Statement of Faith of the Faith Baptist Church in Attica Kansas
We believe that the King James Bible is the Inerrant, preserved Word of God for the English speaking people and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (Psalm 12:6,7; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
We believe that God is eternally existing. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit - three Persons, yet one God. (John 1:1-3; I Corinthians 8:6; I John 5:7)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is eternally existing with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is not a created being. He left his eternal throne and was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and died a substitutionary death on the Cross in order to reconcile sinful mankind to God. He bodily rose from the dead to prove He was who he claimed to be. He lives today to intercede on our behalf to the Father. (John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 4:15)
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God. He is equal in essence to both God the Father and God the Son. It is by his leadership the Scriptures were written. His office is to convince men of sin, judgment and righteousness. To regenerate the penitent believer. And to comfort and guide and seal the believer. (John 16:8-13, Acts 2:4, 5:9, 8:29; Ephesians 1:13,14)
We believe that man was created in the image of God in innocence with free will. Man disobeyed Godís command on his own accord and therefore sinned, Sin being a transgression/violation of the LAW. And the curse of a sinful nature was passed upon all mankind, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God, i.e. the Wrath of God. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:16,17; 3:16-19; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3)
Satan is a created being that lifted himself in pride against God and was eternally punished. He is the accuser of the brethren, the author of all confusion and the father of lies. His ultimate home will be the Lake of Fire where he will not rule and reign but be tormented. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:33; Revelation 20:10)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. Each person must repent through godly sorrow and trust in this Sacrifice alone in order to be saved from eternal damnation. Salvation is purely by grace through faith. Salvation is also a personal choice. (Luke 13:3; John 3:16-18; Romans 5:8-9; 10:9-13; 2 Cor 7:10; Ephesians 2:8,9)
The local church is an assembly of baptized believers working together for the sake of the gospel; evangelism and discipleship. We believe in the autonomy of the local church. Jesus is the Head and Chief Shepherd. (Matthew 28:19,20; Col 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever. We believe in once saved, always saved. (John 3:16, 36; 6:37-40; 17: Romans 5:8; 8:1, 38-39; Ephesians 1:13,14; 1 Peter 1:1-9)
We hold to the Baptist Distinctives
Biblical Authority - The Bible is the final Word.
Autonomy of the Local Church - The church is not under the authority of a convention.
Priesthood of the believer - The believer has direct access to God in prayer.
Two offices- Pastor and Deacon - The pastor is the overseer, the deacon is a servant.
Individual Soul Liberty - Each human can make their own decisions.
Separation of Church and State - The government has no authority over the free course of the Word of God but should be led by the Word of God.
Two Ordinances- Baptism and Lordís Supper - Baptism and the Lord's Supper are commanded for every believer.