WHAT WE BELIEVE
Faith Baptist Church is a body of baptized believers that constituted as a church in 1975. We are Southern Baptist by choice and conservative by conviction. We believe that a New Testament church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The church is the body of Christ, observing His ordinances, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures
(I Timothy 3:1-13 Titus 1:6-9); we believe the true mission of the church is found in the "Great Commission" which instructs us first, to make individual disciples (Matthew 28:19-20); second, to baptize the converts; and third, to teach and instruct as He commanded. We also believe that fellowship and worship are included in the purposes of the church. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that Christ is the Head of the church and oversees the work of the local church through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:19-23); that it is scriptural for the churches of like faith and order to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel (Jude 3); that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, and that the will of the local Church is final (Matthew 18:15-20 Acts 5:29
I Corinthians 6:1-8).
The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible was written by men and supernaturally inspired; that it is truth without any mixture of error for its matter, and therefore is and shall remain to the end of the age the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct should be tried. By "The Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation, which, as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word of God but is the very Word of God. By "inspiration" we mean that the books of the Bible were written by men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired (II Timothy 3:16 II Peter 1:19-21).
The True God
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1 Psalm 90); that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption and in the accomplishment of His eternal plan and purpose (I John 5:6-12).
We believe, that Jesus Christ, eternal with the Father, was begotten of the Holy Spirit and in a miraculous manner; that He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person was ever born, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (I John 1:1-2). He is both fully man, and fully God, tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin (Isaiah 7:14 Hebrews 4:14-17).
The Fall of Man
We believe that man was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression, he fell from his sinless and happy state of perfection (Genesis 3); the consequence of which, all of mankind are now sinners and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse and are guilty before God (Romans 5:12 Psalm 51:5 Romans 3).
The Atonement for Sin
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace. The Son of God freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, paying the debt for sin (which is death) in full. Chirst is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior (Hebrews 2:9 II Corinthians 5:21
The New Birth
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again: that the new birth is the new creation in Jesus Christ (John 3:3-5); that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9); that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth (John 1:13 Titus 3:5).
The Two Ordinances of the Church
We believe that the New Testament baptism is the immersion in water of a born-again believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, with the authority and approval of the local church to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, as it pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Matthew 28:19-20)
We believe the Lord's Supper should always be preceded by solemn self-examination and that the use of the bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ until He returns. (Matthew 26:26-29 I Corinthians. 11:30).
The Security of the Believer
We believe that the preserving attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes true believers from superficial professors; that it is a work of God the Father (John 10:28-29 Romans 8:30), God the Son (Romans 8:34
I John 2:1), and God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30); and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation (I Peter 1:5). We believe that God guarantees our ultimate conformity to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29).
The Grace of Giving
We believe that God's method of financing His earthly work of spreading the Gospel to all nations, the care of the churches and the support of the ministry, is by the tithes and offerings of God's people. We believe that they are to be given to the Lord through His church or storehouse and are to be distributed as directed by the leadership of the Holy Spirit as the need arises. We believe that the time to tithe is upon the first day of the week. We also believe that everyone is accountable to the Lord for a minimum standard of giving of one tenth of his income and that offerings are to be given above the tithe as God has prospered the individual. (Malachi 3:8-10
I Corinthians 16:2).
Missions and Missionaries
We believe the command to go and preach the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and that this commission was given to the churches. Following New Testament precedent and example, we believe we are all missionaries and that we are to go and share the good news (from our neighborhoods to the far reaches of the globe), support those who go, and pray for those who go. (Matt 28:19-20 Acts 13).