ARTICLES OF FAITH

A 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 glory to establish a supernatural kingdom on the earth.

I. OF THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an 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 existing eternally in the unity of
the Godhead there are three Persons. God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the
Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices
in the great work of redemption.

Ref: Gen. 17:1; Ex. 15:11; Ex. 20:2-3; Psa. 83:18; Psa. 147:5; Jer. 10:10; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6;
John 1:1-16; John 4:24; 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

II. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person; equal with God the Father and God the Son,
and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relationship to the
unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose if 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 indwelling agent in the new birth; that He seals,
endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.

Ref: Gen. 1:1-3; John 14:16-17; Matt 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; 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:!6; 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

III. OF THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired by the Holy Spirit
of God; that is has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore 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 human
conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tired.

A. By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation,
which was originally written does not only “contain and convey” the Word of God, but is the
very Word of God.

B. 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 or ever will be
inspired.

Ref: II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Psa 19:160; Psa 119:130;
Luke 24:25-27; John 17:17; Luke 24:44-45; Psa. 119:89; Pro. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; I Pet. 1:23;
Rev. 22:19; John 12:48; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:17; Rom. 15:4; Luke 16:31; Psa. 19:7-11;
John 5:45-47; John 5:39

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 author
of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist,
and the author of all the powers of darkness – destined however to final defeat at 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.

Ref: Isa. 14:12-14; Eze. 28:14-17; Matt 4:1-3; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; Ii Pet. 2:4; Eph 2:2;
John 14:30; I Thess. 3:5; 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 own 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 that God’s established law was
that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”

Ref: Gen. 1:1; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:24; Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:21-23; Exo. 20:11; Jer. 10:12;
Neh. 9:6; John 1:3; Acts 4:24; Acts 17:23-26; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 10:6

VI. OF THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary
transgression fell from his sinless and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind
are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation
without defense or excuse.

Ref: Gen. 3:1-6, 24; Eze. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:18; Rom. 1:20; Rom. 1:28; Rom. 1:32; Rom. 3:10-19;
Rom. 5:12; Rom. 5:19; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:1-3

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 person was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and
that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.

Ref: Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Psa. 2:7; Matt. 1:18-25; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:35; John 1:14;
I Cor. 15:47; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20

VIII. OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial office of
God the Son, 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 risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and uniting in His wonderful
Person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is, in every way, qualified to be
a suitable and compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour.

Ref: Isa. 53:4-7; Isa. 53: 11-12; Matt. 18:11; John 3:16; John 10:18; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24-25;
I Cor. 15:3,20; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 14; Eph. 2:8 Phil 2:7-8; Heb. 2:!4; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 9:12-15;
Heb 12:2; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; I John 2: 2; I John 4:10

IX. THE RESURRECTION AND ACENSION OF CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross, and that three days later, He arose literally
and bodily from the dead; that He was first seen of Mary and the other women, then of Peter
and the other disciples, then finally, of above 500 brethren; that His resurrected body was
changed, but could be felt and handled, and that it still bore the nail-prints in his hands and
the spear-print in His side; that after walking for a time on this earth, Christ, in the
presence of witnesses, ascended to Heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of
the throne of God making intercession for us.

Ref: Mark 16:9; Matt. 28:9; I Cor 15:5-7; Luke 24:15-31; John 20:19,24,26-28; John 21:1-24;
Matt. 28:16-17; Heb. 7:25

 

X. OF GRACE IN THE NEW BIRTH

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new
creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth,
the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives
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.

Ref: Luke 5:27; John 1:12-13; John 3:3-7; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:17-19; Gal. 5:22;
Eph. 2:1; Eph. 5:9; Col. 2:13; II Pet. 1:4; I John 5:1

XI. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

We believe in God’s infinite grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the
Gospel; that those who belive are elect according to the foreknowledge of God. Nothing
prevents the salvation of any sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and the voluntary
rejection of the gospel; which rejection condemns him to an eternity in Hell separate from God.

Ref: Isa. 55:1-7; Matt.11:28; John 3:15-18, 36; John 5:40; John 6:37; Acts 2:38; Rom. 8:29-30;
Rom. 10:13; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; Col. 3:12; I Thess. 1:3; I Tim. 1:15; Tit. 1:15;
I Pet. 1:2; I John 2:2; Rev. 22:17

XII. OF JUSTIFICATION

We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ bestows on them who put their faith
and trust in Him is Justification; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of
righteousness which we have done; but that solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood,
His righteousness is imputed unto us.

Ref: Isa. 53:11; Hab. 2:4; Zech. 13:1; Acts 13:39; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 4:1-8; Rom. 5:1,9;
Rom. 8:1; Gal. 3:11; Tit. 3:5-7; Heb. 10:38

XIII. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We believe that repentance and faith are the essential elements to the new birth; that they
are produced in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted
of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God
in contrition and supplication for mercy, at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus
Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.

Ref: Psa. 51:4-7; Isa. 55:6-7; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:8; Luke 18:13; Acts 2:37-38; Acts 20:21;
Rom 10:9-13

XIV. OF THE CHURCH

We believe that a New Testament Baptist church is a congregation of baptized believers,
united together by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; said church being the
organization instituted by God for the propagation of the Gospel; observing the ordinances
of Christ, governed by His Word; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges specified therein;
that its officers will be a pastor and deacons, whose qualifications and duties are clearly
defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great
Commission: First, to make individual disciples, and baptize them; Second, to build up the
believers; Third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. 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 Christ through the
Holy Spirit; That it is scriptural for churches of like faith and practice to cooperate with each
other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is
the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of
membership, policy, government, discipline, and of benevolence, the will of the local
church is final.

Ref: Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 14:23; Acts 15:22-23; Acts 20:17-28;
I Cor. 5:11-13; I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 11:2; I Cor. 12:4,8-11; I Cor. 161-2; Ii Cor. 8:23-24;
Eph. 1:22-23; Eph. 4:11; Eph. 5:23-24; Col. 1:18; I Tim. 3:1-13; I Pet. 5:1-4; Jude 3-4

XV. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that scriptural Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the
Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, performed only under the authority of the
local church; to show forth in solemn and beautiful symbol our faith in the crucifixion, the
burial, and the resurrection of our Saviour; symbolic also of our death to sin and resurrection
to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of church membership and to participation
in the Lord’s Supper, in which the members of the local church, by the sacred use of
unleavened bread and the unfermented fruit of the vine commemorate together the death of
our Lord; this ordinance always to be preceded by solemn self-examination.

Ref: Matt. 3:6; Matt. 3:6; Matt. 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 8:6-39; Rom. 6:3-5;
I Cor. 11:23-28; Col. 2:12

XVI. OF THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF BELIEVERS

We believe that the saved are kept by the power of God; that through the all sufficiency of
Christ’s shed blood, and the “sealing” of the Holy Spirit, we are preserved and sealed unto
the day of redemption; that we are seated and positioned in the “heavenlies” with Christ
eternally; that we are not kept by our own power, but are placed and kept in the hand of God
by His power.

Ref: Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:30; Ecc. 3:14; John 1:12-13; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; John 6:37-39;
Rom. 8:35-39; Rom. 6:14-16; Heb. 6:4-6; Heb. 9:25-28; Heb. 9:12-14; Heb. 13:15; Heb. 10:10-14;
Col. 3:3; II Tim. 1:7-12; I Tim. 1:15; I Pet. 1:3-5; Jude 24 I John 1:9

XVII. THE ETERNAL STATE OF BELIEVERS

We believe that God has prepared a place called Heaven for all those who have been born
again; that this is a place of such beauty that eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither has
entered into the heart of man of its splendor; there we will be with our Lord and our loved
ones for eternity. God will wipe all tears from our eyes; there will be neither death nor sorrow;
crying nor pain; there will be no sin, nor anything that defiles in this place.

Ref: II Sam. 12:21-23; Isa. 6$:4; Luke 23:42-43; John 14:1-3; I Cor. 2:9; II Cor. 5:8;
Rev. 21:1-4, 10-27

XVIII. THE ETERNAL STATE OF UNBELIEVERS

We believe that God has prepared a place called Hell for the devil and his angels; that is a
place of unquenchable fire and eternal punishment and separation from God;
that its inhabitants will be tormented day and night forever and ever;
that Hell enlarges itself to make room for the souls of the unrepentant;
that the inhabitants thereof are present there by personal choice and against the will of God,
Who is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Ref: Isa. 5:14; Isa. 14:9; Matt. 25:41; Mark 9:42-48; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 14:9-11;
Rev. 19:19-20

XIX. THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH

We believe since God has not appointed us to wrath, that before the seven years of tribulation
which will come upon this earth, we the believers, will be taken up into Heaven;
that of that day and hour no man knoweth, but God only; that the day will so come as a thief
in the night; that at the last trump we shall all be changed; the dead in Christ shall rise
first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds
to meet the Lord in the air; that we are to watch and be ready, for we know not what hour our
Lord doth come.

Ref: Matt. 24:36-44; Luke 17:34-36; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Thess. 5:1-6; I Thess. 5:9;
I Cor. 15:51-52; Rev. 4:1-2

XX. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe in the literal, bodily, and visible return of Christ, that he will come again in
like manner as He ascended into Heaven; that He will come to execute judgment on this
wicked earth; that He will make a new heaven and a new earth, and that we will rule and
reign with Him for one thousand years; that after this time. Satan will be loosed for a
season to deceive the nations, then he will be finally defeated and thrown into the lake of
fire; that we will finally live with Christ forever in Heaven.

Ref: Acts 1:9-12; Jude 14-15; Rev. 21:1; Rev. 20:4; Rev. 20:7-10; Rev. 21:3-5; Rev. 22:1,20

X XI. OF TITHING AND GIVING

We believe that the tithe belongs to the Lord, and that we are commanded to bring all the
tithes into the storehouse, which is the local church; that the tithe along with offerings,
is God’s only plan for financing the local church; that the tithe represents one-tenth of
everything a person earns, and the offering is an amount above, and given in addition to
the tithe; that Christ also taught that it is right to tithe; that the tithe was instituted before
the law when Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek; that God blesses the thither financially
by opening the windows of Heaven and pouring out a blessing that here shall not be room
enough to receive it. Christ said, “Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, running over will men give into your bosom.”

Ref: Gen. 14:18-20; Lev. 27:30; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 23:23; I Cor. 16:2 II Cor. 9:7

XXII. OF MISSIONS

We believe that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable
and that this Commission was given to the churches; that in order for a church to be
considered a real New Testament church, it must be active in mission giving.

Ref: Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15; II Cor. 8:7