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What We Believe

ARTICLES OF FAITH

HOLY SCRIPTURE:  We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired, infallible Word of God and are inerrant in their original autographs.  The Holy Spirit has providentially overseen the preservation, copying and transmission of these Scriptures with the result that the Bible we have today is God’s revealed and eternal truth that may be understood by mankind.  It is our only rule and authority in faith and practice (John 16:12-15; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

ONE TRUE GOD: We believe there is one true God who is infinite, all-knowing, everywhere-present, all-powerful, Creator of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all honor.  The one true God exists eternally in three Persons.  In perfect harmony the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption.  (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:6; 1 Tim. 2:5)

GOD THE FATHER: We believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Godhead, is begotten of none and exists from eternity past through eternity future.  He is immutable in character and sovereign in all His acts, thus establishing and accomplishing His eternal purposes apart from the influence of any other and for the sole purpose of His own glory.  He possesses a distinct personality of intellect, sensibility, and will.  He is the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ and Author of our salvation purchased by Christ on the cross.  God the Father has never been seen except as He has been declared by the Son (John 1:18).  The heavens declare His glory, but not His person.  His attributes include His holiness (Lev. 19:2), justice (Psa. 19:9; 89:14), light (1 John 1:5), love (1 John 4:8), goodness (Psa. 33:5), mercy (Psa. 138:8), grace (Luke 2:40), and truth (Deut. 32:4). 

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Christ alone is Savior and Lord, and as such is the ultimate authority in all matters of life and faith for the believer.  We believe that Christ, the Son of God, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, performed miracles, died an atoning death on the cross, was buried, and rose bodily for the salvation of all mankind.  Currently, Christ is seated in Heaven at the right hand of God the Father, acting as our mediator.  We believe Christ Jesus to be both perfect man and fully God at the same time without sacrificing either position (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35, 2:11; John 1:1, 14; Acts 1:10, 11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 1 Tim. 2:5, 3:16; 1 Peter 2:21-25).

THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person and deserves the worship due to God alone because He is God (Gen. 1:1,2; Matt. 28:19; John 14:15-17; Acts 5:3; Eph 4:30).  We believe that the Holy Spirit was involved in creating the world, is now involved in preserving the world, and accomplishes the work of regeneration in the life of the believer, and baptizes, seals, indwells, and bestows spiritual gifts on every member of the Body of Christ.  He fills, empowers, and guides all believers as they yield to His control (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19, 12:12-14, 13:8; Eph. 1:13,14, 4:7-12).  Certain spiritual gifts (i.e., tongues, interpretation, healings, and miracles) were given only at the inception of the Church and will be given again in the Last Days but are not necessary at this time for either the work of the church nor the growth of the believer and are, therefore, not given at this time (1 Cor. 12:1-4; Heb. 2:4; Rev. 11:3-6).

FALL OF MAN: We believe the first man and woman were created in the image of God but voluntarily rebelled against Him and thus have come under divine judgment.  Mankind has inherited this sinful nature since its fall and is in absolute need of the Savior (Gen. 1:26-27; 3:6-7; Rom. 3:23, 5:12).

WAY OF SALVATION:  We believe that while mankind has openly transgressed the laws of God, the Lord put into effect a plan of redemption.  This plan involved Christ’s voluntary action to suffer by death the punishment for human sin even though He Himself was sinless.  Salvation of sinners is wholly by God’s grace and can only be experienced through confession and repentance of sin.  Salvation is the free gift of eternal life accepted through faith in the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross.  In this way, an individual is “born again,” is forgiven of sin, receives the Holy Spirit, and becomes a child of God for all eternity (John 1:12 & 3:3,16, 6:27-29; Rom. 6:23, 10:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9).

CHRIST-LIKE LIVING:  We believe that while Christ not only came to save us, but has also called each believer to a life of holiness through the indwelling presence and work of the Holy Spirit.  Through faith and obedience to Christ, each believer is instructed to grow in the love of God, and to manifest that love to others.  This is a progressive act, begun at conversion and carried on until God calls the believer home to heaven (Rom. 12:1,2; Eph. 4:1; 1 Thess. 2:12; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Titus 2:14; Heb. 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:15-16, 2:9).

THE FAMILY:  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 the uniting of one man and one woman in 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 husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image.  The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people.  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 herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.  She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.  Children, from the moment of conception are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.  Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth.  Children are to honor and obey their parents. Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1

Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7. (copied from SBC Baptist Faith & Message 2000) 

PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS:  We believe that every person can approach God directly through Christ without the aid of any human priests (1 Peter 2:4-10; Heb. 10:19-22)

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP:  We believe that membership in the church is reserved for those who have been regenerated through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and have evidenced that faith through the public act of baptism by immersion subsequent to conversion (Acts 2:41,47, 8:36-38; Eph. 2:8-9).

ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH:  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ left us only two ordinances—Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

            Baptism is an act of obedience whereby a believer publicly identifies with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, declaring his belief and trust in Jesus.  Immersion is the only true way of illustrating “the New Birth” as taught in the New Testament.  It is an outward testimony of what Jesus Christ has done in the heart of one who confesses Christ as Savior and Lord by faith (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:38, 41, 8:36-38). 

            The Lord’s Supper is a service of solemn remembrance, depicting in symbolic form through the elements of the bread and cup, the death of Christ and the shedding of His blood for the remission of our sins.  It, according to Scripture, must be preceded by a time of self-examination and is open to all born-again believers (1 Cor. 11:23-30).

EVANGELIZATION OF THE WORLD:  We believe we must take seriously the Great Commission of Christ.  Therefore, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we seek to proclaim the Good News of Christ to the lost, both at home and abroad, to disciple believers in the Christian faith, and to encourage believers to unite with a local body of believers (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15).

CHRIST’S RETURN AND THE ETERNAL STATE:  We believe that as Christ promised before He ascended into heaven, He will return for his bride, the Church. The time of His return is known only to God. On that day, Christ will appear in the clouds, the dead in Christ shall rise bodily from the grave, believers who are alive at that time will be bodily changed, and together we shall all be caught up in the air to be with Christ. This time of His appearing is referred to as The Rapture of the Church. First Baptist Church of Shawnee was founded by believers holding the position that The Rapture of the Church will occur before a seven-year period, known as the Great Tribulation. The Great Tribulation will be a time of intense suffering for believers that will end with the return of Christ in judgment of rebellion. Christ will then establish His own rule on earth for one thousand years. At the end of that one thousand year reign there will be a final judgment followed by the establishment of a new heaven and new earth which will be enjoyed by God’s people of all ages for eternity. (Matt. 24:29-31; John 14:1-4; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-15, 21:1-8)

Some members hold to this view while others hold to different end-time beliefs, particularly about the timing and order of these events. It is important to note that there is no requirement of belief in any particular end time position to be accepted into church fellowship.  All are welcome.

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