Articles of Faith

Articles of Faith of

Beacon Baptist Church

 

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES:

  • We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God, the King James

Authorized Version as we hold in our hands this very day.  (II Peter 1:19-21)

  • It was given for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness.  It was inspired

that we might be thoroughly furnished unto all good works.  (II Timothy 3:16,17)

  • Other Scriptures dealing with the preservation of the Word of God:  (John 1:1; Matthew 5:17,18 Psalm 119:8,9)

 

CREATION:

  • We accept by faith the account of creation as presented in Genesis 1.  Within this chapter it is shown that God created the heavens and the earth in six (6) days (meaning our 24 hour/day each).  God by His Word through His Spirit spoke every thing into existence.  (Genesis 1:1-30)
  • On the seventh day God rested from His labour and sanctified it.  (Genesis 2:1-3)
  • Genesis 2 gives a more detailed account of how he created man in his own image. It is said of man that God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. This is the very thing that separated us from all other creation. (Genesis 2:7, 18-25)
  • Man was created to have dominion over all that God created. (Genesis 1:26-28)
  • Man was created to glorify God.  (Isaiah 43:7;John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17;  Revelation 4:11) 

 

THE FALL OF MAN:

  • Man was created innocent and without sin under the perfect plan of God.  He was also given a conscience to obey God with.  Man was created as a free-will agent and as such was allowed to choose right from wrong.  Man was tempted by Satan to disregard God’s warning not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The woman was deceived and took of the fruit.  She then offered it to Adam who willingly took of the fruit knowing the consequences of his decision.  As a result man died spiritually that same day, and the physical death came about.  (Genesis 3:1; Romans 5:12; I Timothy 2:13-15)

 

ATONEMENT FOR SIN:

  • Atonement is to make amends or reconciliation for an offence or crime which has been committed.  We see the atonement for sin being pictured in the Old Testament law.  The sacrifices that were made, were pointing forward to the great lamb that would be slain on Calvary’s cross.  The Bible teaches us that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins.  Christ was the perfect sacrifice for sin and the only one who had the power to overcome sin’s penalty by coming back from the dead.  (Hebrews 9:14-28)
  • Paul tells us in Romans that we have now received the atonement.  (Romans 5:11)

 

THE GIFT OF SALVATION:

  • Salvation is the redemption of man from the bondage of sin and liability to eternal death and the conferring on Him of everlasting life.  Salvation was attained for all of mankind by Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.  (Matthew 27:1-28:8; Romans 5:10-12; Isaiah 53:1-12
  • Salvation is a gift God is offering to man if he is willing to admit he is a sinner and realizes that outside of Jesus Christ he has no hope of ever entering into God’s kingdom.  (John 3:1-7, 16-18; John 14:6; Romans 5:8,9; Ephesians 2:8-10)
  • We must be willing to call upon the name of the Lord and ask His forgiveness, accept Him as our Saviour and Lord.  (Romans 10:9,10,13;Romans 5:1-2)

 

JUSTIFICATION:

  • The Bible teaches us that any one who is willing to rest in the shed blood of Jesus Christ

can be justified in the eyes of God and be forgiven for their sin.  (Romans 5:1, 8,9)

  • Justification is to be pardoned and freed from guilt; to treat as just though guilty and

deserving punishment.  The price of sin is death and so it was necessary for someone to die

in order to pay that price on sin.  We must repent of our sin and place our faith in Christ in

  • order to honestly stand before God by grace and faith in the finished work of Christ.

(Acts 20:21; .Acts 2:37,38)

 

SANCTIFICATION:

  • Sanctification is to be made holy or righteous through the shed blood of Christ and to be set apart to live for His glory.  (Romans 12:1,2; I Corinthians 6:11)  
  • The Bible also teaches us that we are sanctified through His word.  (John 17:17-20)
  • We are also to sanctify the Lord God in our hearts and be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within us.  (I Peter 3:15)

 

PRESERVATION OF THE SAINTS:

  • The Bible teaches us that we are eternally secure in the hands of an Almighty God.  After

trusting Christ we are placed into God’s hand and no man is able to pluck us out (this

includes ourselves).  (John 10:27-30; 1 John 5:10-12) 

 

THE TRUE AND TRIUNE GOD:

THE TRUE GOD: 

  • There is only one true and living God.  (Psalm 9:2)
  • He is an everlasting, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God.  (Psalm 139)
  • God shows Himself to us in three persons, yet is one God.  (I John 5:7,8)
  • God is the Creator of all things.  (Genesis 1:1)
  • He is a God of mercy and compassion, gracious toward mankind.  (Psalm 86:10-13)
  • God’s throne is for ever and ever.  (Psalm 45:6)

 

GOD THE FATHER:

  • In the revelation of the three persons that constitute the Godhead, God the Father is designated as the first person of the Trinity.  He presents himself to us as the fatherhood of God in four distinct aspects:  1) God as the father of all creation; 2) Fatherhood by intimate relationship; 3) God as the father of our Lord Jesus Christ; 4) God as the father of all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  God the Father is shown to be Father of all things.  (Ephesians 3:14,15; James 1:17; Malachi 2:10; I Corinthians 8:6;  Ephesians 1:3; John 1:12)

 

GOD THE SON:  The Virgin Birth

  • The Bible teaches us that the mother of Jesus Christ was visited by an angel of God and he told her that God had chosen her to be the one that would conceive the seed of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit of God, and that she would bring forth a child while still being a virgin.  The angel also revealed this to Joseph, that man she was to marry and she never knew him till after Christ was born.  (Matthew 1:18-25)

The Deity of Christ:

  • In John 1 we see the deity of Christ being portrayed by His part in the creation of the world.  In this passage He is called God and everything that was made was made by Him.
  • He and the Father are one.  (John 10:30)
  • Christ thought it not robbery to be equal with God.  (Philippians 2:5,6)
  • He is exalted by God the Father that every knee should bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.  (Philippians 2:9-11)
  • Jesus Christ was, is, and always will be God.  (I Timothy 3:16)

 

 

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT:

  • The Holy Spirit is a divine part of the Godhead and is equal with God.  The Holy Spirit had a part in the creation and salvation of man.  He was sent in the world to convict, convince, and draw man unto the saving knowledge of Christ.  (John 16:7-11)
  • He was sent to us as the Comforter.  (John 14:26)
  • He is the one to seal us unto the day of redemption.  (Ephesians 1:13)
  • He is omnipresent (all-present).  (Psalm 139:7-13)
  • He is omniscient (all-knowing).  (I Corinthians 2:8-10)
  • He is omnipotent (all-powerful).  (Romans 15:19)
  • He is the Spirit of glory.  (I Peter 4:14)
  • He inspired the Scripture.  (II Timothy 3:16)
  • We are to be born in the Spirit.  (John 3:5,6)
  • He distributes gifts (talents, skills) as he wills.  (1 Corinthians 2:3-12) 

 

THE CHURCH AND ITS OFFICERS:

 

I.            THE CHURCH:

  • The founder and head of the local church is Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 16:18)
  • The church that Jesus Christ established here on earth is a local, visible, baptized body of believers who are joined together to form a physical body that carry out the commission given to the church.  This commission is to spread  the Gospel of Christ to all the ends of the earth.  The Holy Spirit was given to empower the believers to carry out the commission of the church.  (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

II.            ITS OFFICERS:

  • There are two offices in the local church, one being the Pastor (Elder or Bishop), the other, deacons.  (I Timothy 3:1-13)
  • The title “Pastor” shows him as the “Under Shepherd”; “Elder” deals with his maturity; “Bishop” deals with his oversight of the church.  The Pastor answers to the Lord as well as to the church.  (I Peter 5:1-3; Hebrews 13:17)
  • Deacons were placed in the church to care for the physical needs in the church.  They are servants  under the authority of the church and the Pastor as the administrator and overseer of all things.  Deacons are nominated by the people of the church and appointed by the Pastor.  (Acts 6:1-7)

 

CHURCH ORDINANCES: 

  • There are two (2) ordinances given to the local church – one being Baptism, the other, the Lord’s Supper.

I.               BAPTISM:

  • Baptism is the first step of obedience after one has received Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  The only candidate for baptism is some one who has accepted Christ as the Lord of their life.  Baptism pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and we identify with the fact that we have died, been buried and have been resurrected to walk in a new life with, in and through Jesus Christ.  Baptism does not save us.  It is a likeness of what happened once we got saved (received Christ).  (Matthew 28:18-20;  Romans 6:1-7)
  • Only a local New Testament church has the authority to carry out the ordinances.  Christ was the founder of the church and all authority rests in him.  (Matthew 16:18)
  • Baptism also adds the new believer to the local church.  (Acts 2:38-42)                                                                     II.              THE LORD’S SUPPER:
  • The ordinances of the Lord’s Supper was instituted as a memorial to the broken body and shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.  This is a time for self-examination of believers.  The Bible warns us not to partake unworthily, or take lightly the body and blood of the Lord.  We ought to examines our hearts to be sure we are right with the Lord before partaking of it.  The Lord’s Supper is to be observed only by the local church.  (Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-34)
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