Statement of Faith
We believe in the Holy Bible as the inspired, inerrant, infallible authoritative and complete Word of God; the creation of man by the direct act of God; the incarnation and virgin birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; His identification as the Son of God; His vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the cross; the resurrection of His body from the tomb; His imminent visible return in power and glory; His unique power to save men from sin; the new birth through regeneration by the Holy Spirit; and the gift of eternal life by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
There is only one living and true God.
God the Father
God the Father reigns with divine providence over His universe. He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to all those who become His children through faith in Jesus Christ.
God the Son
Christ Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He dwells in all believers as the living and ever- present Lord. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He took upon Himself the human form and human nature, yet without sin. In His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of mankind from sin. He was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He is the One Mediator, the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to complete His redemptive mission.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit exalts Christ. The Holy Spirit inspired holy men to write the scriptures, and, through illumination, enables mankind to understand truth. He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls mankind to Jesus and brings about regeneration. The Holy Spirit cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which we serve God through his church.
The Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for Its author, salvation for Its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for Its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian Union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
Salvation is the redemption of man, offered freely to all who except Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ, by His own blood, obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense, salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through your conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart for God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace would continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final, blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ; committed to his teachings; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; and seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believers’ faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior; the believers’ death to sin; the burial of the old life; and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby Christians, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of Jesus Christ, and anticipate His second coming.
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, a material possession; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is ordained by God and defined as the covenant relationship between one man and one woman, and therefore we will only recognize marriage between one biological man and one biological woman in a covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The Statement of Faith above is what we believe and subscribe to at Belmont Baptist Church. For further detail and to find the scripture for each of these sections see “The Baptist Faith & Message” June 14, 2000. There are other sections we also believe and a copy of the BFM is available in the Church office and online at www.sbc.net/bfm2000/.