Statement of Faith
Statement of Faith
God: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has always existed in three persons. These three have distinct personalities but are equal and are one God.
God the Father: He is the one and only true God, the creator of everything. He relates to His people as Father and is the redeemer of mankind.
God the Son: Jesus Christ - Jesus became God in human flesh for one, and only one, reason: To be crucified for our sins and resurrected to change the world. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
God the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit convicts the unsaved. He also empowers the believer from the moment of salvation. The Christian seeks to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily. Genesis 1:1-2, Deuteronomy 6:4, Psalm 4:1, Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 1:23, John 1:1-2, 14, 16:8, Hebrews 1:1-3.
The Church: The church is composed of all believers of all the ages. There is the universal church and the local church. The local church is a body of baptized believers joined together to do the work of Jesus Christ here on this earth and to encourage one another. There are five purposes of the church: Worship, Evangelism, Discipleship, Fellowship and Ministry.
Matthew 16:18, Matthew 20:26-28, 28:19-20, John 4:19-24, Acts 2:42, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Colossians 1:14-19
Eternity: We were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God in Hell or in the presence of God in Heaven. Both Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, Romans 6:23, 1 John 2:25, 5:11-13. Revelation 20:15
The Bible: The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God it is truth without any mixture of error. The Bible is the foundation of faith and practice for the First Baptist Church of Denton.
II Timothy 3:14-4:2, John 17:17, 1Peter 1:23, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 119:105
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: According to the Bible, baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances of the church. Baptism is a person’s public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Immersion is the Biblical method of baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be observed in remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Both ordinances remind us of the sacrifice of Jesus and His soon return.
Matthew 26:26,28; 28:19-20, Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Spiritual Gifts: Spiritual gifts are God-given abilities for service. Every believer has at least one gift and no believer has all the gifts. All the gifts work together and are for the benefit of the entire body of Christ.
Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30, Ephesians 4:11, 1 Peter 4:11
Angels: Angels are created beings sent to serve the saints. Most angels appear as ordinary men and usually come with a message from God to men.
Isaiah 37:36, Acts 5:17-20, 12:5-11, 27:22-26, Hebrews 1:13-14, 13:2, Revelation 5:11
Salvation: Salvation is a free gift from God to us. Salvation is only by faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We can never make up for our own sins. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Once a person has received God’s free gift, it can never be taken away.
Matthew 7:13, John 3:3,16; 10:28-29; 14:6, Acts 2:21, 4:8-12, Roman 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-10
Our Core Values
God: God is the one, true God.
Jeremiah 10:10; Exodus 20:1-3; Genesis 1:1; Psalm 18:1-3
Jesus: Jesus is God in human flesh.
John 1:1,4; Hebrews 9:28
Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit convicts mankind of sin. John 16:8; John 14:17; John 14:26
The Bible: The Bible is the divinely inspired word of God. It has God for its author and is without error. The Bible is God’s perfect guidebook for living and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. We believe that all scriptures center about Jesus Christ in His person and work.
John 14:23; 2 Timothy 3:16
Salvation: Salvation is the forgiveness of sin, which is offered freely by God to those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Salvation cannot be gained by works, but by putting our faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is permanent and once truly saved, a person cannot become lost.
Joy: God wants us to live a full and joyous life. In Jesus alone we can experience the joy of the Christian life together.
John 10:10; John 15:11
Sin: Actions by which humans rebel against God, miss His purpose for their lives, and surrender to the power of evil rather than to God. Sin brings separation from God.
Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23
God’s Grace: Undeserved acceptance and love from God through His forgiveness of our sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, grace is available to all sinners to allow escape from the penalty of sin and the establishment of a love relationship with God.
Romans 3:24; John 1:12
Prayer: Through prayer, we can talk to and listen to God.
The Church: An autonomous body of baptized believers who come together in faith, to worship and praise the Lord. The Church comes together to observe the two ordinances of Christ: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism: Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It symbolizes the burial of the old life and the resurrection to walk in the newness of life in Jesus Christ. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.
The Lord’s Supper: “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” I Corinthians 11:26
Heaven and Hell: “Heaven is my throne.” Isaiah 66:1 “My kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36 “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may also be.” John14: 3 Hell is the eternal separation from the love of God.
The Resurrection: Jesus’ resurrection conquered death and makes eternal life through Him possible.
I Corinthians 15:3-4
Faith: We are saved by our faith in Jesus Christ! It is what we believe!
Worship: We exist to exalt God and to celebrate His presence in worship. Foremost, the church is a worshipping community.
Evangelism: We believe that it is our responsibility to share with others, God’s message of love, forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Discipleship: We must train and mature believers in their faith so that they can grow to be more like Jesus and lead others to Him.
Fellowship: To stimulate one another in Christian love and spiritual working together in a spirit of unity.
Stewardship: God is the source of all blessings; all that we have and are, we owe to Him. According to the Bible, Christians should contribute of their means, so their tithes can be used for the advancement of the causes for Christ.
I Corinthians 16:2