WE BELIEVE

 

  • WE BELIEVE all Scripture of both the Old and the New Testaments to be verbally inspired by God, infallible and inerrant in the original writings and to be the supreme and final authority in faith and practice. 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17

  • WE BELIEVE in one true and living God revealed in the Scriptures, as eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Deut. 6:4; 1 Tim. 2:5; Isa. 48:16; Matt. 28:19, 20; John 14:26; 2 Cor. 13:14; Gen. 1:1; John 3:16

  • WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary; that He was true God and true man; that He lived a sinless life upon this earth; that He died on the cross as a substitionary sacrifice for the sins of all mankind; that He rose bodily from the grave on the third day; that He ascended bodily into heaven where He continues His ministry at the right hand of God as our Advocate and High Priest; and that He is personally, visibly, and imminently returning to this earth to set up His Kingdom. Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1, 14; 1 John 5:20; Heb. 4:15; 1 Cor. 15:3,4; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24; Luke 24:36-48; Acts 1:9-11; John 2:1, 2; Eph. 1:20; Heb. 4:14-16; Matt. 25:31,32; Rev. 20:6

  • WE BELIEVE that the Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God; that this present era of the Church is, in a special way, the dispensation of the Holy Spirit; and that His ministry in the world includes reproving, regenerating, indwelling, guiding, and empowering believers. Acts 5:3, 4; John 16:7-11; John 3:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:19; Rom. 8:14; Acts 1:8

  • WE BELIEVE that man in the person of the first Adam was created by the direct act of God; that he was made in the image of God; that in his original state he was innocent; that exercise of his own free will he disobeyed God and, thereby, fell into a state of sin and condemnation; and that his descendants, inheriting a sinful nature, are under the condemnation of God at the age of accountability (no specific age regarding years), and are in need of the new birth. Gen. 1:26, 27; Gen. 2:16, 17; Gen. 3: Rom. 5:12-19; Eph. 2:1-3; John 3:3

  • WE BELIEVE that salvation is a gift of God’s grace; that it is received by: 1) repentance, its proper evidence appearing in the hearty renunciation and forsaking of one’s sins, and 2) faith, the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, trusting in His atoning sacrifice at the cross; and that there are no other means of being saved. Luke 13:3; Isa. 55:7; John 3:16; John 1:12, 13; John 14:6; Acts 4:12

  • WE BELIEVE that God determined from the beginning to save all who should comply with the conditions of salvation and that these, who trust Christ, constitute His elect; that God has given to man the freedom of choice, permitting him to yield to the influence of the truth and the Spirit and live, or to resist them and perish; and that God desires salvation of all men everywhere. Rom. 8:29, 30; 1 Pet 1:2; Titus 2:11; 2 Pet. 3:9; Rev. 22:17

  • WE BELIEVE that every believer is sanctified in Christ at conversion; that this sanctification continues during the Christian life as the believer grows in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ; and that it is completed when the believer stands in the presence of Christ, either at death or at the rapture. 1Cor. 1:30; Heb. 10:10; 2 Peter 3:18; Phil.3:12-18; 1 Cor. 13:10; Heb. 12:23; 1 John 3:2

  • WE BELIEVE that God has given to the believer strong scriptural grounds for knowing positively that he is saved; that God has promised and provided, through the power of divine grace, to keep His children even in times of failure, when they fall out of fellowship with Him; that God has assured His followers that as believers that they are secure in Christ and shall never perish; but that God has, also, clearly warned the Christian against the possibility of making shipwreck of his personal faith in Christ, and thereby, becoming an apostate, and that, if such should happen, there is no way he could be restored to salvation – his own doom would be sealed. 1 John; 1 John 10:28, 29; Rom. 8:30-39; Phil 1:6; 1 Tim. 1:18, 19; John 15: 1-7; Col. 1:21-23; Heb. 3:14; Heb. 6:1-6; Heb. 10:26-29, 2 Pet. 2:20, 21

  • WE BELIEVE that the Christian is to live a righteous, pure, and holy life; that he is called to be a witness for Christ; that he is to be faithful in attending his church and that he is to support his church by his tithes and offering. Rom. 12:1, 2; 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 2 Cor. 5:17-20; Acts 1:8; Heb. 10:25; Mal. 3:10; Matt 23:23; 1 Cor. 16:1, 2

  • WE BELIEVE that all men are to stand before God in judgment – the righteous before the Judgment Seat of Christ, when Jesus returns for His Bride, the Church, just prior to the Period of Tribulation and the thousand-year reign of Christ on the earth, and the unrighteous before the Great White Throne Judgment at the close of the Millennial Kingdom; and that the wicked will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. Heb. 9:27; John 5:29; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:1-15; Matt. 25:46

  WE BELIEVE

  • God – We believe that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself in nature, and in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: yet as one God.
  • Jesus Christ - He is God’s unique Son; the only one of a kind. The Scripture teaches that He is God revealed in flesh. In His Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man. He is the One once crucified for man’s sin, the now risen and glorified Savior and Lord who mediates between God and man and who gives us access to the Father through His intercession. None can come to the Father unless they come through Him.
  • Holy Spirit – All of the attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit by the Scriptures. It is He who convicts and convinces men of their sin. He also convinces man of that which is right, and that a final day of judgment will come. He, it is, who comes to live in us at conversion, to open our understanding to the Scripture, and to lead us into the truth.
  • The Bible – God used holy men to write the Scriptures. They are, in both the Old and New Testaments, the very words God intended us to have. They are, as given by God, without error and are our only rule of faith and practice. We profit from them by learning the truth about many things: they also speak to us about wrong doing; they even correct us and get us back on course as well as instructing us in right living.
  • Man – God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner and incurring God’s judgment upon sin. All of Adam’s descendants inherit his fallen nature and thus have a natural inclination to sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and in need of salvation.
  • God’s Relationship to His Creatures and Creation – God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things. He maintains the laws of nature and performs special acts as the highest welfare of mankind and His created order of things require.
  • Salvation – Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner, when in godly sorrow he turns from them and trusts in the work of Christ as redemption for his sin. This acceptance of God’s great salvation involves belief in Christ’s death on the cross as man’s substitute and the fact of God’s raising Him from the dead as predicted. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works.
  • Who Can be Saved? – It is God’s will that all be saved, but since man has the power of choice, God saves only those who repent of their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the cross. Those who refuse in this life to repent and believe have no later chance to be saved and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation by their unbelief.
  • Perseverance – We believe that there are strong grounds to hope that the saved will persevere unto the end and be saved because of the power of divine grace pledged for their support. We believe that any saved person who has sinned (whether we call him a backslider or sinner), but has a desire to repent, may do so and be restored to God’s favor and fellowship. Since man, however, continues to have free choice, it is possible because of temptations and the weakness of human flesh for him to fall into the practice of sin and to make shipwreck of his faith and be lost.
  • Gospel Ordinances – Free Will Baptists believe the Bible teaches three ordinances for the church to practice: Baptism in water by immersion, the Lord’s Supper, to be perpetuated until His return, and the Washing of the Saints’ feet, an ordinance teaching humility.
  • Resurrection – Free Will Baptists believe the Scriptures teach the resurrection of the bodies of all men, each in its own order; they that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation.
  • Church Government – Free Will Baptist churches enjoy local church autonomy (self-governing). The local church is the highest authority in the denomination. Local churches voluntarily organize themselves into quarterly meetings, district, state, and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ on the local, state, district, national, and world-wide level.
  • Christ’s Second Coming – The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, who ascended on high and sits at the right hand of God, will come again to close the Gospel dispensation, glorify His saints, and judge the world.
  • Missions – Free Will Baptists believe that Jesus commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
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