Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith
Doctrinal Statement of the First Baptist Church of Wellston
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While this statement does not exhaust the extent of our doctrinal beliefs, it accurately represents the teaching of the Bible.  All official members of First Baptist Church of Wellston, and anyone representing this church by virtue of a teaching or leadership ministry must subscribe to these truths without reservation and must affirm them in all ministries related to the work of this church.

    A. The Scriptures
  • We believe that the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings.  The nature of God’s Word and His supervision of its transmission is such that an accurate translation of the text that we have preserves its God-breathed character.  We therefore affirm that God’s Word is available to His people today and that it is the complete revelation of His will for salvation and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life. (Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
    B. God the Father
  • We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; II Corinthians 13:14)
    C. Jesus Christ
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is both true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins, according to the scriptures.  Further, He arose bodily from the dead and ascended into Heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.  (Matthew 20:28; Romans 3:25,26; I Corinthians 15:20; II Corinthians 5:14; Hebrews 7:25; 10:5-14)
    D. The Holy Spirit
  • We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict sinners, regenerate the believer at salvation, and to indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service. (John 14:16-17, 16:7-15; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19; 12:13; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 2:22, 4:30, 5:18; II Thessalonians 2:7; I John 2:20-27)
    E. Man
  • We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.  (Genesis 1:26, 2:17; Psalms 14:1-3; 51:5; John 3:6,36; Romans 3:10-19; 8:6-7; Ephesians 2:1-3; I John 3:8)
    F. Salvation
  • We believe that, in order to effect justification and salvation, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, fulfilling the demands of the Law, as the federal representative of sinful men, and that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation. Only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.  (Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 64:6; Matthew 26:28; John 3:7-18; Romans 5:6-9; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; Titus 3:5-7)
    G. Ordinances of the Church
  • We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the church during the present age.  They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48; 16:32-33; 18:7-8; I Corinthians 11:26)
    H. The Church
  • We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are unified together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.  (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 4:3-10)
     
    I. Church Membership
  • We believe that only those who are thus members of the true church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.  (Acts 2:41-42,47)
    J. Church Autonomy
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.  (Matthew 16:16-18; I Corinthians 11:3)
    K. The Return of Christ
  •  We believe in the personal, pre-millennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.  (John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-52; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14)
    L. The Resurrection
  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead:  of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.  (Luke 16:19-26; 23:42-43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:11-15)
    M. Security of the Believer
  •  We believe that we and all true believers everywhere, once saved, shall be kept saved forever.  We also believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous Father and that, since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will when they persistently sin chasten them and correct them in infinite love.  Having undertaken to save them and keep them forever, apart from all human merit, the Father will in the end present every one of them faultless before the presence of His glory and conformed to the image of His Son.  (John 10:28)
     
    N. Marriage
  • We believe that the Bible teaches that God established marriage as only between a man and a woman, and that all sexual conduct outside the bonds of marriage is sin. We further believe that the physical condition in which a person is born is established by God. (Genesis 2:24; Exodus 4:11; Leviticus 18:6-30; Deuteronomy 22:5; Psalm 139:13-16; Matthew 19:4,5; 1 Corinthians 6:9,10).