What we believe
Articles of Faith
The articles of faith are concise statements about the fundamental Christian Beliefs. It is vitally important that every Christian and indeed every Baptist should know them so that he/she is able to state and articulate what we believe. It is also important for the Christian to know these beliefs so that he/she has capacity to defend his/her faith.
1. We believe that there is one God, Creator and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three Persons revealed to us as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, John 5:7).
2. We believe that Jesus is God. He is very nature God (Philippians 2:6). He is eternally existent (John 1:1). He is the express image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). He is also the Son of God (Isaiah 9:6, John 3:16).
3. We believed in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3,4). He is also referred to as the Spirit of God (Genesis 1:2). He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:21). Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of Judgment (John 16:8). He calls men to the Saviour and effects regeneration (new birth) (John3:3).
4. We believe that the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and, therefore, the Supreme standard of Christian faith and practice, (II Timothy 3: 16-17).
5. We believe that all men are lost sinners without Jesus Christ as personal Savior and, therefore, are under just condemnation to eternal punishment because of willful transgressions. (John 3:16-18)
6. We believe that salvation is wholly of grace through the provisions that a loving and righteous God made for all men; and that repentance for one's Sin and faith in the living Christ are the means of receiving eternal life which was made possible by the shedding of His blood upon the Cross. (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 3:16).
7. We believe in the Virgin Birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. (Luke 1:34-35).
8. We believe in the priesthood of every born again child of God. We need go through no person or any institution for access to God. Through Jesus Christ every Christian has direct access to God. (1 Peter 2:5-9).
9. We believe that Christ is the Founder and Head of the Church; and that a local Church is a congregation of baptized believers voluntarily associated in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. (Matthew 16:18).
10. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. It is symbolic of our death to sin and resurrection to a new life in Jesus Christ. The Lord's Supper as a symbolic and memorial ordinance of the Church reminding the participant that Jesus died in order to make our redemption possible. We believe that these ordinances have no saving efficacy whatsoever. (Matthew 29: 16-20), Romans 6:16, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
11. We believe that the evangelization of men in all the world is the supreme task given to the Church by Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:16-20).
12. We believe that the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, is the Lord's Day, and as the memorial of Jesus Christ's resurrection it is sacred, and should be joyfully observed by faithfully attendance at the services of the Church and by abstaining from unnecessary work and other activities contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:1-6).
13. We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ, in the resurrection of all dead, in divine judgment to determine degrees of rewards for the righteous and punishments for the wicked and in unending life beyond physical death. (Matthew 25:31-46)
COMMENT ON ARTICLE 6
Because other Baptists (Grace, Particular or Reformed) and other theologians believe that Jesus died for some people (the elect) only and not everyone, and that we do not subscribe to such, it is necessary that I explain clearly in light of where we differ with them.
We believe that Jesus died for all mankind i.e. everyone (Isaiah 53:6, John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:6, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Hebrew 2:9). We believe that it is God’s will to save all people (1 Timothy 2:3, 4) and he is not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). Where scripture refers to “his sheep” (John 10:11, 15), “his people” (Matthew 1:21), “his church” (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25), “the elect” (Romans 8:32-35), “us”, it does not imply and no one else (1 John 2:2). We believe that the fact that Jesus died to save everyone does not mean everyone will be saved (John 3:18). We believe that salvation is conditional (Romans 10:9) to only those who believe and receive (John 1:12). We believe that mankind has not lost the freedom or the capacity to respond to God on account of the fall. The Bible doesn’t say that. God rightly and justly holds responsible those who do not believe. The words in the Bible: all, world, sinner mean exactly that and not the elect.
Theologically this explanation is called Unlimited Atonement. It does not imply Universalism. We believe Unlimited Atonement is both plain and unquestionably biblical and the opposite (Limited Atonement) is unbiblical.