What We Believe at Faith Baptist Church.
We believe the Bible to be the Word of God, written by men divinely inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit. It is inerrant and complete, having been divinely preserved through the ages since its writing. We believe what it claims of itself; that it is profitable for teaching , for reproof, for correction and for instruction in righteousness.
We believe that there is ONE God, alive and true. He is eternal, the intelligent creator, sustainer and ruler of heaven and earth. He is altogether holy, worthy of all honor and glory. We believe Him to be a triune God – existing as God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the three being equally divine and perfect and exercising distinct but harmoniously unified functions in the plan for redemption.
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. We believe that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit in miraculous fashion and that He was born of Mary, a virgin, as both Son of God and Son of Man.
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit – that He is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and is of the same nature. We believe that He was active in creation. We believe He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness and that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony, that He is the agent in new birth and seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
We believe man to have been created in holiness under the law of his Maker and in His image. We believe that by a willing and sinful act he fell from that holy estate and that in consequence, all mankind is born into sin, utterly void of the holiness God intended, and is disposed to do evil and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin without defense or excuse.
We believe the salvation of sinners to be wholly of grace extended through the work of Jesus Christ, His life, death and bodily resurrection, Who, by the divine appointment of the Father, took upon Himself the nature of man, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His obedience. By His death He made full atonement for our sin and by His resurrection He has conquered sin and death and is qualified exclusively and in every way to be a suitable and all-sufficient Savior.
We believe sanctification to be the progressive process in the life of God’s child, begun at the moment of regeneration and continuing until ultimately God glorifies Himself by the glorification of the believer. It is the fruit of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and the believer’s continual submission to Him.
We believe that such only are truly saved which endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that special providence watches over their welfare and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
We believe in the baptism of the Believer by immersion in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe baptism to be a public display of faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, Jesus; the believer having become dead to sin and raised again to new life. We believe baptism to be a prerequisite to relationship with the church and participation in the Lord’s Supper, which is a time of self-examination and commemoration of the dying love of Christ.
We believe there to be a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that the righteous are so only through justification because of Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Those who continue impenitent and unbelieving are, in God’s sight, wicked and under the curse both in and after death.
We believe that Christ, having been bodily resurrected, has ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father as our mediator and intercessor. We believe in His imminent return, the rapture of the Saints, the Great Tribulation, the millennial reign of Christ and His Saints and the Great White Throne Judgment, at which the wicked will be judged and cast into the eternal punishment of the Lake of Fire. We believe that those declared righteous and just through Christ will enjoy eternal glory with God.