Christian Baptist Beliefs Uncategorized by admin - March 19, 20132 Christian Baptist beliefs about THE BIBLE: We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, inerrant, complete and final revelation of God’s will to man, and the supreme standard to all faith and life. (Isaiah 40:8; II Timothy 3:16, 17; John 10:35; II Peter 1:19-21). Christian Baptist beliefs about GOD: We believe in one God, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, manifesting himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; one in nature, attributes, power, and glory. (Genesis 1:1; Mark 12:39; Mathew. 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1-4, 14; John 5:17-27; Philippians 2: 6-11). Christian Baptist beliefs about JESUS CHRIST: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin, Mary, and that He is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-4,14; John 5:17-27; Philippians 2:6-11). Christian Baptist beliefs about MAN: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed. (Genesis 1:26; 2:7-9, 16, 17; 3:1-9; Psalm 14:3, 4; 51:5; 58:3; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3). Christian Baptist beliefs about SALVATION: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe on Him and repent (fully acknowledge that they have sinned against God by breaking His holy law, and turn from sin to Christ) are justified on the ground of His shed blood on the cross, and are saved by grace through faith, wholly apart from human-merit and works. (John 1:29; Acts 13:38, 39; 16:31; Romans 3: 21-28; Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:3-8; Luke 13:3,5) Christian Baptist beliefs about REGENERATION: We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and repentance are born again by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, and thereby become children of God. (John 3:3-8, 14-16, 1:12, 13, 5:24; 10:28, 29; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:4-7; I John 3:1-3; Luke 13:3,5) Christian Baptist beliefs about THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, and the administrator of the things of God: convincing of sin, revealing Christ, teaching the truth, restraining evil, energizing believers in prayer, worship and service, and is ever present in the believer as our comforter and helper. (Psalm 139:7-12; John 7:38, 39; 15:26; 16:13, 14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19; II Thessalonians 2). Christian Baptist beliefs about SATAN: We believe Satan is an adversary, a calumniator, the prince of this world, the god of this age, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience; that he fell through pride, and that he will be judged and cast into the lake of fire. (Ezekiel 28:12-18; Isaiah 14:12-14; Job 1:6, 7; John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2; II Corinthians 4:4, 11, 13-15; Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10). Christian Baptist beliefs about THE ANTICHRIST: We believe the Pope of Rome to be an Antichrist as evidenced by one of his many titles as the “Vicar of Christ.” Christian Baptist beliefs about THE RETURN OF CHRIST: We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into Heaven, His present life there for us as our High Priest and Advocate, and His personal, bodily, visible, return to establish His kingdom on earth, to reign as the only potentate: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Luke 24:26-43; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:9, 10; I Corinthians 15:20-25; I Timothy 6:14, 15; Revelation 1:7; 19:11-16; 20:6). Christian Baptist beliefs about HEAVEN AND HELL: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead: the saved, to a life of eternal glory and bliss in heaven with God; the unsaved, to age-during judgment in the lake of fire. (John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:6, 11-15, 21:1-8; Matthew 10:28, 18:8-9, 25:41 and 46; Mark 9:43-49; II Thessalonians 1:6-9). Christian Baptist beliefs about EVANGELISM: We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to do his utmost to give the Gospel of Christ to the whole world. We further believe that the message of the Gospel has been diluted by most of the church into a life enhancement rather than a life preserver with our Lord Jesus Christ as the life giver. We believe this dilution has taken place mainly due to a neglect of the proper use of God’s law to convict sinners of their specifically sinful nature and state, and then failing to adequately warn them of God’s judgment and wrath to come upon them if they remain a transgressor outside of Christ. The function of the law is to bring the knowledge of sin, therefore stopping the mouth that the whole world may become guilty before God. (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 1:8; Matthew 4:19; John 17:18, 20:21 and II Corinthians 5:20; Romans 7:7-13; I John 3:4; Galatians 3:19,24-26; Romans 3:19) Christian Baptist beliefs about SEPARATION: We believe that we are called to be a separated people to abide in Christ, to walk in the Spirit and to enjoy victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. (Romans 12:1-2; Galatians 5:16; I John 2:15- 17; Colossians 3:1-17 and II Corinthians 2:14). Christian Baptist beliefs about ORDINANCES: We believe that there are two ordinances of the Church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that sprinkling is the scriptural mode. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; I Corinthians 11:23-32 and Matthew 3:16). Christian Baptist beliefs about ETERNAL SECURITY: We believe that all who have truly been born again by the Spirit of God through faith in Christ are eternally secure. We believe it is the privilege of all such to be assured of their present salvation and eternal security. We also believe that if a person does not manifest the fruit of the spirit as given in Galatians 5:22-23, there is sufficient cause to “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves…” (II Corinthians 13:5) (John 10:20-29, 5:24; II Timothy 1:12; Philippians 1:6 and Romans 8:33-39).