WHAT WE BELIEVE
Faith Baptist Church of Cherokee Road is an assembly of believers endeavoring to communicate the preeminence of Jesus Christ by edifying and equipping the believers through the correct preaching and teaching of God’s Word, by compassionately proclaiming the Gospel out of concern for the lost, by consistently loving the saints, and by continually praising the greatness and goodness of our God, that in all things Christ might be glorified.
“…that in all things Christ might be glorified.”
1. We believe that both the Old and New Testaments of Scripture are verbally inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16) , inerrant (Prov 30:5), and infallible. They are the supreme and final authority in faith and life (2 Pet 1:3).
2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen 1:1; John 10:30; Matt 28:19).
3. We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is both God and man (Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18-25; Col 2:9).
4. We believe that God created the heavens and the earth, by direct act, out of nothing, in six literal days (Gen 2:1-3), and not by the process of evolution.
5. We believe that man was created sinless in the image of God (Gen 9:6), and that Adam’s decision to sin affected not only himself but also all of mankind. The consequences of our sin are not only a physical death but also a spiritual death, which is separation from God. Everyone is now born a sinner (Rom 5:12), inclined to do evil, and spiritually dead until salvation (Jer 17:9; Eph 2:1).
6. We believe that Jesus Christ came to earth as the Son of Man born of a virgin. His purpose, which He fulfilled, was to die in the place of sinners in order to satisfy the payment that God required. All who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood (1 Cor 15:1-4; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Pet 2:24; Rom 5:9; 1 Pet 1:18-19).
7. We believe that every individual who has by faith accepted Christ as his Savior is eternally secure in Christ (John 10:28-29; Phil 1:6).
8. We believe that Jesus Christ bodily rose from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and now serves as our perfect High Priest and Advocate (1 Cor 15:1-4; Acts 1:9-11; Heb 7:25).
9. We believe in the personal bodily, pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Thess 2; John 14:1-3; Matt 24:44).
10. We believe that there are two final dwelling places for all of mankind. Those who have rejected God’s gift of salvation will spend eternity in a literal Hell. Those who have received God’s gift of salvation will go to live with God. Heaven will be a place of rest, worship, and complete freedom from evil (Luke 16:19-23; Rev 19:1-4; 20:15; 21:3-4).
11. We believe that immersion is the only form of baptism revealed and commanded in the Scriptures. It has no saving power. It is an act of obedience which signifies a believer’s identification with the person and work of Christ. It is a public testimony to his salvation (Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3-5; Gal 3:27; Acts 16:33).
12. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance in which regenerated believers who are in fellowship with God should regularly partake, in remembrance of the death of Christ. The bread and juice do not become the literal body and blood of Christ but simply represent them (1 Cor 11:23-24; 1 Cor 10:16, 21).
13. We believe that the Bible teaches that the offices of pastor and deacon should be held by men only (1 Tim 2:12; Acts 15).
14. We believe in two areas of separation for every believer: personal and ecclesiastical.
a. Personal: A believer is to be separated from the world to God. He should live a holy life that exemplifies full obedience to the plain commands of Scripture and in areas of the conscience as dictated by Biblical principles (2 Cor 7:1; 2 Cor 10:5; Rom 14:5-6)
b. Ecclesiastical: Believers are not to be joined together with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14-18), unrepentant disobedient believers, or false teachers (Matt 16:22-23; 2 Thess 3:6, 14-15). Therefore we stand in opposition to any ecumenical movement or cooperative program that distorts the gospel or gives credibility to false teaching (Gal 1:6-10).