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Our Beliefs

Articles of Faith of the Grace Baptist Church

Of the Scripture

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture 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, creeds and opinions should be tried. We use the King James Bible for all of our teaching and preaching. We do not preach out of, reference to, or study from any other version of the Bible. II Tim 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Psalm 119:89, 105, 130, 160; Luke 24:25-27; Luke 24:44-45; John 17:17; John 12:48; Romans 3:4; I Peter 1:2-3; Revelation 22:19

Of the True God

          We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God: and infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; 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 Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 20:2-3; Genesis 17:1; I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:6; John 4:24; Psalm 147:5; Psalm 83:18; Psalm 90:2; Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 15:11; Revelation 4:11; I Timothy 1:17; Romans 11:33; Mark 12:30; Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; I Corinthians 12:4-6

Of the Holy Spirit

          We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer. John 14:16-17; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3 II Thessalonians 2:7; John 16:8-11’ John 15:26-27; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; John 16:13; Romans 8:14; Romans 8:16; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2; Romans 8:26-27

Of the Devil or Satan

          We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is the malignant prince of the power of the air, and unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter; the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the anti-christ, and the author of all the powers of darkness-destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels. Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 12:9; Jude 6; II Peter 2:4; Ephesians 2:2; John 14: 30; I Thessalonians 3:5; Matthew 4:1-3; I Peter 5:8; I John 3:8; Matthew 13:25; Matthew 13:37, 39; Luke 22:3-4; Revelation 12:10; II Corinthians 11: 13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3; II John 7; II Thessalonians 2:8-11; Revelation 12:7-9; Revelation 13:13-14; Revelation 19:11, 16, 20; Revelation 20:1-3,10.

Of the Creation

          We believe in the Genesis account of the Creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law was: they should bring forth only “after their kind.” Gen 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:12; Nehemiah 9:6; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:21-23; Genesis 1:11; Gen 1:24.

Of The Fall of Man

          We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but, by voluntary transgression, fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and , therefore, under just condemnation without defense or excuse. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:19; Romans 3:10-19; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:18; Ezekiel 18: 19-20; Romans 1:20, 28, 32; Galatians 3:22.

Of the Virgin Birth

          We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of a woman; and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son. Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:14; Psa. 2:7; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20; I Cor. 15: 47.

Of the Atonement for Sin

          We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with the divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour. Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom 3:25; I John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; II Cor. 5:21; I Pet. 2:24; I Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53: 11-12 I Cor. 15:20; I John 2:2.

Of Grace in the New Creation

          We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; 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; 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, so as to secure our boluntary obedience to the gospel; that is, proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 2:41; Acts 16: 30-33; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6: 23; Eph 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8; John 1:12-13; Gal 5:22; Eph. 5:9

Of the Freeness of Salvation

We believe in God’s electing grace; that the blessings if salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but their own inherent depravity and boluntary rejection of the gospel, which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. I Thess. 1:4; Col. 3:12; I Pet. 1:2; Titus 1:1; Rom 8:29-30; Matt. 11:28; Isa. 55:1; Rev. 22:17; Rom 10:13; John 6:37; Isa. 55:6; Acts 2:38; Isa. 55:7; John 3:15-16; I Tim 1:15; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5; John 5:40; John 3:18; John 3:36.

Of Justification

We believe that the great gospel blessing, which Christ secures to such as believe in Him, is Justification; that Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles if righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works or righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. His righteousness is imputed unto us. Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom 8:1; Romans 5:9; Romans 5:1; Rom. 1:17; Tit. 3:5-7; Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11; Rom. 4:1-8; Beb. 10:38.

Of Repentance and Faith

          We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations; and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour. Acts 20:20; Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37-38; Luke 18:13; Rom. 10:13; Psa. 51:1-4; Psa. 51:7; Isa. 55:6-7; Luke 12:8; Rom 10:9-11.

Of The Church

          We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the oridinance of Christ; governed by Hs laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its offices are pastors or elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission; First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church; Third, to teach and instruct, as He commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order; we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintinedent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its co-operation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Acts 2:42; Acts 2:42; I Cor. I Tim 3:8-13; Matt. 28:19-20; Col 1:18; Eph 5:23-24; I Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; Iph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4; I Cor. 8:11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:1-7; I Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 15: 22; Jude 3, 4; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Cor. 16:1; Mal. 3:10; Lev 27:32; I Cor 16:2; I Cor 6: 1-3; I Cor. 5: 11-13

Of Baptism

          We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a born-again believer, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem their faith in the crucified, buried, risen and coming Saviour, with its effect in their death to sin and resurrection and a God blessed life. We, hereby, declare that Grace Baptist Church will receive into membership those who have been truly born again, and then baptized (immersed) in obedience to the command of Christ, will be accepted into the membership of the church. Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Col. 2:12; Matt 3:6; Matt 3:6; Rom. 6:3-5; John 3:23

Of the Lord’s Supper

          We believe the Lord’s Supper to be an ordinance of the local church in which born-again believers, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commermorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. We hereby, declare the members of Grace Baptist Church, who, after self examination, participate in our communion service.

Of the Perseverance of the Saints

          We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end, that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguished from superficial possessions; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation. John 8:31-32; Col. 1:21-23; I John2:19; Matt. 13:19; Rom. 8:28; Psa. 121:3; Heb. 1:14, I Pet. 1:15; Phil 1:6; John 10: 28-29; John 16:8; Rom 8:35-39

Of the Righteous and the Wicked

          We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such as are only of faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. Matt. 3:18; Gen 18:23; Rom 6:17-18; Prov 11:34; I Pet. 4:18; I John 5:19; Gal 3:10; Rom 7:16; Rom 6:23; Prov 14:32; Luke 16:35; Rom 1:17; I Cor. 15:22; Acts 10:34-35; I John 2:29; I John 3:7; Rom 6:16; Matt. 25:34; John 8:21; Luke 9:26; John 12:25; Matt 7:13-14

Of Civil Government

          We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of Kings of the earth. Rom 13:1-7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Tit. 3:1; I Pet. 2:3-14; I Pet 2:17; Acts 5:29; Acts 4:19-20; Dan. 3:17-18; Matt. 10:28; Matt 23:10; Phil. 2:10-11; Psa. 72:11

Of the Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events

          We believe in and fully accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily “The third day according to the scriptures”, that he ascended, “To the right hand of the throne of God”; that he alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God”; that this same Jesus which was taken up from you unto heaven shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven”;--Bodily, personally , and visibly; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first”; that the living saints “ shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump”; that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of  His father David”; and that Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.” Matt. 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; I Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2; Acts. 1:9; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 2:17; Heb 5:9-10; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thess. 1:16; I Cor. 15:42-44; I Thess. 4:15; Matt. 24:27; Matt. 25:13; Jas 5:8; I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thess. 5:17; Phil. 3:20-21; Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6-7; I Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1; Isa. 11:4-5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:1-4, 6; Matt 24:42; Heb 9:28