Statement of Faith

Faith baptist statement of faith

A statement of faith is a statement of the shared beliefs in the form of a fixed formula summarizing core tenets. These have also been historically called creeds, or confessions.

 

It is important for every church and Christian organization to have a clear, accessible statement of faith in what they believe about the Bible and about God.

Scripture


We believe that the Holy Bible was written by supernaturally inspired men; that it is truth without any error 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.

By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books from Genesis to Revelation which, as originally written, does not only contain and convey the Word of God but is the very Word of God. By “Inspired” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that their writings have ever been and ever will be inspired.

2 Samuel 23:3; Luke 16:29-31; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Acts 1:16; Acts 3:21; John 10:35; Romans 3:1-2

Godhead


We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God; an infinite and intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness; and worthy of all possible honour, confidence, and love. We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; equal in every divine perfection and attribute; executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

Jeremiah 10:10; Isaiah 1:20; John 10:30; Ephesians 2:10; Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:7

Jesus Christ


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has been in existence throughout all eternity, equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit; possessed the nature of God and man; lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death on the cross, resurrected bodily in three days, ascended to be with the Father and is there seated at His right hand making intercession for us and will return bodily. We believe that Jesus Christ condescended to take on the form and nature of man and that He is fully (100%) God and fully (100%) man at the same time.

Hebrews 1:2; John 17:5; Luke 1:31,35; 1 Peter 1:19,20; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 7:25

Holy Spirit


We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person; equal with and having the same nature as God the Father and God the Son; 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—for He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He seals, guides, indwells, baptizes, teaches, sanctifies and helps the believer. We believe that the Holy Spirit fills the believer, empowering him for Christian living and imparting spiritual gifts for Christian service.

John 14:26; John 16:13; Romans 8:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 4:30; Acts 2:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:13

Mankind


We believe the Genesis account of creation; that it is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s 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 that they should bring forth only “after their kind”.

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 by choice; and therefore, under just condemnation, without defense or excuse.

Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:4-7; John 1:2, 3; Romans 5:12-14; Romans 7:23-25; Colossians 1:21

Sin


We believe that through the transgression of one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. We take “for all have sinned” to mean: that in Adam existed the entire race undistributed, and thus as the branch shares in the root, so the whole of mankind shares in the guilt, penalty, death, and corrupted nature springing from that first transgression. We believe that “for all have sinned” means that each individual has actually sinned against God.

We believe in the total depravity of man—that while all men may not be as bad as they could be, all are utterly lost in their unredeemed state; for all are dead in trespasses and sins. Thus man is utterly helpless to remedy his lost condition apart from the grace of God.

Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8

Salvation


We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to sinful man by grace and received solely by repentance (turning from sin) and placing faith in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ who accomplished complete redemption by His substitutionary death and shedding of His precious blood.

Romans 4:16; John 3:18; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 3:4-9; 2 Timothy 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18-19

We believe the Bible teaches two distinct lines of truth regarding the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. No one can tell where these two lines meet. We believe that the entire Bible is an urgent call for a sinful man to receive salvation. We do not believe that either Calvinism or Arminianism is in accordance with the letter and spirit of the full Word of God on this matter.

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever, and that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word.

We believe that every person who truly trusts in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation is given a new nature which is in constant conflict with his old nature, and that provision has been made for individual believers to be dominated by this new nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and thereby to live a holy Christian life. We believe that any teaching of the eradication of the old sinful nature is unscriptural.

Romans 6:13; Romans 8:11-13; Romans 12:1-3; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24

Church


We believe that a local church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers who are associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers and ordination are pastors/elders and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the Church is found in the great commission.

We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and 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 furtherance of the gospel; that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. On all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and of benevolence the will of the local church is final.

Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:41,42; 1 Corinthians 1:1-13; 1 Corinthians 5:5-6; Philippians 1:1; Acts 14:23

Satan


We believe that Satan was once a holy angel and enjoyed heavenly honours; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince and the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s greatest tempter, the enemy of God and Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all powers of darkness; destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son and judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.

Isaiah 14:12-17; Genesis 3:15

Prophecy and End Times


We believe in the premillennial return of Christ; that His return from heaven will be personal, visible and glorious, a blessed hope for which we should constantly watch and pray, the time being unrevealed but always imminent; that when He comes He will first by resurrection of the dead in Christ and translation of the living remove from the earth His waiting Church (Rapture), then pour out the righteous judgments of God upon the unbelieving world (Tribulation), afterward descend with His Church and establish His glorious and literal kingdom over all the nations for a thousand years (Millennium).

We believe that the spirits of the saved at death go immediately to be with Christ in heaven, that their works shall be brought before the judgment seat of Christ for the determination of rewards which will take place at the time when Christ comes for His own; that the spirits of the unsaved at the time of death descend immediately to hell where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment, at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, that they shall be judged and cast into the lake of fire, the place of final and everlasting punishment.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Acts 1:10-11; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55; Revelation 20:4
 

How to contact Faith Baptist Church

072 264 0076

office@faith.org.za

64 Andromeda Ave, Reyno Ridge

Witbank Mpumalanga 105

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