Open Bible Baptist church

The statement "we believe" in the following document is to be understood as meaning that we hold as conviction a truth based upon God's explicit and authoritative declaration which is revealed in the Holy Bible. These beliefs are not influenced by ever changing cultural climate, world events, or human opinion.

 

THE SCRIPTURES: We believe the Bible, both Old and New Testament, is the written Word of God and the supreme and sole authority supreme and sole authority of Christian faith and practice. The scriptures were given through the Holy Spirit by plenary and verbal inspiration, and are infallibly true and free of error. No other writings, experiences, or traditions of any kind are inspired in this sense. Furthermore, since the Bible was written to be understood by all, it is to be interpreted in a straightforward literal manner; where symbols and figures of speech are used, these are obvious from the context and are to be interpreted in a manner consistent with their use throughout the Bible. The King James Bible shall be the official and only scripture used by the church. (II Timothy 3:16,17; II Peter 1:20,21)

 

THE NATURE OF 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, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Deut. 6:4, Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26; Titus 2:13; Acts 5:3,4)

 

THE NATURE AND FALL OF MAN:  We believe that the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker and for the purpose of glorifying and loving God; but by voluntary transgression fell from the holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are sinners, not by constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. (Genesis 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

 

THE WORK OF CHRIST: We believe the eternal Son became flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, who was born of the VIrgin Mary by miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a sinless human life, perfectly fulfilling the divine law and then offerd Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of every man. He died on the Cross, shedding his precious blood, in full substitution and atonement for the sins of all men everywhere. He was buried, and on the third day He arose bodily from the dead, alive forevermore. He later ascenedebodily into heaven. Being currently enthroned in heaven and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionat, and an all-sufficient Saviour. He continually intercedes for those who put their trust in Him. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2,14; II Cor. 5:19, 21; Gal. 4:4,5; Phil. 2:5, 8; Acts 2:18, 36: Romans 3:24, 25; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3, 5; Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrew 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; I John 2:1,2)

 

THE WAY OF SALVATION: We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; man is utterly unable to save himself from the power or the penalty of sin. Wach man must be saved fully on the basis of the work Christ has done in dying for his sins and rising for his justification. This salvation is received and appropriated by simple faith in the finished work Jesus Christ as Son of God and personal Saviour. A true Christian is one who has been "saved" or "born again", regenerated by the Holy Spirit when he through repentance believed in Christ. The reality of this experience, as well as one's personal assurance of salvation, will be evidenced by a genuine love for Christ and His Word and by a life characterized by Christ like motives and standards. Salvation thus includes deliverance from the penalty of sin, from the power of sin in one's life, and ultimately from the presence of sin in heaven with Christ. (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 10; I Peter 1:18, 19)

 

PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS: We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers as endure to the end, that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Ps.37:28; John 5:24, 10:27-29; Ephesians 4:30; I Corinthians 1:29-31; Hebrews 7:25, 9:15; I Peter 1:5; Jude 1; I John 2:19)

 

SANCTIFICATION: 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; that is a progrressive work; that is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Healer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed meands especially the word of God, self-examination, self denial, watchfulness, and prayer.

 

THE CHURCH: We believe the Church of Christ is composed of all who have been saved and will be with Him in Heaven. A local chyrch, therefore, should likewise be composed of members who are genuinely saved, trusting only in the Lord Jesus Christ and his atoning death for their salvation. Each local church should be organized for the purpose of effective witness to the unsaved; for the baptizing, teaching, exhorting, and edifying those who are saved; for Christian fellowship among the brethren, and for united praise and worship of God, through song, testimony, prayer and frequent observance of the Lord's Supper, as ordained by Christ. (I Cor. 12:12,14; II Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7,13; I Peter 5:1-4; Matt. 28:19,20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; I Cor.11:23-32)

 

SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND MINISTRY: We believe that the purpose of winning the lost and stregthening believers, the Holy Spirit bestows His spiritual gifts on members of the body according to His own will (I Cor. 12:4, 11; 28; 30). Initially some of these gifts were for thuse as signs for confirmation of the spoken word of the disciples (Mark 16:20; Hebrews 2:4). With the completion of the written Word of God in the New Testament Scriptures, these miraculous gifts (such as the ability to speak in other languages without having learned these languages, the power to receive and communicate divine revelations and the ability to perform ssupernatural healings and other miracles) were no longer necessary and were gradually replaced (I Cor. 13:8, 10; Rev. 22:18,19) by permanently needed gifts such as pastoral guidance, evangelism, teaching the written Word, and others (Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11,12). This does not imply that God can no longer answer prayer in miraculous ways, when in accordance with His Own will, nor that He is not sovereign in the use of means for the accomplishing of His purposes. However, such occurrences are not to be considered as specific "gifts" or powers to be possessed by individuals, nor are they to be considered as signs supporting the testimony of believers. Therefore, seeking after such signs or other sensory experiences in the services or ministries of the church can only lead to confusion and divisions and should be avoided.

 

BAPTISM AND THE LORDS SUPPER: We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, 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; and to the Lord's Supper, in which members of the church, by the sacred used of bread and unfermented wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. (Matt. 28: 19-20; Acts 10:47-48, Acts 16:25-33; I Cor. 11:17-34)

 

 

Our Beliefs

THE PROMISED RETURN OF CHRIST: We believe when the present age is consummated, the Lord Jesus will return to earth to establish His millennial kingdom. It is not possible to know the date of His coming; nevertheless, every Christian should live in earnest expectation of His coming at any time. When He comes in the air, both dead and living believers will be caught up to meet Him, receiving their resurrection bodies, and will appear before the judgment seat of Christ, to be judged not for dalvation but for reward. The coming of Christ will also be associated with a period of judgment and great tribulation on the earth. The Christ will come to earth in power and glory to reign for a thousand years. (I Thess. 4:13-17; I Cor. 15:51-52; Romans 14:10; II Cor. 5:10; Rev. 6-18; Rev. 19:1-20:7.

 

THE LAST THINGS: Following the millennium, the unsaved dead will be raised, judged according to their works, and separated forever from God in the lake of fire. Satan, who is a real personality and the source of all evil in the universe, will also be consigned forever to the lake of fire. Those who are saved will live forever in the presence of Christ, enjoying the fellowship for which they were created and which was secured for them through the reconciling work of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rev. 20:8; Rev. 22:21)

 

HUMAN SEXUALITY:  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of  a marriage, which God defines as being between one man and one woman.   We  believe  that any form of sexual activity out of these Bibical parameters  are sinful deviations  of  God's  gift  of  sex.   (Gen.  2:24;  Gen. 19:5,13;  Genesis 26:8-10;  Lev. 18:130;  Romans  1:24,32; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9;  I Thess. 4:18;  Heb. 13:4)

 

ABORTION:  We believe that human life begins at  conception and  that  the  unborn  child  is  a  living  human  being. Abortion  constitutes  the unjustified, un-excused taking of unborn  human  life.     (Job 3:16;  Psalm 51:5;  139:1416;  Isa.  44:24;  49:1;  Jer. 1:5;  20:1518;  Luke 1:44)

 

This Church adopts the Baptist Church Covenant as follows:

 

"Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour; and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.

 

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to give it a place in our affections, prayers and services above every organization of human origin; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrine; to contribute cheerfully and regularly , as God had prospered us, toward its expenses, for the support of a faithful and evangelical ministry among us, the relief of the poor and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. In case of defference of opinion in the church, we will strive to avoid a contentious spirit, and if we cannot unanimously agree, we will cheerfully recognize the right of the majority to govern.

 

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to study diligently the word of God; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be kind and just to those in our employ, and faithful in the service we promise others; endeavoring in the purity of heart and good will towards all men to exemplify and commend our holy faith.

 

We further engage to watch over, to pray for, to exhort and stir up each other unto every good word and work; to gurad each other's reputation, not needlessly exposing the infirmities of others; to participate in each others joys, and with tender sympathy bear one another's burdens and sorrows; to cultivate Christian coutesy; to be slow to give or take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, being mindful of the rules of the Saviour in the eighteenth chapter of Matthew, to secure it without delay; and through life, amid evil report, and good report, to seek to live to the glory of God, who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.

 

When we remove from this place, we engage as soon as possible to unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of the covenant and the principals of God's word."