Chisholm Baptist’s Statement of Faith
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the fully inspired Word of God, without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Mark 13:31; John 20:31; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; I Corinthians 2:12-13; Hebrews 1:1-2)
We believe there is one living and true God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect; eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6; John 15:26; I Corinthians 12:4-6; Hebrews 9:14)
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, judgment, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He (God) foreknows infallibly all that shall come to pass and the He mercifully governs human affairs. We believe that He hears and answers prayer, that He justly executes His wrath upon those who disobey, and that He saves from sin and eternal death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (John 3:16; I Timothy 2:5-6; I Peter 1:3; II Chronicles 7:14; John 4:24; Romans 3:5-26; I John 4:8-16)
We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe in His sinless life, miracles and teachings; that He died on the cross as the substitutionary, atoning sacrifice for our sins, and that He arose bodily from the dead. We believe He then ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of God, He is now interceding for His people and one day soon will visibly return to earth.
(Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1, 14; John 14:6; John 20:28, 31; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; Romans 6:9-10; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-24; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Corinthians 15:1-4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 10:14; Mark 10:45)
We believe in the Holy Spirit who was sent from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin and judgment and to regenerate, make holy, equip for ministry, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer, that He is received by grace, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, guide and comforter. (John 3:5-6; John 14:16-17; John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7-14; Romans 8:9, 14, 16, 26, 27; I Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14)
We believe that all human beings are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 6:23; Romans 3:9-18; Romans 10:8-13)
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and all regenerated persons are members. We believe that a local church, consists of a congregation of believers in Jesus Christ, who have been baptized on a credible profession of faith. We believe the primary tasks of a local church include worshiping God, serving people in need, encouraging believers to grow in faith, and proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Acts 2:37-47)
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of others; and that our conduct should be blameless before the world. We believe we should be faithful stewards of our possessions and that we should seek to realize for ourselves and others, full maturity in Christ. (Ephesians 4:13-15; Philippians 2:15)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church–Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that water baptism is the immersion of a believer in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ to commemorate His death, and as a time to experience fellowship with God and other believers in Christ. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:26-29; Matthew 28:19)
We believe that every Christian has a direct relationship with God and is ultimately responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. We believe each congregation is independent and must be free from interference by any religious or political authority.
(Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 4:14-16; I Timothy 2:15; Acts 4:19-20)
We believe that this local church can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with others in a denominational organization. We believe cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. We believe a church also has the right to choose to cooperate with interdenominational fellowships. (Acts 15:13-18; I Corinthians 16:1-6)
THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body and a final judgment which results in the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Luke 17:26-30; II Timothy 3:1-5; Acts 15:14-17)