Faith Baptist Church holds the following statement of faith as being a summary of Christian Doctrines and as having authority only in its agreement with the Word of God.
Scriptures: We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old Testament and the New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of Heavenly instruction; that it has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth without mixture of error for its matter; and that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and, therefore, is and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We reject all modern versions and preach from only the King James Version 1611 in all services (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Thess. 5:21).
God: We believe in the Triune God–the Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of all things–eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. These Three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections (Gen. 1:1, 26; Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19-20; John 1:1-2, 10:30).
The Lord Jesus Christ: We believe in a) His eternal existence as God; b) His incarnation by means of the virgin birth; c) His death on the cross as the substitutionary atonement for sin; d) His literal bodily resurrection from the dead; e) His present ministry of intercession in heaven; and f) His personal return to earth (Heb. 1:8; Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35; Rom. 3:25; Heb. 9:14; Luke 24:36-43; Acts 10:40-41; Heb. 8:1-2; 1 John 2:1; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16).
The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person equal to, and of the same nature as, God the Father and God the Son; that He was active in creation; that, in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil One until God’s purpose is 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 Agent in the New Birth; and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, indwells, and helps the believer (Gen. 1:1; Matt. 28:19; Luke 1:35; John 3:5-6; John 14:16-17, 26; John 15:26-27; John 16:7-8; Acts 1:8; Acts 5:30-32; Rom. 8:9, 14, 16, 26, 27; 1 Cor. 6:11; Eph. 1:13-14; 2 Thess. 2: 7).
Man: We believe a) that God created man in His own image and in a state of innocence; b) that man fell through the sin of disobedience; c) that, because of this sin, all men are corrupt in body, mind, and soul; and d) that all men are in need of redemption (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 5:12, 19; Eph. 2:3).
Salvation: We believe: a) salvation is solely by grace through faith in the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead; b) all who repent and receive Jesus are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become children of God; and c) all who are truly saved are kept forever by the power of God (Eph. 2:8-9; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:5).
Repentance: We believe the Bible teaches that repentance is a must for salvation. Repentance is to have a change of mind about self, sin, and Jesus and to turn to Christ (Matt. 21:28,32; Acts 3:19; Acts 2:38; Acts 17:30; Mark 1:15).
Justification: We believe justification is being counted righteous before God. The sinner accepts the righteousness of Jesus Christ by faith, and God sees him as perfect in the righteousness of Christ. Justification is the judicial act of God, whereby those who put their faith in Christ are declared righteous in His eyes and free from guilt and punishment (Rom. 5:1, 2, 9).
Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer (1 Thess. 4:3; 1 John 2:29; Rom. 8:5; Phil. 2:12-13).
Eternal Security: We believe that. once a person has truly become a child of God, he is eternally secure and will forever be a child of God. He is kept secure by the promise and power of God (Eph. 1:13; Phil. 1:6; John 10:28-29; John 3:16, 36).
Church: We believe that the Lord’s church is a visible body of scripturally baptized believers who can trace a succession of churches of like faith and order back to the days of Christ and are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; and that its only Scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus (Matt. 18:17; 28:20; 1 Cor. 1:1-13; 11:2; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Tim. 3).
Baptism (Ordinance): We believe that Scriptural Baptism is done by the authority of a New Testament Baptist Church and is immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Matt. 3:13; 28:19).
The Lord’s Supper: It was left to us as an ordinance by the Lord Himself for a memorial of His death, resurrection, and return. This should not be taken unadvisedly but after examination of one’s relationship and attitude toward this ordinance (Mark 14:22-24; 1 Cor. 11:23-25).
The Lord’s Day: We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and is to be kept sacred for religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity; by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest which “remaineth therefore. . .to the people of God” (Heb. 4:9; Acts 20:7; Heb. 10:24-25; Heb. 4:3-11; Psalm 118:24; Isa. 58:13-14).
Heaven: We believe in a literal place called Heaven, where God’s immediate presence is manifested, from whence Christ descended and ascended again, and where He now makes intercession for the saints, who will ultimately dwell there with Him (John 14:1-3; Rev. 21:1-2).
Hell: We believe in a literal hell, the Lake of Fire, which shall be a place of eternal punishment for Satan, the fallen angels, and all the unbelieving dead (John 14; Acts 1:11; 1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1Thess. 4:5; Rev. 4:1-2, 19:11-16, 20:1-6, 19:20, 20:10, 20:15, 21:8).
Separation: We believe that a Christian will desire to please Christ in all areas of his life, which now belongs to Christ Who purchased it with His own blood, and that he should therefore separate himself from worldly practices by following Christ in self-denial and living wholly for Him (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 John 2:15-17).
Missions: Because all men everywhere without Christ are lost and bound for eternal punishment and because men cannot believe in Him of whom they have not heard, we believe we are debtors to all men to present them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God commanded all saints to witness for Him. To faithfully carry out this command, we must witness by life and word to all with whom we come in contact and we must support by prayer and finances those who go out under sound missionary agencies to represent us in other parts of the world (Rom. 1:18-20; Rom. 10:14; Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15).
Return of Christ: We believe that the next coming of our Lord Jesus will be two-fold. He will come in the air; and every believer both living and dead will be caught up to meet Him, receiving their resurrection bodies and appearing before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be judged, not for salvation but for rewards. Following this catching away (rapture), there will be a seven-year period of judgment and great tribulation on the earth in which the wrath of God will be poured out on unsaved men because of their rejection of God and Christ. Then Christ shall come to the earth in power and glory to reign for a thousand years (John 14:1-3; Rev. 20:1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18).
The Last Things: At the end of the Millennium, the unsaved will be raised; judged according to their works; and separated from God forever in the Lake of Fire. Satan, who is a real personality and the source of all evil in the universe, will also be consigned forever to the Lake of Fire. Those who are saved will live forever in the presence of Christ, enjoying the fellowship for which they were created and which was secured for them through the reconciling work of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rev. 19:7, 8, 20; Rev. 20:7-15; Rev. 22:11-12; John 14:1-4).