We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Old and New Testaments. We believe these Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and complete. We believe the Bible provides the absolute and true basis and standard for Christian unity. It is the supreme authority for evaluating all human conduct, creeds, beliefs, and opinions. We hold that God has preserved His word to this moment and in the Authorized King James Version, we have a true, faithful, and accurate translation of Holy Scripture. This translation shall be the exclusive English version used in all preaching and teaching in the church ministries. [Psalm 12: 6, 7; 119:89; Isaiah 40:8; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:19,20].
We believe there is but ONE living and true God. He is infinite and sovereign Spirit and is the Creator and Ruler of Heaven and earth. He eternally exists in three Persons--- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ...each identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and possessing the same attributes and perfections. [Matthew 3: 16,17; 28:19; John 4:24; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 5:7]
We believe the Genesis account of creation is a literal and historical account of the direct and immediate creative act of God without any organic or theistic evolutionary process. Adam is a historical person and was created (spirit, soul, and body) by a direct work of God and all humanity is descended from him and the biblical Eve. [Romans 5: 12-14; 1 Corinthians 15: 21,22]
We believe Satan is a real creature who is the unholy god of this age and the ruler of all unsaved humanity. He is the relentless enemy of God, the saved, righteousness, and truth. He controls all the powers of darkness and is destined to the judgment of an eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire. [Matthew 4: 1-11; Revelation 20: 1-10]
We believe that salvation is by grace alone through personal trust in the finished work of Christ. We believe this faith results in the new birth which is instantaneous and not a process. Salvation means a sinner receives eternal life, a divine nature, and is made a new person by the act of God. This event is accomplished by the Holy Spirit and is beyond human comprehension. Salvation results in a sinner’s voluntary obedience and submission to God and His word and is accompanied by a newness of life, faith, and good works. We hold that those who truly are saved are eternally safe in Christ and will never perish. [John 10:28; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21]
We believe that God, the eternal Son, was made Flesh and dwelt among us, in that, Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit by the virgin Mary in a miraculous manner as no other man is, or ever will, be conceived. We believe that Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and God the Son. We believe that in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily and that He is both God and the Man Christ Jesus. [John 1: 1-3; Colossians 1: 14-19; 2:9]
We believe He lived a sinless life and that He fulfilled the Divine law by His perfect obedience. Moreover, through His shed blood and death on the cross, He has made a full and vicarious atonement for our sin by the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place. This is the Just dying for the unjust and has with this offering of Himself, Jesus Christ has placated God’s righteous anger and has made available to humanity, reconciliation to God. [2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:14]
We believe His literal bodily resurrection assures our justification and is the promise of our own glorious resurrection. Jesus Christ is now ascended to God’s throne where He sits at the right hand of the Father and makes intercession for us. [John 5: 28,29; Romans 5:8]
We believe that justification is the judicial act of God in which He declares a sinner is righteous. Justification means sin is pardoned and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the sinner. Justification is bestowed solely on the condition of the sinner’s trust in the blood of Christ to atone for his sin. [Romans 4: 21-25; Colossians 1:14,20]
We believe that repentance is godly sorrow. It is a change of mind, heart, and purpose toward God that is prompted by the Holy Spirit. It is the heart cry of the sinner who perceives his absolute inability and helplessness to please God. Repentance causes sin to be recognized as offensive to God and damning to the soul. We believe that biblical repentance is always accompanied by true faith in Christ. [Matthew 4:17; Acts 17:30]
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. He is coeternal with the Father and the Son and is of identical nature. He convicts the sinner of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the acting Agent in the new birth experience and then, seals, endues with power, bestows gifts, guides, teaches, comforts and keeps the believer. [John 14: 15-31; 16:7-15]
The Holy Spirit sanctifies (sets apart) the believer in Christ at the moment of the new birth. He also progressively sanctifies him throughout his earthly life by means of the Word of God, self-examination, self-denial, prayer, soul-winning and the preaching, teaching, and fellowship found in a scriptural church. [Acts 2:41-47]
We believe that some gifts of the Holy Spirit were meant for those early churches existing before the completion of the Scriptures. These churches which were without the complete Word of God were provided with temporary special gifts to help validate and confirm their ministries. With the completion of the perfect Word of God those formerly necessary helps became obsolete and irrelevant and were ended. [1 Corinthians 13: 8-12]
A church is an assembly of immersed believers who are united in doctrine and observe the ordinances of Christ. Its members obey the great commission and exercise the gifts and privileges given them by the Word of God and Holy Spirit. Its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly given in the Word of God. Each local assembly is the body of Christ whose one and only Head is the Lord. [Ephesians 1:22; 5:23]
We believe a church has the right of complete autonomy and that on all questions of membership, polity, and discipline, the will of the church is final.
Baptism is the single immersion of a believer upon the authority of the church. This ordinance pictures the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior and portrays that the believer, likewise through Christ, has died to sin and is risen to a new life. Baptism after conversion is prerequisite to membership and the Lord’s table.
The Lord’s Supper is the church’s special commemoration of the Lord’s death which will continue until He comes again. Moreover, it portrays the abiding communion of Christ with His people and they with Him and each other. [1 Corinthians 11: 17-32]
Christians are commanded to depart from every form of wickedness, apostasy, compromise and worldliness. Moreover, the Word of God exhorts us to identify and oppose all heresies and other departures from the truth and sound doctrine. [Romans 16: 17; 2 Corinthians 6: 14-18]
This church must perpetually continue as an independent, sovereign, and biblical Baptist church. It is subject only to Jesus Christ, its Head. This church may fellowship with any sister church that is in agreement in both doctrine and conduct. However, no organic union is to be entered with any denomination, association, or confederacy.
We believe in the imminent, pre-millennial coming of Christ in the air to rapture the saints before the Tribulation. The glorious return of Christ to the earth will occur at the end of the seven-year great Tribulation. He will then establish His millennium kingdom upon the earth. [1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18]
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead. We believe the saved will be resurrected to everlasting blessedness at the Rapture and the lost to everlasting punishment in a literal Lake of Fire at the time of the Great White Throne Judgment. [Revelation 20: 10-15]
We believe that at death, the souls of the redeemed are with the Lord and souls of the lost go to a literal Hell to await the judgment of the Great White Throne. [2 Corinthians 5: 6-8; Philippians 1:21-24]
The Grace Baptist Chapel
227 Little Summit Road, Dunbar, Pennsylvania 15431, United States
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