Corinth Baptist Church: Statement of Faith
God is Triune
There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness, truth and love. In the unity of the Godhead, there are three Persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son, and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Divine and God. One God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-is the foundation of Christian faith and life.
God the Father
God the Father is the Creator of heaven and earth. God supernaturally created the world out of nothing, by His word and for His glory. He made all things for the praise of His glory and intends mankind to live in fellowship with Him. His plans and purposes can never fail or be thwarted. God daily sustains all of His creatures and through His magnificent grace, gave His Son, Jesus Christ, for mankind's redemption.
Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, the eternal Word made flesh. He is fully God and fully man. He was always with God and is God. Through Him all things came into being and were created. He was before all things, and in Him all things hold together by the word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, and in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Jesus Christ is the only Savior for the sins of the world. He was made flesh by the supernatural conception by the Holy Spirit, born of Mary who was a virgin. He lived a sinless and perfect life on earth so that He could fulfill all the righteous requirements of the Law on our behalf. He died in our place on Calvary's cross removing our guilt, satisfying our debt of sin, and reconciling us to God. He rose bodily from the grave on the third day, victorious over death and the powers of darkness. He ascended into heaven where He stands at God's right hand interceding for His people. He is the Head of His body the Church and should be adored, loved, served, and obeyed by all.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the giver of life and convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord through the preaching of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit leads a person to trust in divine mercy, unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about new birth and dwells within the heart of a believer. The Holy Spirit will lead the church into a right understanding and application of the truth of God's Word. He is to be respected, honored and worshipped as God.
We believe that the Bible is the written Word of God. We believe that all 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are inspired by the Holy Spirit, and useful in teaching, encouragement and discipline so that each man and women can grow into maturity in Christ. The Bible is the infallible record of God's revealing Himself to mankind. We believe that the Bible is both fully and verbally inspired by God, and as originally given, is free from error in all that it teaches. We believe that the Bible was written for the purpose of leading us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. All believers are encouraged to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The Bible is the authorative rule that guides all of our Christian life, practice and doctrine.
God made man-male and female-in His own image. God created mankind as the crown of His creation so that mankind might glorify God through fellowship with Him. Mankind was tempted by Satan and rebelled against God. This rebellion brought about spiritual death and separation from God and made mankind incapable of reconciling themselves to God. Mankind's nature was changed so that sin extended to their mind, will and actions. Mankind finds itself at war with God, hostile towards God and hateful of God. Mankind needs a special work of grace to remove their guilt, satisfy their debt of sin, and reconcile them back with God.
Jesus Christ is the Gospel. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. Christ's death satisfies the demands of God's holy justice and appeases His wrath against sin. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and mankind. There is no other name by which mankind can be saved from their sins. At the heart of the Gospel, God demonstrates His love for us by providing a one time sacrifice for sins that completely reconciles a sinner to Himself.
How Do I Respond to the Gospel?
The proper response to the gospel is faith in Jesus Christ. This faith rests on our understanding of our sins, our need for a Savior to pay for our sins, and repentance and submission to Jesus as Lord of our life. Biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, and sacving faith is evidenced by the fruit of the Holy Spirit in a believer's life. Salvation is the free gift of God and is provided by grace alone through faith alone. Anyone who turns from their sins in repentance and looks to Christ's finished work on the cross, recieves the gift of eternal life and is declared righteous by God.
The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Life of a Believer
The Holy Spirit actively seeks to produce His fruit in each believer as we allow our minds to be renewed and conformed into the image of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service. The Holy Spirit desires to continually fill each believer for service to the body of Christ and to the world. The Holy Spirit gives each individual member spiritual gifts to grow and build the local body of believers. All the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the first century church are available today and should be desired by every believer. The Holy Spirit helps us to grow in the knowledge of the Lord, keep His commandments, and live with the hope of eternal fellowship with God.
The church is not a religious institution or denomination; it is made up of those who have become genuine followers of Jesus Christ and have personally confessed faith in Jesus Christ. The church exists to worship and glorify God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It exists to serve God faithfully by doing His will on earth. This commitment is most clearly seen in the proclamation of the Gospel to all nations and the discipleship of those who follow Christ.
Ordinances of the Church
Water baptism is only intended for the individual who has recieved the saving benefits of Christ's finished work and become His disciple. In obedience to Christ's command and as a testimony to God, a believer should be immersed in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Water baptism is a visual and symbolic demonstration that a person's former way of life has been put to death and vividly depicts a person's release from the mastery of sin.
The Lord's Supper is to be observed only by those who have become genuine followers of Christ. This ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ's body and the shedding of His blood as payment for our sins. The Lord's Supper is a continual reminder and proclamation of the death of Christ in which we recieve spiritual nourishment for our souls and signify our unity with other members of Christ's body.
The consummation of all things includes the personal and glorious return of Jesus, the resurrection of the dead, the judgment of the just and the unjust, and the fulfillment of Christ's kingdom in the new heavens and new earth. In the consummation, Satan, with his hosts and all those outside Christ, will be finally separated from the presence of God, and will endure eternal punishment. The righteous, in glorious bodies, shall live and reign with Him forever, serving Him and giving Him unending praise and glory.