Statement of Faith


I believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed in the original manuscripts and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and practice. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man and shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-historical meaning. 
(2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Pet. 1:20-21). The English Translation I use is the Authorized King James Version of the Bible. The New Testament Manuscript I prefer is the majority text. 
I believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, hears and answers prayer, and saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. I believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, perfections, and are worthy of the same homage, confidence and obedience. (Gen. 1:1, 25; John 1:1; John 14:17-20; 1 Tim. 3:16) I believe in the deity and virgin birth of our Lord Jesus Christ; that He was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary not having a human father, sinless in His life, and is true God and true man; He died, was buried and rose again the third day for our sins according to the Scriptures; that He ascended to Heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, Advocate, and that His return for His Church (the Body of Christ) which he will take with Himself into Heaven is imminent after which He will come to this earth to set up His millennial reign. (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35;John 1: 1-4; 10:30; 14:6; 1 Tim. 2: 5-6;1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 20: 4-6) I believe the Holy Spirit to be co-equal with the Father and Son. He is a person. He came to this earth as the fulfillment of Christ's promise. He convicts, regenerates, indwells, seals, fills, empowers, and guides the believer. (John 16: 7-13; Acts 1:8; 1Cor. 6:19; Eph. 1:13, 5:18) I believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues (which in the Bible are foreign languages) and the gift of healing, were temporary. I believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently choses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22). 
I believe that God created man in His own image and that man sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death which is conscious and eternal separation from God. I believe that all men are born with a sinful nature, evidenced by sinful acts; that man is totally depraved; and that if he is not born again, he is eternally lost. (Gen. 1:26-27; Psa. 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Luke 16:23; Rev. 21:8; Rom. 3:13-23; 5:12; 1 Cor. 15:21-22; Rev. 20:11-15; 21:8) 
I believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the author of sin and cause of the fall of man. He was created perfect, but sinned and became the arch enemy of God and His creation. He is the chief adversary of God's Children. He weakens the testimony of Christians. He has at his command a great host of fallen angels and demons to carry out his purposes. He is not omnipotent and can be overcome by the power of God. His doom is sealed in the Lake of Fire forever and ever. (Ezek. 28-12-19; Isa. 14:12-14; Rev. 12:10; 20:10; Job 1:6-7; Matt. 25:41) 
I believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on cavalry for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19) I believe that a person is eternally saved when heshe repents of their sin and exercises faith by accepting Jesus Christ as personal Savior. The believer is kept by the power of God and is eternally secure in Christ. I believe that the scope of salvation includes forgiveness of all our sins-past, present and future, a perfect standing before God in Jesus Christ and the changing of our earthly body to be conformed like unto the body of our Lord at His return for His own. I believe that enmity toward God is eternally fixed at death. I further believe that there is an appointed time for the judgment of the wicked when they will be cast into the Lake of Fire, there to remain in everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (John 1:12; 5:24; 10:28-29; Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 John 3:2; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Heb. 9:27; 2 Peter 2:9; Rev. 20:12, 15; 21:8) 
I believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13) The souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3-21; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6). The souls of unbelievers remain after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).

This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the full extent of our beliefs. While we accept and follow the teachings of the Bible as our final authority in all matters (as set forth above), for the purposes of the faith, doctrine, practice, policy, discipline, building use, employment practices, etc., of First Baptist Church of Paradise, the Pastor is our final interpretive authority of the Bible's meaning and applications at First Baptist Church in all matters.