What We Believe

 

∑          THE SCRIPTURES: We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired; that it is truth without mixture of error; and that it is the standard by which all human conduct and creeds should be tried. II Timothy 3:15-17.

∑         THE TRUE GOD: We believe that there is one, and only one True and Living God; that in the Unity of the God-head there are three persons, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. John 4:24; 10:30.

∑         THE FALL OF MAN: We believe that man was created in holiness, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners and are under condemnation of eternal ruin. Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12.

∑         THE WAY OF SALVATION: We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the atoning death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8; Isaiah 53:4-5; Hebrews 7:25.

∑         JUSTIFICATION: We believe that through justification the perfect right eousness of God is imputed to the believers in Christ Jesus. Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1-2.

∑         THE FREENESS OF SALVATION: We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel, and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own depravity and rejection of the Gospel. Isaiah 55:1; John 3:16.

∑         GRACE IN REGENERATION: We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again through the work of the Holy Spirit. John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17.

∑         REPENTANCE AND FAITH: We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable graces, attributes resulting from accepting Christ, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, and are essential steps in salvation. Mark 1:15; Romans 10:9.

∑         GOD'S PURPOSE AND ELECTION: We believe that Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; and that this is consistent with the free agency of man. Romans 8:28-31; II Peter 1:10-11.

∑         SANCTIFICATION: We believe that sanctification is a progressive process by which the believer is made partaker of God's holiness, and that this process begins in regeneration. I Thessalonians 4:3; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Philippians 2:12-13.

∑         THE PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS: We believe that only real believers endure to the end, and that they are kept by the power of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  Romans 8:38-39; II Timothy 1:12.

∑         A GOSPEL CHURCH: We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers bound together in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; and that Jesus committed the ministry of His Gospel to His churches.  Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:20.

∑         BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER: We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of Father, Son, Holy Ghost, and on the authority of the New Testament and a New Testament Church; that baptism is a prerequisite to the Lordís Supper and only such as have been scripturally baptized are proper subjects for the Lordís Supper. Acts 8:36; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:26.

∑         THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH: We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, and is to be sacred to religions  purposes. Acts 20:7; Exodus 20:8.

∑         THE WORLD TO COME: We believe at the last day Christ will descend from heaven and raise the dead; that a solemn judgment and separation will then take place, and that his judgment will fix forever the final state of men in Heaven or Hell. Acts 1:11; Matthew 13:49: 25:31-46.

 

Church Covenant

     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 Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, must solemnly and joyfully enter into the 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, holiness and comfort: to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
     We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions, to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger, to abstain from the sale of and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
     We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling, and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.
     We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word. 

Taken from Shallow Ford Baptist Church Constitution and By-Laws (1995)