The purpose of this page is to deal a little more in depth about what we here at Bible Baptist Church believe and why we believe it. I hope you will take the time to not only read this section but to also look up the Scripture refences. To study the context of every reference and make sure that what we declare is the truth according to the Scriptures. The Bible is true in all things and to be believed above and beyond what we as a church project. If you find that what we believe does not line up with what the Scriptures say then what we say is false. If you do happen to find a discrepency in our doctrine I challenge you to contact us with the areas you are at variance. ". . . let God be true, but every man a liar. . . ." (Rom. 3:4)
A 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 a supernatural life, Who died a supernatural death, Who rose in supernatural splendor, WHo intercedes as a supernatural priest and Who will one day return in supernatural glory to establish a supernatural kingdom on the earth. To sum up we hold to a worldview that states that God has revealed Himself in the Scriptures and in the person of Jesus Christ.
It would be our pleasure to answer more in depth any of the following doctrines with you. If you have any questions please be sure to contact us.
I. Of the Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therfore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man: the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all hauman conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
1. By "the Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, From Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written is perfect and does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
2. By "inspiration" we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been of ever will be inspired.
3.It is our conviction that this same perfect Word of God that was given by God to men of old has been supernaturally preserved by God to all generations. We believe that the perfectly preserved Word of God for English speaking people is found in the King James Version of the Bible.
II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Ps. 119:105, 130; Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44, 45; Ps. 119:89; Prov. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; I Pet. 1:23; Rev. 22:12; John 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:17; Rom. 15:4; Luke 16:31; Ps. 19:7-11; John 5:39, 45-47; Ps. 12:6, 7; Matt. 5:18; Matt. 24:35.
II. Of the true God
We believe that there is one, and only one, true and living God, and infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead, the one essence that is God, there are three distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Ex. 20:2-3; Gen. 17:1; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; John 4:24; Ps. 147:5; Ps. 83:18; PS. 90:2; Jer. 10:10; Ex. 15:11; Rev. 4:11; I Tim. 1:17; Rom. 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matt. 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor. 12:4-6; I John 5:7; John 10:30; John 17:5; I Cor. 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6; Eph. 2:18; II Cor. 13:14.
III. Of the Holy Spirit
That the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature and essence; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that HE convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth: that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
John !4:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1:1-3; II Thess. 2:7; John 16:8-11; John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Eph. 1:13-14; Matt. 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; John 16:13; Rom. 8:14; Rom. 8:16; II Thess. 2:13; I Pet. 1:2; Rom. 8:26-27.
IV. of the devil, or Satan
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and his Christ, the accuser of the saints, the auhtor of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostacy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness - destined however to final defeatat the hands of God's own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude :6; II Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; Jown 14:30; I Thess. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Pet. 5:8; I John 3:8; Matt. 13:39; Luke 22:3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3; II John :7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thess. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11, 16, 20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3; Rev. 20:10; Matt. 25:41.
V. Of Creation
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and 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, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and God's establishes law was that they should bring forth only "after thier kind." We believer that God is the sustainer of the universe and its lawgiver.
Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 16-17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom. 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:21-23; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:24.
VI. Of the Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence willingly under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence od which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemation without defense or excuse. We believe that man is completely depraved and both unable and unwilling to come to God without God drawing him. We also believe that man, because of his sinfulness and rebellion against God, alone is the sole cause for all suffering and sorrow in this world.
Gen. 3:1-6, 24; Rom. 5:12, 19; Rom. 3:10-19; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom. 1:18; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:20, 28, 32; Gal. 3:22, John 6:44
VII. Of the Virgin Birth
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost, in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God, the Son. We believe that He is both God and Man and therefore the only Mediator between God and men. We beleive that because of His miraculous birth He was without sin and being God was incapable of sin.
Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Luke 2:1-16; Mark 1;1, John 1;1, 14; Ps. 2:7; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20; I Cor. 15:47; I Tim. 2:5; II Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; Heb. 7:26; Titus 1:2.
VIII. Of the atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having physically and bodily 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 Savior.
Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53; Rom. 3:25; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3, 4; II Cor. 5:21; John 10:18; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 1:4; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; Heb. 12:2; I Cor. 15:20; Heb. 9:12-15; Heb. 7:25; I John 2:2.
IX. Of Grace in the New Creation
We beleive that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is institanious and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and recieves eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 1:12-13; Gal. 5:22; Eph. 5:9.
X. Of the Freeness of Salvation
We beleive in God's electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
I Thess. 1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom. 8:29-30; Matt. 11:28; Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom. 10:13; John 6:37; Isa. 55:6, 7; Acts 2:38; John 3:15-16; I Tim. 1:15; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4, 5; John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36.
XI. Of Justification
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includesthe pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have don; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:1; Titus 3:5-7; Rom. 1:17; Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11; Rom. 4:1-8; Heb. 10:38.
XII. Of Repentance and Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only all-sufficient Saviour.
Acts 20:21; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Ps. 51:1-4; Ps. 51:7; Isa. 55:6-7; Luke 12:8; Rom. 10:9-11.
XIII. Of the Church
We believe that the true New Testament Church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel, said church being understood to be the citadel and propagator of the Divine and Eternal grace; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Comission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order; 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 superintendent is Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches (which we hold to be only those churches that hold to the truthes of the gospel being the absolute authority of the Scriptures, the Deity of Jesus Christ, the sufficiency of the work of Christ, and etenal salvation of the soul, such chuches have existed form the day of Christ and the gates of hell have not prevailed against it, Matt. 16:18) to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. We do not hold to the teaching of a universal church, visible or invisible, we believe that the true new testament church is local and visible.
Acts 2:41, 42; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4, 8-11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:1-13; Matt. 28:19-20; Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23-24; I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 15:22; Jude:3, 4; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Cor. 16:1, 2; Mal. 3:10; Lev. 27:32; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13.
XIV. Of baptism and the Lord's supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immeresion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and reserrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord's supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together their continued fellowship with Christ through the dying love of Christ; preceded always by a solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 3:6; John 3:23; Rom. 6:4-5; Matt. 3:16; Matt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12; Acts 2:41-42; I Cor. 11:23-28.
XV. Of the Perseverance of the Saints
We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that their persevering is not due to any ability in themselves but on the sufficiency of the work of Christ and on His power to keep them; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
John 8:31-32; Col. 1:1-23; I John 2:19; Matt. 13:19-21; Rom. 8:28; Ps. 121:3; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. 1:5; Phil. 1:6; John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39.
XVI. Of the Righteous and the Wicked
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17-18; Prov. 11:31; I Pet. 1:18; Rom. 1:17; I Cor. 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; Rom. 6:16; I John 5:19; Gal. 3:10; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 16:25; Matt. 25:34, 41, 46; John 8:21; Luke 9:26; John 12:25; Matt. 7:13-14.
XVII. Of Civil Government
We believe that civil goverment is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
Rom. 13:7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Tit. 3:1; I Pet. 2:17; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18; Matt. 10:28; Matt. 23:10; Phil. 2:10-11; Ps. 72:11.
XVIII. Of the Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events
We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily "The third day according to the Scriptures;" that He alone is our "merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;" "that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven" - bodily, personally and visible; that the "dead in Christ shall rise first." that the living saints "shall all be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;" "that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David;" and that "Christ shall reign a thounsand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet." We further believe that all the dead shll be raised bodily those that are saved to evelasting life and those that reject Christ to evelasting death.
Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-7; Acts 1:9, 11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:1; Heb. 12:2; Heb. 8:6; I Tim. 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10; John 14:3; I Thess. 4:16; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 24:42; Heb. 9:27-28; I Cor. 15:42-44, 51-53; I Thess. 4:17; Phil. 3:20, 21; Luke 1:32; I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 11:4-5; Ps. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4; Rev. 20:6; John 5:26-29.
XIX. Of Missions
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Comission was given to the churches. It is our responsible, those that are saved, to spread the gospel to all the world.
Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:13-15.
XX. Of the Grace of Giving
Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith. We are commnded to bring our gifts into the storehouse (common treasury of the church) upon the first day of the week. We are commanded to bring the the tithe into the common treasury of the church.
II Cor. 8:7; I Cor. 16:2; Heb. 7:2, 4; Matt. 23:23; Lev. 27:30; Prov. 3:9-10; Mal. 3:10; Acts 4:34, 35, 37.
Four things God wants you to know
1) You need to be saved.
John 3:3; Rom. 3:23; Ecc. 7:20; Isa. 64:6; Jer. 17:9; Isa. 53:6.
2) You cannot save yourself.
Titus 3:5; Gal. 2:16; James 2:10; Prov. 14:12; John 14:6;
3) Jesus has already provided for your salvation.
I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; II Cor. 5:21; John 3:16.
4) By faith you can accept Him today.
Acts 16:31; I Tim. 2:5; Rom. 10:9, 10; II Cor. 6:2; Isa. 53:6.
Christ is all.