STATEMENT OF FAITH

This Church declares its adherence to the doctrines and usages of Baptist Churches as set forth in the New Hampshire Confession of Faith, published in abridged form:

Abridged New Hampshire Confession of Faith​

​I. Of The ​Scriptures

We believe the Bible as originally written is verbally inspired and written “holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”; that it is without any admixture of error; that it is the only complete and final revelation of God’s will; and that by it alone human conduct, creeds and opinions shall be determined.

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 17:17; 1 Peter 1:23​

​​II. Of The True God

We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, and infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressively glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the God-head there are three persons, (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost), equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but
harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

 

Exodus 20:2-3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; 1 John 5:7

​​III. Of The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, co-eternal and co-equal with the Father and Son; that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment; that He regenerates all who believe in Christ, and that He baptizes, seals, fills, teaches, endues, guides, witnesses, helps and sanctifies the believer.

 

Matthew 28:19; John 18:8–11; John 3:5–6; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13–14; John 15:26–27

 

​​IV. Of the Devil or Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan who was once one of God’s highest created beings; that through pride and ambition he fell; that he is now the malignant "prince of the power of the air" and the unholy god of this world; that he is the implacable enemy of God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the accuser of the brethren; that he is the author of all false religions; that he is destined to final defeat at the hands of Jesus Christ, and that he shall be cast into the lake of fire forever and ever.

 

Ezekiel 28:14–17; Isaiah 14:12–15; Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:10;

2 Corinthians 11:13–15; 2 Thessalonians 2:8–11; Revelation 20:10

 

​​V. Of The Creation

We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by the direct creation of God, in His own image.

 

We believe that marriage is the exclusive, covenantal union of one man and one woman defined genetically from birth, which union was designed by God. Genesis 2:24 states, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Jesus Christ affirmed this in Matthew 19:4–6: “And He answered and said, ‘Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’” We will faithfully follow this scriptural definition of marriage in the teachings and practices of this church, which is consistent with the church’s historical position (cf. 1689 London Baptist Confession, chapter 25). Therefore, this church will only officiate, solemnize, perform, or host a marriage or marriage-like related event involving the union of one man with one woman as instituted by God.

 

Genesis 1–2; Colossians 1:16–17; John 1:3; Matthew 19:4–6

 

​​VI. Of The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, by choice; and therefore under just
condemnation without defense or excuse.

 

Genesis 3:1–6; Romans 5:19; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:10–19; Romans 1:18,32

 

​​VII. Of The Virgin Birth

We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or ever can be born of a woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son.

 

Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18–25; Luke 1:35; John 1:14

 

VIII. Of the Atonement For Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, Who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins (John 3:16; Matthew 18:11; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; Isaiah 53:4-7; Romans 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). His atonement consisted not in setting an example in His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree (John 10:18; Philippians 2:8; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18; Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 2:2). Having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all-sufficient Savior.
 

IX. Of the Resurrection, Personal; Visible

Pre-Millennial Return of Christ, and Related Events

We believe in the bodily resurrection (Matthew 28:6-7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6), the Ascension (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 12:2), the High Priesthood (Hebrews 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 5:9-10), the Second Coming (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; James 5:8; Hebrews 9:28), the resurrection of the righteous dead (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:42-44; 1 Corinthians 15:52), the change of the living in Christ (1 Corinthians 15:51-53; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21), the throne of David (Luke 1:32; Isaiah 9:6-7; Acts 2:29-30), and His Reign of Earth (1 Corinthians 15:25; Isaiah 32:1; 11:4-5; Psalm 72:8; Revelation 20:14; 20:6).

X. 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, 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, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with 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; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6-7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8
 

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.

 

Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 8:1; 5:1,9
 

XII. Of Repentance and Faith

We believe that Repentance and Faith are solemn obligations (Acts 20:21) also inseparable graces (Mark 1:15) wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God (Acts 2:27-38). Thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy (Luke 18:13; Romans 10:13; Psalm 51:1-4; 51:7; Isaiah 55:6-7), at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all sufficient Savior (Luke 12:8; Romans 10:9,10).

 

XIII. Of the Security of the Saints

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.

 

Philippians 1:6; John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Jude 1 (R.V.)

 

XIV. Of Heaven and Hell

We believe in a heaven of eternal bliss for the saved and a hell of conscious suffering for the lost.

 

John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:3-4; Revelation 20:11-15

 

XV. Of Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a Church membership. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.

 

Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:16; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 11:23-28

 

XVI. Of the Local Church

We believe the local Church should be a congregation of immersed believers; that its standard of faith and practice is found in the Word of God alone; that the true mission of the Church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all as we have opportunity; that the local Church has the sole right of self-government; and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local Church is final.

 

Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 28:18-20; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-24; 1 Peter 5:1-4

 

XVII. Of Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society (Romans 13:17; 2 Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21-22); that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed (Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13-14,17); except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 5:29; Acts 4:19-20; Daniel 3:1 7-18), the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth (Matthew 10:28; Matthew 28:10; Revelation 10:16; Philippians 2:10-11; Psalm 72:11).

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5760 Cannonsburg Rd NE, Belmont, MI 49306-9089

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