Huntsburg Baptist Church

Teaching and preaching Jesus Christ

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Our Beliefs

 

The Mission of Huntsburg Baptist Church

To present to the people of our community the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, that He may be exalted, that they may know God in His holiness, forgiveness and peace, and that they may also learn to worship and serve Him.  

Of The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible is the literal Word of God, consisting of 66 books, which make up the Old and New Testaments, and as originally written was verbally and plenarily inspired.  Therefore, it is truth without error, infallible and inerrant in all matters of which it speaks as rendered in its original state, which is a completed work.  We believe that God provided the Bible to man as a source of hope for salvation and as a source of purpose, meaning and direction in this present world.  As such, we believe that the Bible provides the core of the Christian faith and is the absolute standard to which all human conduct, creed and reason must be examined, evaluated, discarded or reconciled in order for man to enter into a right relationship with God and conduct himself according to God’s revealed will and plan. (2 Tim 3:16,17; Rev 22:18,19; Heb 4:12)

Of the True God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in one essence, and yet three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Gen 1:1; Deu 6:4; Ps 90:1,2; Mat 3:16,17; Mat 28:19)
 A. Of God The Father
We believe in God in the Person of the Father, an infinite Spirit, whose attributes and qualities are incomprehensible and vast.  Examples of these attributes include His absolute holiness (1 Pet 1:15,16); His perfect justice (2 Tim 4:8); His perfect love (1 Joh 4:8); and His infinite wisdom (Ps 147:5).  We rejoice that He is sovereign (Eph 1:20,21) and yet concerns Himself, mercifully, in the affairs of men.                                                                           
 B. Of Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, the infinite God-man (fully God/fully human).  He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.  His earthly life was sinless, therefore qualifying Him to be the only perfect substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all people.  We believe He died, was buried, and rose bodily from the grave.  Forty days later, He ascended to Heaven with the promise of returning bodily to the earth as King of kings.  We believe that Jesus is currently seated at the right hand of God, and that He is the mediator between us and God, the Father. (Phil 2:5-11; Joh 1:1,14; Luk 1:35; Isa 53:5,6; 1 Cor 15:3,4, 12-19; Heb 4:15,16; 12:2;  Act 1:8-11)
 C. Of God the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit co-equally possesses all the Divine attributes, being the third Person of the Godhead.  The Holy Spirit works to convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment.  To all those who believe in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit regenerates and comforts with His indwelling, and sanctifies, illumines and empowers by His filling.  He is actively restraining evil until God’s purposes are fulfilled.  (John 14:16-18; John 16:7-15; 2 Thes 2:7,8)

Of The Devil or Satan

We believe in the reality and distinct personality of Satan, the Devil: that he was created by God as an angel and through pride and rebellion became the enemy of his Creator.  He is the god of this age, prince of all the powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to eternal judgment in the lake of fire.  (Isa 14:12-15; II Cor.  4:4; Eph 2:2; Rev. 20:10).

Of Creation

We believe that God, without the use of pre-existing material, created  the heavens and the earth including all life, each after its own kind, in six (literal 24-hour) days by direct act and not by the process of evolution.  (Gen 1,2; Joh 1:1-3)
Of Humanity and the Fall of Humankind
We believe that God created humanity in His own image, in that, the human race was made superior to any other created thing in respect to dignity, personality, will, moral awareness and spiritual responsibility.  Adam was created sinless and innocent, but voluntarily violated God’s command (sin), thus plunging the entire human race into condemnation and death (both physical and spiritual).  God’s holiness can not tolerate sin and, therefore, judges all sin.  We further believe that all people are sinners at birth, by nature and by choice.  (Gen 3:1-24; Rom 3:10-18,23; 5:10-19)

Of Salvation

 A.  Of The Work of God
We believe that the salvation of sinners is divinely initiated and wholly by grace through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who, by the appointment of the Father, voluntarily took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, and honored the Divine Law by His personal obedience, thus qualifying Himself to be our Savior.  We believe that in the shedding of His blood by His death, He fully satisfied the just demands of a holy and righteous God regarding sin.  His sacrifice consisted, not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, “the Just dying for the unjust.”  Christ the Lord bore our sins in His own body on the cross and is, therefore, in every way, qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all sufficient Savior.  (Eph 2:1-10; 1 Pet 2:24; 3:18; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 2:5-8; 1 Joh 4:10; Joh 3:16)
 B. Of Faith
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.  Faith is the “gift of God” and produced by the Word of God.  It is personal trust in Jesus Christ, alone, for salvation. We are saved by faith alone, apart from works, but genuine faith leads to good works after salvation. (Eph 2:8,9; Rom 10:14,17; Tit 3:5; Eph 2:10; Jam 2:17-26)
 C. Of Sanctification
We believe that, when one is saved, he is immediately sanctified, meaning he is set apart as God’s own child.  As God’s family, the saved have constant fellowship with the Father through the indwelling Holy Spirt, Who conforms them into the image of Christ.  (Joh 1:12; Rom 8:29; 1 Cor 16:11; 1 Joh 1:3; 2:15-17)
 D. Of Eternal Security
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ and, that once saved, it is impossible for believers to lose or relinquish their salvation.  By God’s mercy and grace, believers have been divinely forgiven and justified (declared holy).  They have been divinely adopted into God’s family and given the gift of eternal life.  To be eternally secure is not a “license to sin”, but is a liberating position to thrust a believer toward joyful and holy living.
(Ps 103:12; Joh 6:37-40,47; 10:10, 27-29; Rom 5:1; 8:15-17; 35-39; 1 Pet 1:3-5)

Of The Church

 A. We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ needs to be understood in two senses, namely universal and local.  In the universal sense, the church consists of all those during this age (from Pentecost to the Rapture) who have been born of God’s Spirit and have therefore been placed into the body of Christ.  In the local sense, the church is a called-out, living assembly of baptized believers associating by a covenant of faith, organizing by New Testament principles, assembling regularly together, observing the ordinances (see Section 8) and being led by qualified pastors who are supported by qualified deacons, under the discipline of God’s Word and the Headship of Christ. (Act 2:41-47;6:1-7;13:1-3; 20:28; Gal 3:26-29; Eph 1:22,23; 4:11-13; 1 Tim 3:1-13)
 B. We believe that the local visible church is a voluntary and independent self-governing group of believers.  It can, organically (in and of itself), join nothing and has the power and right within itself to confess its own faith in accordance with the New Testament.  Therefore, it must be kept free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority.  The church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, with each fulfilling its duties, free from the direction or patronage of the other.  (Dan 3:16-18; Mat 18:17; Acts 5:29; Rom 12:16; 13:1-10)
 C. We believe in obedience to the Biblical commands to separate ourselves, collectively, unto God, from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy. (Rom 12:1,2; 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; 1 The 1:9,10)  
                                                    
Of the Ordinances

We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

 A. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called “Believer’s Baptism.”  It is a picture of our faith and identification with the crucified, buried, and risen Savior.  Baptism portrays one’s death to sin and spiritual resurrection to walk in newness of life.  It is an act of obedience by the believer to God’s command and is not a necessary part of salvation.  Baptism is to be performed under the authority of the local church and is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.  (Mat 28:19,20; Act 2:41; 8:36-39; Rom 6:1-5)
 B. The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration and celebration of the finished work of Jesus Christ for our redemption.  It also looks forward to the promised return of the Lord Jesus Christ to receive His redeemed people to Himself for eternity. (Mat 26:26-30; 1 Cor 10:16; 11:23-32).  

Of the Christian Life

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between being a believer and being a lost person spiritually and practically.
 A. Spiritually - Those receiving Jesus Christ through faith are justified in His name and sanctified by the Spirit of God.  Thus, they are made truly righteous in His sight.  All others that continue in unbelief are wicked in God’s sight and are under the curse to suffer eternal torment in the lake of fire.  This spiritual distinction holds within humankind in and after death. (Prov 14:32; Mal 3:18; Joh 3:18,36; Rom 6:17-23; 2 Cor 5:17; 1 Joh 5:19)
 B. Practically - We believe that a Christian should walk in holiness and not after the flesh, with the goal of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.  As a new creation, a believer learns to grow more in love with God and to walk in the Spirit, by being obedient to the Scripture, by prayer, by sharing the Gospel with the unsaved community and by fellowship with the saints.  In summary, we believe that once one has become a believer, he is in a constant spiritual transformation which affects his lifestyle and attitude toward Godliness. (Rom 8:29; 12:1,2; Gal 5:16-26; Eph 4:24; 2 Tim 2:1-6; Heb 12:1,2)

Of Civil Government

We believe that Civil Government is of Divine appointment for the interests and good order of
human society; that those in authority are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in those things opposed to the expressed will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and coming King of kings.  (Pro 21:1; Dan 3:17,18; Mat 22:21; Act 4:19,20; 5:29; Rom 13:1-7; 1 Pet 2:13-17)

Of the Nation of Israel

We believe in the sovereign selection of the Nation of Israel as God’s eternal covenant people.  Though she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ, she is being preserved by God the Father, and will be regathered to her land after the completion of the Church age.  Israel will be saved, as a nation, at the second advent of Christ. (Gen 13:14-17; Eze 37; Zec 8:7,8; Rom 11:1-32)

Of Last Things (The Bible and Future Events)

 A. Of the Rapture of the Church - We believe in the rapture or catching away of the church, an event which can occur at any moment.  At that moment, the dead in Christ will be raised in glorified bodies, and the living, in Christ, will be given glorified bodies without experiencing death.  All these will be caught up to meet Jesus Christ in the air before the seven years of Tribulation begin.  (1 Thes 4:13-18; 1 Cor 15:42-44, 51-54; Phil 3:20,21; Rev 3:10)

 B. Of the Tribulation Period - We believe the tribulation period will start following the rapture of the church.  At that time, God’s wrath will fall upon the earth for seven years, completing the 70th week of Daniel, as prophesied.  The antichrist will come into power and rule the earth, proclaiming to be God and deceiving the world.  Under his control, Jews and tribulation believers will fall under severe persecution.  God’s angels will lock Satan and his demons in the abyss after the battle of Armageddon at the end of the seven years where they will be held for 1000 years. (Isa 24:21-23; Dan 9:24-27; Mat 24:4-25:30; 2 The 2:1-12; Rev 16:13-17:14; 20:1-3)

 C. Of the Bema Judgement - We believe that every believer will appear before the Bema (the Judgement Seat of Christ) to be judged by the Lord in regard to faithful service.  (1 Cor 3:11-15; 2 Cor 5:10)

 D. Of the Return of Jesus Christ Bodily - We believe that at the end of the tribulation period, Jesus Christ will return to the earth, in bodily form, with His Church, to judge the living nations and to set up His millennial kingdom. (Rev 19:11-16)

 E. Of the Millennium - We believe that Christ will physically rule the world from David’s throne in Jerusalem.  At this time, God will restore His people, the Jews.  The Church will be active in world government as Christ assigns responsibilities according to each believer’s faithfulness.  The earth will be at peace returning to a pre-fall condition (longevity of life, absence of wars, creation at peace, etc.).  Jesus Christ will put all men under His authority and rule with true justice and righteousness.  The end of the Millennium will be punctuated by a short season of rebellion when Satan and his demons will be released to lead those who reject Christ’s rule in a final desperate campaign.  Christ will crush the rebellion and final judgement will be carried out.  (Isa 65; Rom 8:21-23; Rev 19:15; 20:6)

 F. Of the Great White Throne Judgement - We believe that the unsaved (the spiritually dead of all the ages) will be raised at the close of the millennial kingdom to stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment and receive their final doom.  ( Rev 20:11-15)

 G. Of Heaven - We believe that Heaven is the literal place where Jesus Christ is preparing an eternal home for believers of all ages.  Heaven is a place free from sin, pain, tears, and death.  Believers will rejoice, worship, and serve in the presence of God for eternity. (Joh 14:1-3; Rev 21:10-27)

 H. Of Hell - We believe that Hell is a prepared place of eternal punishment for the lost.  It is an eternal judgement characterized by the absence of any presence of God, literal pain, full consciousness, entire possession of memory and without comfort or any possibility of escape.  (Mat 13:36-43; 25:41,46; Luk 16:19-22; Rev 20:14,15)