Statement of Beliefs

Mission Statement

The purpose of of Scripture Baptist Church is:

1.  To glorify God through scripturally defined worship.

2.  To systematically proclaim and teach the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures for the edification and maturing of believers, and for the salvation of the lost.

3.  To obey, as God enables, the Divine commission of Matthew 28:19-20, to win people to Christ, baptize them and instruct them in the whole counsel of God.

Statement of Faith

The Holy Scriptures
We believe that every word of the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testament (in their original languages before translation), is equally and fully inspired; that the Holy Scriptures are inerrant and infallible. They are therefore the supreme and final authority in every matter they touch upon, as well as the standard for faith and life. (2nd Pet. 1:20-21; Rom 3:2; Matt. 5:18; John 10:35; Psa. 19:7-11; 2nd Tim. 3:15-17).

The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each is co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and has the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; 2nd Cor. 13:14; 1st John 5:6-8; Ex. 3:14, Matt. 28:19; John 1:14-18; 14:10-11; 15:26).

The Person and Work of God the Father

We believe that God the Father is the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who so loved the world that He have His only begotten Son, that by faith we might become His little children and He our heavenly Father (1st John 2:1; John 3:16-17; Gal. 4:7-7).

The Person and Work of God the Son
1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived in sinless perfection in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (John 1:1-2,14; Lk.1:35; Phil. 2:5-8; Isa. 7:14; 9:6; 2nd Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5).
2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:21-36; 1st Peter. 1 :3-5; 2:24; Rom. 3:24-25; Eph. 1 :7, 19-20).
3 . We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and now reigns at the right hand of God “above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion” where, also as our High Priest, He fulfills the Ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (John 18:36-37; Acts 1 :9-10; 2:33-36; Eph. 1 :20-23; Rev. 1 :5; 3:21; Heb.9:24;7:24-27; Rom. 8:34; 1st John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
1.   We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in effectually calling, regenerating, and baptizing believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; 1st Cor. 2:8-14; Ez.36:26-27; Rev.22:17; 2n Cor.3:6; 1st Cor. 12:13; Rom. 8:9; Eph.1:13-14; 4:40; Eph.4:30).
2.    We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit,(John 16:13; 1st John 2:20,27; Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18).
3.    We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1st  Cor. 12:4-11,28).
4.    We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. We also believe that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1st Cor.13:8 14:21-22; 1st Peter 1:3-5; James 5:13-15).

The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition or receive the things of the Spirit. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3;4:17-19; Jer. 13:23; Rom. 5:6; 1st Cor. 2:14).

Salvation
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by divine grace alone and received by repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. In the salvation of man, the Father chose a people before the foundation of the world according to the good pleasure of His will, the Son redeems them, and the Holy Spirit regenerates them. We believe that all sins, except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, are forgivable. (Eph. 2:8-10; Luke. 13:3; 1st John 1:9; John 1:12; 1st Peter 1:18-19; Eph.l:4-5,7; Titus 2:14, 3:5; Matt. 12:31-32).

The Perseverance and Assurance of Believers
1. We believe that all the redeemed, those effectually called
and sanctified by Christ, are kept by God’s power and can never fall from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere in grace to the end and be eternally saved. (John 6:37-40,44, 65; 10:26-30; Rom. 8:1,38-39; 1st Cor. 1:4-8; Phil.1:6; 1st Peter 1 :4-5).
2.    We believe that all who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and love Him in sincerity, endeavoring to conduct themselves in all good conscience according to His will, may in this life be certainly assured that they are in a state of grace. This assurance of faith is based upon the blood and righteousness of Christ as revealed in the Gospel, the inward evidence of the graces of the Holy Spirit, and the testimony of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of adoption. (Titus 2:11-15; Rom.13:13-14; 1st John 2:3; 3:14, 18, 19,21,24; 5:13; 1st John 5:4-9; Rom.5:1-5; 8:14-16).

The Church
1. We believe the universal church is invisible in respect to the internal work of the Spirit in truth of grace. It consists of the whole number of the elect who have been, who are being, or who yet shall be gathered into one under Christ, who is the church’s head. The church is the bride, the body, the fullness of Christ who “fills all in all”. (Heb. 12:22-23; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23,27,32; Col 1:18).
2.We believe that the local church is to be composed of people who profess to believe the gospel and render obedience unto God by Christ. (Rom. 1:7; 1st Cor. 1:2; Acts 15:22,28-30).
3.We believe that the establishment and continuance of the local churches is clearly taught in the New Testament Scriptures. (Titus 1:5; Acts 2:42, 46-47; Heb. 10:25).
4.We recognize the Lord’s Supper and water baptism by immersion as the two ordinances of obedience for the church. (1st Cor. 10:16;  1st Cor. 11 :23-26; Acts 2:41-42; Matt. 28: 19-20).

The Lord’s Day
We believe the Lord’s Day is intended by God for regular observance which should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and in resting. Works of necessity and mercy are permitted. (Matt. 28:1; Ex. 31:12-17; Acts 20:7; 1st Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10; Gen. 2:2-3; Ex. 20:10-11; Luke 13:15-16; Matt. 12:11-12).

Separation
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations. (Psa. 4:2; 1st Tim. 6:1; 2nd Cor. 6:14-7:1; 2nd Tim. 3:1-5; 1st John 2:15-17; 2nd John 9-11).

The Second Advent of Christ and the Eternal State
1. We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ, that He will literally and physically return to earth. (Job 19:25; Matt. 24:21-51; 25:31-34. 1st Cor. 15:23-26; Phil. 3:20; 1st Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 2nd Thess. 1 :7-10; Titus 2:13).  2. We believe that He will establish a earthly kingdom over which He will reign for a thousand years and that after the time will come the final judgment (Revelation 20:1-15).
3.    We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men: the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Job 14:12; 19:25-27; John 5:28-29; 1st Cor. 15:50­54; Dan. 12:2, 13: Matt. 25:46; John 6:39-40,44,54: Rev. 20:12-13).
4.We believe that the souls of the redeemed are at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where they consciously await their bodily resurrection when soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2nd Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1st Thess. 4:16-17; 1st Cor. 15:51-53).
5. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until their resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Luke 16:19-26; Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; 2nd Thess. 1 :7-9; Rev. 20: 11-15).

The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and Man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Matt. 4:2-11; John 8:44; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

Creation
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour days (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11; Psa. 33:6-9; Psa. 89:47; Mk. 10:6; Mk. 13:19; Acts 4:24; Rom. 1:20; 2nd Cor. 4:6; Heb. 1:2; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 4:11; Rev. 14:7).

Civil Government
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority. Every person is subject to three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the church, and (3) the state. All (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities. (Rom. 13:1-7; 1st Peter 2: 13-14; Heb. 13:17; Eph.5:22-24)

Missions
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to “Go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of  the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”. As ambassadors of Christ, we must use all available means to spread the Gospel in this country and in foreign nations. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mk.16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1 :8: 2nd Cor. 5:20).