THOUSAND ISLANDS BAPTIST CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments, were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and therefore entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), Creator of all (Genesis 1:1; Col. 1:16), Holy (Leviticus 19:2), Sovereign (Daniel 4:25, 35), Eternal (Hebrews 9:14, Psalm 90:1-2), existing in three equal Persons (Matthew 28:19) – the Father (Isaiah 63:16; 64:8), the Son (John 1:1; Philippians 2:6; Colossians 1:15), and the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4).
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:9), in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory (John 17:5), in His virgin birth (Matthew 1:20,23), sinless life (1 Peter 2:22; Hebrews. 4:15), substitutionary death (Romans 8:3-4), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:6-7), triumphant ascension (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9), mediatorial ministry (Romans 8:34) and personal return (John14:3; Acts 1:11).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4), who convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8); who regenerates (Romans 8:9), sanctifies (2 Thessalonians 2:13), illuminates (1 Corinthians 2:12-13; John 14:26) and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 15:26).
We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality (Isaiah 14:12-15; 2 Peter 2:4), the originator of sin (John 8:44), the arch-enemy of God and man (Genesis 3:15; 1 Peter 5:8).
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27); that he sinned (Romans 3:23), becoming guilty before God (Romans 1:18), resulting in total depravity (Isaiah 59:2), thereby incurring physical (Ezekiel 18:4, 26) and spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1).
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign (Acts 2:23), electing grace of God (Ephesians 1:4); that by the appointment of the Father (John 3:16), Christ voluntarily (John10:17-18) suffered a vicarious, expiatory, and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone (Romans 3:23-26) in the all sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9:12,28; 1 Corinthians 15:17) and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord (Romans 8:28-30).
We believe in the personal and bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; Matthew 24:30); in the bodily resurrection of the just (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and the unjust (Revelation 20:11-13); in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed (Revelation 21 & 22) and in the judgment and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked (Revelation 20:10, 15).
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that the church is a company of baptized (immersed) believers (Acts 2:38), called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus (2 Corinthians 6:16-17), voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4), the mutual edification of its members (1 Corinthians 12:12-26), the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances (Matthew 28:18-20). We believe it is an autonomous, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the Church (Ephesians 4:11-16). We believe that its officers are Pastor(s)/Elders (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3:1; 1 Peter 5:1; Titus 1:7-9) and Deacons (Acts 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:8).
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:
- Baptism: which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-11).
- The Lord’s Supper: which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and cup, which symbolize the
Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
THE CHURCH AND THE STATE
We believe in the entire separation of Church and State (Acts 5:27-29; Matthew 22:21).
THE LORD’S DAY
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual care (Acts 5:29).
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the Kings of the earth (Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:29).