WHAT WE BELIEVE
What We Believe...
We believe in the Old (39 books) and New (27 books) Testaments as verbally inspired of God, without error in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
We believe in one God eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; I Timothy 2:5)
We believe that Jesus Christ was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Divine Son of God, died for our sins according to the scripture as the substitutionary sacrifice for man and that all who believe in Him by faith are justified by faith in His blood. (I Peter 2:24; John 3:16; Ephesians. 2:8-9)
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity of the Godhead is eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, having he same attributes and perfections as do the Father and the Son. (Matthew 28:18,19; Genesis 1:26; John 14:16,17)
We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12). All are born sinners and are sinners by nature, thus man sins because he is a sinner. He is not a sinner because he sins. It is his nature, so he must have a new nature to regain the image of God. (II Corinthians 5:17-21; John 3:7)
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven and His present life there for us as Intercessor, High Priest and Advocate. (I Corinthians 15:3,4,20-23; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1; I Timothy 2:5)
We believe that at any moment, prior to the tribulation period, the rapture of the saints may take place, when the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven "to catch up" His people to meet Him "in the air." (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We believe in the personal, premillenial, bodily return of the Lord Jesus to set up His kingdom upon the earth. (Acts 1:11; Matthew 24:27-31; Revelation 20:4-6)
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, and that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus become the children of God and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; John 1:12; I Corinthians 6:19; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13,14)
We believe that all true believers, once saved, are kept secure forever. (John 10:2730; John 3:16; John 6:37-40; I John 5:11-13; Ephesians 1:13,14)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost in hell. (I Thessalonians 4:14-17; Revelation 20:10-15; I Corinthians. 15:35-57)
We believe that the scriptures set forth immersion as the only method of baptism because it pictures the believer's death, burial, and resurrection with Christ into newness of life, and is a commandment given by the Lord to all believers. (Acts 8:36, 37; Mt. 3:15-17; Mark 1:9; Mt. 28:19)
We believe that the "bread" (Matthew 26:26) and "fruit of the vine" (Matthew 26:29) used in the observance of the Lord's Supper are symbolic of the broken body and poured out blood of the Lord Jesus, and that partaking of these elements as a commandment given by the Lord to all who believe. (I Corinthians 11:23-25; Luke 22:19)
We believe that Satan is literal and personal, the agent of the Fall, the prince and power of this world, and that he, who is the declared enemy of God and man shall be judged and eternally punished. (Isaiah 14:12-17; Revelation 20:1-10)
We believe that the gifts of evangelists, pastors and teachers are sufficient for the perfecting of the saints in the church during this dispensation (Ephesians. 4:7-12). The Apostolic age of signs was designed by God to: Approve the person of Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 2:22), and to bear witness to the God-given authority of the Apostolic message of the Gospel (Hebrews. 2:3-4), until the completion of the New Testament Canon (I Corinthians 12:7-11; I 13:8-10; II Corinthians. 12:12)
Tongues. Faith Baptist Church is not in agreement with the present day tongues movement and does not, therefore, accept or retain any member who holds to this doctrine or participates in it.
Healing. While believing God does heal in answer to the prayer of faith according to His will, our position precludes any cooperation in healing campaigns with the popularly designated "faith healers".