This paper is an attempt to briefly describe my major beliefs as a Baptist believer. It is by no means an exhaustive list of all my beliefs, but briefly highlights and describes where I stand on several of the major fundamentals of the Bible.
I. The Scriptures
I believe that the Holy Bible was given to us by God using men who where supernaturally inspired and has been supernaturally preserved to this day.
- The Holy Bible is the sixty-six book cannon, from Genesis to Revelation, that was written by inspiration and preserved by God and is without error.
- The Holy Bible does not simply convey or contain the Word of God but is the very Word of God.
- By inspiration, I mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of God as they were moved by the Holy Ghost in such a way that it was written and still exists without error, unlike any other book written.
- Though the original writings of the inspired penmen no longer exist, God, in His infinite power and wisdom has preserved His Word—not merely His ideas—that He inspired to today without error. As a result we have the Hebrew Old Testament text(in the Traditional Masoretic Text) and the Greek New Testament text(in the Textus Receptus), from which the Authorized King James Version was translated.
- I believe that the Authorized(King James) Version of the Bible is the Word of God for the English speaking people today. However, when translating into another language, it is necessary to translate from the Traditional Masoretic Text and the Textus Receptus.
- Dt. 4:2; Ps. 12:6-7; 19:7-11; 119:89, 105, 130, 160; Isa. 8:20; 40:8; Jer. 23:29; Ezk. 12:25; Mt 5:17-18; Mt 22:29; Lk. 24:44-45; Jn. 12:48; 17:17; 20:30-31; Rom. 3:4; 15:4; Eph. 6:17; II Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; I Pt. 1:23-25; II Pt. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:18-19
II. The True God
I believe that there is one true infinite God who exists as one God in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, each equal in perfection, each equally eternal, and, while having distinct rolls, are not three separate gods, but make up the One True God in the Trinity. He is the creator of all things, infinite in knowledge, has always existed, is Holy above all, is unchangeably righteous and just, good and perfect, worthy of all praise and exultation, merciful and gracious, inexpressible.
- Gen. 1:2; Ex. 20:1-11; Dt. 6:4; Isa. 6; Rom. 5:5; Eph. 5:30
III. The Devil or Satan
I believe that Satan, Lucifer, was once an honored angel of God. But, because of his pride and selfish desire to be as the Almighty, he fell from heaven and drew many other angels with him. Now, he is the prince of the power of the air, the god of this world, the accuser of the saints, the tempter of man, the lord of the Antichrist, the enemy of God. But he is destined for an eternity in the Lake of fire, prepared for him.
- Gen. 3; Isa. 14:12-15; Matt. 25:41; Eph. 2:1-3; Rev. 12:7-12
IV. The Creation
I believe that God is the creator of all things, and that in six literal, twenty-four hour days He spoke the earth and the universe into existence. He formed man from the dust of the ground in His own image. He created all things in a perfect state and established the laws that govern the universe.
- Genesis 1-2
V. The Fall of Man
I believe that God made man innocent under the law of his Creator, but he voluntarily went against the law and fell from his sinless state. As a result, all men now sin, not by constraint, but of their own choice, and are thus under the just condemnation of the law without excuse.
- Gen. 2-3; Rom. 3:23; Rom. 5:12
VI. The Virgin Birth
I believe that Jesus was miraculously begotten of the Holy Ghost and was born of a virgin, Mary, as no other man ever had before nor ever will again.
- Isa. 7:14, Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1-2
VII. Salvation(The Gospel)
I believe that all men, having sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, have thus condemned themselves to pay for their sins against God with eternity in a hell that was not meant for man, but for Satan and his angles. Man is thus incapable of going to heaven on his own. But God in His graciousness and mercy could not leave us in such a state, but sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to live a life as we are, subject to the temptations of human flesh, yet without sin, and die as the ultimate sacrifice, shedding His innocent blood in our place so that we might receive forgiveness of our sins. And having resurrected and finished the work of redemption, anyone can be save by His grace through faith in Christ.
- John 3:14-18; Rom. 3:21-26; 5:6-21; 10:9-13; Eph. 2:1-10; Heb. 11:7
VIII. The Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related events
I believe that Jesus died and was buried and bodily arose on the third day according to the Scripture. After showing Himself to the disciples, He ascended into heaven where He is preparing a place for all who trust in Him and where He awaits His Father’s order to call all believers to Himself. The Rapture is the next event in prophecy and is therefore imminent. The Rapture will be followed by a seven year tribulation period, after which, Christ will come to earth and establish His Kingdom on earth for a thousand years. After which, all mankind of all time who rejected God’s gift will face final, eternal judgment.
- John 14:2-3; I Cor. 15:51-58; I Thess. 4:13-18
IX. The Security of the Believer
I believe that once a man has been saved, then God seals him as His child. He is adopted as a child of God and cannot be un-adopted. He is sealed by the Holy Spirit of God that indwells every believer. Once he has received the gift of eternal life, he cannot lose it.
- II Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30
X. The Church
I believe that the Baptist church is a local, called out, assembly of baptized believers. Jesus Christ established the first church in Jerusalem when He called out His twelve disciples; eleven of whom became the apostles, the twelfth being Judas who betrayed Jesus. Throughout His public ministry, He prepared them and ordained them to preach the gospel and establish churches after He had ascended to heaven. This is recorded for us in the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The book of Acts records the post ascension actions of the church Jesus had established and the establishing of churches in Judea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth out of the church Jesus had started.
- Only churches(local called out assembly of baptized believers) can start other churches.
- Every church is autonomous; answering only to God for how it is run.
- The church is to be organized and orderly.
- There are two offices for the church found in the Bible.
- The Pastor(Bishop, Elder) is the leader/caretaker of the church who is called by God, ordained by the church, and set in position by the Holy Spirit and must meet the qualifications from the Scriptures as found in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
- The Deacons are the servants of the church who are elected to the church when they are required and are under the direction of the pastor. They must meet the qualifications from the Scriptures as found in I Timothy 3:8-13 and Acts 6:3.
- There are two ordinances given to the local church.
- Baptism is the immersion under water of a believer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost administered under authority of the local church. It is the first act of obedience to God in identifying oneself as a follower of Him. Biblical Baptism is a prerequisite to becoming a member of the church and partaking in the second ordinance, the Lord’s Supper.
- The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration that is to be celebrated periodically until His return. It is carried out using unleavened bread—representing His body—and the fruit of the vine—representing His blood—as is described in the Bible in Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:19-20, and I Corinthians 11:23-30. It is a personal act administered by the church and thus requires one to judge himself, whether he is worthy to partake.
I believe that there is a clear command in the Scriptures for all believers to spread the Gospel everywhere we go. But the commission to go make disciples, to baptize believers, and teach them was given to the church and thus churches must establish other churches. We are to do this until the Lord calls us home.
- Matt. 28:16-20; Luke 24:46-53; Acts 1:6-12
XII. The Grace of Giving
I believe that God has chosen to finance the spreading of the gospel, support of the churches and support of the ministry, through the tithes and the free will offerings of His people
- A tithe is one-tenth of one’s increase and was established long before the law.
- An offering is what is given freely above a tithe.
- All tithes and offerings should be brought in to the church and distributed according to the leading of the Spirit and the needs that arise.
- Gen. 14:18-20; 28:22;
 Some of the wording is adapted from Heartland Baptist Bible College’s Confession of Faith as I agreed to upon graduation in 2012 and from notes from my Baptist Distinctives class.