FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Looking to our Lord Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of faith, and trusting
wholly in Him for our salvation, we, the members of the First Baptist Church of
Auburn, affirm our faith in the following basic doctrines of Scripture.
INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that all Scripture (the 66 book canon) is given by inspiration of God,
by which we mean that God superintended human authors so that using their
individual human personalities they composed and recorded without error His
message to man in the words of the original autographs. (II Timothy 3:16;
II Peter 1:21; John 10:35; Matthew 5:17)
THE DOCTRINE OF GOD
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons; Father, Son and
Holy Spirit, who are one God deserving precisely the same homage, confidence
and obedience. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24;
John 10:30; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that the eternal Son of God, the second person of the Godhead,
became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death, rose
bodily from the grave and ascended into heaven, thus to continue as both
undiminished deity and perfect humanity united in one person forever. (John 1:1,
14, 18; Hebrews 1:2-9; I John 5:20; I Timothy 2:5)
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Spirit is God, a divine, eternal Person, having intellect,
emotions and will. (Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 13:14;
Hebrews 1:14; John 15:26; 16:13-14; II Corinthians 12:11; Ephesians 4:30;
I Corinthians 2:11) We believe the present ministry of the Holy Spirit is
restraining sin in the world, convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and
judgment. He also, in the present age, regenerates believers in Christ, baptizes
them into the church, the body of Christ, indwells them permanently, seals them
into the day of redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon each one. (John 15:26,
27; 16:7-15; John 3:8; I Corinthians 12:13; John 14:16; Ephesians 4:30;
I Corinthians 12:4-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 6:19)
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, apart from any
evolutionary process. In Adam all mankind fell into sin with the result that all
men are sinners, hopelessly sinful in themselves, apart from the grace of God.
(Genesis 1:12; 9:6; Romans 3:23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1)
We believe that salvation is the free gift of God brought to men by His grace and
received by faith alone in Christ, who died for our sins and rose again, apart from
any ordinances, good works or human merit. (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; 13:38, 39;
16:31; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:4, 5; 5:1; Ephesians 2:8,9)
We believe that every believer is promised positional, progressive, and ultimate
eternal sanctification. (John 17:14-17; I Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:26;
I Thessalonians 4:3,4; Hebrews 10:10,14; I John 3:2)
We believe that all who are born of the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ can
have assurance of salvation and are eternally secure in Christ. (John 6:37; 10:27-
29; 17:12; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 4:30; II Timothy 1:12; I John 5:13)
OF THE CHURCH
We believe the church is composed of all believers of all races, colors, and
nations; is the body and bride of Christ; is formed by the baptism of the Holy
Spirit and exists in two aspects, universal and local. The universal church is an
Elect company of believers, baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body; its mission
is to bear witness of its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all
nations; it will be caught up to meet the Lord, after which He will return to set up
His Kingdom. The local church is a group of believers voluntarily joined together
to worship God with praise and thanksgiving, and to glorify Jesus Christ through
an aggressive effort to disciple others by the preaching of the gospel, and the
exercise of spiritual gifts. We believe that the Spiritual practices of baptism in the
name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and the bread and the
cup are for all believers in Christ. (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:24-30; Acts 13:1;
I Corinthians 4:13, 27; Matthew 28:19, 20; Luke 22:19, 20; Mark 16:15, 16; Acts
8:12, 36-38; 10:46; I Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-17)
OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe that Christians are called to a holy life of service and testimony in the
power of the Holy Spirit, which service includes the propagation of the Gospel
message to the whole world. There is promised reward in heaven for faithfulness
in such service. (I Peter 1:15, 16; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 3:12-17; John 14:1-3)
OF THE ANGELS
We believe that angels were originally created holy creatures, but, now exist as
unfallen and fallen, including Satan. (Colossians 1:16; Job 38:6-7; Psalm 148:2-4;
Jude 6; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:9; Ephesians 6:11, 12; I Timothy 2:6; 5:21)
OF THE SECOND COMING
We believe in the imminent return of the Lord for His Church; the tribulation; the
second coming of Christ to the earth after the tribulation; the establishment of the
reign of Christ on earth for one thousand years; the eternal state of punishment
for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing for the saved. (Titus 2:13;
I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:4-10; John 14:1-3; Revelation 3:10; Matthew
24:21, 29-30; 25:31-46; Revelation 20:1-6; 11:15; Matthew 25:46)
OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY
We believe marriage has been established by God. The Holy Bible and this church define “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. God has provided man and woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for propagation of the human race. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His People.
A civil government’s sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by this church only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of “marriage” found herein.
God ordained the family as the foundational unit of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another in marriage, as defined above, by blood or adoption.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both were created in His image and each should submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents should teach their children spiritual and moral values and lead them through their consistent example and loving discipline to make choices based on biblical truths.
Children from the moment of conception are a gift and blessing from the Lord. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; I Samuel 1:26-28; Psalm 78:1-8; 127; 128; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; Matthew 5:31-32; Mark 10:1-12; I Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-23; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; I Timothy 5:8, 14; II Timothy 1:3-5 Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; I Peter 3:1-7
OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
We believe legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage, including but not limited to, adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, are incompatible with the biblical witness.
Romans 1:22-32; Colossians 3:5; I Thessalonians 4:3-8; Gal. 5:19-21; I Cor. 6:9-11; I Cor. 6:13-20; Jude 7
GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENSHIP
We believe God’s laws were given to help people love God and to provide for the foundation of society as a whole, Christians were called by Jesus to give to God and the government all that is due. To God this means to worship God in its fullest and most complete sense and keeping the will of Christ as foremost in our own lives. To government it means to obey leaders and authorities with the understanding that only when the means and methods of society are rooted in the regeneration of the individual through the grace and salvation of Jesus Christ can the improvement of society and establishment of righteousness among men take place. Thus Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, vice, all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. Thus, Christians should work to provide for the needy, care for those who are abused, aged, or helpless, visit those who are sick or in prison, and speak on behalf of the unborn and support the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every believer should seek to bring industry and business, government, and society into alignment with the principles of truth, righteousness and love. We should work with like-minded men in Christ-like/Christ centered causes and act in love without compromising the truth of Jesus Christ.
Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Deuteronomy 10:12; 27:17; Psalm 101:5; Micah 6:8; Zechariah 8:16; Matthew 5:13-16, 43-48; 22:36-40; 25:35; Mark 1:29-34; 2:3-5; 10:21; Luke 4:18-21; 10:27-37; 20:25; John 15:12; 17:15; Acts 5:29 Romans 12-14; I Corinthians 5:9-10; 6:1-7;7:20-24; 10:23-11:1; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 6:5-9; Colossians 3:12-17; I Thessalonians 3:12; Philemon;
James 1:27; 2:8
OF CHURCH AND STATE
We support the separation of church and state provided that the state should protect the full freedom of the church in pursuit of spiritual things, and no one ecclesiastical group or religion or denomination is favored by the state above the others. It is the duty of every Christian to render obedience to the government in all things not contrary to Scripture. The body of Christ must not rely on civil government or money to carry on its work. The state has no right to impose penalties or restrictions on religious opinion or impose taxes on or the support of any religion. A free state wherein all men are provided unhindered access to God and the right to form and disseminate opinions in the sphere of spiritual matters without interference by any civil power.
Genesis 1:27; 2:7; Matthew 6:6-7, 24; 16:26; John 8:36; Romans 6:1-2; 13:1-7; Galatians 5:1, 13; Philippians 3:20; I Timothy 2:1-2; James 4:12; I Peter 2:12-17; 3:11-17; 4:12-19
AFFIRMATION OF DOCTRINE
We believe every pastor, minister, board member, employee, volunteer, and Member shall affirm their agreement with the Doctrinal Statement above and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith.