These statements below are the core beliefs of the membership of Antioch Baptist Church. These Statements of Faith are in harmony with the Doctrinal Statement of The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and are summarized as follows.
We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. We believe it to be the true center of the Christian walk and the standard by which we should conduct ourselves.
There is one, and only one, living and true God. He is the creator, author, and finisher of everything and is revealed to us in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
We believe Satan is a person and the personification of evil. Satan is the deceiver and god of this present world. He was defeated and judged at the cross and therefore his final doom is certain. He, with his demons, oppose all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel, tempting man to do evil and warring against the Son of God.
The Fall of Man
Man was created holy and righteous under the law of God, but through the temptation of Satan, Adam and Eve broke God’s command and fell from that state. As a result, their descendants are born with a sin nature, resulting in condemnation and as soon as they are capable of moral choice, become actual transgressors.
The Way of Salvation
The way of salvation for sinners is only through Jesus Christ; who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered a vicarious death on the cross, rose again on the 3rd day, and ascended into heaven to be with our Heavenly Father. (John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”)
Justification is God’s gracious act of making sinners righteous through the shedding of Christ’s perfect and precious blood on Calvary. Justification is something that cannot be earned, but received only through redemption by the blood of Jesus Christ.
The Freeness of Salvation
Salvation is made free to all by the price Christ paid in full for each of us. It is the responsibility of all to accept this gift by obedient faith. There is nothing that prevents one from accepting this gift that Christ has given to us, except one’s unbelief in Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Regeneration or to be “Born Again” is the accepting of God’s free gift of salvation through belief in Christ. This brings about a change of heart that may be seen in one’s life by the fruit they bear to glorify God.
Repentance & Faith
Repentance is the turning away from sin and recognizing the need of God’s mercy and grace in one’s life. Once this happens, the Holy Spirit urges the acceptance, through faith, of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of one’s life. We believe both of these to be works of God’s Spirit in the heart of man.
Sanctification is the process of being set apart for the service of the Lord. It is a continual process of spiritual growth and maturing, which is nurtured through grace and the continual study of God’s Word. Sanctification is a lifelong process.
Security of the Believer
True believers endure to the end and are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
A Gospel Church
A gospel church is a congregation of baptized believers, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His Word and Holy Spirit, and seeking to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth by sharing their collective spiritual gifts among and beyond their community.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This act of obedience is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The Lord’s Supper (Communion) is open to all believers. We do this in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrificial death for us.
The Lord’s Day
The first day of the week, Sunday, is the Lord’s Day. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and we should be engaged in worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.
The Scriptures clearly teach that Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples and others in convincing manifestations. He now exists in His glorified body at God’s right hand.
The Return of the Lord
The New Testament teaches the return of Jesus to this earth. The time of His coming is not revealed. All believers should live in readiness for His coming and live to make known to all men the Good News of the Gospel and of their hope in Christ.
Physically, we live in the world and abide by the laws of the state, as long as civil law doesn’t conflict with God’s law. Spiritually, we are under no law and live by faith under grace of God through Jesus Christ.
It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. This can be accomplished by living out the pure gospel of our Lord.
In accordance with the Great Commission, we should implement discipleship programs to teach obedience to the commandments of Christ and mission programs to teach beyond the church.
The Christian and the Social Order
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in their own lives and in human society. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, the widowed, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.
Family and Marriage
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 to 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 to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Unity is essential among believers to be able to do God’s work and should be demonstrated within the church, as well as, between other believing churches.
Every member should share the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our community and throughout the world so that others might believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Every member should serve unselfishly in Jesus’ name, meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those in our church, community, and in the world.
All that exists belongs to Christ. We are to become responsible stewards of our Lord’s resources entrusted in our care and manage everything to the best of our abilities for His Glory including money, property, relationships, talents, time and our lives. Christians should proportionally and unselfishly give of their means to advance Christ’s cause on earth.
The Kingdom of God is the reign of God in the heart and life of the individual in every human relationship, and in every form and institution of organized human society. The chief means for promoting the Kingdom of God on earth are preaching the gospel of Christ, and teaching the principles of righteousness contained therein. The Kingdom of God will be complete when every thought and will of man shall be brought into captivity to the will of Christ. And it is the duty of all Christ’s people to pray and labor continually that His Kingdom may come and His will be done on earth as it is done in Heaven.