A Bible Baptist is one who believes in a supernatural Bible, which tells of a supernatural Christ, who had a supernatural birth, who spoke supernatural words, who performed supernatural miracles, who lived a supernatural life, who died a supernatural death, who rose in a supernatural splendor, who intercedes as a supernatural priest and who will one day return in supernatural glory to establish a supernatural kingdom on the earth.
I. OF THE SCRIPTURES
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.
1. 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.
2. By “inspiration” 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 were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; 28:25; Psa. 119:160, 105, 130, 89; 19:7-11; Luke 24:25-27; 44-45; 16:31; John 17:17; 5:45-47, 29; 12:48; Pro. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:4; 15:4; 1 Pet. 1:23; Rev. 22:19; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:17.
III. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
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 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 is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sancitifies, and helps the unbeliever. John 14:16-17; 1:33; 16:13; 3:5-6; 16:8-11; 15:26-27; 14:26; Matt. 28:19; 3:11; Heb. 9:14; Luke 1:35; 3:16; 24:49; Gen. 1:1-3; 2 Thess. 2:7; 2:13; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Eph. 1:13-14; Mark 1:8; Rom. 8:14; 8:16; 8:26-27; 1 Pet. 1:2.
V. OF CREATION
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and 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 that they should bring forth only “after their kind.” Gen. 1:1, 11, 24, 26-27; 2:21-23; Ex. 20:11; Acts 4:24; 17:23-26; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom. 1:20; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6.
VII. 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 even be born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God, the Son. Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Mark 1:1; John 1:1, 14; Psa. 2:7; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20; I Cor. 15:47.
IX. 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 the divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. John 3:3, 6-7; 1:12-13; 2 Cor. 5:17, 19; Luke 5:27; I John 5:1; Acts 2:41; 2 Pet. 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1, 5-9; Col. 2:13; Gal. 5:22.
XI. 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 of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of 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; 5:1, 9; 1:17; 4:1-8; Titus 3:5-7; Hab. 2:4; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38
XIII. OF THE CHURCH
We believe that a Baptist Church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders 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 has 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 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 faith and 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, of policy of government, of discipline, of benevolence; the will of the local church is final. Acts 2:41-42; 14:23; 6:5-6; 15:22-23; 20:17-28; I Cor. 11:2; 12:4, 8-11; 16:1-2; 6:1-3; 5:11-13; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11; 5:23-24; I Tim. 3:1-13; Matt. 28;19-20; Col. 1:18; I Pet. 5:14; Jude 3, 4; 2 Cor. 8:23-24; Mal. 3:10; Lev. 27:32.
XV. 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 distinguishes them from superficieal professors; 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; 10:28-29; Col. 1:21-23; 1 John 2:19; Matt. 13:19-21; Rom. 8:28, 35-39; Psa. 121:2; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. 1:5; Phil 1:6.
XVII. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests 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 the kings of the earth. Rom. 13:7; 2 Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21-22; Acts 23:5; 4:19-20; Matt. 22:21; 10:28; 23:10; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13, 14; 2:17; Dan. 3:17-18; Phil 2:10-11; Psa. 72:11; Gen. 9:4-6.
XIX. OF MISSIONS
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this commission was given to the churches.
Matt. 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.'”
Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.'”
John 20;21, “Then said Jesus to them again, ‘Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.'”
Rom. 10:13-15, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. how then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.!'”