), and as we are yielded to Him, is filled (controlled) by the Spirit and is empowered for service (John 1:32-34; Acts 1:8; Acts 15:8; Rom. 6:13; 12:1-2; Eph. 5:18).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that man was created in the image (moral and spiritual likeness) of God; that when he sinned (disobeyed God) he incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is eternal separation from God and an everlasting abode in Hell; that all human beings are henceforth born with a sinful nature and, in the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, become sinners by choice and practice, in thought, word, and deed, and that sin creates a debt which no man can pay for himself (Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Gen. 1:26-27; I Cor. 11:7).
The Fall of Man
We believe and the Scriptures teach that man was created in innocence, under the law of his Maker (God), but by voluntary transgression he fell from that holy and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse (Gen. 1:27; 1:31; Acts 17:26; Gen. 2:16,17; 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12,19; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:9-18; Eph. 2:3; Rom. 1:18, 32; 2:1-16; Gal. 3:10; Ezek. 18:19, 20; Rom. 1:20; Gal. 3:22).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that the Gospel is the good news that the Lord Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross for our sins, and in so doing He made the necessary sacrifice to propitiate (satisfy) the wrath of God toward sin and sinners; that He was buried and that He arose triumphant from the grave, showing that God was satisfied with His sacrifice; that, as mankindís substitute, He paid our sin debt and made possible every manís salvation; and that all who place their faith and trust in Him and in His death are saved by His shed blood (I Cor. 15:3-4; Col. 1:14; Eph. 1:7; Rom. 5:9; Acts 4:12).
The Way of Salvation
We believe the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (God being inclined toward sinners), through the shed blood and mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who, according to the will of the Father, assumed our nature, yet without sin, honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour (Eph. 2:5; Matt. 18:11; I John 4:10; I Cor. 3:5-7; Acts 15:11; John 3:16; John 1:1-14; Heb. 4:14; 12:24; Phil. 2:6-7; Heb. 2:9, 14; II Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53:4,5; Heb. 7:25; Col. 2:9).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that salvation is received when a person consciously and deliberately repents (changes their mind about who God is and what sins does, Acts 20:21) and places their faith (trust) in the sacrificial death (shed blood) of the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour (Acts 20:21, Rom. 10:9-10, Eph. 2:8-9, John 1:12).
and the Scriptures teach that
each believer, at the time he puts his trust in Christ, is born into the
family of God and does instantaneously become a child of the living God,
thus is redeemed by the Lordís purchase price paid for us; is henceforth
preserved in Christ and, therefore, is forever secure in Christ; possesses
everlasting, eternal life and is sealed by the Holy Spirit for eternity
(John 10:28-29; Romans 8:38-39; John 5:24; Ephesians 1:13).
The Believerís Two Natures
We believe and the Scriptures teach that every truly regenerated, born again Christian is saved by the grace of God through faith placed in Jesus Christ and is thereby awarded a new and spiritual nature by the indwelling Holy Spirit which he did not previously possess.
We believe and the Scriptures teach that the old nature, which we possess from conception/birth, is not eradicated but lingers yet within us.
We believe and the Scriptures teach that it is for this reason that true Christians are not perfect people and they can still sin.
We believe and the Scriptures teach that the new nature, if nourished properly under the control of the Holy Spirit, should begin to dominate the Christianís life, and the old nature should be less and less prominent.
We believe and the Scriptures teach that the only church or churches are local churches. That a church is an assembly of immersed believers, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His Laws, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural officers are pastors (pastor, bishop and elder are three terms for the same office, but different in function) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the New Testament. (I Tim. 3; Titus 1).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that the true mission of the church is to be doing what the Lord Jesus Christ would be doing if He were still here in His earthly ministry (Matt. 29:19-20).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that each local church is the body of Christ for its own members, and that each scriptural local church is a body of Christ, or, in other words, an earthly representative of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe and the Scriptures teach that the mission of the church is the great commission that was given to the church; the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men, and the building up and edifying of the saints. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and that the one and only Head is Christ through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:41, 42; 8:1; I Cor. 4:17; Acts 2:47; I Cor. 11:2; Matt. 28:20; John 14:15; 15:10; Acts 14:23; 15:22; II Thess. 3:7; Rom. 16:17-20; I Cor. 11:23; Matt. 18:15-20; I Tim. 3; Titus 1).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that the Lordís Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) is His command to His churches, to get the Gospel to the world; beginning in Jerusalem (our local area), Judea and Samaria (our expanded area), and to the uttermost part of the earth (foreign missions), at one and the same time. Christís command includes the goal of winning people to Christ, baptizing them, and teaching them everything the Lord has commanded us (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
WE BELIEVE and the Scriptures teach that the command to get the Gospel to the world was given to Christís churches in their corporate capacity and is a clear and unmistakable mandate; that the members of Christ's churches are personally responsible for the fulfilling of His mandate (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15).
and the Scriptures teach that
each person claiming Christ as Saviour should promptly make public his/her
profession of Christ; that each new Christian should follow the Lordís
command for believerís baptism, in one of Christís churches; that such
scriptural baptism is always by immersion in water (after salvation).
The Lordís Supper
We believe and the Scriptures teach that Christian believers and local, New Testament churches should be guided and governed by the Bible, and consequently, we believe it is imperative that we identify false doctrine and those who perpetrate it, and subsequently, stand separate and apart from them.
We welcome all who come to our doors, but we give no place on our platform to honor or to hear the opinions and the views of those who do not hold to ďsound New Testament/Baptist doctrine.Ē
With this in view we oppose the widespread popular practice of ecumenism (getting theologically diverse groups together for the sake of fellowship, for the cause of evangelism, and for the exercise of their ministries together).
and the Scriptures teach
that music is a motivator toward worship or sensuality. It can glorify God
or it can glorify man; that the simple inclusion of ďChristian lyricsĒ does
not nullify a worldly beat and itís intended motivation to ďmoveĒ the
listeners; that ungodly Christian music and an ungodly lifestyle go hand in
hand; that Contemporary Christian Music has no place in a scriptural
church, though God-honoring, quality contemporary written music can and
should be included in the church services (Eph. 5:18-20).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that believers should be separated unto God and separated from the world, and that all believers are called into a life of personal separation from all worldly and sinful practices (James 4:4; Rom. 12:1-2; II Cor. 6:14-18).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that a Christian should seek to live a life that is clean, holy (separate, distinct, unique) and above reproach. He should exhibit both attitude and actions so as to be of good report. Practices which are questionable or which may cause another person to stumble or which may mar the testimony of Christ should be avoided altogether. Therefore personal, Biblical standards of demeanor and deportment are expected (Eph. 2:10; 4:1; 5:1-4; Phil. 1:27; 3:14-21; 4:8-9).
Heaven and Hell
We believe and the Scriptures teach that Heaven is a real place that is the eternal home of all who by faith trust in the salvation provided by Christ. That Hell is a real place that is the eternal home of all who die without Christ as their Saviour.
We believe and the Scriptures teach the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost (I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:5-6), the everlasting blessedness of the saved (Heaven) (John 14:1-3; Rev. 21-22), and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (first in Hell, then in the Lake of Fire) (Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe and the Scriptures teach Satan is a real, spirit being (a cherub); that he is the enemy of God, the Ďfather of lies,í the great deceiver of mankind, the instigator of all false systems of religion, and that both he and all his followers will ultimately be cast into the Lake of Fire (II Cor. 11:13-16; Ephesians 2:2; II Cor. 4:3-4; Rev. 20:2).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that Satan's purpose is to duplicate God's outward manifestations, including a "heaven" on earth, as is possible in order to deceive the lost.
The Lordís Day
We believe and the Scriptures teach that Sunday, the first day of the week, is the Lordís Day. It is therefore a sacred and special day. It should be a day of worship of the Lord and service to Him, as well as a day of respite and rest from the ordinary routines of life (John 20:1, 19, 26; I Cor. 16:2; Heb. 10:25).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that God has ordained and created all authority, consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective, biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom.13:1-7; Eph.5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; I Pet. 2:13-14).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that rulers are required to be "ministers for good" (Roms. 13), and to "punish evil doers." When the rulers are no longer ministers for good, we are no longer obligated to obey or support them.
We believe that in the united states of America, the ruling document is the Constitution which limits the government and is beholden on the people as the authority. When the Constitution is ignored, the rulers may also be ignored or removed.
We believe and the Scriptures teach that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman for one lifetime (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23); that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church (Gen. 3:16; Col. 3:18; I Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5,12).
We believe and the Scriptures teach that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage. (Ex. 20:14, Heb. 13:4, I Cor. 7:1-5, Mt. 19:4-6); that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of Godís gift of intimacy (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 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).
and the Scriptures teach that human life begins at conception and the unborn child
is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused
taking of an unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that
abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender
selection, birth or population control or the mental well-being of the
mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5;
Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
The Second Coming
and the Scriptures teach that ďthat blessed hope;Ē the personal, literal and visible pretribulational,
premillennial return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ (I Thess.
4:13-18; II Thess. 2:1-3).
An independent, fundamental, Bible Baptist is one who believes in a supernatural Bible, which tells of a supernatural Christ, Who had a supernatural birth, Who spoke supernatural words, Who performed supernatural miracles, Who lived in supernatural power, Who ascended in supernatural splendor, Who intercedes as a supernatural priest, and Who will one day return in a supernatural glory to establish a supernatural kingdom on the earth.
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