Statement of faith

Below is a summary of our Statement of Faith as contained in our Church constitution and voted upon by the membership.  An unabridged version is given to all prospective members prior to joining Faith Baptist Church.  

 

The Bible.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God (all books completely & equally), authoritative, inerrant, infallible and God-breathed. (II Tim. 3: 16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matt. 5:18; I Cor. 2:10-13.)
 

Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the Cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation is guaranteed to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (John 1:1,14,18; Luke 1:35; Rom. 3:24-26; 4:25.)
 

The Holy Spirit.

We believe the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He also in the present age regenerates believers in Christ, baptizes them into the church, the body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon each one, and fills those yielded to Him. (John 15:26,27; 16:7-15; 3:8; I Cor. 12:13; John 14:16: Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 12:4-11; Eph.5:18.)
We believe that certain of the spiritual gifts of the Spirit to the church, such as apostleship, prophecy and tongues, were temporary were needed only in the infancy of the church and are not to be expected today. (I Cor. 13:8-11.)
 

Salvation of People.

We believe that salvation is a gift of God in grace and is received by man through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. (Eph. 1:8-9; John 1:12; Eph. 1:7.)
 

The Eternal Security of the Believer.

The salvation of every believer is secure for all eternity from the moment of regeneration. This security is guaranteed by the fact that the life received is eternal life, by the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit, by the intercession of Christ by placing into God’s family as children (Rom. 8:1, 29-30; John 10:27-30; Heb. 7:25; Eph. 4:30; John 3:3-7; Eph. 3:15.)
 

The Church.

We believe that all in this age who are truly born again are baptized by the Holy Spirit into virtual union with Christ and into the universal church which is His body and Bride. Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-13 Gal. 3:27.) We believe that each local church is a visible expression of a portion of the Body of Christ, and is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, organized for worship and service, observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper, and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word. (Acts 2:41; 14:27; I Tim. 3: 1-13; Titus 1:5-11; I Cor. 3: 10-17; 5: 1-5: 11:2.)
 

Baptism & Communion.

We believe that the Lord Jesus instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers until His return. We believe that baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to show forth by solemn and beautiful symbolism our identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matt. 28:19; Acts 8:36; I Peter 3:21.)
 
We believe that the Lord’s supper is partaking of bread and the fruit of the vine, as symbols of Christ’s body and blood, commemorating His suffering and death for us, and His imminent return for the saints (called the rapture) and our continual benefit there from: that participation should be limited to those who have united to the local church by baptism and testimony, or those visitors who are baptized members of churches of like faith and order; and that members or visitors known to be under disciplinary action of this church or another church should be excluded from participation. (I Cor. 11:23-32; 5:1-5: Matt. 18:15-17.)
 

The Responsibility of Believers in Our Age.

We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit, not bringing reproach upon the Lord and Savior, exercising Christian liberty regulated by love, separated from worldly pleasures and practices, separated from organizational association with apostate groups. (Rom. 12: 1-2; Gal. 6:1; II Cor. 8:1-13.)
The Return to Earth of Jesus Christ. We believe in the personal pretribulational, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His own, the church, and His subsequent personal return visibly to the earth to establish His Kingdom and to reign over the entire earth from the throne of David. (II Sam. 7:12-16; Zech. 14: 4-11; Luke 1:30-33; Acts 15:14-18; I Thess. 4: 13-18; I Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:6.)
 

The Eternal State of Every Human.

We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence, and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory, but the souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery unto the final judgment of the Great White Throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with ever-lasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:43; II Cor. 55:8; Phil. 1:23; II Thess. 1:7-9; Rev. 20: 11-15.)