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Statement of Faith

OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

The members of East Delavan Baptist Church are in agreement on the following beliefs:

    What we believe about the Bible...
  • We believe that the Scriptures of both Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing so as to be the final and sufficient rule of faith and practice.  That it is the product of Spirit-controlled man, and therefore, has truth without a mixture of error for its matter.  We believe that it is the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds and opinions. II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:19-21; Isaiah 8:20
    What we believe about God...
  • We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three personal distinctions, - The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, - one in substance and equal in every divine perfection.  Exodus 20:2,3, I Corinthians 8:6, I John 5:7. 
     
    We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He was divine as no other man can be, being very God of very God, existing from eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; that as a man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary.  John 1:1,2; I John 5:20; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:26-38
     
    We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with the Father and Son and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the Agent of the New Birth and that He seals, edues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies and helps the believer, indwelling every true Child of God from the time of their acceptance of Christ as Savior.  II Cor. 13:14; John 14:16, 17; Romans 8:14-27.
    What we believe about the devil...
  • We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all the powers of the darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.  Matthew 4:1-11; II Cor. 4:4; Revelation 20:10.
    What we believe about the beginning...
  • We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, including all life, “each after its own kind,” according to the Genesis account of creation, and this was by the direct act of God, and not by the process of evolution.  Genesis 1 & 2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3.
     
    What we believe about sin...
  • We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in the image of God in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born in sin and shapen in iniquity and become practical sinners with the first expression of personal choice, not by constraint, but by choice and so are without excuse before God.  Gen. 3; Rom. 5:10-19; Psalm 51:5; Rom. 1:20, 21
     
    What we believe about salvation...
  • We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the atonement wrought by Jesus Christ, when He voluntarily took upon him a human body and nature, yet without sin, and by His suffering, death, and resurrection made full satisfaction to the justice of God for the sin of man, that the blessings of this salvation are given on the grounds of grace to all who believe and confess that it is the immediate duty of all to prove these offers of mercy.  John 1:1-3,14; 3:1-7; Hebrews 10:4-14; Acts 16:30-33.

    We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin and that this salvation is wholly by grace; that no works, however good, make that salvation more secure.  Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 10:9-13.
     
    We believe that all who take Christ as their Saviour are born from above and are eternally secure in Christ.  This assurance is based solely upon the Word of God. 
    II Timothy 1:12; Romans 8:35-39; I Corinthians 3:13-15.
    What we believe about the resurrection...
  • We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present ministry there as our High Priest and advocate, whence He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell the believer.  John 20; Acts 1:3-9; I Corinthians 15:3-20; Hebrews 4:14-16; John 7:38-39; 14:16,17; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19.
    What we believe about the church...
  • We believe in the unity of all true believers in what is called the Body of Christ, (also called The Bride) and that all believers, both Jew and Gentile, are added to this body by the receiving of Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
     
    We believe that the Body of Christ is manifest through the local church which 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; exercising gifts, rights and privileges invested in it by His Word; that its officers are bishops or pastors and deacons; that it has the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and it is answerable only to Christ, and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local church is final.  Matthew 18:15-17; I Corinthians 1:2; 7:17; 11:16; 12:12, 13; I Timothy 3:1-15.

    We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water and is properly called “Believer’s Baptism.”   It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, with its effects in our lives of death to sin and resurrection to a new life.  Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church relation.  The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes and our continual fellowship with Him, should be preceded by baptism and always by careful self-examination.  Since it is a local church ordinance, we believe that only members of this church or a church of like faith and practice should partake of the Lord’s Supper.  Acts 8:36-39; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-32; Acts 2; Ephesians 1:21.
    What we believe about the future...
  • We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked, that only through faith are we justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, and are truly righteous in God’s esteem.  All such who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse.  This distinction holds among men both in and after death in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.  Matt. 3:18, Rom. 6:17-23; Matt. 25:34-41; Luke 6:25; John 8:21.
     
    We believe in the bodily, personal, pre-millenial and pre-tribulation return of Jesus Christ; that He will come before the seven-year tribulation period to catch away His Bride, coming only into the air, and that He will come with His Bride at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom.  I Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 19:11-21.

    We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His Bride and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air, and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millenial Kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to receive their final doom.  John 5:21-30; I Thess. 4:16; Rev. 7:9-17; 20:11-15.
    What we believe about the 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, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of God and the Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the Kings of the earth.  Rom. 13:1-17; II Sam. 23:3; Es. 18:2; Acts 23:5; 5:20; 4:19,20; Dan. 3:17,18.