North Florida Baptist Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, but 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.
We believe the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired. We
believe the Holy Bible has truth without any admixture of error for its matter, and shall remain to the end of the age the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man. We believe the Holy Bible to be the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.
1. By “The Holy Bible” we mean that collection of sixty-six books, fromGenesis to Revelation, which as originally written is the very Word of God.
2. By “inspiration” we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holymen of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a definite way that
their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error,
as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
The True God
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth, inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. We believe 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 distant but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature. We believe the Holy Spirit was active in the creation and that in His relation to unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts of sins, of judgement and of righteousness, and that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony. We believe the Holy Spirit is the agent in the New Birth in that he seals, guide, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
The Devil or Satan
We believe Satan was once holy and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels. We believe Satan is now the malignant prince of power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We believe Satan to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy, the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all powers of darkness. We believe Satan is destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s own son, and to the judgement of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively. We believe man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness and that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms. We believe that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God’s established law is that they should bring forth only after their kind.
The Fall of Man
We believe man was created in innocence under the law of his maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and are therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
The Virgin Birth
We believe Jesus Christ was miraculously begotten of the Holy Ghost and was born of a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman. We believe Jesus Christ is both the Son of God, and God, the Son.
The Atonement of Sin
We believe the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins. We believe His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinners’ place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the tree. We believe Jesus Christ, having risen from the dead, is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. We believe Jesus Christ is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and all-sufficient Saviour.
Grace in the New Creation
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again and that through the new birth an individual becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus. We believe the new birth is not a process but is instantaneous in which one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. We believe the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with the divine truth, to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel. We believe proper evidence of the new creation appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.
The Freeness of Salvation
We believe that by God’s grace the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel and that it is the immediate duty of all to accept salvation by cordial, penitent and an obedient faith. We believe nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejections of the gospel, which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
We believe the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification, which includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness. We believe justification is bestowed not in consideration of any works or righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, whereby His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Repentance and Faith
We believe that Repentance and Faith solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces wrought in our souls by the quickening of spirit of God. Being deeply convicted of guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we believe all man-kind must 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 the only and all-sufficient Saviour.
We believe a Baptist Church is a congregation if baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and the fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word. We believe its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is to make individual disciples, to build up the church, and to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit. We believe it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each\h other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel and that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. On all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in the water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour. We believe baptism is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded always by solemn self-examination.
The Perseverance of the Saints
We believe real believers endure unto the end and that their preserving attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors. We believe a special Providence watches over each believer’s welfare; and that he/she is kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.
The Righteous and the Wicked
We believe there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked. We believe only those justified by faith 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. We believe this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society. We believe magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed in all things except those opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of kings of the earth.
The Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events
We believe in accept the scared Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the Resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily on the third day and that He alone is our merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God. We believe Jesus Christ will return someday for the living saints along with those dead in Christ-bodily, personally and visibly. We believe the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David and Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet.
We believe that the command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and that this Commission was given to the churches.
The Grace of Giving
We believe Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the fait. We believe all Christians are commanded to bring all their tithes and offerings to the common treasury of the church upon the first day of the week.
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