Baptist Church of the Redeemer, Statement of Faith
I. The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, all scripture is authoritative, infallible and inerrant. The Scriptures are the only sufficient rule for faith and practice.
Psalm 19:7; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:16; 1 Timothy 5:18; Luke 24:25-27; Deut. 18:19; 1 Sam. 10:8; 13:13-14; 15:3; 19, 23; 1 Kings 20:35, 36.
II. God and the Trinity
There is one true and living God who exists in three eternally distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in being, united in purpose, and equally worthy of glory and adoration. God is invisible, eternal, omni-present, almighty, all-knowing—his perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of his free creatures, unchanging, dependent upon none, sovereign, righteous, holy, just, gracious, loving, merciful, patient, and good.
Deut. 6:4; Ps. 145:3; John 1:3; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17; Matt. 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14
God created all that now exists in six days and from nothing, and it was all very good. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit acted together in the work of creation. Out of all living things, only man was created in God’s image. God granted him dominion over all lesser forms of life and over the earth itself.
John 1:2, 3; Heb. 1:2; Job 26:13; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16; Gen 1:26-27, 31; Gen 2:7; Gen.3:6; Ecc. 7:29
God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Isa. 46:9-11; Prov. 16:33; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Jas. 1:13-15; Eph. 1:11; Job 12:23; Psalm 22:28; Matt. 6:26; Dan. 4:34-35; Psalm 139:16; Job 14:5; Jer. 10:23; Proverbs 16:9.
Before the foundation of the world, God elected a great multitude of men and women to eternal life as an act of His free grace alone. This election was in no way dependent upon His foresight of human faith, decision, works, or merit. In the unsearchable realm of God’s sovereign will, all men remain responsible beings, subject to God’s commands to repent and believe, and accountable to God for their rebellion, impenitence, and rejection of Christ.
Matt. 11:25-28; John 6:44; Acts 13:48; 18:9-10; Rom. 8:28-30; 9:11-13; 11:7; 1 Cor. 1:27-29; Eph. 1:4-6,11; 1 Thess. 1:4-5; 2 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Peter 1:1; Rev. 13:7-8;
VI. Fall of Man and Sin
God originally created Man in His own image and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, Adam transgressed the command of God and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law. As a result, they are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
The scriptures define sin as any transgression of God’s righteous standards. Sin includes both unrighteous actions and the omission to do what is right in thought or deed. The wages of sin is death, which results in eternal punishment for those outside the atonement which Christ provides.
Gen. 1:26-27; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-19; 6:1-23; 14:12; Eph. 2:1-3; Eccl. 7:29; 2 Cor. 11:3; 1 Tim. 2:14; Psalm 51:5. 1 John 3:4; 5:17; Jam 4:17; Rev. 4:11; Matt 5:21-27
VII. Human Inability
The Fall brought every man into a state of utter depravity, meaning every dimension of his being is distorted by sin. Apart from the grace of God, fallen man treats sin as his master, God as an enemy, and the message of the cross as foolishness. Until he is born again, he possesses neither the desire nor the ability to love God, to keep His laws, to understand the gospel, to repent of sin, or to trust in Christ.
Gen. 6:5; Ps. 7:11; 10:4;51:5; Rom. 3:10-18; 5:10, 12; 6:23; 8:5-8; 14:23; 1 Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:1-3, 5; Col.1:21-22
VIII. The Birth and Life of Christ
God sent His Son into the world to save His people from their sins. Conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, Jesus was and is both God and man. He was tempted in all things yet without sin, living the perfect life of righteousness on behalf of His people.
Isa. 42:1; Acts 3:22; Ps. 2:6; Luke 1:33; Eph. 5:23; Heb.1:2; 2:14; 5:5; 7:26; 1 Tim.2:5; John 1:1; Luke 1:27; Gal. 4:4; Luke 1:35; Col. 1:19
IX. The Death of Christ
Christ died on the cross as the perfect sacrifice for sin, forever finishing the substitutionary work of atonement for His people.
Phil. 2:8; Acts 2:23; John 15:3; 20:25; Mark 16:19; Rom. 5:19; 8:34; 14:9; Hebrews 9:24; 12:2; Gen. 3:15
X. The Resurrection of Christ
On the third day, Jesus rose bodily from the grave. The resurrection affirms the deity and authority of Christ and assures believers of their future bodily resurrection.
Matt.28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; John 20:1-21:25; Acts 1:8-11; 1Cor.15:4-9; Heb.4:14-16; John 21:12-13; Acts 2:24; 10:41; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 6:14.
XI. The Ascension of Christ
Jesus ascended into heaven to appear in the presence of God as our perpetual High Priest, presenting Himself as the only acceptable sacrifice for sin. He is the one and only Mediator between God and men, and He is Head of His church. He intercedes forever on behalf of His people and rules over all things for their sake.
Matt.28:1-7; Acts 1:8-11; 1 Cor.15:4-9; Heb.4:14-16; Acts 7:55-56; Psalm 110:1; 1 Thess. 4:17.
XII. The Holy Spirit
We believe that God the Holy Spirit brings glory to the Father and the Son. He applies the work of Christ to believers and distributes spiritual gifts to every believer according to His sovereign good pleasure for the purpose of building up the body of Christ. He is the Comforter, the Spirit of Adoption, the Seal of our Salvation and the Guarantor of our inheritance in Christ.
John 14:16-17; 16:14; Acts 5:3; Rom. 8:14-17; Eph. 1:13-14; Matt. 28:19; 1 Cor. 12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; John 14:26; Acts 16:6-7.
Regeneration is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone.
Ezek. 36:26-27; John 1:13; 3:3-8; Acts 16:14; 2 Cor. 5:17; Col. 2:13; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:3;23-25; Eph. 2:1-6; Tit. 3:5; 1 John 5:1.
XIV. Repentance and Faith
In response to the conviction of the Holy Spirit a person repents of sin and humbles himself for it with godly sorrow. Saving faith is trusting God’s authority regarding whatever is revealed in His word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.
Acts 2:37-38; 11:18; 2 Cor. 7:10-11; Rom. 3:27-28; 4:1-5; 4:17-25; 10:14, 17; Phil. 1:29; Eph. 2:8; Jas. 2:14-26
The elect are declared righteous in the sight of God because of Christ’s perfect life, His substitutionary death, and the imputation of His righteousness. Justification can never be the reward or result of human works or merit, nor does it grow out of an infusion of Christ’s righteousness. It is granted through faith alone in the person and work of Christ alone.
Rom.1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Cor.1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Cor.5:17-20; Gal.2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Eph.1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Phil.2:12-13
Those who have been regenerated are also progressively sanctified by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. All true believers will press on to lay hold of that for which Christ laid hold of them. Positionally, all Christians are clothed with the righteousness of Christ and holy before him now.
Jer. 31:31-34; Ezek. 36:27-27; Rom. 6:11,14; 8:1-17; 1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 7:1; 1 Thess. 5:23;Gal. 5:13-24; Phil. 2:13;Heb. 10:24-25;12:5-11,14; 2 Pet. 1:3-11; 1 John 3:3.
XVII. Perseverance of the Saints
All those whom God has regenerated will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Matt. 10:22; John 6:37-40; 8:31-32; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:1,28-39; 1 Cor. 1:8-9; Phil. 1:6; Col 1:22-23; Heb. 3:14; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 2:19.
XVIII. The Church
A local church is a visible representation of the body of Christ and is under the authority of Christ alone. Nevertheless, in every local church, qualified elders are appointed to serve Christ as they care for His body. Qualified deacons are to assist the elders as needs arise. Each member of the church is uniquely gifted by the Holy Spirit to edify the body. A local church must recognize and fellowship with the universal body of Christ as represented in other true churches.
John 10:16; Acts 20:17, 28; Eph. 1:22; 5:23; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; 5:17-18; Tit. 1:5-9; Heb. 10:25
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer. True baptism is immersion in water, symbolizing both the believer’s union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection to new life, and his cleansing from sin. Baptism may only be administered to those who demonstrate repentance from sin and make a credible profession of faith in Christ.
Matt.3:13-17;; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Rom.6:3-5; Col.2:12
XX. The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by baptized believers in His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him and of their church membership.
Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-34; Rev. 19:9; John 6:53-57.
It is the calling of every local church to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that Christ has commanded. It is a priority in evangelism to unite new believers with local churches.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 8:12;13:48;16:10;17:1-33;Rom. 10:17;2 Tim. 4:2.
XXII. Marriage, Family, and Sexuality
God wonderfully and unchangeably creates each person as male or female. These distinct and complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God.
God has ordained the family to be the foundational institution of human society. God created marriage to be the lifelong union of one man and one woman. He intended this exclusive covenantal commitment to portray the relationship between Christ and his church. The husband is to lead his wife through serving her, just as Christ loved his church through self-sacrifice. The wife is to submit herself to her husband’s leadership, just as the church submits to Christ’s authority. Husbands and wives fulfill separate roles within the family but have equal worth before God. Children are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. From the moment of conception, parents are to protect, nurture, and raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
God intends sexual intimacy to occur only within the covenant of marriage. The scriptures forbid any form of sexual immorality (e.g., adultery, fornication, homosexual acts, bestiality, incest, pornography), which is sinful and offensive to God.
God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. In an effort to lead all to repentance, every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.
Gen 1:26–28, 2:16-25, 3:1-13; Deut 6:4–9; Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10,18, 7:2-5, 11:7-9; Eph 5:21–6:4; Col 3:18-19; Tit 2:3-5; Heb 13:4; 1 Pet 3:1-7.
XXIII. The Resurrection
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. The bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
John 5:28-29; 1 Cor. 15:12-28; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil. 1:23
XXIV. The Judgment
God has appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting and conscious punishment; the righteous into everlasting life.
Matt. 25:46; John 5:22, 27-29; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:6-11; 2 Cor. 5:10; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 7:13-17; 14:9-11
XXV. The Glory of God
Christians must live for God’s glory alone through their awareness and enjoyment of His Person, submission to His authority, and reliance upon His goodness. In truth, all things that have or will transpire serve to glorify God as their highest purpose. For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Exodus 14:4; Numbers 14:21; Psalm 19:1; 21:5; 29:2; 57:5; 72:19; 96:7; 104:31; 108:5; 115:1; Isa. 6;3; 42:8; 43:7; 48:11; Jer. 13:16; Ezek. 39:21; Hab. 2:14; Luke 2:14; John 8:50; 11:4; 17:1-5 Acts 12:23; Romans 3:23; 5:2; 9:23; 11:36; 1 Cor.10:31; 2 Cor. 3:18; 4:6; Eph. 1:11-17; Phil. 4:19; Heb. 1:3; Rev. 4:11.