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What We Believe

PURPOSE

The purpose of this church is to operate and maintain a Baptist Church: to promote the worship of God by the preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ; to promote the propagation of the gospel through Baptist missionaries at home and abroad: to have Sunday School and youth groups; to preserve Baptist doctrine, trusting that as a result sinners shall be saved and believers edified; to administer the ordinances of the New Testament; and to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints.

MISSIONS

It shall be the policy of this church to support only missions, schools, and individuals who are principally engaged in evangelism and in hearty agreement with our Articles of Faith both in doctrine and practice.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

  1. Of The Scriptures

    We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally inspired and the product of Spiritcontrolled men, and therefore, has truth without any admixture of error for its mailer. We believe the Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the only supreme authority by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried (II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet 1:19-21).
  2. Of The True God

    We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious In holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Ex, 20:2,3; I Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11; 1 John. 5:7).
  3. Of The Holy Spirit

    We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person with God the Father and God the Son, and is of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer (John 14:16,17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:28; Luke 1:35; Gen. 1.1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5,6; Eph. 1:13,14; Mark 1:8; John 1:33;Acts 11:16, Luke 24:49: Rom. 8:14; Rom. 8:16; Rom. 8:26,27).
  4. Of the Devil or Satan

    We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire (Matt 4:13; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).
  5. Of Creation

    We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. (Gen. 1 & 2; Col. 1:16,17; John 1:3)
  6. Of the fall of man

    We believe that man was created In innocence under the Law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state In consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse (Gen. 1-6, 24; Rom. 5:19; Rom, 5:12: Rom, 3:10-19; Rom. 1:18; Rom. 1:32)
  7. Of the virgin birth

    We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son (Gen. 3:15: Isa. 7:14: Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4).
  8. Of the atonement for sin

    We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace: through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins: that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust: Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin In His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the most tender sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior (Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7: Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:25; John 4:10; I Cor. 15:3; Il Cor. 5.21).
  9. Of grace in the new creation

    We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life (John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; John 5:1; John 3:6,7; Acts 16:30-33; II Pet. 1:4; Rom. 8:23; Eph. 2:1; II Cor. 5:19; Col. 2:13: and John 3:8).
  10. Of Justification

    We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification:

    1. That Justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness;
    2. That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness imputed to us. (Acts 13:39; Isa. 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:9; Rom. 5:1)
  11. Of faith and salvation

    We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation (Acts 18:31).
  12. Of the local church

    We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; and observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties, are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final (Acts 2:41,42; I Cor. 11:22, 23; Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; I Tim. 3:17: Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23, 24; Acts 15:13-18).
  13. Of baptism and the Lord's Supper

    We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life, that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation. We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination (Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-28).
  14. Of the security of the saints

    We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father in Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:6; John 10:29,29; Rom. 8:36-39; Jude 1).
  15. Of the righteous and the wicked

    We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem: while all such as continue In impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost (Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6: 17,18; I John 5:19; Rom. 7:6; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 6:25: Mat. 25:34-41; John 8:21).
  16. Of civil government

    We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth (Rom. 13:1-7; II Sam. 23:3; Ex.18:21,22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22 :21; Acts 5:20; Acts 4:19,20; Dan. 3.17,18).
  17. Of the resurrection, personal, visible, premillenial return of Christ, and related events

    1. We believe in the Bodily Resurrection (Matt. 28:6,1: Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6).
    2. The Ascension (Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev.3:21; Heb. 12:2).
    3. The High Priesthood (Heb 8:6; I Tim 2:5; I John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 5:9-10).
    4. The Second Coming (John 14:3; Acts 1:1 1; I Thess. 4:16; James 5:3; Heb. 9:28).
    5. The resurrection of the righteous dead (I Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:42-44, 52).
    6. The change of the living in Christ (I Cor. 15:51-53; I Thess. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20, 21).
    7. The Throne of David (Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6-7; Acts 2:29,30).
    8. The Millennial Reign (I Cor. 15:25; Isa. I l:4, 5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:6, 14)

Altoona Regular Baptist Church Constitution