Since my dental appointment took up most of today, and we'll be in Boston tomorrow seeing John's cardiologist, I decided to share the Doctrinal Statement of First Baptist Church in Weymouth, Massachusetts. John and I are in the process of joining this church, and we fully agree with this Statement:
1. We believe that the Bible is God's Word, that it was written by men
divinely and uniquely inspired, that it is absolutely trustworthy and
has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2. We believe in the unity of the Godhead, eternally existing in Three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in God, the Father, Creator of heaven and earth,
perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We
rejoice that He concerns Himself in the affairs of men, that He hears
and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to
Him through Jesus Christ.
4. We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived of
the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, making
atonement for the sin of the world by His death on the Cross. We
believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His high
priestly intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to
the world according to His promise.
5. We believe in the Holy
Spirit, who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of
righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort
those who believe in Jesus Christ.
6. We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but
that "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life." We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as their
Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God's presence and those who
refuse to accept Christ as Lord and Savior will be forever separated
from God and suffer eternal torment in Hell.
7. We believe in the church - a living, spiritual body of which
Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people are members. We
believe that a visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ,
buried with Him in baptism and associated for worship, work and
fellowship. We believe that to these visible churches were committed,
for observance "till He come," the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's
Supper; and that God has laid upon these churches the task of persuading
a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to enthrone Him as
Lord and Master. We believe that human betterment and social
improvement are essential products of the Gospel.
8. We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith.
9. We believe that each church is independent and autonomous, and
must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political
authority; that, therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as
having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from
dictation or patronage of the other.