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First Baptist Church of Matlacha
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This church holds the following statement of faith as being a summary of Christian doctrine whose authority consists only in its agreement with the Word of God.

  1. THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instructions; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.

(Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:89,105,130,160; Proverbs 30:5,6; Isaiah 8:20; Luke 16:31; Luke 24:25-27, 44,45; John 5:39, 45-47; John 12:48; John 17:17; Acts 1:16; Acts 28:25; Romans 3:4; Romans 15:4; Ephesians 6:17; II Timothy 3:16,17; I Peter 1:23; II Peter 1:19-21; Revelation 22:19)

DEFINITIONS:
By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation. Which as originally written, not only contains and conveys the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.

By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired. And that they are free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.

  1. THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, as infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; that He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the 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.

(Genesis 17:1; Exodus 15:1; Exodus 20:2,3; Psalm 83:18; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 147:5; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 4:24; John 10:30; John 15:26; Romans 11:33-36; I Corinthians 8:6; I Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 4:6; I Timothy 1:17; Revelation 4:11)
                          
  1. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

The second person of the triune God is the Son, whose name is the Lord Jesus Christ. He exists eternally with the Father. At the time of his incarnation, without change in his deity, he became a man through the miracles of his divine conception and virgin birth. He lived a sinless, impeccable life, died a substitutionary death for all men, was buried and arose from the grave physically on the third day. He ascended into Heaven; is presently fulfilling his intercessory and mediatorial ministry; and has promised to return to rapture the church prior to the Great Tribulation, at the conclusion of which he will institute his Messianic reign over Israel and the nations.

(Matthew 1:20-25; Matthew 17:5; Luke 1:26-35; John 8:28; John 14:3; I Corinthians 15:4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:24; Hebrews 10:12; I John 2:2)

  1. THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; of the same nature and co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. That he was active in the 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. And that he seals, baptizes, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

(Genesis 1:1-3; Matthew 3:11; Matthew 28:19; Mark 1:8; Luke 1:35; Luke 3:16; Luke 24:49; John 1:33; John 3:5-6; John 14:16, 17, 26; John 15:26, 27; John 16:8-11, 13; Acts 5:30-32; Acts 11:16; Romans 8:14, 16, 26,27; Ephesians 1:13,14; II Thessalonians 2:7, 13; Hebrews 9:14; I Peter 1:2)

  1. 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 that sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only by constraint but by choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal hell without defense or excuse.

(Genesis 1:27, Genesis 1:31, Isaiah 53:6, Ezekiel 18:19, 20, Romans 5:19, Genesis 3:6-24, Romans 1:20)

  1. OF THE WAY OF SALVATION

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the meditatorial offices of the Son of God, who, by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature; that being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, yet without sin, He honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven and, uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour.

(Ephesians 2:8, Colossians 2:9, Hebrews 7:25, Isaiah 53:4-5, John 3:16, Hebrews 2:18)

  1. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel, which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.

(Isaiah 55:1, John 5:40, Romans 16:25-26, John 3:19)

  1. OF THE REPENTANCE AND FAITH

 We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; and thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.

(Acts 20:21, Acts 2:37, Psalm 51:1-4, Isaiah 55:6-7, Mark 1:15, Luke 18:13, Psalm 51:7, Luke 12:8, Romans 7:13)

  1. OF JUSTIFICATION

 Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners from all sin through the satisfaction that Christ has made for all who place their trust in him, not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receive God's justification and rest on Christ and His righteousness by faith.

(Acts 13:39, John 1:16, Titus 3:5-7, Romans 4:4-5, Hebrews 10:38, Galatians 3:11,
Romans 5:1-2, Isaiah 53:11, Romans 5:9)

  1. OF SANCTIFICATION

Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God's word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial
obedience to all Christ's commands.

(I Thessalonians 4:3, Philippians 2:12-13, I John 2:29, Romans 8:5)
 
  1. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctioned by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end, kept by the power of God through faith unto Salvation.

(I John 2:19, John 5:24, I Peter 1:5, Romans 8:28, Philippians 1:6, I Peter 1:22, 23)

  1. OF A GOSPEL CHURCH

We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the 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 it's only Scriptural officers are bishops or pastors and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

(Matthew 18:17, I Corinthians 11:2, Matthew 28:20, Acts 2:41-42, I Corinthians 1:1-13, I Timothy 3)

  1. OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER

 Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as the symbol of his participation in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of committing himself to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church membership, and to participation in the Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ to be administered with the elements of bread and un-fermented wine, and to be observed by His churches until He comes again. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death symbolically. It is to be preceded always with solemn self-examination.

(Acts 8:36&39, John 3:22, 23, Romans 6:4, Acts 2:41-42, I Corinthians 11:28, Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 11:26)

  1. OF THE LORD'S DAY

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes by abstaining from all secular labor, except works of mercy and necessity; by the devout observance of all means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation for that rest which remaineth for all the people of God.

(Acts 20:7, Hebrews 10:24-25, Psalm 118:24, Hebrews 4:3-11, Isaiah 58:13-14)

  1. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT

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

(Romans 13:1-7, I Timothy 2:1-3, Matthew 22:21, Acts 5:29, Matthew 23:10)

  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 and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem, while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both in and after death.

(Malachi 3:18, I John 5:19, Romans 1:17, Luke 16:25)

  1. OF THE WORLD TO COME

We believer that the end of this age is approaching.
(I Peter 4:7)

We believe in "that blessed hope" -- the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
(Acts 24:15, Matthew 24:31-46, Revelation 22:11)