JTCS Statement of Faith

First Baptist Church

Joanne Todd Christian School

STATEMENT OF FAITH

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as verbally inspired by God, as inerrant in the original writings, and as the supreme and final authority in faith and life. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21.

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28: 19; 1 John 5:7.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man, and is the only mediator between God and man. John 1:1-19; 2 Timothy 3:16.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred the wrath of God including both physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God. Genesis 1:26; Romans 5:19.

We believe in the vicarious death of the Lord Jesus Christ as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood. I Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 9:12. We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven and in His present life there as our high Priest and Advocate. Hebrews 7:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. We believe in the blessed hope and in the personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth to establish His Kingdom. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17;             Revelation 20:1-6.

We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God. All such are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and baptized by Him into that Spiritual Body (Church) of which Christ is the head. Ephesians 4:30; John 14:16-17.

We believe in the eternal security of all who trust in our Lord Jesus Christ, Hebrews 5:9; Romans 5:9.

We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, setting forth the essential facts of redemption, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; and, the essential facts in the experience of the believer’s death to sin and resurrection to newness of life; and that the Lord’s Supper is a Commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes. Romans 6:4; I Corinthians 11:23-33.

We believe that the local New Testament Church consists of a company of baptized believers who have voluntarily associated themselves together for worship, for instruction, and for service for our Lord. Acts 2:40-47; Ephesians 4:11-16.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost. The saved shall appear in Heaven at the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive rewards and to dwell with Him for all eternity. The lost shall be judged at the Great White Judgment and be cast in eternal Hell.  1  Corinthians 15:51-57; Revelation 20:10-15

We believe that marriage was ordained by God at creation as the sacred union of one natural born man and one natural born woman. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His church. We also believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. Thus, all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception. Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24; Psalm 127 and 128; 139:13-16; Matthew 19:1-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:22-33; Hebrew 13:4.

We believe that a local New Testament Church is a self-governing body and must be free from interference by any convention or any other ecclesiastical or political authority. Therefore, the church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other.

We believe that every being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience. We believe, however, that only those who believe in and subscribe to the historic Baptist faith are properly entitled to be called Baptists.