What We Believe

STATEMENT OF FAITH

THE BIBLE

We, the members of the First Baptist Church of Elgin, accept the sixty-six books of the Bible as the Word of God, fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, inerrant in the original manuscripts, and infallible as the supreme authority for our faith and practice, the standard by which all human conduct and belief should be measured.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

THE TRINITY

We declare our faith in the one, true, holy God. We believe He exists eternally in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each of whom possesses fully and equally all the attributes of deity, having the same mind and will, sharing the same divine essence and characteristics of personality, yet distinct in role.  He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present at all times. He is without beginning or end and without equal—there is no God besides Him.
(Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; John 16:13-15; Isaiah 46:9-10)

GOD THE FATHER

God the Father, in His love, authored the plan of salvation and disposes all things according to His own purpose and grace. His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted. He is faithful to all His promises, works all things together for good for those who love Him, and in His unfathomable grace sent His one and only Son, Christ Jesus, to be the Savior of the World. God raised His Son from the dead, glorified Him, and seated Him at His right hand.

(Mark 16:19; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1: 3-6, 17-20; 1 John 4:14; Romans 8:28-30)

GOD THE SON

We believe God the Father has revealed Himself supremely in our Lord Jesus Christ, both fully God and fully man, the one and only Son of God, born of a virgin. Jesus Christ is the Creator, Sustainer, and Savior of our world.  Salvation is found in Him alone having given His life on the cross of Calvary as a ransom for our sin. He was resurrected and ascended to the Father, where He now makes intercession for us. Soon He will come again to receive us unto Himself.

(Matthew 1:18; Colossians 1:13-17; John 1:1-4, 14; Hebrews 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Philippians 2:5-11)

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We further believe in the Holy Spirit who has come to reveal and glorify Jesus Christ and to convict us of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates sinners so that they might place their faith in Christ. He indwells and empowers believers to live godly and productive lives for the glory of the Lord Jesus. He intercedes for us with the Father when we do not know what to pray, and He guarantees that we will be saved when Jesus returns. He also reveals the truth of Scripture and empowers us to proclaim the gospel to others.

(John 14:16, 17, 26, 16:12-14; Titus 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:26-27; Acts 1:8)

MANKIND

Mankind was created in the image of God and has intrinsic value and dignity. However, through Adam’s fall mankind is now sinful, condemned, and in need of salvation. By deliberate choice all participate in sin, which is open rebellion to God’s law. After Christ returns, Satan and all those who have rejected Christ will be condemned to eternal punishment in hell, forever separated from the presence of God.

(Romans 5:12, 3:23, 3:10-12; Ephesians 2:1-3; Revelation 20:10-15)

MARRIAGE AND SEXUAL CONDUCT

We believe that God’s design is that of man and woman either to be joined together in a monogamous marriage or to live in a single celibate state. The practices of pre-marital sex, all sex outside of marriage, and homosexuality are inconsistent with Biblical teaching and therefore sin.

(Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:18-28; 1 Corinthians 7:1-40; Hebrews 13:4)

SALVATION

Salvation is a gift of God that cannot be bought or earned and is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. All those who exercise faith alone in Christ’s atoning death will be saved and will enter into the Lord’s presence to reign with Him forever.

(John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21; Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9; Acts 4:10-12; Titus 3:3-8)

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ directing God’s love to all people and inviting the lost to be reconciled to Himself by faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

(Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:15-16; Acts 1:8, 2:41-42; Hebrews 10:23-25)

CHURCH ORDINANCES

We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin; the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.  It is a testimony to his/her faith in the final resurrection of the dead.  Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privilege of church membership.

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby followers of Jesus, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.

Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23;

Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 10:16-21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12

Revised July 2011

COVENANT

Because we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we most solemnly and joyfully make these commitments to one another.

We promise that with the aid of the Holy Spirit we will love one another, seek what is best for this church, and contribute faithfully of our talents and resources to its support. This local body of believers covenants together to worship, to observe the biblical ordinances of baptism by immersion and communion, and to evangelize the world around us.

We also promise to share in private and family devotions regularly, to teach our children Christian truths, to tell others of Christ, and to live in the world as practicing Christians. We will strive to be fair in our dealings with others, faithful to our duties, and examples to others in our conduct. We will avoid making undeserved judgments upon others, spreading rumors, and allowing our emotions to control our better judgment. We will strive in every way to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.

We further promise to express Christian concern for each other, to pray for each other, and to assist any who need help in times of sickness or difficulty. We will speak in a way consistent with faith; we will not become offended easily; we will be agents of reconciliation wherever it is needed. Finally, we promise that should we relocate we will, as quickly as possible, join another church to fulfill the principles of God’s Word.

Revised July 2011