WHAT WE BELIEVE

"A Bible Baptist is one who believes in a Supernatural Bible; which tells of a Supernatural Christ; who had a Supernatural Birth; Who speaks Supernatural Words; Who performs Supernatural miracles, Who lived a Supernatural life while on earth, Who died a Supernatural death; Who rose in Supernatural power; Who ascended in a Supernatural splendor; Who now intercedes as a Supernatural Priest and Who will one day return in Supernatural glory to establish a Supernatural Kingdom on earth."

THE BIBLE AS THE PLENARY AND VERBALLY INSPIRED WORD OF GOD - (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119). It has fulfilled and continues to fulfill all prophecies. (Isaiah 41:21-22; II Peter 1:19).

SALVATION IS BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH ALONE. IT CALLS FOR REPENTANCE TOWARDS GOD AND FAITH TOWARDS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. (Acts 20:21). IBBC firmly denies Baptismal Regeneration (water baptism being required to be saved), Justification by works (good works), Church Membership and other works of men as ways to aSalvation. (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 5:1; 3:22-26; Galatians 3:1-13).

THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST - Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
ATONEMENT THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF CHRIST - (Isaiah 1:18; I John 1:17; Hebrews 9:22; Revelation
1:5; 5:9; Romans 3:25; 5:9)

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE –
1. He is Eternal. (Psalm 90:2)
2. He is Infinite. (I Kings 8:27; Job 11:7-9)
3. He is Sovereign. (Isaiah 45:9-18)
4. He is Omniscient. (Psalm 147:5)
5. He is Omnipotent. (Jeremiah 32:27)
6. He is Omnipresent (Jeremiah 23:24)
7. He is Immutable. (Hebrew 13:8; James 1:17)
8. He is the Righteous Judge. (Genesis 18:25; Romans 14:12)
9. He is Just and Forgiving. (Numbers 14:18; Revelations 20:12; Galatians 6:2)
10. He is absolutely holy. (Habakkuk 1:13; Isaiah 6:5)
11. He is Loving and Merciful. (Ephesians 2:4)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. IBBC believes that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and God the Son, of the same nature; that He was active in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled. He convicts men of sin, of judgment and righteousness; that He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believers. (John 16:7-11; Genesis 1:1-3; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:26-27; II Thessalonians 2:13).

THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST - (John 1:1,14; Hebrew 1:8; Isaiah 9:6; John 17:5; Philippians 2:7; Colossians 1:15-19).

THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN AND THE REALITY OF SIN - (Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:14-17; Revelation 12:10; 20:1-3)

THE ETERNAL HAPPINESS OF THE RIGHTEOUS IN HEAVEN AND THE ETERNAL PUNISHMENT OF THE UNSAVED IN HELL

THE LOCAL, INDEPENDENT, FUNDAMENTAL, NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH AS THE KIND OF CHURCH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ESTABLISHED. (Matthew 16:18; 28:19-20)
1. Founder - the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Time - during His personal earthly ministry.
3. Place - Jerusalem
4. Kind - Local and Visible.
5. Mission and Commission. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)
a).Preach the Gospel to make disciples of men.
b).Baptize them who believe.
c).Teach them the whole counsel of God. *This commission cannot be reversed.
6. Government - Theocracy (Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23)
7. Officers:
a). Pastor - Elder (presbuteros) and Bishop (episcopos - overseer). Both terms designate the same office of the Pastor (Titus 1:7; Acts 20:17,28)
the former referring to the man, the latter to his function in office. The Functions of the Pastors are:
1). To rule (I Timothy 3:4-5; 5:17)
2). To guard the body (Church) from perversion or error. (Titus 1:9)
3). To oversee the Church as an undershepherd to the flock.(Acts 20:28; John 21:16; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5:2).
b). Deacons - Servants (Diakonos). They are to serve and minister the needy within the Church. (Acts 6:3; I Timothy 3:8)
8. Ordinances:
a). Scriptural Baptism (Immersion only) has the following features: (Acts 10:48)
1). The person to be baptized must be a proper candidate. i.e. Must be saved. (Acts 2:41; 8:12)
2). Proper Authority must be established through the local Church.
3). Must be in the Proper Mode - Immersion alone (to dip). (Colossians 2:12)
4). It must have the proper symbolism or picture of the Lord Jesus Christ's Gospel reflecting His Death, Burial and Resurrection.
b). Closed or Restricted Communion - The partaker must be saved, scripturally baptized and member of this local Church. He must have a good
spiritual standing with God and with men. (I Corinthians 11:12- 31)
9. Policy of Separation. (II Corinthians 6:14-18; Psalm 1; Amos 3:3)
a) Moral separation - Separation from worldly practices and sins. (I John 2:15-17)
b) Ecclesiastical Separation - Separation from Doctrinal errors, heresy and apostasy.
10. The New Testament Baptist Church is the only institution recognized and authorized by God to be the Steward of His Word, the only institution
commissioned by God to Evangelize the world, and the only agency in which every believer must serve. (Ephesians 3:21)
11. The New Testament Baptist Church is the Bride of Christ - The kind of Church closest to the teachings of Christ in Doctrine and Practice.

THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST - (Matthew 24; Luke 21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18) -
1. It is Pre-millennial and Pre-tribulational. (Revelation 3:10; I Thessalonians 5:1-11)
2. 2 Stages – Rapture (Judgment Seat of Christ. (I Corinthians 3:10-15)) and The Revelation (after 7 years tribulation) -
a). The Rapture - The meeting in the air of all the Saints with the Lord Jesus Christ. b). The Revelation - The revealing of Christ as the King of kings and Lord of lords in His full majesty and Power. He will come with all His Saints at
the end of the Tribulation Period to establish His Kingdom on earth.
3. After the Rapture, the Saints will face Jesus, the Righteous Judge, during the Judgment Seat of Christ. (I Corinthians 3:10-15) 4. Those who are left behind will go through a 7-year period of Tribulation or Jacobs Trouble under the wrath of God. The period will also be the reign
of the Anti-Christ.
5. After the defeat of Satan and his army, the Kingdom of the throne of David will be restored and will last for one thousand years (Millennial)
6. At the end of His reign, Satan will be released for a season and with his followers will stage a last revolt against God. God will send fire from heaven
and will consume all of them. Satan will be once and for all defeated and will be cast into the Lake of fire.
7. The resurrection of all the unbelievers or the dead to face the Great Judge in the White Throne Judgment to their everlasting punishment in the Lake
of Fire.
8. The New Heaven and the New Earth with the New Jerusalem.

THE SOVEREIGN GRACE OF GOD - By SOVEREIGN we mean that God is free to act and to choose according to His own will: that He has the absolute right and prerogative; that man has no right to question God even if he does not fully comprehend God's Sovereignty but just to trust Him. By GRACE we mean the goodness of God manifested toward the ill deserving, so that He authored the plan of Salvation for sinful man. We often call it the unmerited favor of God.
1. Total depravity of man – (John 1:13)
2. Unconditional Election – (John 15:16) -
a). It is a Sovereign act of Grace. (Romans 11:5) b). It took place in eternity. (Ephesians 1:4) c). It is based on the merit of Christ. d). It is based upon the foreknowledge (properly translated; as of whom He was aware and loved beforehand) of God. (Romans 8:29; I Peter 1:2)
3. Limited Atonement – efficacious only to those who believe (Hebrew 9:14,28; I John 1:7)
4. Effectual Calling – John 10:26-29
5. Perseverance of the Saints - It is the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus Christ and not the faithfulness of the believer that guarantees his security. (Lamentation 3:22-23; II Timothy 2:10-13)
6. Soul-winning – (John 3:14-15; John 6:44)

THE GRACE OF GIVING - Scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith.
1. Tithes – II Corinthians 8
2. Increase – above tithes
3. Firstfruits – thanksgiving offering (Deut. 26)
4. Sacrificial offerings - Nehemiah 12:43
5. Freewill offerings - (Acts 4:34-37; Malachi 3:10; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 1:8; Proverbs 3:9- 10; Nehemiah 10:35; Ezra 3:5)

OF CREATION– Literal - God's established laws were that they should bring forth only "after their own kind". (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Acts 4:24; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrew 11:3)

OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT - This Church agrees with the Separation of Church and State. There is a need however, to preach against Immorality in the high places. (Romans 13:7; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18: 21-22; Acts 23:5; Matthew 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:13-14,17)

OF THE FALL OF MAN - IBBC believes that man was created in innocence under the law of His maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12, 19; Romans 3:10-19)

OF THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN - IBBC believes that the Salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial office of the Son of God, (Ephesians 2:8; Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24; John 3:16; Matthew 18:11)

OF THE GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION - IBBC believes that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; (John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:17; I John 5:1; John 3:7)

OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION - IBBC believes in God's electing Grace; that the blessings of Salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in aggravated condemnation. (I Thessalonians 1:4; Colossians 3;12; I Peter 1:2; Titus 1:1; Romans 8:29-30)

OF JUSTIFICATION - IBBC believes that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to those who believe in Him is justification. It includes the pardon of sin, acquittal from guilt and condemnation, declaration of the believer's holiness, and the gift of eternal life on principle of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any work of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the redeemer's blood, his righteousness is imputed to us. (Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zechariah 13:1; Romans 8:1; Romans 5:1)