Doctrinal Statement

Auburn Missionary Baptist Church

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT 

Why we have a doctrinal statement…see Luke 1:1-4

1. We believe that love one for another as Jesus loves the believer manifests our discipleship, proves our love for God and symbolizes our authority as a Local New Testament Church. Love is therefore the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent (Matt. 22: 34-40; John 13:34, 35; John 15:9-17, 12; 1 John 4:7-21; 1 John 5:1-3; Rev. 2:1-5, 4, 5). John 3:16; John 14:15;   John 21,23; Romans 13:7-10; 1 Cor. 13:1-12; Eph 5:1-2; Phil 2:1-11; 1 Thess 3:11-13; 1 Peter 1:22-23; 1 Peter 3:8-11; 1 John 3:23-24; 2 Jn 1:5-6

2. We believe in the infallible, verbal inspiration of God of the whole Bible and that the Bible, in its original languages, is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice (Psalm 119:160; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Rm. 15:4; Jm. 1:22-25; 2Pt. 1:19-21;1 Cor 14:33).

3. We believe in One God manifested in three ways in Scripture as: God the Father, God the Son-Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. (John 1:1-34; John 10:24-30; John 14:6-14; John 20:26-28; Col. 2:8-13)

4. We believe in Creation as recorded in Genesis that God created the heavens, the earth and all therein in six days and rested on the seventh day. (Gen. 1, 2; Jn. 1:1-3; Rm.1:19-23; Col. 1:15-17; Job 12:7-10; Neh. 9:6; Ex. 20:11).

5. We believe that Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy god of this world, and that his destiny is the eternal lake of fire        (Isa.14:12-15; Ezek.28:11-19; Matt.25:41; 2 Cor.4:4; Eph.6:10-17; Rev.20:10-12; Job 2:3-4; 1 Pt. 5:8-9; 2 Peter 2:4; Gen. 3:14-15; Jude).

6. We believe in the virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ     (Matt. 1:18-23; 2 Cor. 5:20-21; 1 Peter 2:21-24; Is.7:14-15; Is. 9:6-7;  Ph.2:4-8;; Heb. 7:26-27; 2 Pt.1:16-18).

7. We believe that God through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit/Comforter guides the local new testament church unto all truth.   (John chapters 13-16)

8. We believe that miraculous spiritual manifestation gifts were done away when the Bible was completed. Faith, Hope and Love are the vital abiding Spiritual Gifts (1 Cor. 12-14).

9. We believe that Adam was created in the image of God and lived in innocency until he fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state.  The result of this sin is that all mankind are sinners (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19) (Rom 3:23).

10. We believe that the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross was God’s plan.  Jesus willingly gave up His life as a substitute sacrifice for all sinners.  Salvation is received  through  God’s grace by asking for forgiveness and repenting of  our sin through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  And, the Holy Spirit convicts sinners, regenerates, seals, secures and indwells every believer and all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish. (Isa. 53:6; Heb. 2:9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 2:2) (Luke 13:3-5; John 3:16-18; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8, 9; John 3:6; John 16:8, 9; Rom. 8:9-11; 1 Cor. 6:19, 20; Eph. 4:30; Titus 3:5; John 3:36; John 5:24; John 10:27-30; Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 10:39; 1 Peter 1:5)

11.  We believe that God deals with saved people as His children; that He chastises the disobedient and blesses the obedient while on earth, and that all His children will be rewarded in Heaven according to their works.  (Matt. 16:27; Matt. 25:14-30; John 1:12-13; Heb. 12:5-11; Rev. 22:12).

12. We believe in the bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ (Matt. 28:1-10; Mark 16; Acts 1:6-11; Luke 24; John 20)

13.    We believe in the premillennial return of Christ in the air as the crowning event of the Church age. This will include the resurrection of the righteous (John 14: 1-6; 1 Thess. 4:13-18, Mat. 24:37-51).

14. We believe the bodily return of Christ to the earth will initiate the Millennium (1000 year reign of Christ on the earth) which will be followed by the resurrection of the unrighteous unto eternal punishment in the lake of fire and that the righteous shall then enter into the heaven age  (2 Thess. 2:8; Rev 19; Rev. 20:4-6; Rev. 20: 11-15; Rev. 21:8; Zech 14: 1-21; Psalm 2:9)

15. We believe that Jesus Christ called out His church on the shores of Galilee. (Isaiah 9:1, 2; Matt. 4:18-22; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51)

16. We believe that a church is always a local, visible assembly of scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship called out to do the Lord’s work on earth (Acts 2:41-46; Acts 19:23-32; Romans 16)  as defined by the Greek word “ecclessia.” (“Ecclessia” is defined as any assembly that is called out for a specific purpose in a specified location)

17. We believe that each church is an independent, self-governing body; that no person, board, committee, association or other ecclesiastical entity may exercise authority over it. (Acts 1:15-26)

18.  We believe that Jesus Christ gave the Great Commission to New Testament churches only, not to individuals; and, that He promised the perpetuity of His churches (Matt. 4:18-22; Matt. 16:18; Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 1:14-20; John 1:35-51; Eph. 3:21).

19.  We believe that there are two pictorial ordinances in the Lord’s churches:  Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:

19a.  Scriptural Baptism is the immersion of penitent believers in water:

(1) Done by the authority of a scriptural new testament church. (Matt 28:16-20, Acts 1:22; 1 Cor. 1:10-17, Acts 13:1-2; Acts 16:30-34)

(2) A proper candidate for baptism is an individual who has first received salvation by faith.  (Acts 2:37-41; Acts 8: 26-38; Col. 2:12-13; Acts 16:25-31

(3) Is done through the full immersion in water to symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Col. 2:12; Romans 6:4)(Definition of “Baptizo” is “to dip or immerse fully”)

19b.  The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance given to only the called out church and therefore is only observed by members of this local church (Matt 26:17-19).  The elements of the Lord’s Supper are unleavened bread (Matt 26:26) to symbolize the sinless, yet broken body of Christ; and pure grape (Matt 26:27-28)juice to symbolize the pure blood of Christ.

20. We believe that there are two divinely appointed offices in a church: pastors and deacons, to be filled by men whose qualifications are set forth in Titus and 1 Timothy.

21. We believe that this church is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith (2 Cor. 11:8; Phil 4:10, 15,16) but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Gal. 1:8,9; 1 John 2:19).  In association with other churches, each church is equal and is the sole judge of the measure and method of her cooperation (Matt. 20:25-28).  In all matters of polity and practice, the will of each church is final (Matt. 18:18).

22.  Any fellowships or committees held at or commssioned by this local church are servants to and under the authority of Auburn Missionary Baptist Church (Matt. 29:25-28).

23. We believe in freedom of worship without interference from the government and affirm our belief in civil obedience, unless the laws and regulations of civil government run contrary to the Holy Scriptures (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-15).

 

Updated October 24, 2012