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Peters Creek Baptist Church
Where We Stand
This page lays out our doctrinal positions as stated in the
Peters Creek Baptist Church constitution
SECTION 1 - Of the Scriptures:
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Scriptures, that the Holy Bible, as originally written, is the product of Spirit-controlled men and is truth without error. We believe the sixty-six books of the Bible, with no additional revelation, is the center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. (II Timothy 3:16.17; II Peter 1:19-21)
We further believe that God has promised to preserve His inspired Word so that we have dependable and trustworthy versions. In our public ministries we will use the King James or New King James translation of the Bible. (Matt. 5:18; Psalm 119:89).
SECTION 2- Of the True God:
We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence; eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. We believe that God manifests Himself in three persons--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-- yet one in substance, nature, attributes, and equal in every divine perfection. (Exodus 20:2, 3; 1 Cor. 8:6; I John 5:7).
SECTION 3- Of the Lord Jesus Christ:
We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is divine as no other man can be, being very God of very God, existing from all eternity as co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. He never ceased to be God for one instant and His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity. We believe that as man He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. (John 1:1,2; l John 5:20; Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:26-38).
SECTION 4-Of the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, equal with the Father and the Son and of the same substance and nature. He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the Agent of the new birth, and that He seals, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God. We reject the present movement of speaking in tongues as a sign of the infilling of the Holy Spirit as being unscriptural (John 14:16,17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14;John 14:26; Luke 1:35; Gen 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32;John 3:5,6; Eph. 1:13,14; Mark 1:8;John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Romans 8:14; Romans 8:16; Romans 8:26,27).
SECTION 5- Of the Devil or Satan:
We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all the powers of darkness and sin, and that he is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire (Matt. 4:1-3; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10).
SECTION 6- Of Creation:
We accept the Genesis account of creation in six, twenty-four hour days, and believe that man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. (Gen. I and 2; Col. 1:16,17; John 1:3)
SECTION 7 - Of the Fall of Man:
We believe that man, in the person of Adam, was created in innocence but by voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the whole human race into condemnation and death. All mankind is born in sin, shaped in iniquity and become willful sinners with the first expression of personal choice to sin, and so are under just condemnation without excuse before God. (Gen. 3; Rom. 5:10-19)
SECTION 8- Of the Redemption from Sin:
We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the redemption wrought by Jesus Christ. He voluntarily took upon Him a human body and nature (yet without sin). He honored the divine law by His perfect obedience, suffering, shed blood, death, burial, and bodily resurrection. His personal substitution for the sin of man fully satisfied the demands of a just and righteous God. (John 1:1-3; 3:1-7; Heb. 10:4-14; Acts 16:30-33; II Cor. 5:21)
SECTION 9- of Salvation by Grace:
We believe that faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary is the only condition of salvation from sin. This salvation is wholly by the grace of God and no works merit salvation. (Acts 16:31; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Rom. 10:9-13) We believe that all who accept Christ as their Savior are born from above, instantly made new creatures in Christ Jesus, and eternally secure in Christ. (John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39; II Cor. 5:17) We believe that the blessings of this salvation are given on the grounds of grace to all who believe, confess, repent, and accept this gift of salvation.
We further believe that the one who is born of God will strive to evidence this by a separated life of holiness to the Lord. In our associations with the world we will “be not conformed to this world” but will seek to be “transformed” and live righteously as God has commanded. (Rom 12:1-2; Phil. 1:6)
SECTION 10- Of the Church:
We believe that the Church universal is a New Testament institution established by Jesus Christ who is its sole Head. It began with the New Testament saints on the day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ in the Rapture. (Matt. 16:18; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 41-47; Rom. 16:26; 1 Cor. 12:12-28; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:21; 5:23-33; I Thess. 4:13-18)
The local church is a congregation of immersed believers, organized and associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in it by His Word. Scriptural officers are bishops (i.e. pastors) and deacons. The local church has the absolute right of self-government as directed by the Holy Spirit; it is answerable only to Christ; and in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the membership is final. (Matt. 18:15-20; I Cor. 1:2; 6:4-8; 7:17; 11:16; I Tim. 3:1-15)
SECTION 11- Of the Ordinances:
We believe that there are two church ordinances; Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called Believers Baptism. It sets forth in a solemn and beautiful way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with salvation’s affect being our death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership (Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12).
The Lord’s Supper is a memorial service by believers commemorating our Lord’s death until He comes and of our continual fellowship with Him. Communion should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. (1 Cor. 11:23-28)
SECTION 12 – Of the Righteous and the Wicked:
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of God are truly righteous in God’s esteem. All such who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in God’s sight wicked and under the curse. This distinction holds among men both during life and after death in the everlasting conscious happiness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost (Mal 3:18; Rom. 6:17-23; Matt. 25:34-41; John 8:21-24).
SECTION 13 - Of Civil Government:
We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society. Magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. We believe in the separation of Church and State. (Rom. 13:3-7; 2 Sam. 23:3; Exodus 18:21, 22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Acts 4:19-20; Daniel 3:15-18)
SECTION 14- Of the Return of Christ:
We believe in the bodily, personal, pre-millennial, imminent return of Jesus Christ. He will come before the seven year tribulation period to catch away His Church, coming only in the air. He will come with His Church at the close of the Tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His millennial kingdom on earth (I Thess. 4:13-18; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 19:11-21; Acts 1:11).
We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead. Believers who sleep in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His Church and will be united with the transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air. We further believe that the Tribulation Saints will be resurrected and all the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne Judgment to be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity. (Daniel 12:2; John 5:21-30; 1 Thess. 4:16; Rev 7:9-17; 20:4, 11-15)
SECTION 16- Of Soul Liberty:
We believe in individual soul liberty. Soul liberty is the implementation of the truth that “we must obey God rather than men”. Every person must give answer to God individually, and therefore, no other man or church may act as his conscience. Every individual has the right to interpret Scripture for his or her self and the responsibility to answer to God for the way in which he or she does so. Every true believer has the Holy Spirit to guide and enable him or her apart from any other ministry of man or the church (1 John 2:27; Rom. 14:5; II Tim. 2:15-16; I Cor. 2:9-14).
SECTION 17- Priesthood of the Believer
We believe in the priesthood of all believers. All believers have immediate access to the throne of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Believers need no human agency to intercede for them before the throne of grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator before God. (Heb. 10: 19; 1 Pet. 2:1-10; Heb. 13:15; 1 Tim. 2:5)