Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
1. The Scriptures - We believe the Bible was written by men who were inspired by God the Holy Spirit. We believe God is its sole author and authority, and that the Bible is without error both verbal and plenary. Thus being perfect from the mouth of God it contains the principles by which God will lead us and judge us. The center of Christian worship is found in the study of the Bible, and subsequently the Bible becomes the believer’s standard for all faith and practice in this life and the life to come.
II Tim.3:16; II Pet.1:20-21; Heb.4:12.
2. The True God - We believe there is only one true God existing from eternity past in perfect attributes both known and unknown to man. We believe the true God is creator of heaven and earth and all living creation. Being perfect He deserves all honor and glory and obedience. We believe the unity of the Godhead consist of three distinct personalities; the Father who formulated the Divine plan; the Son, Jesus Christ, who executes the Divine plan and the Holy Spirit who testifies and gives understanding to the Divine plan. That these Three are one in the same in regards to perfect essence and they have always and will always be in total agreement to the Divine plan and that they as God work harmoniously for the redemption of mankind.
Gen.1:1; Isa.45:18; Matt.28:19; John 1:1,14; Rev.4:11.
3.The Fall of Man - We believe man was originally created in perfection by the hand of God, but by man’s free will to disobey God, man fell from his original sinless state. We believe the consequences of his fall brought about sin upon all mankind and that being spiritually lost man it utterly condemned to eternal judgment, and stands without excuse or defense.
Gen.1:27; Rom.3:23; 5:12; Eph.2:3
4. The Way of Salvation - We believe that salvation is wholly of grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and that faith is non-meritorious. That the merit is in Jesus Christ, the object of our faith. We believe all are sinners and Jesus Christ is the only suitable sacrifice [ propitiation], acceptable to God to reconcile lost mankind to himself. We believe this salvation is made available to all mankind and that it must be voluntarily entered into by the free will of man. That God the Holy Spirit convicts mankind of sin, but mankind must acknowledge his sinful state and chose to be regenerated, [born again]. That the voluntary obedience of Jesus Christ to be judged for all sin forever puts the issue on Jesus Christ and not the sins of mankind. That the issue of man’s judgment day lies not in his sins, but if he has accepted Jesus Christ the Savior who paid for his sins on the cross of Calvary.
John 3:16-18; Acts 15:11; Eph.2:8-9; Rom.3:24; I Cor.15:1-4; II Pet.3:9
5. Justification - We believe the great Gospel blessing which Jesus Christ secures for those who believe in him is justification; that justification includes the judgment of our sins; past, present and future, and the promise of eternal life is based solely upon the integrity of God, and not the efforts of the convert. That justification is by grace and not a work on our behalf. By justification we enter into his graces through the imputation of his righteousness. That through this granted imputation to the saved soul the believer obtains forever, a legal standing with God bringing both a legal peace to the believer and the opportunity to develop a close personal relationship with God both in time and in eternity.
Rom.5:1,9; 3:24; Titus 3:5-7
6. The Freeness of Salvation - We believe that the offerings and blessings of salvation are made free to all people through the Gospel promise of “whosoever will, may come.” And that no sin except the sin of unbelief can stand in the way of having this blessed eternal salvation. That salvation is by grace through personal faith in the finished work of redemption found only in Jesus Christ.
Isa.55:1; I John 3:18; Rom.1:16-17
7. Sanctification - We believe sanctification is that legal setting apart work which God the Holy Spirit performs on the believer starting at the moment of salvation. That it is a positional fixed eternal truth. That our legal sanctification is both positional in our relationship to God, and also progressive in our fellowship with God as the believer’s life is spiritually transformed through the life changing intake and compliance to Bible doctrine. That progressive sanctification does not alter our relationship to God, but only our fellowship with God as our lives are transformed into Christ like living.
II Cor.3:18; Rom.12:1-2; Eph.4:13; Phil.1:6;2:5
8. The Believer’s Eternal Security - We believe that all born- again persons are eternally secure in Jesus Christ since the Scriptures teach that our justification before God alone rests upon the finished work of Christ on the cross, and forever remains the unchanging grounds of the believer’s faith in Christ.
John 6:37,39; Gal.4:30; Eph.2:8-9; Heb.7:24-25; I Pet.1:3-5; I John 5:11-13
9. The Church - We believe the Church is composed of all those, both Jew and Gentile, who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. That the visible church; the local church, is a congregation of born-again believers assembled for spiritual edification, and the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ both at home and abroad.
That such edification comes about through teaching from the Word of God. That such believers are called to submit to the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he instructs his church by way of his inspired Scriptures. That the church is not Israel, but a distinct dispensation called into spiritual union and sealed by God the Holy Spirit. That believers are joined together for teaching in God’s truths so as to learn and obey God’s divine mandates. That the church is not to be used for social and political platforms.
We denounce all forms and institutions of ecumenism that denies the inspiration of the scriptures and seeks unity apart from doctrinal clarity and obedience. The notion that Bible doctrine [teaching] divides and love conquers all is a disingenuous misrepresentation of God’s Holy Word and his Holy character.
We believe that apart from doctrinal purity the Church looses its identity and becomes no more than a social outlet for good works.
Matt.18:17; I Cor.4:17; Eph.3:1-4:12-16; I Tim.3:15; II Tim.1:13; Titus 1:5-7
10. Ordinances Observed - We believe that believer’s baptism is by immersion in water. And that it is only for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. That the believer is baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that it shows forth in a solemn and beautiful symbolism our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Because one is born-again the old life is buried and the new life is raised in spiritual identification with Jesus Christ. That baptism is non-efficacious wherein no part of salvation is secured by observing this ordinance. That baptism is simply the public demonstration of ones spiritual conversion. Baptism precedes church membership.
We believe we are to observe the Lord’s Supper by remembering the broken body and the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We are to partake of this ordinance often enough so as to be reminded of our position in the body of Christ and his sacrifice for his church. We do not believe this memorial to our Lord is efficacious [has saving power] in any way and that the merit lies solely in the sacrifice Jesus Christ made and not in our intake of the symbolic elements. That observance of the Lord’s Supper must always be preceded by examining ones own fellowship with God. That to be out of fellowship with God [ known sin in ones life] prohibits partaking of this observance.
Matt.26:26-29; 28:19; I Cor.11:23-32
11. The Lord’s Day - We believe the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. That it is a Christian institution set forth for weekly observance. That it commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and should be observed in exercises of worship and spiritual edification, both public and private. We believe the day of physical rest and spiritual worship of God was not abrogated by Christ in any way.
That it is a day devoted to physical resting and mental concentration and reflection upon the word of God. That all work from secular employment should cease except for works of necessity and mercy. That one day out of seven is commanded to be observed wherein in the Old Testament the day of rest and worship was the seventh day, and now we observe the first day of the week.
Acts 20:7; I Cor.16:2; Heb.10:22-25
12. Civil Government - We believe civil government is of Divine appointment instituted for the welfare and good order of society, and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of God. We support and honor those who serve in our military and police force. We do not believe God wills for us to ignore evil in this world, but to put evil down through force if necessary so that God’s will in heaven can be practiced here on earth. That if evil and sin is not put down those evil men will work on behalf of Satan to take away the worship privileges of God fearing people. We have a Great Commission from our Lord to spread the Gospel and teach his word to the saints. We cannot do this if we allow evil to destroy our nation and our communities. We need the military and we need the police force to protect our right to practice Christianity freely as God intended.
Matt.10:28; Acts 5:25-29; Rom.13:1-7; I Tim. 2:1-2
13. The Righteous And The Unrighteous Hereafter - We believe there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the unrighteous; that such only as through faith in Jesus Christ are justified, and are thus set apart by God the Holy Spirit and as such are deemed righteous in God’s eyes. While all such persons who continue in callous unbelief are in God’s sight as wicked and under the curse of condemnation. And this distinction holds among men both in and after death, that the soul of those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, will at death go immediately into God’s dear presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the righteous dead at the Rapture of the Church when at such time both soul, human spirit, and body shall be reunited to ever be with the Lord in glory. That the soul of the non-believer in Jesus Christ, known from Scripture as the unrighteous lost or unsaved, that this person after death will remain in conscious misery until the final judgment of the Great White Throne when the soul and resurrected body will be reunited to be arranged before God in judgment. That such lost unrighteous persons will at such time be found without salvation and will be cast into the Lake of Fire which is also the second death, to be punished with everlasting damnation from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power.
John 3:18, 36; Rom.6:18-23; II Cor.5:8; I Thess.4:13-18; I Jn.2:28-29; Rev.20:11-15
14. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ And His Return - We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of Christ; that his body which was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures was a literal body consisting of glorified flesh and bone, and that he ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. That he sits in session as the believer’s High Priest and Advocate. That the sure return of the Lord Jesus Christ will be literal, bodily, visible, and personal in nature. That his coming for his bride, the Church, constitutes the “Blessed Hope” set before us, for which we should be constantly awaiting. We believe his coming for his Church will be both pre-tribulational and pre-millennial. We believe that at the end of the prophesied seven year Tribulation Period , the glorified saints will return with Jesus Christ to the earth to end the battle of all battles [Armageddon], and that after a period of judgment Jesus Christ will establish his Millennial Kingdom here on earth. That when the one-thousand year reign of Christ is complete he will destroy the earth with fire; judge all the unsaved to eternal hell, and usher in the Eternal State where there will be no more sorrow, no more tears and no more death.
Further more we believe in the Genesis account of creation, a literal heaven and a literal hell, a personal devil, the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, the sinless life of our Lord and his vicarious propitiation [payment] for the sins of all mankind through the shedding of his own precious blood on the cross of Calvary.
John 20:27; Luke 24:33-43; I Thess.4:13-17; Titus 2:11-15