Statement of Faith for Faith Baptist Church in Attica Kansas


The Scriptures

We believe that the King James Bible is the preserved Word of God for the English speaking people.  The Scriptures are our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. (Psalm 12:6,7; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)


God

We believe that God is eternally existing as a Triune Being; God the Father, God the Word, and God the Holy Spirit.  God is Holy. God is the Creator of all things seen and not seen.  God is the Author of our salvation.  We reject all Gnostic heresy that undermines the Holiness of God.  (Genesis 1:1,2  John 1:1-3;  I Corinthians 8:6;  Romans 1:20;  Colossians 1:12-17;  Hebrews 11:3;   I John 5:7)


Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and is the only begotten Son of God. He (the Word) is eternally existing with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.   Jesus is not a created being or an angel.  Jesus satisfied God's demand for moral purity when he lived a sinless life.  Jesus satisfied God's demand for Judgment upon sin when died on the Cross Jesus is the only substitute for sinful mankind in order to reconcile a believer to God.    Jesus bodily rose from the dead.  Jesus lives today to intercede on our behalf to the Father. Jesus is coming back to earth a second time to set up his earthly kingdom.  (John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:12-19;  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;  to comfort and guide and seal the believer; and to empower the believer for service.  (John 3:1-8, John 16:8-13, Acts 2:4, 5:9, 8:29; Rom 8:9; Galatians 5:16,17; Ephesians 1:13,14;  Philippians 4:13)


Sin

We believe that sin is a Transgression/violation of the moral LAW of God.  The consequence for Sin is death.   A Holy/Just God cannot pardon a guilty person.  Therefore, Jesus died as a substitute for every person who would believe upon Him.  If a person dies in their sins they will be eternally separated from God in the Lake of Fire, found guilty at the Great White Throne Judgment.   ( Numbers 14:18; Isaiah 59:2;  Ez 18:4;  John 8:19-24;  Romans 6:23; James 1:13-15; Hebrews 2:9;  1 John 3:4;  Revelation 20:11-15)


Mankind

We believe that mankind was created by God on the 6th day of Creation and given an eternal soul; the man's name was Adam,  his created wife, Eve.  There are only two sexes, male and female;  and there is only one race - the Human race.    Mankind was created with a free will to choose to obey or disobey God. In choosing to disobey,  he was held responsible for that action and cursed to die.   Because of Adam's sin,  the curse was passed upon all his descendants.  Mankind has no ability in and of himself to reverse the curse or bring himself eternal life.    (Genesis 1:26,27, 2:16,17, 3:1-19;  Romans 3:10-23, 5:12,  6:23)


Satan

We believe that Satan is a created being/angel 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 with the rest of those who rejected Jesus as Saviour.  (Isaiah 14:12-15; Revelation 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:33;  Revelation 20:10-15)


Salvation

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitute for the sins of the whole world. Each person must repent of sin through godly sorrow and trust in Jesus' Sacrifice alone in order to be saved from eternal damnation.  Salvation is only possible through the unmerited favour of God toward a particular sinner and their personal choice  to turn from their sin and believe God.  (Luke 13:3; John 3:16-18;  Romans 5:8-9; 10:9-13; 2 Cor 7:10;  Ephesians 2:8,9;  Titus 3:5)


Church

The local church is the assembly of baptized believers on earth and is a representation of the future assembly of Jesus' Church in heaven, of which every believer is a member.  The local church regularly assembles to pray and worship God together.   When the church is not assembled,  the church behaves in a worthy manner of being called Christian (of Christ).   When the opportunity presents itself,  the Christian seeks to lead others to Jesus by passing out information about Jesus and bringing them to church if they are open to the Good News of Jesus.  We believe in the autonomy of the local church.  Jesus is the Head and Chief Shepherd,  as stated below.  (Matthew 16:15-18, Mathew 28:19,20; 1 Cor 12:13; Col 1:18; 1 Peter 5:1-4, 1 Tim 3:15 )


Eternal Security

We believe that all the redeemed are kept by God's power and are secure in Christ forever. In short,  we believe in once saved, always saved. Just as Marriage is to be for life so salvation is to be for eternal life.  (John 3:16, 36; 6:37-40; 17: Romans 5:8; Romans 8:1, 38-39; Ephesians 1:13,14; Ephesians 5:22-32; 1 Peter 1:1-9)


Marriage and the Family



We believe marriage was the first institution created by God in the Garden of Eden.  We believe that it was then, and is still today,  a faithful union between one man and one woman as long as they both shall live.  Marriage is a sacred Commitment unto God and each other and before witnesses and is not to be taken lightly or broken.  We believe sexual relations outside of marriage is sin.  Sex is a gift that is given by God to a married couple to form a family unit.  (Genesis 2:18-25;  Matthew 19:4-6;  Acts 21:25;  1 Corinthians 6:13,18,  7:2;  10:8,  12:21;   Galatians 5:19;  Ephesians 5:3;  Ephesians 5:22-32;  1 Thessalonians 4:3;   Hebrews 13:4;   Jude 7)




8 things that make the Baptist Church Distinct

Biblical Authority - The Scriptures are the final Word or our Faith and Practice. (2 Tim 3:16,17)

Autonomy of the Local Church - The local church is self-governing body under the authority of Jesus, the Scriptures, and His under-shepherds.   No single church or convention can lord over another church.  (1 Cor 12:27; Col 1:18, 2 Tim 3:16,17, 1 Peter 5:1-4)

Priesthood of the believer - The believer has direct access to God in prayer through the intercessory help of the Spirit of God. (Heb 4:14-16;  Rom 8:26,27)

Two offices- Pastor and Deacon - The pastor is the God-called servant-shepherd of that particular flock and under the authority of Jesus and the Scriptures;  A deacon is a servant who assists the pastor and is under the authority of the church and the pastor. (1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Tim 3; Acts 6:1-4)

Individual Soul Liberty - Each human can make their own decisions through their God given Free will which is a result of being made in the Image of God. (Ez 18:4, Luke 13:2 Cor 5:10)

Saved and Baptized Church membership - Only a person with a testimony of Faith in Jesus as their personal saviour and having been baptized can be a member of the local church. (Acts 2:41-47)

Two Ordinances- Baptism and Lord’s Supper - Baptism and the Lord's Supper are commanded for every believer. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 9:1-18; Luke 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:17-34)

Separation of Church and State - Church members are subject to the Law of the Land because God ordained human government.   But human government has no authority granted it by God to dictate worship in the church.  (Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:11-17; Acts 4:13-20)