Faith Baptist Church

Blythe, GA

 

Doctrinal Statement

  

We believe.....

 

  

1.) The Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the verbally and plenarily inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. Theses sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning, and are to be left in their context, and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the Pastor. We believe no scripture contradicts itself when left in its context and is rightly divided. The King James 1611 Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by Faith Baptist Church. (Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 28:9-13; John 1:1, 14; II Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)

  

2.) The Godhead
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Exodus 20:2-3. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 8:6; II Corinthians 13:14; I John 5:7).

  

3.) God the Father
We believe in God the Father perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from eternal death and from hell, all who come to Him through Jesus Christ(Psalm 22:3; 65:2; 147:5; Matthew 6:26; 19:26; John 3:16; 14:6; 17:11; Romans 5:8; Hebrews 11:6; I John 3:20).

 

4.) God the Son 

We believe in the absolute Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His eternal existence as God, co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit; His incarnation by means of the virgin birth; His sinlessness; His vicarious death through the shedding of His blood as an atonement for the remission of our sins; His literal bodily resurrection from the dead; His ascension; His present high priestly ministry in heaven for believers, and His personal return to earth(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25;  Luke 1:26-35; 24:51; John 1:18; 14:9; Acts 1:9, 11; 10:40-41; Romans 3:25; I Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrew 1:8; 8:1-2; 9:14; I John 2:1; 5:20). 

  

5.) God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Person who reproves the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration and baptizes them into the body of Christ, indwelling all believers and sealing them unto the day of redemption (Matthew 28: 19; John 16:8-11; II Corinthians 3:6, 14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14).

We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and 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 prayer of believers for physical healing (II Corinthians 12:12; I Corinthians 13:8; Hebrews 2:3-4; Mark 16:17-20; I Corinthians 1:22, 14:21-22).

  

6.) Creation

We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, each after its own species by direct act and not by the process of evolution(Genesis 1-2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17).

  

7.) Man

We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in the image of God, in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by reason of his voluntary sin, fell from his high and holy state; that as a result the whole human race plunged into condemnation and death, so that now all human beings are born with a sinful nature; and all who reach the age of moral responsibility become willful sinners in thought, word and deed, and so are without excuse before God(Genesis 1: 26, 27; 3; Psalm 51:5; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23; 5:10-19).

  

8.) Way of Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through faith in the blood sacrifice, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ; that all who receive Him are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become children of God; that no rite, ceremony, or work can avail one whit for the sinner's salvation or make the believer's salvation more secure; that Christ is the only and all sufficient Saviour; and that all who are truly saved are kept forever(John 1:12; 5:24; 10:28-29; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Romans 8:35-39; 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; II Timothy 1:12; Titus 3:5-7).

 

9.) Aim of Salvation 

We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that there is no contradiction between the election of God and the choice of men; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept the gospel by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the sinner, but his own depravity and rejection of the Gospel, which rejection involves him in aggravated condemnation(Ezekiel 33:11; John 3:16-21; 5:40; I Timothy 1:15; 2:3-4; Hebrews 7:25; II Peter 3:9; Revelation 22:17).

  

10.) The Flesh and the New Nature

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures; that he has the old nature(flesh/carnality) for the duration of his earthly life; but that provision is made for the victory of the new nature over the old nature(flesh/carnality) by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit(Romans 6:11-14; 7:15-25; II Corinthians 12:7-10; Galatians 5:16-26; Philippians 3:7-14).

 

11.) Sanctification 

We believe that sanctification for the believer is immediate, upon the acceptance of Christ, and progressive, continuing to the end of earthly life; and that the progressive phase is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the continual use of the appointed means, such as the study of God's Word, self-examination, self-denial, prayer, soul-winning, and faithful attendance at a fundamental church(I Corinthians 1:2; 6:11; Ephesians 4:11-16; I Thessalonians 3:12-13; 4:1-12; Hebrews 10:10-14, 25; I Peter 3:18). 

  

12.) Separation

We believe that the saved are called into a life of separation from religious apostacy, and from all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations(Romans 12:1, 2; 16:17, 18; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11; I Thessalonians 5:22; I John 2:15-17; II John 7-11). 

 

13.) Local New Testament Church 

We believe that the local New Testament Church is composed of saved baptized believers, voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, edification, observing the ordinances, fellowship, and service; that the claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; that the true mission of this church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity in the local community and unto the uttermost parts of the earth; that the local church has absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy or of individuals or organizations, religious or political; that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel, and each local church as the sol judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, policy of government, discipline, benevolence, the will of the local church is final(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-47; 4:4; 6:1-8; 11:26, 29, 30; 13:1-4; 15:1-27; 20:7, 28-31; Romans 1:7; I Corinthians 1:2; 5:1; 6:11; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:23-26; Philippians 1:1; 4:14-16; Colossians 1:2, 18; I Timothy 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-8; Hebrew 10:10-25; 13:7-17; I Peter 5:1-5).

  

14.) Biblical Baptism 

We believe the Bible baptism is the burial of a believer in water by immersion, thus setting forth in symbol his union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection; that every believer should be baptized because of the example of Christ and because of the command given by Him; and that while there is no saving power in water baptism, it is an act of obedience by those who are already saved to picture that they are dead, buried, and raised spiritually with Jesus Christ by faith in Him(Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; John 5:24; Acts 2:41; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

 

 

15.) Lord's Supper 

We believe that the Lord's Supper is a commemoration of the Lord's death until He comes again; and that in this ordinance the Lord's table should be open to all saved persons in fellowship and obedience to Christ, preceded always by self-examination(Luke 22:14-20; I Corinthians 11:23-32).

 
16.) Premillenialism 

We believe in the literal, bodily, personal, premillennial and immanent coming of our Lord in the air to catch away believers before the tribulation period; also in personal, visible, and glorious return of Christ to earth at the close tribulation period to judge the nations and set up the millennial kingdom of earth(Matthew 24:29-31, 42-44; 25:31-46; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Thessalonians 2:7, 8; Hebrews 12:22-24; Revelation 4:1; 20:1-6).

  

17.) Resurrection 

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the saved to everlasting blessedness at the coming of Christ and one thousand years later, the lost to the judgment of the Great White Throne and then to everlasting conscious punishment in the lake of fire(Isaiah 66:24; John 5:21-30; I Corinthians 15: 42-52; Philippians 3:20, 21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:5, 6, 11-16).

 

18.) Soul Upon Death 

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection; and that the souls of the lost remain after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection(Luke 16: 19-31; II Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23, 24).

 

19.) Civil Authorities 

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests of good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, consciously honored, and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is found in the King James 1611 version Bible(Genesis 9:5, 6; Exodus 18:21; Acts 4:19, 20; 5:27-29; Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:2, 3; I Peter 2:13-17).

 

20.) The Lord's Day 

We believe that in this Church Age, the Lord's Day, which is the first day of the week, the day of our Lord's resurrection, is the proper day for Christians worship and service; and that it ought to be kept sacred to spiritual purposes, by abstinence from all unnecessary secular labor and other activities unbecoming to such a Day(John 20:1-26; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1, 2; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 10:25).

 

21.) Israel 

We believe that Israel, as a Nation, shall be redeemed and regathered to Palestine from their world-wide dispersion and under personal and millennial reign of Christ upon David's throne in Jerusalem and shall become the Head of Nations(Genesis 12:2, 3; 13:14, 15; Deuteronomy 28:63-66; 30:1-5; Jeremiah 7:7; 23:3-6; 33:14-17; Ezekiel 36:22-28; 37:11-28; Luke 1:30-33; Acts 3:19-21; Romans 11:25-27; Revelation 20:4-6).

 

22.) Satan 

We believe that Satan, a fallen angel, is a distinct and real personality, the god/principality of this age, the adversary of Christ and all believers, and that his destiny is eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire(Job 1:6-9; Ezekiel 28:1-19; Matthew 4:1-11; II Corinthians 4:4; I Timothy 3:7; James 4:7; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10).

  

23.)  Human Sexuality

We believe that God has commanded through His Word that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside the marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex according to His Scriptures. We believe that God forbids anyone to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance according to the Scriptures. Anyone wanting to join the membership of Faith Baptist Church must not participate in such activities. Members who are caught in such activities will be immediately taken off the “active” membership role, and if the member does not correct said activities, according to the Scriptures, they may be permanently taken off the membership role until they have reconciled themselves and repented of said activities before the Lord and His Church. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 16:17; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9, 18; II Corinthians 12:21; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

       A.) We believe that the only marriage ordained by God and His Scriptures is that of one man and one  woman.  Therefore, Faith Baptist Church will only perform marriage ceremonies that are according to the Scriptures. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; I Corinthians 7:2, 10; Ephesians 5:22-33; I Peter 3:1, 7)

 

24.) Authority of Statement of Faith  

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The King James 1611 Version Bible Itself is the sole and final source upon that which we believe. However, we believe that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teachings of the King James 1611 Version Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature, teaching material, publications, etc.. that is used at Faith Baptist Church shall be in complete compliance with the Statement of Faith.

 

Service Times

 

Sunday School

10 am


Sunday Morning Service

11 am


Sunday Evening Service

6 pm  

 

 Wednesday Evening Service

7 pm

 

Wednesday Kids Hour

6 pm

During the school year

 

 

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