Ridgecrest Baptist Church
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Our Statement of Faith
We believe The Bible to be the inspired Word of God and accept, by faith, its verbal plenary inspiration. The Bible reveals one God (Deut. 6:4-5). The unity of the Godhead reveals, “ three eternal and co-equal Persons being the same of substance but distinct in subsistence.” further revealed as The Holy Trinity. God is therefore, God The Father (Matt.11:25), God The Son (Heb.1:8), and God The Holy Spirit (Matt.3:13-17). Among His many divine attributes, God is; Holy (Isa. 6:1-5), Immutable (Heb. 1:10-12, 13:8, (Jms 1:17), and Sovereign (Isa. 46:9-14, Ps. 65:4, Eph. 2:8-10). God is only approachable through The Lord Jesus Christ, Who is made real only by the illumination of The Holy Spirit (Matt. 16:13:18).
God is The Progenitor of all things including man, who was originally in the image of God (Gen. 1:26), but, by the temptation of Satan and through the act of his free will, rebelled against God seeking autonomy and through the disobedience fell in sin (Gen 3:1-7). Subsequently, all of Adam’s descendants therefore inherit total depravity from the womb thus being completely enslaved to sin and its consequences. (Gen. 3:3, 5:3, Ps.14:2-3, 51:5, 58:3, Jn. 3:18-19, Rom 3:10-18, Rom. 5:12, 5:18, Eph. 2:2-3).
The Bible also reveals an eternity past, where a covenant within The Holy Trinity was Established (Jn. Ch.17, 2 Tim 1:9, Titus 1:2). The Father decreed to give to The Son a redeemed humanity from the fall (Jn. Ch. 17), of which is being effectually called by The Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9,11, Eph. 2:1-10, Eph 3: 1-7). Because God loves mankind, through this covenant, Christ came into the world out of eternity, and By His sinless life he fulfilled The Law of God thereby becoming our propitiation, (Heb2, 1Jn. 2:2), and through His sacrificial death paid the penalty of death for the sins of all who will believe (Jn. 3:16, Jn. 6:37-40,Jn. 10:27-30, Rom. 1:16-17, Rom. 3:21-26, Rom. 5:19, Rom. 8:32, Eph. 5:22-27).
We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-25), his absolute and undeniable deity, being God manifest in the flesh (Heb. 1:1-9), His sinless life (Heb. 9:14), His death on the cross, (Lk. 23:33-46), His “bodily” resurrection from the grave (Lk. 24:1-6), and His ascension to
the right hand of God (Lk.24:49-53, Acts 1:8-9).
Salvation is a gift of God, where-by, through an immediate miracle of the regeneration of life, He grants faith and repentance to one, thus enabling him to believe (Acts 11:17-18, Eph. 2:1-5. 8-9, 2 Tim 2:24-26) Those who remain in sin, rejecting The Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour, will spend all eternity in Hell with Satan and his angels (Matt. 25:41, Rev. 20:11-15). Justification is explicitly and implicitly by faith alone (Rom. 1:16-17, Rom. 3:21-31). God effectually works in all believers to their sanctification and eventual glorification (Phil. 1:6, Phil. 2:13, 1 Thess. 5:23-24, Jude 1:24).
We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church (1 Cor..15:51-52, 1 Thess. 1:10, 1 Thess. 4:12-18, Rev. 3:7-10), and the second advent of Christ as He will establish His throne in