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Brooklet Primitive Baptist Church Articles Of Faith

1. WE BELIEVE in one true and living God.

Some people in ancient times believed in a plurality of gods. They thought that different gods controlled various aspects of this world, rather than one solitary Divine being having total control.

Some also worshipped the elements of nature such as the sun or moon or stars, while others fashioned “idols” out of stone, wood or precious metals like silver or gold. The Bible teaches that all such worship is false and paganistic. According to Jeremiah 10:1-6, such false gods can neither help nor hurt, but one thing they do achieve, they draw people away from the worship of the one true and living God.

It is no wonder that God calls us to Himself as the source of all our blessings and away from the figments of men’s minds and imaginations. Read Exodus 20:1-6. Our fathers tried to define God in Biblical terms and set forth this concept: “ We believe in one true and living God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; that these are One, and are harmoniously equal in infinite power, wisdom, justice, holiness, mercy, love, and truth” (Primitive Baptist Church Manual).

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
One God - Mark 12:32, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Timothy 2:5.
The Godhead - Acts 17:29, Romans 1:20, Colossians 2:9.
Three Persons - Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19, John 14:26, 15:26, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 John 5:7.
Living God - Deuteronomy 5:26, Joshua 3:10, 1 Samuel 17:26, Psalm 42:2, 84:2, Jeremiah 10:10, Daniel 6:20, Matthew 16:16, John 6:69, Acts 14:15, Romans 9:26, 2 Corinthians 3:3, 6:16, 1 Timothy 3:15, 6:17, Hebrews 3:12, 9:14, 10:31, 12:22, Revelation 7:2.

2. WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only Saviour of sinners.

Jesus is the Son of God! He came from heaven and took a body born of the virgin Mary. He lived without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) and died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3), becoming our Saviour. God chose his people before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) and Christ came in the fulness of time (Galatians 4:4) to be our Saviour by God’s amazing grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

If He were not God’s Son, He could not have saved us. If He had an earthly father He would have had the same depraved nature as all of us. The Bible plainly and repeatedly declares these glorious truths, that Jesus is the Son of God and the Saviour of sinners. If He is not, then we cannot trust anything else the Bible teaches.

Not only does the scriptures declare Him as Saviour, but also reminds us that He is the ONLY Saviour of sinners. Peter said, “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name given among men whereby we must be saved. No matter how noble or beneficial, all good works fail to redeem us from the consequences of sin. Jesus has accomplished that holy task alone.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
The Son of God - Matthew 2:15, 3:17, 8:29, 14:33, 17:5. Mark 1:1, Luke 1:35, John 1:34, 10:36, 11:27, Acts 9:20, Hebrews 10:29, 1 John 4:15.
The Saviour of Sinners - Isaiah 53:5, Luke 2:11, Luke 19:10, John 3:16, Acts 4:12, Acts 5:31, Galatians 3:13, 1 Timothy 1:15, Hebrews 7:25, 9:28, 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18, 1 John 3:5.

3. WE BELIEVE the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and the only rule of faith and practice.

This Article of Faith actually declares two truths that are very important. First, it states that both the Old and New Testaments are to be considered the Word of God. Unfortunately, some virtually ignore the Old Testament and seem to have little regard for its teachings. However, we must recognize that the Old Testament was also written by God and it is His inspired Word. Therefore, we must study the entire Bible.

Second, it states that the whole of the Bible is to be used by God’s children to declare and define our faith. But we must also use the Bible to direct our lives so that we may live by the “rules” God teaches and requires of us in His Word. Thus, it becomes our “practice” for good deeds and daily living.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
The Old and New Testament are inspired and God’s Holy Word. 2 Samuel 23:2, Job 32:8, Proverbs 22:20, Ezekiel 3:17, Hosea 8:12, Romans 15:4, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 1:1 and 2 Peter 1:21.

The Bible is our only rule of faith and practice. Deuteronomy 5:27, 5:32, 10:13, Psalm 119:11, Mark 1:15, John 13:17, Ephesians 2:10, James 1: 22 & 25, 4:17, Jude 3.

4. WE BELIEVE that sin entered into the world by man and that by his disobedience all are by nature depraved and in a state of condemnation.

Adam transgressed the commandment of God and he fell into sin and condemnation. Because of his sinful and fallen nature, all his posterity entered this world with the same depravity. By virtue of our sinful nature we instinctively transgress the holy laws of God and thus are sinful by our actions.

The Bible has repeatedly declared the depraved and sinful nature of mankind in both the Old and New Testaments. Observation of our descendants prove that our fallen nature has been passed on to them. The only exception to this progression was the Lord Jesus Christ. His flesh had no sin because He had no earthly father, His Father is God.

( All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version)
The Total Depravity Of Man - Genesis 2:16 - 17, Genesis 3:4 - 6, Genesis 6:5, Job 14:4, Psalm 14:2 - 3, Psalm 51:3 - 4, Ecclesiastes 7:20, Isaiah 64:6, Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Romans 8:8, 1 Corinthians 15:21, Ephesians 2:3, Colossians 1:21, Titus 3:3, James 1 :14 - 15, and 1 John 1:8.

5. WE BELIEVE in man’s inability to recover himself from his state of condemnation.

When man fell into sin and death, he became unable to reverse the condition and re-establish a righteous state again. Once he jumped from the cliff, he was unable to reverse the descent and return to his initial sinless condition. The distance between God and the sinner is too wide for us to bridge. Thus, His grace is our only hope of salvation.

All of us are justly condemned under the penalty of sin and we have neither power nor will to deliver ourselves from this awful curse of death. Death is irreversible except by the power of God. The Bible teaches that there is neither simple nor complex solutions to reverse the end results of sin. To say that we can correct the problem is delusional. Therefore, God sent Jesus to pay the debt for all His elect.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
We cannot save ourselves from sin and its penalty - Genesis 3:23-24, Psalm 51:5 & 9-10, Ecclesiastes 8:8, Jeremiah 17:9, Ezekiel 18:4, John 5:40, Acts 4:12, Romans 3:11, Romans 3:19-20, Romans 5:10 &19, Romans 6:23, Romans 8:7, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 1 Timothy 1:15, Titus 1:15, Titus 3:3.Hebrews 2:14-15, James 2:10.

6. WE BELIEVE that sinners are justified in the sight of God by the blood of Jesus Christ and His imputed righteousness. Our eternal salvation is by grace alone.

There are four divisions to this statement of faith. First, that justification is by Jesus Christ. Second, that it is obtained through His shed blood. Third, that He imputed to us His righteousness. And fourth, that eternal salvation is wholly by His grace.

Justification means that we have all sinned and yet God treats us as though we had not sinned. We are justified because Jesus shed His blood for our sins. He took our sins upon Himself and gave us His perfect righteousness, which we could not obtain for ourselves. The accomplishment of salvation is bestowed upon us freely by His grace and not because of anything we have done.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
Justification by Jesus Christ - Acts 13;39, Romans 3:24, Romans 5:16, Romans 8:30, 1 Corinthians 6:11.
The shed blood of Christ - Matthew 26:28, Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:13, Revelation 5:9.
His imputed righteousness - Psalm 32:2, Isaiah 61:10, Jeremiah 23:6, Romans 4:6, 2 Corinthians 5:21
Salvation by grace alone - John 1:17, Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24, Romans 5:15 & 21, Romans 11:6, Romans 5:17, Ephesians 2:5 & 8-9, Titus 3:7.

7. WE BELIEVE that God saves sinners and that His choice is eternal, particular and unconditional.

This declaration of faith teaches a very precious Bible truth. It states that God has chosen or made choice of a people, to be the recipients of His amazing grace in Christ Jesus. It is clearly evident from the array of scriptural testimony listed below that Divine election cannot be denied.

According to scripture, Adam sinned and his sinful nature and depravity fell upon all his posterity. Even before man was created, God seeing the future, knew that man would sin and be doomed forever. Therefore, God devised a plan whereby His Son Jesus Christ would come into this world and save sinners by His shed blood and sacrificial death. So before time as we know it, God chose a definite and certain number of Adam’s race. This election was of particular individuals and unconditional on their part. It was to be contingent only upon God’s free grace and so in the fulness of time, He sent His Son to be our blessed Saviour.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
Deuteronomy 4:37, Deuteronomy 7:6-7, Isaiah 45:4, Matthew 24:31, Luke 18:7, John 15:16, Romans 8:33, Romans 9:11, Ephesians 1:4, 1 Thessalonians 1:4, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 1:9, 1 Peter 1:2 and 2 Peter 1:10.

8. WE BELIEVE that all whom God hath chosen unto salvation shall be called (regenerated) by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Those whom God the Father chose and Jesus Christ redeemed will in God’s time be effectually called by the Holy Spirit. Though in the helpless and hopeless state of death in sin and depravity, they are brought to eternal salvation by free grace alone. Their eyes of understanding are enlightened as God reveals Himself to them by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit.

The effectual call comes by God’s grace alone, not by anything seen in man or done by him. Being dead in sin, man is unable to move himself to the higher state of grace. But being quickened by the Holy Spirit, man is awakened to the existence of God and His reality in their lives. Having been born again and saved, we are enabled to live by faith and honor God by His power within us.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
Psalm 110:3, Ezekiel 36:26-27, John 1:12-13, John 3:5-8, Acts 1:8, Romans 8:30, 1 Corinthians 2:12-14, 1 Corinthians 12:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:17-18, Ephesians 2:1, Ephesians 2:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 1:9, Hebrews 8:10.

9. WE BELIEVE that all the saints are preserved in Christ and can never be lost.

Saints who are said to be “in Christ” are chosen by God the Father (Ephesians 1:4), redeemed by Jesus (Ephesians 1:7) and sealed by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30). Since God is eternal and sovereign, His work of grace cannot be overthrown even by Satan. Therefore, the saved are “preserved in Christ” and can never be lost. Because of this truth, all whom the Father gave Jesus in the covenant of grace shall without the loss of one, enjoy the glories of heaven forever.

The biblical truth set forth in this statement of faith has been called “the doctrine of eternal security.” Others have simplified it to declare that “once saved, always saved.” To deny this would declare God a failure and Satan the victor. Since the work of grace is manifest through the “new birth,” we can easily conclude that the born again cannot possibly be unborn again. If God truly is omnipotent (Revelation 19:6) and “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26), then this doctrine has to be true forever.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
Jeremiah 32:40, Malachi 3:6, Matthew 18:10-14, John 6:37-39, John 10:28-29, Romans 5:9-10, Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 4:30, Philippians 1:6, 2 Timothy 2:19, Hebrews 6:17-18, 1 John 3:1-2.

10. WE BELIEVE that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances of Jesus Christ, and that true believers are the only subjects of baptism and that immersion is the only mode.

An ordinance is a prescribed practice or usage: an established rite or ceremony. We feel that our Lord Jesus established the Lord’s Supper as He took His last Passover Supper with His disciples and taught them to continue observing it (1 Corinthians 11:23-26). Thus, it is a practice prescribed by our Savior, Jesus Christ. In this ordinance the unleavened bread and wine become the emblems of His sinless body and blood, which He gave for us.

Baptism was also established by our Lord when He was baptized by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). Later, He sent out His Apostles to preach the gospel and baptize in the name of the Holy Trinity (Matthew 28:19-20). Baptism by immersion occurs when the candidate is put under the water and brought up again to symbolize the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:4). We baptize believers because Philip refused to baptize the Ethiopian eunuch unless he believed (Acts 8:35-39). We continue to find “the answer of a good conscience” in the ordinance of baptism (1 Peter 3:18-22).

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
The Lord’s Supper - Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25.
Baptism - Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38 & 41, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 10:48, Acts 16:14-15, Colossians 2:12.

11. WE BELIEVE in the resurrection of the dead (bodies) both of the just and of the unjust.

The doctrine of the resurrection is a basic hope among most Christians of numerous denominations. It is based upon the bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He died for our sins and indeed for the sins of all God’s elect. He was taken from the cross and laid in a tomb donated by Joseph of Arimathaea (Matthew 27:57-60. Early Sunday morning Jesus rose from the dead (Matthew 28:1-8). He is alive forever more!

Because Christ rose from the dead and lives again, Christians believe that in God’s appointed time, Jesus will return and resurrect our dead bodies. We too shall live again as Paul assures us in the great resurrection chapter of the Bible (1 Corinthians 15). Our bodies will not only live again but will be changed to a state of incorruption and immortality (1 Corinthians 15:52-54). What a blessed hope, to live after death and live eternally, never to die again. The Bible repeatedly sets forth these eternal truths as we shall see in the passages below.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
Job 19:25-27, Psalm 49:15, Daniel 12:2, John 5:25 & 28-29, John 6:40, John 11:25-26, Acts 24:15, Acts 26:20, Romans 6:5- 6, 2 Corinthians 4:14, 2 Corinthians 5:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:13- 18, 1 Peter 1:3.

12. WE BELIEVE the punishment of the wicked and joys of the righteous will be eternal.

Heaven and hell are real places. The saved will live forever in heaven and the unsaved will live forever in hell. After the resurrection, the saved will be caught up and carried to heaven to live with Jesus our Lord and Savior. The unsaved also shall have a permanent abiding place in hell to live forever with Satan. But it will not be simply a matter of existing in separate places for eternity. What they experience will be dramatically different.

The saved will experience bliss and joy unspeakable in glory, as they rejoice in the presence of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. He now abides at the right hand of the Father (Romans 8:34), awaiting the time when He will return and receive us to Himself. Unimaginable joys will be ours in the presence of Jesus Christ, Who loves us and saved us by His grace.

Those who will be consigned to hell will suffer and be tormented. Not only will hell be a place void of God’s presence, but in the presence of Satan they will be subject to all the sufferings he can inflict. We cannot possibly imagine the pain and sufferings of hell.

(All scriptures are from the Authorized King James Version.)
Matthew 25:31-46, Luke 16:19-31, John 5:28-29, Romans 9:22-23, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, 2 Timothy 4:8, Philippians 3:18-21, Revelation 20:10-15.

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