CHRIST BAPTIST CHURCH’S STATEMENT OF FAITH
CHRIST BAPTIST CHURCH MEMBERS HOLD THESE TRUTHS IN COMMON:
GOD’S WORD THE BIBLE:
We believe that the Bible, composed of 66 books, is the fully inspired Word of God, written by appointed men of God, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, without error in the original manuscripts, and is our final authority in all matters of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21, Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32).
The Triune God: We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14). The Father’s purpose in the universe is to bring glory to Himself (Revelation 4:11) through His creation, redemption, and daily provisions in Christ (Psalm 19:1; Ephesians 1:3-14; Philippians 4:19).
GOD THE FATHER:
We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers every prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; 1 Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; 1 Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6).
GOD THE SON:
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God. He is fully God (John 1:1) and fully man (John 1:14). He pre-existed from eternity past as the Son of God (John 8:58). He created all things (Colossians 1:16). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), born of a virgin (Matthew 1:23), tempted in all things (Hebrews 4:15), and was completely sinless (1 John 3:5). He paid the penalty for the sins of the world on Calvary’s cross (1 John 2:2). His sacrifice completely satisfied God’s righteous requirement for sinners (2 Corinthians 5:21). He rose from the grave (Romans 1:4) and ascended to heaven (Acts 1:9). He is presently interceding for believers in heaven (Romans 8:34). He will one day, personally and visibly, return to earth to establish His kingdom and reign forever (Revelation 1:7, 20:4-6).
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT:
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity (1 Corinthians 12:4-6); 1 Peter 1:2). He possesses and exercises the attributes of God (Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 40:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Psalm 139:7; 2 Peter 1:21). He convicts the world of sin (John 16:7-11). He regenerates believers (Titus 3:5), seals them (Ephesians 1:13,14), indwells them (1 Corinthians 3:16, fills them (Ephesians 5:18), empowers them (Acts 1:8), guides them (Romans 8:14), and teaches them (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). He grants individual believers spiritual gifts, which must be operated and controlled in an orderly and appropriate manner for the edification of the church (Ephesians 4:7; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 14:12,40; 1 Peter 4:10). Every believer is baptized with and receives the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion (John 1:33; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 John 3:24).
SATAN AND HIS ANGELS:
We believe that Satan is a created being and a fallen angel (Ezekiel 28:13-15). He is chief of the demons; the enemy of God and of the believer (Matthew 4:1-11, 12:24; Ephesians 6:10-18). Satan was defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8).
We believe that God created man in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26,27). Adam was created in a state of unconfirmed holiness with the capacity to choose good or evil (Genesis 2:16,17). When Adam disobeyed God he became spiritually dead and all men sinned in him (Romans 5:12-21). Man is a sinner by nature (Psalm 51:5) and by personal acts of sin has incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God. (1 John 1:10). Man’s heart is deceitful and he is unable to please God of his own accord. Those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus as Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures that are delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. (Isaiah 64:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:11).
REDEMPTION THROUGH JESUS CHRIST:
We believe that in eternity past God’s mercy and grace prompted Him to send Jesus at the appointed time to redeem mankind (1 Timothy 2:6). We believe that redemption was made possible through Christ’s death and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). Justification is accomplished by God’s sovereign grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 3:14; 5:24; 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; ).
THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER:
We believe that each Christian is a priest (1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6) and a minister (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). This means that each born-again believer has the ability and responsibility to have direct access to God without the need of an earthly mediator such as a Priest, Bishop or even Pastor (Hebrews 10:19).
THE ETERNALITY OF CONDEMNATION (HELL):
We believe that every unbeliever (Not a true believer Iin Christ) will suffer eternal punishment under God’s condemnation in the Lake of fire (Revelation 20:15; Matthew 13:41-42).
THE ETERNALITY OF SALVATION (HEAVEN):
We believe that all true believers in Christ will be kept secure in their salvation by the power of God (John 10:28; Romans 8:29,30; Philippians 1:6).
We believe in the universal church which is the body of Christ, founded, formed, and directed by Christ its Head (Matthew 16:18; Colossians 1:18). The universal church consists is made up of local churches of all those who have been regenerated by God, baptised on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. (Titus 3:5). The local church is to fulfil the Great Commission through the power and presence of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20).
We believe that Christ gave the church two ordinances, baptism through immersion in water in the Name of the Triune God (Matthew 28:19) and the Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-29). These are not required for salvation; they are necessary elements of an individual’s obedience to God until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
THE AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH:
We believe that each local church is autonomous; its beliefs and practices of faith being subject to no other authority than the Word of God (Mark 12:17; John 17:17-20). The state should not exert undue control over the church, or over its freedom to exercise its influence for biblical principles and ethics (Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1,2).
THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST:
We believe that each believer should pursue a lifestyle in submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Luke 6:46). This includes love for God and man (Matthew 22:34-40), and a holy life lived in obedience to the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Colossians 3:16; 1 Peter 2:1,2).
We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His church and the resurrection of the righteous (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). God will usher believers into a new heavenly kingdom and unbelievers into eternal punishment in hell (Revelation 20:10,15).