Creston AVenue Baptist church
Section 1 - WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT GOD.
A) Natural Attributes. We believe that there is but one living and true God, who is infinite in being and perfection, a most incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy, most free, most absolute, working all things after the counsel of His own will (Deut. 6:4, John 4:24, Mal. 3:6, Ps. 90:2, Jer. 32:17, Eph. 1:11).
B) Moral Attributes. We believe that God is most loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity and the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. We further believe that God hates all sin and that He is most just and fair in His judgements (Ps. 145:9, 16, 17, Deut. 7:7-10, John 3:16, Eph. 1:6,7, 2:13-16, Deut. 4:31, Ex. 34:6, 7, 1 Sam. 2:2).
C) Trinity. We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, Heb. 1:8, Act 5:3,4, Deut. 6:4, II Cor.13:14, Matt. 28:19, Isa. 44:5, 48:16, I John 5:7, Rev. 22:13).
D) Man and the Fall. We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that he sinned and consequently experienced not only physical death but also spiritual death (which is separation from God). The consequences of t his sin affect the entire human race. All human beings are born with a sinful nature, and are eternally lost without faith in Jesus Christ (Gen. 1:26, 27, Rom. 5:12-19, Eph. 2:1-3, 4:17-19, Mark 7:20-23, Rom. 6:23).
E) Incarnation - We believe that in order to remedy the plight of man due to the fall, God the Son became flesh in the person Jesus Christ, who was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and who is true God and true man ( John 1:14, Matt. 1:18-25, Heb. 2:14, Isa. 7:14).
F) Atonement - We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice and all who believe in him are declared righteous on the basis of His shed blood ( Mark 10:45, I John 2:1,2, Rom. 3:21-26, 5:8, 9, I Pet. 3:18).
G) Resurrection of Christ. we believe in the bodily death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His ascension into Heaven. (Rom. 1:3,4, I Cor. 15:12-19, Acts 1:9, Luke 9:22).
H) Present Work of Christ. We believe that at present Jesus Christ serves as high priest, intercessor, advocate, and mediator in our behalf with God the Father (I Tim. 2:5, I John 2:1,2, Heb.4:14, 7:25).
I) Return of Christ. We believe in the glorious and preeminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:9-11, Matt. 24:27-30, Rev. 20:4-6).
J) Salvation - We believe that whoever by faith receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord becomes a child of God, and that salvation is not the result of any human effort or merit (Eph. 2:8-9, John 1:12, Rom, 3:28, 10:9,10).
K) Eternal Security - We believe that once a person is saved, it is impossible to lose that salvation. A saved person is kept eternally secure by the power of God through the new birth, the indwelling and sealing of the Holy Spirit, and the intercession of Jesus Christ. (I John 5:11-13, I Pet. 1:23, John 3:16, 5:24, 10:25-30, 14:16, 17, Eph. 4:30, Phil. 1:6, Rom. 8:38, 39).
In addition, we cannot judge a person's salvation based on the fact that they do or do not go to church.
L) Role of The Holy Spirit - We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person possessing all the distinctively divine attributes and therefore, He is God. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. he regenerates, seals, and sets apart the believer to a holy life. At regeneration, He baptizes the believer into the Body of Christ and comes to indwell the believer permanently. (I Cor. 2:10, 11, 12:13, Isa. 40:13, 14, Tit. 3:5, Acts 1:8, Rom. 8:9-11, 26, 27, John 3:5-7, 7:37-39, 14:16,17, 16:7-11, II Thes. 2:13, Eph. 1:13).
M) Baptism of the Holy Spirit - We believe that there is only one baptism of the Holy Spirit. this baptism occurs at conversion when one receives the Holy Spirit in His entirety. christians may have subsequent meaningful experiences with the Holy Spirit. Any subsequent experience should properly be called a "filling of the Spirit" and not a "second baptism" since the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a unique, one-time experience (Acts 1:5, 4:29-31, I Cor.12:13, John 16:7,8, Eph. 4:4,5, 5:18-21, Rom. 8:9-14, Matt. 3:11, Tit. 3:5).
N) Gifts of the Holy Spirit - We believe that at conversion, the Holy Spirit gives the new believer one or more spiritual gifts which were not possessed prior to salvation. Each Christina should endeavor to discover, develop, and use his spiritual gifts to serve and build up the body. The body is allowed to function most effectively when each member is properly exercising his spiritual gifts (Luke 11:13, I Cor. 12:4-31, Rom. 12:5-8, Eph. 4:7-16)
O) Exercise of the Spiritual Gifts - We believe in the exercise of all spiritual gifts according to the guidelines given by Holy Scripture. A message given by a spiritual gift cannot contradict or add to the Holy Scripture, which is final and complete. (I Cor. 12:4-6, 14:26-33, Deut. 4:2, 13: 1-5, I Pet. 4:10, 11, II Tim. 3:16, Matt. 25:14-30)
P) Sanctification - We believe that all believers still possess a sinful nature in this life, but God has made full provision for them to overcome this sinful nature and to live in obedience to God through identification with Jesus Christ, a knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and through the supportive relationship of the Body of Christ. We recognize that this is a process which will not be completed until we meet Jesus Christ face to face. (Rom. 3:23, 5:12-19, 6:1-14, 8:8-17, Gal. 5:16, I Pet. 1:2)
Q) Holy Scripture - We believe that through Holy Scripture, God has revealed Himself to mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator, Lord, Redeemer, and Judge. We believe that the Holy Scripture, being God's own word, written by Holy men of God and inspired by His Holy Spirit is of infallible, divine authority in all matters upon which it touches. It is inerrant in its entirety in matters of history, doctrine, and instruction. We believe that the Holy Scripture is to be believed as God's instruction in all that it affirms, obeyed as God's command in all that it requires, and embraced as God's pledge in all that it promises. (Matt. 4:4, 5:18, II Tim. 3:16, 17, II Pet. 1:20, 21, I Cor. 2:13-16, John 16: 12-15, II Sam. 23: 1, 2).
R) Bodily Resurrection - We believe in the bodily resurrection of all mankind. Believers are resurrected to enjoy eternal life with God. Unbelievers are resurrected to experience judgment and then eternal suffering apart from God. (I Cor. 15:5, I Thes.4:13-17, Rev. 20:4-6, 12-15, 21:1-8, John 5:24-29, Dan. 12:2).
S) Lord's Supper - We believe that Christians are to observe the Lord's Supper until He returns. This ordinance reminds Christians of Christ's scarred body and shed blood for our sins ( I Cor. 11: 23-30, Luke 22:14-20, Matt. 26: 26-29, Mark 14:22-25).
T) Baptism - We believe that once a person has accepted Jesus Chris as Lord and Savior, he should follow the Lord in the ordinance of Baptism by water immersion, symbolizing the believer's death to sin, burial of the old life, and resurrection to walk in newness of life. Salvation is not dependent upon Baptism, however, water immersion is an outward proclamation of the Lord Jesus Christ and obedience to Him. (Matt. 3:16, 17, 10:32,33, 28:19, Acts 8:36-39, 10:47,48, 22:16, Rom. 6:4).
U) Lordship - We believe that Jesus Christ should have control of every phase of a believer's life. Every activity thought or decision is of concern to God and His will should be sought accordingly. Jesus Christ should be Lord of our home, work play, thoughts and speech each and every day and in all situations, as well as Lord of our ministry and service (Jas. 2:14-18, 26, I Cor. 6:19, 20, 10:31, John 15:1-6, Phil. 1:21, II Cor. 10:5, Eph. 2:10).
V) Fellowship with God - We believe that having personal fellowship with God on a regular and consistent basis is essential for Christian growth. Fellowship with God involves time spent in prayer, fasting, meditation, and learning from the Word of God and app;ying its truth to our lives ( Ps. 1:1,2, 5:3, 19:14, 55:17, 119:1-8, 97, 105, 145:2, Col. 4:2, I Thes. 5:17, Matt. 6:16-18, 17:20, 21, 21:22, Acts 13:2,3 Dan.9:3, Mark 9:28,29, II Tim. 2:15, I Cor. 7:5, Joel 2:12, 13).
W) Stewardship - We believe that everything we have belongs to God, that He is the owner, and that Christians are stewards of all God has given us. We express our commit meant to God's ownership by giving back to Him a portion of what He has given us. We determine the amount by asking Him for His wisdom. As we do this, we should give attention to what His word says about tithing, giving cheerfully, and giving the first fruits, expecting God to meet our needs (Hagg. 2:8, Deut. 8:18, Jas. 1:5, Mal. 3:10, Luke 11:40-42, II Cor. 9:7-15, Prov. 3:9,10, Heb. 7:1,2,6, Gen. 14:18-20, Lev. 27:30, I Cor. 16:1,2)
SECTION TWO - WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT FAMILY AND MARRIAGE
A) The Family - We believe that next to God, the family is our most important priority and responsibility. Our families are a greater priority than our ministries and vocations. The family is the most important unit in our society and as a church, we are committed to ministering to the family and enabling all members to live out their God-given roles and responsibilities (Josh.24:15, Gen.2:21-24, 18:17-19, Ps. 127, 128:3, Deut. 6:5-7, Ex. 20:12).
B) Husbands - We believe that God has appointed the husband as the head of the family. The husband is to love his wife as Christ "loves the church. " The husband is to love his wife as a provider and protector, a teacher, a ruler and spiritual leader (Eph. 5:25-33, I Tim. 3:4,5, 5:8, I Cor. 7:5, 11:3, I Pet. 3:6,7, Eccl. 9:9).
C) Wives - We believe that God has called the wife to honor her husband, submit herself to him as to the Lord, and to do him good and not evil. She is to be diligent in the ways of her household and is to develop a gentle and quiet spirit (Eph. 5:22-24, 31, 33, I Pet. 3: 1-6, Col. 3:18, I Tim. 3:11, II Tim. 1:5, Prov. 12:4, 31:10-31, Gen. 3:16).
D) Marriage - We believe that marriage is a union of one man and one woman. (Gen. 2:24, Mat. 19:5, Eph. 5:31).