Truth Baptist Church
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness;
but unto us which are saved it is the power of God  (I Cor.1:18)
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Statement of Faith
 
 

SECTION I - God (Trinity)

We believe that there is one, and only one, true and living God (Deut. 6:4), that He is a spirit (John 4:24), who is perfect in nature (Ps. 18:30), eternal in existence (Rev. 1:8), holy in character (I Pet. 1:15,16), infinite in wisdom (Rom. 11:33), almighty in power (Jer. 32:17), Creator (Gen. 1:1) and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Col. 1:16,17).
We believe that God is a Trinity consisting of three divine persons: (Gen.1:26; Gen. 11:7; Isa. 6:3); Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, which are co-existent and co-equal in every attribute (Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7), executing distinct but harmonious offices in the works of creation and redemption (Matt. 3:16,17).
A. Father - (Acts 17:24,31; James 1:17; Isa. 53:10,11; John 3:16; II Cor. 5:21)
B. Son - (John 1:3; Col. 1:16; Isa. 9:6; Matt. 1:21; John 3:17; I Tim. 3:16)
C. Holy Ghost - (Gen. 1:2; Ps. 104:30; Gen. 6:3; John 16:7-14; Acts 7:51)

SECTION II - The Father

We believe that God the Father is the first Person of the Divine Trinity, equal with the Son and the Holy Ghost, that His throne is in Heaven (Matt. 5:16, Rev. 4:2,3), that He seeks true worshippers (John 4:23), that He sent His Son into the world to save sinners (John 3:16,17; I Tim. 1:15), that whoever honours the Father should honour the Son (John 5:23), that no man can come to the Son unless the Father draws him (John 6:44), that no one can be plucked out of the Father's hand (John 10:29), that He knows and supplies all of our needs (Matt. 6:31,32; Phil. 4:19), and that He is glorified when the believer bears much fruit (John 15:8).

SECTION III - The Son (Jesus Christ)

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son (Matt. 3:17), the second Person of the Divine Trinity, equal with the Father and the Holy Ghost (Phil. 2:6), eternal in existence (John 17:5; Rev. 1:18), born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-31), God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1,14) that He lived a sinless life (I John 3:5), offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for all sinners on the cross at Calvary once and for all (Heb. 9:26,28), that He is the only Mediator between God and man (I Tim. 2:5), that He physically arose from the grave (Luke 24:34-43) and bodily ascended into Heaven (Acts 1:9) where he is now sitting at the right hand of the Father (Col. 3:1), interceding for us as our High Priest (Heb. 7:22-26), and that He will personally return to earth one day (Acts 1: 11) to reign for one thousand years (Rev. 20:4).

SECTION IV - The Holy Ghost


We believe that the Holy Ghost is God (Acts 5:3,4), the third Person of the Divine Trinity, equal with the Father and the Son, that He reproves the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:7-11), guides to all truth and glorifies the Son (John 16:13,14), that He regenerates the believer in the New Birth (John 3:3-8), seals him (Eph. 1:13,14), indwells him (I Cor. 3:16), bears witness with the spirit of the believer (Rom. 8:16), leads him (Rom. 8:14), teaches him (John 14:26), comforts him (John 14:16,17), makes intercession for him (Rom. 8:26,27), and empowers him (Acts 1:8).

SECTION V - The Scriptures

We believe that the Sacred Scriptures are a collection of sixty-six books (from Genesis to Revelation) contained in one volume commonly known as the Holy Bible. We believe that the Bible is the very Word of God, written by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (II Pet. 1:20,21), that it's words have been preserved by God (Ps. 12:6, 7) and that it is forever settled in Heaven (Ps. 119:89). We believe that every word of the Bible is true (Ps.119:160), that it is free from error (Prov. 30:5), in perfect harmony (John 10:35), that it is the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice (II Tim. 3:16,17), and that no man should ever add to or take away from the words of this Holy Book (Prov. 30:6; Rev. 22:18,19). Since God has promised to preserve His Word for us, and commanded us to study it (II Tim. 2:15), believe it (John 5:46,47), memorize it (Ps. 119:11), practice it (James 1:22), and proclaim it (II Tim. 4:2); we believe that the 1611 Authorized Version of the Bible (commonly known as the King James Version), which was translated from the Textus Receptus (Received Text), is God's Preserved Word for the English speaking people.

SECTION VI - Eternal Salvation

We believe that sin and death entered the human race by Adam (Rom. 5:12), was passed upon all mankind (Rom. 3:23), making them spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1-3), justly condemned (John 3:18), without excuse (Rom. 1:20), and headed for eternal damnation (II Thes. 1:8,9), unless and until they have been born of the Spirit of God (John 3:3-7). We believe that this spiritual birth is of incorruptible seed (I Pet. 1:23), takes place in a single moment of faith (John 5:24), when one receives Christ (John 1:12), and with Him eternal life (I John 5:11,12).
We believe that salvation is a free gift of eternal duration (Rom. 6:23), to be received in this life (I Cor. 1:18), given by God's grace (Eph. 2:8,9), without any human merit (Tit. 3:5), through faith alone (Rom. 4:4,5), in the perfect sacrifice of Christ (Heb. 10:10-12), and His power to keep one saved forever (John 10:27-30).
We believe that the two conditions for salvation are repentance and faith (Acts 20:21); that true repentance is the result of Godly sorrow (II Cor. 7:10), and that true faith will produce Godly living (Eph. 2:10). We believe that God as our loving Father will not allow us to persistently indulge in sinful living without chastising us (Heb. 12:6-11), but will never cast us out (John 6:37), nor condemn us with the world (I Cor. 11:32).
We further believe that if one claims that at the moment he called upon Jesus to save him, he did not believe that God gave him everlasting life that could never be lost; he did not really have true saving faith in the finished work of Christ, but was still trusting in his own ability to hold on to his salvation, and therefore will not be recognized as a Christian by this church (John 19:30; Rom. 4:20-22; Heb. 4:2; James 1:6,7).

SECTION VII - The Church


We believe that the Church presently consists of a local congregation of baptized believers associated together by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the Gospel (Acts 2:41,47; 8:1; 9:31; Rom. 16,16); that it's threefold mission is to: exalt the Saviour (Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18), edify the saint (I Cor. 14:12; Eph. 4;11,12), and evangelize the sinner (Matt. 28:19,20; II Cor. 5:18-20). We believe that it is an independent body led by the Holy Ghost (John 14:26; Acts 13:1-4), with elders as overseers and ensamples (Acts 20:28; I Pet. 5:1-3), which consist of the offices of bishop (pastor) and deacon (assistant) (I Tim. 3:1-13; Tit. 1:5-9).
We believe that a local church can have fellowship with, and cooperate together in evangelistic projects with other local churches (Rom. 15:25-27; II Cor. 8:1-4); provided they are of like faith and practice, and do not usurp the authority of the officers of each congregation (Rom. 16:17; Jude 3,4).
We further believe that one day the individuals of these local churches will be united together forever as one church in the New Jerusalem (Heb. 12:22,23), and be honored as the Bride of Christ (Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:6-9).

SECTION VIII - Church Ordinances

We believe that Christ has given us two ordinances to be observed by the local church which are: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that these ordinances are sacred symbols that picture the Gospel message in a very real and personal way to the person who has already been saved. We do not believe that they are sacraments that give grace unto salvation (Eph. 2:8,9; Tit. 3:5).
A. Baptism- We believe that the ordinance of baptism is only to be administered by the authority of the local church (Acts 2:41,47); by immersion in water to the "born again believer" (Acts 8:36-39); in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (Matt. 28:19); that it pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and symbolically identifies the believer with Him (Rom. 6:3-11).
B. Lord's Supper- We believe that the Lord's Supper is a memorial observance reminding us of the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ and His coming return in glory (Luke 22:15-19; I Cor. 11:2326); that the elements of the bread and fruit of the vine are spiritual symbols of the body and blood of our Lord (John 6:53-63); and that this observance is a very joyful, but solemn occasion which should always be preceded by self-examination (I Cor. 11:27-30).

SECTION IX - Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society (Rom. 13:1-7); that magistrates are to be financially supported (Matt. 17:24-27; Matt. 22:21); prayed for (I Tim. 2:1,2); conscientiously obeyed and honored (I Pet. 2:13,14,17); except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:18-20; Acts 5:28,29); who is the King of kings and Lord of lords (I Tim. 6:15; Rev. 19:16).

SECTION X - Biblical Separation

We believe that God intended for His church to be a holy and peculiar people (I Pet. 1:14-16; I Pet. 2:9); separated from worldliness (John 17:14-17; Rom. 12:2; James 4:4; I John 2:15,16); never to be yoked together with unbelievers (II Cor. 6:14-18). We believe that we should be aware that there are many false teachers and ministers (Acts 20:29,30; Rom. 16:17,18; II Pet. 2:1); who have a form of godliness (II Tim. 3:5-8); but are really ministers of Satan (II Cor. 11:13-15). We further believe that we should hold fast the faithful word (Tit. 1:9-11); and earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3,4).

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