The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the church universal,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
18 Articles of Faith
(Based on the New Hampshire Baptist Confession of 1833)
WE BELIEVE that the holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; (1) that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; (2) that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; (3) and therefore is and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. II Tim. 3:16,17; Prov. 30:5,6; Rom. 2:12
THE TRUE GOD
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness (1) and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; and (2) 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. John 4:24; Ex. 15:11; Mark 12:30; Matt. 28:19
THE FALL OF MAN
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that man was created in holiness under the law of his Maker (1) but, by voluntary transgression, fell from that holy and happy state; (2) in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, (3) not by constraint - by choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law, of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation (4) without defense or excuse. Gen. 1:27; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:19
THE WAY OF SALVATION
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace (1) through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, (2) Who, according to the wilt of the Father, became man, yet without sin, (3) honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death and shed blood made a full atonement for our sins; (4) that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person, the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection; and that He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all sufficient Savior. Eph. 2:5; John 3:16; Phil. 2:6,7; Isa. 53:4,5
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification; (2) that justification includes the pardon of sin (3) and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in Christ, by means of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us by God; (4) and that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity. John 1:16; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:9;Rom. 5:19
THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; (1) that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; (2) and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; (3) which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation. Isa. 55:1; Acts 17:30; John 5:40
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, men must be regenerated or born again; (1) that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind; (2) that it is effected in a manner brought about by the Holy Spirit, in connection with divine truth (3) so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; (4) and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; John 3:8; I Pet. 1:22-25
REPENTANCE AND FAITH
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties and also inseparable graces, wrought in the soul by the regenerating Spirit of God; (1) whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, (2) we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy, at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. Mark 1:15; John 16:8; Rom. 10:9-10
GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; (1) that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end; (2) that it is a most glorious display of God's sovereign goodness; (3) that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility; (4) that it may be ascertained by its effect in all who truly accept Christ; (5) that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. II Tim. 1:8,9; II Thes. 2:13,14; I Cor. 4:7; II Tim. 2:10; I Thes. 4:10
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of His holiness; (1) that it is a progressive work; (2) that it is begun in regeneration; that it is carried on in the hearts of the believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means--especially the Word of God--self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. I Thes. 4:3; Prov. 4:18; Phil. 1:12,13
PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that such as are truly regenerated, being born of the Spirit, will not utterly fall away and perish, but will endure unto the end: (1) that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; (2) that a special providence watches over their welfare: (3) and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. John 6:37; John 10:27-29; I John 5:12,13
THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government; (1) that it is holy, just and good; (2) and that inability, which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen man to fulfill its precepts, arises entirely from his sinful nature; (3) and that to deliver him from which and to restore him through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible church. Rom. 3:31; Rom. 7:12; Rom. 8:7,8; Rom. 8:2,4
A GOSPEL CHURCH
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, (1) associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, (2) observing the ordinances of Christ, (3) governed by His laws, (4) and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; and (5) that its only Scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, (6) whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ. (1) into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost, (2) to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem his faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effect in his death to sin and resurrection to a new life; and (3) that it is prerequisite to the privilege of a church relation and to the Lord's Supper in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination Acts 8:36-39; Matt. 18:19; Rom. 6:4; Acts 2:41,42
THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH - THE LORD'S DAY
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day (1) and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes; (2) that we abstain from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity, (3) by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private and public (4) and by preparation for that rest that remains for the people of God. Acts 20:7; Ex. 20:8; Isa. 58:13; Heb. 10:24, 25
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; (1) and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, (2) except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, (3) Who is the only Lord of the conscience and the Prince of the kings of the earth.
RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; (1) that only such as are regenerated, being justified through faith in Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in his esteem (2) while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are, in His sight, wicked and under the curse; (3) and that this distinction holds among men, both in and after death. Mal. 3:18; Rom. 1:17; I John 5:19; Prov. 14:32
THE WORLD TO COME
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; (1) that at the last day, Christ will descend from heaven (2) and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; (3) that a solemn separation will then take place; (4) that the wicked will be adjudged to endless sorrow and the righteous to endless joy; (5) and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell on principles of righteousness. I Pet. 4:7; Acts 1:11; Acts 24:15; Matt. 13:49; Matt. 25:35-41; II Thes. 1:6-12
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