North Florida Baptist Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, more importantly we are a part of the Body of Christ made up of all believers in the world. We understand that there are other devoted Christians in other denominations. As Baptists, there are certain distinct practices of the faith which we hold dear and distinguish us from other denominations.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. - Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16
The Father – He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. He reigns over His creation and nothing is beyond His grasp. - Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6
The Son (Jesus) – Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus has eternally existed and became man at His incarnation, or human birth. He lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He bodily arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign.
- John 1:1; John 11:25-27
The Holy Spirit – He is the third person of the Trinity. He guides men into all truth, drawing them to Christ. He convicts of sin, spurring man to develop Christian character. He comforts believers, bestows spiritual gifts and seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the lives of believers is the assurance of God that allows us to experience sanctification and honor God with our lives. - Romans 12:14-16
People are made in the image of God and are the supreme object of God’s creation. All of mankind is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Sin separates people from God and affects every area of life.
- Genesis 1:26; Romans 5:12
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal security with God begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this
security. - John 3:16-17; Romans 10:9; Romans 8:38-39; Matthew 10:27-30
The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it has salvation for its end and is truth without any mixture of error. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12
Return of Christ
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ will return to the earth some day to rule and reign. We believe that prior to His return, He will gather the Body of Christ from the earth. After a period of great tribulation on this earth, Jesus
will return with His saints for His millennial kingdom. - John 14:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20
It is the duty of the church to endeavor to make disciples of all people. Every believer is commanded by Christ to spread the gospel of His saving grace through word and action as we live according to the Scriptures. This is God’s plan for redeeming the world until He returns. - Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8
Baptism by Immersion – We believe that scriptural baptism is: (1) by being completely immersed under water and (2) after salvation. Jesus was immersed and all baptisms in the New Testament were by immersion. These two facts set the standard for baptism today. Baptism has no saving power, but is the first act of obedience symbolizing (1) the believer’s faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, (2) the believer’s death to sin and resurrection to walk anew in Christ, and (3) the Christian’s belief that he will die, be buried, and that Jesus will resurrect him from the dead.
The Lord’s Supper – The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers remember the death of the Lord Jesus and anticipate His second coming. The bread is symbolic of His body and the juice represents His blood. - Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:26
Giving to the Church
We believe in giving the tithe – ten percent of our gross income – as the biblical standard of giving. The tithe is to be given as an undesignated offering to the ministry of a specified local church. According to the
Scriptures, we are to give cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of Christ’s cause on earth. This is a joy and privilege as believers acknowledge that all things come from and belong to God. Giving allows the believer to honor God in a tangible way that allows each one to obediently participate in the work of the church. - Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by their common faith and fellowship with Jesus. A local church is to observe the two ordinances: (1) baptism and (2) the Lord’s Supper. The church should exercise their God-given gifts and extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The church is an autonomous body serving under the Lordship of Christ. All members are equally responsible as they serve with the scriptural officers of the church, the pastors and deacons.
- Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Ephesians 4:11-12
The New Testament clearly teaches that believers are to live in harmony with one another. It is the responsibility of each believer to endeavor to live in fellowship with each member of the congregation. It is further the responsibility of each member to refrain from actions that can lead to division, such as gossip and lack of proper respect of biblical authorities.
- 1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 13:1
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