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What we believe.

Myers Road Baptist Church
Articles of Faith

 

The Scriptures

 

We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written was verbally

inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men, and therefore has

truth without any admixture of error for its matter.* We believe the

Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme

standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be

tried.

(2nd Timothy 3:16-17; 2nd Peter 1:19-21; John 17:17)

 

*The Bible is the Word of God written by men dictated and inspired by God and therefore

does not contain error.

 

Of the True God

 

We believe there is one and only one living and true God, an infinite Spirit, the maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

(Exodus 20:2-3; 1st Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11)

 

Of the Holy Spirit

 

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.

(Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; John 3:5-6, 14:16-17, 26, 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; Romans 8:14, 16, 26-27; Ephesians 1:13-14; Hebrews 9:14)

 

Of the Devil, or Satan

 

We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the author of all the powers of darkness, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.

(Matthew 4:1-3; 2nd Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10)

 

Of Creation

 

We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution.

(Genesis 1 and 2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3)

 

 

Of the Fall of Man

 

We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of His maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint, but of choice;* and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

(Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 1:18, 32, 5:10-19)

 

*We are all sinners from birth and willfully commit sins.

 

Of the Virgin Birth

 

We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of a woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.

(Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4)

 

Of the Atonement for Sin

 

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the son of God,* Who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sin;** that His atonement consisted not of setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord bearing our sin in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection,*** he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.

(Isaiah 53:4-7; Matthew 18:11; John 3:16; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24-25; 1st Corinthians 15:3; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 2:14; 1st John 4:10)

 

*Christ mediates for us before the Father.

**Christ died in our place so that we may live in the presence of God.

***The sacrifice of Christ allows us to be made perfect before the Father.

 

Of Grace in the New Creation

 

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and sin is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner beyond our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.

(John 3:3, 6-8; 2nd Acts 16:30-31; Romans 6:23; 2nd Corinthians 5:17, 19; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13; 1st John 5:1 2nd Peter 1:4)

 

 

Of Justification

 

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification; That Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness. That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed to us.

(Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Acts 13:39; Romans 5: 1, 9, 8:1)

 

Of Faith and Salvation

 

We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation.

(Acts 16:31)

 

Of the Local Church

 

We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His word; that its officers are pastors, elders, and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only Superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; on all maters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

(Acts 2:41-42, 15:13-18; 20:17-28; 1st Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11, 5:23-24; Colossians 1:18; 1st Timothy 3:1-7)

 

Of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

 

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life, that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.

(Matthew 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:26-39; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; 1st Corinthians 11:23-28)

 

Of the Security of the Saints

 

We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.

(John 10:28-29; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30; Philippians 1:6; Jude 1)

 

Of the Righteous and the Wicked

 

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under a curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.

(Genesis 18:23; Proverbs 14:32; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:34-41; Luke 6:25; Romans 6:17-18, 23, 7:6; 1st John 5:19, 8:21)

 

Of Civil Government

 

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, consciously honored, and obeyed; except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.

(Exodus 18:21-22; 2nd Samuel 23:3; Daniel 3:17-18; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19, 5:20, 23:5; Romans 13:1-7)

 

Of the Resurrection, Personal, Visible, Pre-millennial Return of Christ and Related Events

 

We believe in the Bodily Resurrection.

(Matthew 28:6-7; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6, 39; John 20:27; 1st Corinthians 15:4)

The Ascension.

(Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 12:2; Revelation 3:21)

The High Priesthood.

(1st Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:17, 5:9-10; 8:6; 1st John 2:1)

The Second Coming.

(John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1st Thessalonians 4:16; James 5:8; Hebrews 9:28)

The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead.

(1st Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1st Corinthians 15:42-44, 52)

The Change of the Living in Christ.

(1st Corinthians 15:51-53; 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20-21)

The Throne of David.

(Isaiah 9:6-7; Luke 1:32; Acts 2:29-30)

The Millennial Reign.

(Psalm 72:8; Isaiah 11:4-5, 32:1; 1st Corinthians 15:25; Revelation 20:6, 14)