What We Believe
We believe in one true and living God. We believe God is an infinite and perfect divine Spirit. We believe God exists in the unity of the Godhead, the Holy Trinity (“Trinitas” latin), in which there are three Persons in Unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, of the same essence and substance, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the divine work of redemption—all God. We also believe God, the First Person of the Trinity, is glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love.
We believe Jesus Christ is the 2nd Person of the Trinity, the Living Word of God (“logos”), the son of God, the promised Messiah, and God himself. We further believe that Jesus became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. We believe that the true God became fully human, as true man, and remained fully divine, as true God. We believe He died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. We believe that after his crucifixion, Jesus arose in bodily form from the grave and was resurrected, ascended into heaven, where he is now seated at the right hand of God Almighty, interceding on our behalf as our High Priest and Mediator, for the purpose of reconciliation of our souls to God.
We believe the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, our Advocate, the Comforter, the 3rd person of the Trinity, was sent to glorify Christ and to apply and sustain the saving work of Christ to our hearts. We believe the Holy Spirit comforts, convicts, instructs, guides, directs, leads and draws us closer to God. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells our hearts, saturates our spirit, gives us new life, and empowers and imparts gifts to us for service to God and our fellow man. We believe the Holy Spirit instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption. We believe in the full gifts of the Holy Spirit as God provides.
We believe God has established His Kingdom here on earth and in heaven. We believe that as Jesus proclaimed, the Kingdom is near and it is also in the future. The Kingdom of God, as we currently understand it, represents God’s sovereign reign and rule in the earth, as well as in heaven and is therefore continually unfolding. We believe it is a system created by God which sets forth the principles of Godly living. We believe the establishment and advancement of the Kingdom of God is the core element of the mission of the church and must be the focus of all of the resources and efforts of the church.
We believe Holy Scripture, in its entirety, was divinely inspired by God and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; and that God is its author, salvation is its intended end, and truth without mixture is its corpus and purpose. We believe Scripture reveals principles of Christian living and principles of God’s commands and ultimate judgment. We believe all of Scripture is a perfectly unified witness of God’s redemptive acts, which all pointed to the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ (Word made flesh). We believe the Holy Scriptures, as interpreted and inspired by God, are the final and supreme authority and set the standard by which all human conduct and events shall be measured. We believe firmly in the proper interpretation of God’s Word and are careful to always consider the spirit of God’s Word and not the letter of the Word alone!
We believe the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen humanity to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the establishment of the visible church. We also believe that the Old Testament-Hebrew Scriptures are in complete unity with the New Testament-New Covenant of Scripture. We believe that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament-Hebrew Scriptures and was prophesied and anticipated in the whole of the Old Testament Scriptures. We believe in the complete unity of the Holy Bible and its applicability and authority in the church and the world today and forever.
We believe the church as the “ekklesia” (Greek word for “called out ones; congregation”) is the assembly of a community of persons who confess faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that we are the called out ones, set apart by God for the work of carrying out God’s mission in the world. We believe that the mission of the church is the same as the mission of Jesus Christ – to evangelize, disciple, and serve all people for the establishment and advancement of the Kingdom of God. We believe that God, through Jesus Christ, is the visionary, the author, the organizer, the manager, and the sovereign head and ultimate authority of the Church. We believe the church exists for the sole purpose of glorifying God.
We believe a visible local church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel within a designated community; observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by his laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges vested in them by God’s Word.
We believe humanity was created in God’s holiness, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy state. We believe that as a result of this fall all are now born into sin—and are by our fleshly nature void of holiness as required by the law of God. We believe that because of this, we are prone to sin and evil and under just condemnation to eternal ruin, unless we receive and accept the transforming and empowering love, power and grace of God.
We believe that to confess and to repent means to admit and expose our sin, to turn from our ungodly ways and to replace those ways with the ways of God—relying on God as our strength. We believe faith is belief, trust, obedience and action in reliance and dependence on God, as revealed in Jesus Christ. It is the means of salvation and eternal life. We believe that God perfects and completes our faith. We know and believe that God is faithful to all of God’s promises.
We believe that we, as sinners, were saved from the consequences of our sin, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus’ atoning sacrifice on the cross saved us, removed our sin debt and reconciled us to Almighty God. We believe that having risen from the dead, Jesus gave to us a free gift of salvation, established a right relationship with God, and granted us eternal life with God, the Almighty.
We believe that our belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior secures the gift of justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not based on any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. By virtue of this faith, Jesus’ perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God and it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity.
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration consists of transforming our minds and lives to a holy and godly disposition by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, and which secures our voluntary obedience to the Gospel. We further believe that proper evidence of regeneration appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life.
We believe Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of certain spiritual disciplines such as the study of the Word of God, renewing of the mind, self-examination, self-denial, worship of God, godliness, watchfulness, service and consistent prayer.
We believe God’s grace and mercy are free gifts and represent unmerited favor from God. It demonstrates God’s love, support and kindness to imperfect and sinful men and women. God extends His grace to humanity in providing salvation and forgiveness through Jesus Christ that is not deserved, and by withholding the judgment that is deserved. We believe God’s grace and mercy are the most glorious displays of God’s sovereign goodness and steadfast love. We also believe that God’s grace and mercy promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust and active imitation of His free mercy; that it may be witnessed by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel, and that it is the foundation of our Christian assurance.
We believe everything we do and say must be based in love and charity. We believe that God is love, and that all authentic Christians are committed to displaying love and charity in all aspects of their lives. We believe that it is our mission to spread love throughout the world, and in doing this we will be able to communicate the true Christian message to all. We believe that love is the supreme expression of Christian faith and action. We believe it is our responsibility to cleanse ourselves of anything that hinders the free flow of love and charity in our lives.
We believe that endurance and perseverance are essential ingredients of the Christian faith. We believe that no person will ever be successful in living a true and authentic Christian life without pressing on through good times and bad, times of persecution and blessing. Holy Scripture teaches us that real believers are the ones who endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ distinguishes them from other “pretenders”. We believe that God’s special Providence watches over those who endure, and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
We believe there is a critical difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in wickedness, disobedience, lack of repentance and unbelief are in God’s sight wicked, and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men and women, both in and after death.
We believe that it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all people. We believe that to whom much is given, much more is expected. We also believe that the way we express our faith and demonstrate our love for God is through the lives we touch and impact for the cause of Christ. Hence, we are committed to serving others, following Christ’s example, utilizing the gifts and contributions of all of our membership, through various missions, ministry activities and programs where the sole purpose of existence is that of service and ministry to others. We offer service to others on behalf of Jesus Christ our Lord.
We believe that we, the church, were created to worship God. We believe worship is the service of praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and petition directed toward God through our actions and attitudes. We also believe we are to worship God in spirit and in truth, and that everything we do ought be an act of worship. We believe that worship can be expressed in many ways, as long as it is authentic, heart driven, and offered to God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We observe the first day of the week, Sunday, as the Lord’s Day, the Christian Sabbath. We believe this day should be kept sacred for the worship of God, by the devout observance of acts of spiritual devotion to God, both private and public, and by preparation for the rest that remaineth for the people of God.
WWB #22 – Doctrine #22– Holy Baptism & Holy Communion (Lord’s Supper)
Baptism: Romans 10:9-10; Romans 6:1-11 (died to sin); Ephesians 4:5; Matthew 28:19 (formula); John 1:29-34; Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 2:41-47; Matthew 3:11-12 (Baptism in the Holy Spirit)
Holy Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; 10:16-22; Matthew 26:26-29; John 13:1-17 (footwashing)
We believe that Baptism and the Lord’s Supper/Holy Communion are the two principle ordinances/sacraments of the church and are practiced in services of worship, as acts of worship. Christian Baptism is a “ceremonial washing” which unites the believer to Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. We practice the full immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. We believe baptism symbolizes our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. We believe that baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relationship. We further believe that the Lord’s Supper is a “ceremonial meal” of remembrance and celebration of the sacrifice and anticipated return of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. It is practiced on a regular basis in a worship service in which the Church, by the sacred and symbolic use of bread and fruit of the vine, commemorate together the love and sacrifice of Christ and of his future kingdom, preceded always by solemn and earnest self-examination.
We believe that God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual—and we believe that all we have and all we are, we owe it all to God. We believe that we as Christians have been given a responsibility to manage the resources of the earth and to utilize our time, talents and financial treasures for the upbuilding of God’s kingdom here on earth. We believe that we have been entrusted with resources for use in the kingdom and must be enthusiastically ready and prepared to give regularly, cheerfully and liberally for the advancement of the kingdom of God, both domestically and internationally. We believe in tithing, regular and sacrificial giving. And our giving and our stewardship is in devotion to God who loves and blesses us.
We believe that ultimately civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of human society; and that civil authorities are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, we believe it is our duty to work toward accomplishing this ideal.
We believe that although we know not the day nor the hour when Jesus will return, the end of the world is approaching and that in the last day, Christ will descend from heaven and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, to endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of humanity in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness. We believe that this will be the final consummation of history and execution of God’s divine plan.
East Preston United Baptist Church
PastorLHP – October, 2015