Bagdad Baptist Church
Sunday, July 23, 2017
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WHAT WE BELIEVE
 
 
 
ARTICLE II. ARTICLES OF FAITH
 
1.         The Scriptures
 
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience.
 
2.         God
 
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfection, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
 
3.         Trinity
 
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
 
4.         Providence
 
God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin not to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
 
5.         Election
 
Election is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life. All who truly believe and obey the gospel were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world by Him who sees the end from the beginning, and in consequence, not of their own merit, but of God's own purpose and grace, they are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, without whose influence none would ever be lead to repent and believe.
 
6.         The Fall of Man
 
God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through temptation, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His Law; are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
 
7.         The Mediator
 
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is divinely appointed mediator between God and man.  Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the Law suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners.  He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He remains to make intercession for His people.  He is the only mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the universe.
 
8.         Regeneration
 
Regeneration is a change of heart, brought about by the Holy Spirit, who quickens those who are dead in sin.  Enlightening their minds spiritually to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness.  It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.
 
9.         Repentance
 
Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made to understand the manifold evil of this sin, humbles himself because of it, turns from it with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, and turns toward God with the purpose of walking with Him so as to please Him in all things.
 
10.       Faith
 
Saving faith is the committal of life to God as He is revealed in Jesus Christ, and is the kind of committal which endures to the end of this earthly life.  It is based on the truth of the scriptures, is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.
 
11.       Justification
 
Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal from all sin of sinners who believe in Christ, who alone has made this possible; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but because of the obedience and work of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
 
12.       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 the heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ's commands.
 
13.       Perseverance of the Saints
 
Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
 
14.       The Church
 
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government.  According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed. The regular officers of a church are Pastors (Bishops or Elders) and Deacons.
 
15.       Baptism
 
Baptism is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he or she is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his association with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his committal of life to God, to live and walk in newness of life.  It is prerequisite to church fellowship and to participation in the Lord's Supper.
 
16.       The Lord's Supper
 
The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.
 
17.       The Lord's Day
 
The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.  It should be a day of spiritual and physical rest, with the exception of works of necessity and mercy.
 
18.       Liberty of Conscience
 
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil officials being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
 
19.       The Resurrection
 
Christ arose from the dead and sits at the right hand of God where He intercedes for His people, as a necessary part of human redemption, and by virtue of His resurrection all who are His disciples shall be raised.
 
20.       The Judgment
 
God has appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.
 
21.       Separation of Church and State
 
We believe in the total independence of and organic separation of church and state.