Statement of Faith - Faith Baptist Church

Basis of Faith

1. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired and preserved Word of God, the final authority for faith, life, and church establishment, inerrant in the original writings.  We believe the King James Bible is the persevered Word of God to all English-speaking people.  Therefore, all preaching and teaching will be from the King James Version (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

2. We believe in only one true God eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

a. We believe the Father is the one and living God; the infinite and intelligent Spirit (Exodus 20:2-3; John 4:24).

b. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son.  We believe in His pre-incarnate deity (John 1:1) and virgin birth (Luke 1:35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15); His substitutionary death (2 Corinthians 5:21); His bodily resurrection (Acts 1:3); His ascension (Acts 1:9-11); His priesthood (Hebrews 2:17); and His imminent return (all preaching and teaching concerning the Second Coming of Christ will support the pre-tribulation rapture view).  Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).

c. We believe that God the Spirit is a divine person equal with the Father and the Son (Deuteronomy 4:6, 1 John 5:8, Genesis 1:26).

3. We believe in the existence of the angel Lucifer, who was created as a sinless being by God, but later fell through pride (Isaiah 14:12-14) and became Satan.

4. We believe in the literal Genesis account of the direct creation of the universe and man by God.  (Genesis chapters 1 & 2; Exodus 20:11; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 11:3).

5. We believe in the voluntary fall of man resulting in the total depravity and guilt of the race of Adam (Genesis 3).

6. We believe that salvation is by grace through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16).

a. This salvation has been purchased by the blood atonement of Christ (Colossians 1:14; 1 John 2:1-2).

b. It results in eternal life for the saved, and eternal damnation for the lost (John 14:1-6; Revelation 20:11-15).

7. We believe in the eternal security and assurance of believers.  Once saved, we are kept by God’s power and are secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1).

8. We believe in the unity of all true believers, which is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27).

9. We believe in the local church as an independent and autonomous assembly of baptized believers, gathered together for worship and for the purpose of performing the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)

10. We believe that the ordinances of the local church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is by total immersion (after repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4-5).  The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of our Lord’s death, by use of the bread and the fruit of the vine, and is always preceded by self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:23-28).  We believe the Lord’s Supper is only for baptized believers.

11. We do not believe in Calvinism or accept any form of the ecumenical or charismatic movements of this day (Romans 8:29-30, Romans 10:13; 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Peter 3:9).

Covenant Statement:

This is a Church of likeminded people having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour and, on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.  

We endeavor, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also endeavor, to encourage family and personal devotions; to Biblically educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our manner of living; to speak truthfully, honorably, and lovingly (Ephesians 4:15+25); to be led of the Spirit concerning the use and abuse of any form of intoxicating or mind altering substance (1 Corinthians 6:19-20); and we oppose any form of behavior which causes the believer to yield to the control of the flesh (fornication, unscriptural sexual behavior, i.e., LGBTQ agendas, homosexuality, bestiality, pedophilia, pornography, gluttony, greed, coveting, etc. Proverbs 6:16-19; Romans 1).  We define Scriptural marriage as being between one man and one woman in a covenantal relationship (Genesis 2:18-24).  Further, we endeavor to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour through personal and corporate witness and testimony (1 Timothy 2:1-3; 1 Peter 3:15).  We further endeavor to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for forgiveness and reconciliation by following the teaching and example of our Saviour (Matthew 6:14; 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1-2).  We moreover endeavor that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church of like faith where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.