- Articles Of Faith
Doctrinal Statement of Charlestown Missionary Baptist Church
1. The Scripture:We believe the inspired word of God as written in the King James 1611 Version of the Holy Bible. Holy men under the supervision, guidance, and inspiration of God wrote both old and new testaments. They are the final authoritative words of God for doctrine, faith, salvation, teaching, learning, and guidance of the church and believers.
John 1:1 and II Timothy 3:16
2. God:We believe in one God, the Creator of the heavens, earth, and all things that are in the heavens, in the earth, and under the earth. He is manifested in three separate and distinct persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being perfect, infinite, and equal in all things past, present, and future.
Matthew 28:19-20 and II Corinthians 13:14
3. Jesus Christ:We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is God, manifest in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life in the flesh and was crucified on the cross for atonement of sin. He died, was buried, resurrected on the third day, and is now seated at the right hand of God making intercession for all born again believers and confessing sinners for salvation. We hold fast the faith in His return to rapture the saints, set up His throne and establish His Kingdom.
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 28:6; John 14:3; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; I Peter 2:22; and I Peter 3:18.
4. Holy Spirit:We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, equal in power and authority with God the Father and the Son. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, regenerates, baptizes, indwells, seals, and sets the believer apart from the world and works of Satan. The Holy Spirit keeps, renews, comforts, teaches, and reveals the word and will of God to the believer day by day.
John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; and I John 2:20-27
5. Man:We believe God created man from the dust of the earth in the image and likeness of God. Through and by sin, man was banished from the presence and Holy state of God unable to make recompense for his sins except by the shedding of blood of a perfect sacrifice. Therefore, God, by His grace and mercy, supplied the perfect and final sacrifice, His Son, Jesus Christ to be the substitute and propitiation for man's sin, that if man would accept and believe the Lord Jesus Christ he could have salvation and freedom from his sin. Through salvation, man can attain justification, sanctification, eternal life, and communion with God.
Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23-25; and Romans 5:12-21
6. Salvation:We believe salvation is by the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, not of works that man has done, can do, or will do. It is a free gift of God, freely given to all who will accept and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. All who believe to repentance are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, made a new creature in Christ having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust, sealed and kept by the power of God unto the day of redemption. Salvation is the one and only way to attain eternal life with Christ. See Romans Road to Salvation!
John 3:16-17; John 10:28-30; Romans 10:9-11; Ephesians 2:8-10; I Peter 1:5,18-23; and II Peter 1:4
7. Justification:We believe that justification is the showing to be just or conformable to law. It is the remission of sin and absolution for guilt and punishment. It is an act of free grace by which God pardons the sinner and accepts him as righteous because of the atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are justified by our faith in Christ.
Habbakuk 2:4; Acts 13:39; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:1,16,18; and Galatians 3:24
8. Sanctification:We believe Sanctification is purification from sin and making free of the believer from the guilt of past sin. It is the setting apart of the believer for a sacred purpose or a holy work. We are sanctified by the word and when we have purged ourselves of sins we are made fit for God's use and prepared unto good works.
Ephesians 5:26; II Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 2:21; and I Peter 1:2
9. The Eternal State:We believe the soul is an eternal being that will live throughout eternity with full use of all senses and knowledge of their surroundings. Immediately after death or the coming of Christ the believer will live with joy and happiness in the presence of God and the unbeliever will live in pain, agony, and torments in the depths of hell and the Lake of Fire.
Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; John 14:13: II Corinthians 5:8; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; and Revelation 20:11-15
10. The Ordinances:We believe the ordinances are set forth in God's Holy Word.
a. Baptism: We
believe in total immersion in water of the believer in the
name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It is an outward showing of the believer's faith in Christ's
death, burial, and resurrection.
Matthew 3:16; Acts 8:35-38; Romans 6:3-5; and I Peter 3:21
b. The Lord's Supper: We believe the Lord's supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, representing His body that was broken and His Blood that was shed for the remission of sin. It is to be observed by the church until the coming of Christ. It is to be preceded by an earnest soul searching self-examination and taken with a reverent attitude.
I Corinthians 11:24-29;
11. Local Assembly:We believe the local assembly is a group of born again believers united together under the constitution for the spreading of the gospel and the furtherance of God's kingdom. Jesus Christ is the head of the church with all other officers coming under Christ. We believe the local assembly is self-sufficient, self-supporting, and able to govern itself without interference from other local assemblies, associations, or other outside groups or individuals. We gather together at designated times in one mind and one accord to worship and fellowship one with another in the love of God.
Acts 2:41-42; II Corinthians 8:23-24; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians 5:23-24; Colossians 1:18; and Hebrews 12:23
12. Satan:We believe Satan is a fallen cherub, defeated by God and cast out of Heaven before the beginning of time unto everlasting punishment. He is the prince and power of air, going about the earth seeking to destroy God's work and hinder the working of the believer through temptation of evil.
Ezekiel 28:14; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; II Corinthians 11:13-15; Ephesians 2:2; I Peter 5:8; and Revelation 12:9, 20:10
13. Bible:We use only the time honored King James 1611 Version of the Holy Bible, rejecting all other revisions, paraphrases, and translations. All references to the King James Version in this Constitution and By-laws means the 1611 edition.