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What We Believe

We are an independent, fundamental, Baptist missionary family. The following are our articles of faith and they explain in a short way what we believe.

 

1. The Holy Scriptures

a. God is the Divine author of all Scripture (2 Tim 3:16), thus giving us a completely inerrant and reliable foundation for faith and practice

b. Bible is a collection of 66 books from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21 and does not merely contain, but IS in essence, the Word of God

c. God has promised to preserve His Word (Matthew 5:17-18, Mark 13:31, Psalm 12:6-7)

2. The Person of God

a. There is one God revealed in 3 persons – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Gen 1:2,26, Matt 28:19)

b. He is the Creator and Lord of all (Gen 1-2, Psalm 90:2)

c. He is perfect in all of his attributes (love, holiness, justice, etc.) Exodus 15:11; Jeremiah 31:3

 

3. The Person of Christ

a. Virgin Born (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Gal 4:4)

b. Christ is God (John 1:1)

c. Tempted “in all points” as us, yet perfectly sinless (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22)

d. Was a substitute for our sin (John 1:29; John 3:17-18)

e. Was victorious over Death (Matthew 28:6)

f. Bodily ascended to heaven (Acts 1:11)

g. Is coming again to get His saints at the Rapture (1 Thess 4:16) and to establish his Millennial Kingdom (Rev 19:11)

 

4. The Person of the Holy Spirit

a. Is God (Acts 5:3-4)

b. Was involved in creation (Genesis 1-2)

c. Essential to new birth (John 3:6)

d. Essential to the security of the believer (Eph 4:30)

 

5. Satan

a. Although very powerful, Satan is limited, since he is just a creature

b. Was the chiefest of angels, but because of pride cast down to earth (Ezekiel 28:12-19, Isaiah 14:13-14)

c. Took 1/3 of the angels with him (Rev 12:4)

d. Currently, he is a god of this world (Matt 4:8,9; 2 Corinthians 4:4)

 

6. The Future Events

a. Pre-Tribulational Rapture of believers (1 Thess 4:16)

b. Tribulation (Rev 4-18)

c. Pre-Millennial Return of Christ to establish His Kingdom on Earth (Luke 17:26-27 – Christ returns to an unconverted world)

 

7. A Literal Heaven for Believers

a. John 14:1-3 – home to be WITH God

b. Rev. 21:2 – new Jerusalem, a literal place

 

8. A Literal Hell for the Lost

a. Luke 16:23 – literal place distinct from Heaven

b. Revelation 20:11-15 – place of eternal judgment for sin

 

9. Creation

a. 6 literal 24 hour days of creation + a day of rest (Genesis 1-2)

b. God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit were all involved (Gen 1:2, John 1:1-3)

 

10. Salvation

a. Is by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8)

b. Not of Works (Eph 2:9)

c. Repentance is essential (Luke 13:3)

d. Is a gift of God to all who will receive it (Rom 6:23, John 1:12; 3:16, Rom 10:13)

 

11. The Blood of Christ

a. Sinless blood (1 Peter 1:18,19)

b. Is a sign of the New Covenant (Matt 26:28)

c. Is a basis for our justification (Romans 5:9)

 

12. Security of the Believer

a. Salvation provided by God, and kept by God (John 10:27-30; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

b. Nothing and no one shall separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)

 

13. Indigenous Church

a. A local called out assembly of baptized believers

b. Christ is the foundation, cornerstone and the head of the church (Matthew 16:18)

c. Started with Christ and His apostles – pre-Pentecost (Matthew 16:18; Matt 28:18-20)

 

14. The 2 Ordinances of the Church

a. Baptism by immersion (Matthew 3:16) a picture of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). The proper authority is the local church and the proper candidate is a believer (Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-38)

b. The Lord’s Supper – taken in remembrance of the vicarious death of Christ on our behalf, and thus a saved and baptized member of a local church is the proper candidate for it (1 Corinthians 11:23-34). Its two elements are unleavened bread symbolizing Christ’s sinless body, and the unfermented fruit of the vine (grape juice) symbolizing the unblemished blood of Christ (Luke 22:13-20).

 

15. Biblical Separation

a. We are to separate from ungodly people and ungodly practices (2 Cor. 6:14-18)

b. Church is to be a local independent entity, free from any denominational control from without (1 Cor 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Gal 1:2)

c. Separation from groups or individuals that teach unsound doctrine (1 Timothy 6:5)

 

16. The Great Commission

a. The passion of God is to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10) and we are to have the same

b. The great Commission was given to the church (Matt 28:18-20), who ought to be active in preparing, sending out, encouraging and supporting missionaries.

c. It is both local and global in its scope (Acts 1:8)

d. Universal responsibility – All born again believers have been given the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)

e. Its purpose is to make disciples, baptize them and teach them the commands of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20)

 

This is an abbreviated statements of our beliefs. Should you have any questions, PLEASE, give me a call and I would be glad to talk with you. You may reach me at 1.660.358.8148 or

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