What We Believe

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PHILOMATH
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Doctrinal Statement 

These truths we hold to be the central and historic doctrines of the faith found in the Scriptures.

A.  THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.  We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the 66 books which comprise the Old and New Testament Scriptures. We believe that the Bible is infallible, inerrant in the original manuscripts, and the only authoritative Word of God to man for faith and practice.  (Psalm 19:7-11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

B. THE GODHEAD. We believe in one eternal, sovereign God, creator of all. We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections, and worthy of precisely the same homage, confidence, and obedience. (Genesis 1:1-2, 26-27; Matthew 3:13-17; 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

C.  GOD THE FATHER. We believe in God the Father perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and spiritual death all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 6:3; Jeremiah 32:17-18; John 1:1-3; 5:24; 8:24; 16:23-24; Romans 11:33; 1 Corinthians 8:4-6)

D.  GOD THE SON. We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He has existed from all eternity, co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Yet, He also became fully man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and accomplished the Will of the Father, identifying Himself completely with mankind, yet without sin. In His substitutionary death on the cross, His shed blood made perfect provision for the saving of people from their sins. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and ascended into heaven where He is our interceding High Priest at the right hand of God. (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-3, 14; 20:31; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:6-10; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 4:14-16)

E.   GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Being, equal with the Father and the Son, and of the same substance and nature. He is the divine Agent in nature, revelation, and redemption; that he exalts Christ; that He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgment; that He regenerates, baptizes, indwells, seals and anoints all who become children of God through faith in Christ; that He further empowers, guides, teaches, sanctifies and fills believers who daily surrender to Him. (John 3:5; 14:16-18, 26; 16:8-15; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18)

F.   SATAN. We believe in the personality and diabolical cunning of Satan, who is also called the devil. That he is the arch-enemy of God and the deceiver of mankind; that he was defeated and judged at the cross and therefore his final doom is certain; that we are able to resist and overcome him only in the armor of God by the blood of the Lamb and through the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Matthew 4:2-11; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:11; 20:2, 3, 10)

G.  THE STATE OF MAN. We believe that man was the direct creation of God, made in His image to glorify Him, enjoy His fellowship, and carry out His will and purpose on the earth.  Through Adam’s sin man became corrupt in every part of his nature and alienated from God.  Consequently, all men are sinners and continually come short of the perfections of God.  Without Christ, man is unable to please God in any way, has no possible means of achieving salvation and will experience the righteous judgment and wrath of God. (Genesis 1:25-27; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 8:7-8; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)

H.  SALVATION. We believe that salvation is completely the work of God apart from any human merit; that men are saved on the single ground of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His substitutionary death and resurrection.  By faith in Him alone, a sinner is forgiven of his sins, made a child of God, and kept securely by God’s power forever. The believer has been given all that he needs for a victorious spiritual life, including direct access to God through Christ, and will rejoice in God’s presence forever. (John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; 10:27-30; Romans 8:29-30, 38-39; Ephesians 1:3-13; 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 2:9, 10; 2 Peter 1:3; 1 John 5:11-12)

I.    THE CHURCH – THE BODY OF CHRIST. We believe in the one true, universal church—a living organism, called in the Scriptures, the Body and Bride of Christ, and that all who have been born again by saving faith in Christ are members of that Church of which Jesus Christ is the only foundation and Head. We believe in the importance of the local church: that a New Testament church is a local assembly of born-again baptized believers united in organization to practice New Testament ordinances, to meet together for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching and a united testimony, and to actively engage in carrying out the Great Commission. (Matthew 16:16-18; 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 11:2; Ephesians 1:20-23; 4:1-16; 5:25-30; Colossians 3:14-15)

J.    THE ORDINANCES. We believe that baptism of believers by immersion is the scriptural mode. We believe that baptism does not save, that it is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and a testimony to the world of one’s faith in and identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that communion (the Lord’s Supper) is an act of obedience for believers, symbolically picturing Christ’s body given for our sins and His blood shed for our redemption. It is not a saving ordinance, but helps us remember His death, and inspires us in looking forward to His coming. These two ordinances are to be observed until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29; 28:16-20; Acts 2:41; 8:38-39; 10:47-48; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32; Colossians 2:12)

K. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST. We believe in the second coming of Christ; that His coming in the air to rapture His church, which is our blessed Hope, is always imminent; that He will remove from the earth His waiting church by resurrection of the dead and translation of the living; that He will pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world and afterwards descend with His Church to establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years. (Matthew 25:31-46; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 10:37; James 4:8; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 19:11-20)

L.   THE ETERNAL STATE. We believe in future life, bodily resurrection, and eternal judgment; that the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own; that the believer’s works shall be brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ following the Rapture, for the determination of rewards; that the unbelieving will face final judgment at 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 everlasting separation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:42-43; John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:16-22; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15)