Perry Road Baptist Church
Monday, November 20, 2017
Bringing People To Christ

What We Believe

 

 

Perry Road Baptist Church

Statement of Faith

 

Article I:  The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, wholly without error as originally given by God, and is sufficient as our only infallible rule of faith and practice.  In the Bible we find the revelation of God's will for the salvation of men, and the Divine and final authority for the Christian life.  We deny that other books are inspired by God in the same way as the Bible.

 

Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.

 

Article II:  God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.  The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.  The Father is the head of the Godhead, and into his hands the kingdom shall be delivered.  The Son is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, hence the God-Man.  He died on the cross to redeem man, rose again from the dead to justify the believer, ascended to the right hand of God where he intercedes for us, and in the Father’s own time will return in visible, personal form to overthrow sin and judge the world.  The Holy Spirit is the one sent from God to convict the world of Sin, of righteousness, of judgment, to regenerate and cleanse from sin.  He is the resident guide, teacher and strengthener of the believer.

 

God the Father

Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.

 

God the Son

Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.

 

God the Holy Spirit

Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.

 

Article III:  Satan and Sinful Man

We believe that mankind was created innocent, that he was tempted by Satan and sinned; because of this, mankind has been born in sin, and since that time they are by nature, the children of wrath.  We believe that Satan is a personal devil who with his angels carries on the work of iniquity in this world.  Sin is basically rebellion against God, and the end of sin is eternal separation from God.

 

Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.

 

Article IV:  Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin.  He atoned for our sins on the cross and rose again for our justification.  Apart from Jesus Christ there is no salvation.  All men are under condemnation through personal sin, and escape from condemnation comes only through the righteousness of Jesus Christ.  This righteousness is imputed to the believer by grace through faith.  The Holy Spirit regenerates the person who makes this life commitment to Jesus, and the life begun in regeneration is never lost.

 

Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.

 

 

Article V:  Resurrection

We believe in the final, bodily resurrection of all men, just and unjust.  We believe that those who commit their lives to Jesus Christ during this life will be raised to everlasting life with God, but those who are not committed to Jesus Christ in this life will be raised to everlasting condemnation apart from God.

 

John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:16-18; 1 Cor. 15:42-44, 51-53; Rev. 20:1-4, 6, 11-15.

 

 

Article VI:  The Church

We believe that the New Testament church is a voluntary association of baptized believers in Christ who have covenanted together to follow the teachings of the New Testament in doctrine, worship and practice.  We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church is autonomous and has the right under Christ to decide and govern its own affairs.  We believe that the only scriptural “officers” in the church are pastors or bishops and deacons.  We believe that the only two church ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  We likewise believe that only those who are committed to Jesus Christ as Lord are scriptural subjects for baptism and that immersion is the only proper mode of baptism.  We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial to the Lord’s death.  The bread symbolizes His body which was given for us.  The fruit of the vine symbolizes His blood which was shed for us. 

 

Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3. Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.

 

 

Article VII:  Baptist Distinctives

We are Baptists because we believe that Baptists stand for distinctive truths to which other denominations do not adhere.  We believe that we cannot compromise these truths without being disloyal to our Lord and His Word.  We do seek to cooperate with all others who are committed to Jesus Christ as Lord.  Cooperation is desirable between Christian individuals, churches and denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.

 

Exodus 17:12; Ezra 1:3-4; 2:68-69; 5:14-15; Matthew 3:13-17; 10:5-15; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 2:3; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 10:1ff.; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 1:13-14; 2:1ff.; 2:41-42; 4:31-37; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:5-15; 10:16,21; 11:23-29; 2 Corinthians 8-9; Galatians 1:6-10; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Colossians 2:12, Philippians 1:15-18