Statement of Faith

 Statement of Faith

Article I – Name

The name of this church shall be the Second Baptist Church of North Lebanon, Maine.

Article II – Purpose

The purpose of this church shall be for the advancement of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It shall seek to attain this end through the preaching of the Gospel, the public worship of God, consistent Christian living by its members, personal evangelism, missionary endeavor, and Christian education.

Article III – Polity

This church shall be independently governed by its own members and will not be subject to the control or discipline of any other organization, religious or secular. On all matters of membership, polity, discipline, and benevolence, this church shall be the final authority.

Article IV – Doctrine

A. The Scriptures

1. We believe in the verbal plenary inspiration of the Scripture, that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, that it is God’s only and complete message to mankind, and that it is the only infallible rule of faith, practice and doctrine. We as a church prefer the King James Version. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:21; Heb. 1:1-2)

B. God the Father — Trinity

1. We believe in one Holy God as portrayed in the scripture: Eternal, Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent. God, though only one in essence and power, is manifested as a Triune Being; God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.(Deut. 6:4; Isa. 48:16-17; Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Rom. 11:33; Psa 147:5; Psa. 139:7-10; I Pet. 1:2; John 1:1,18; Acts 5:3,4)

2. We believe that all member of the Godhead are equal.

C. Jesus Christ

1. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Second Person of the trinity, and that He is true Deity. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings; that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and thereby is God manifest in the flesh. (John 1:1-18; Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35)

2. We believe in the substitutionary atoning death of Christ on the cross. (Matt. 20:28; I Pet. 2:24; II Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53:6)

3. We believe in His bodily resurrection, ascension, and that He now lives to make intercession for us as our Great High Priest. (II Cor. 5:14-15; Matt. 28:1-6; I Pet. 2:24; II Cor. 15:4) (Heb. 9:11; I John 2:1; I Tim. 2:5) (Acts 1:9; Luke 24:51)

4. We believe that He will come again for His Church. (Rapture) (I Thess. 4:16-17)

5. We believe in His visible and bodily return to earth after the tribulation period. (Acts 1:11; Rev. 19:11-16; Matt. 24:30)

D. Holy Spirit

1. We believe in the personality, Deity, and work of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. (John 16:8-11; Acts 5:3,4; Eph. 4:30; Isa. 63:10)

2. He regenerates, sanctifies, empowers, and indwells all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior. (I Pet. 1:2; II Thess. 2:13) (Acts 1:8; John 14:16-17; I Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 2:21-22; I Cor. 3:16; Rom. 8:11)

3. He abides, teaches, helps and comforts. He is the sole illuminator of Divine Revelation. (John 14:26; I John 2:20,27) (John 14:16) (I Cor. 2:9-11)

4. We believe that the spiritual gift of tongues as an evidence of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit ceased with the close of the apostolic period of Church history, and that any so-called charismatic utterances in this present age are not ordained of God. (I Cor. 4:20-22; 13:8-11)

E. Man

1. We believe man was created by God, in the image of God, but through disobedience, fell , so that now all mankind is “dead in trespasses and sin.” Man apart from Jesus Christ is eternally lost. (Gen. 1:26; 2:7) (Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1; John 3:18, 36)

2. Man is totally depraved and does nothing in himself to bring about salvation. (Eph. 4:17-19; Rom. 7:14-25; Rom. 1:24,26,28) (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

F. Salvation

1. “WE believe that salvation is only by personal faith in Jesus Christ, and that except a man be born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God. (Acts 4:12; John 14:6; John 1:12; John 3:3)

2. For those not accepting salvation through Christ, we believe that there is for them an eternal damnation in a literal Hell. (Rev. 20:10-15; Matt. 25:26)

3. Those accepting Christ are assured of a bodily resurrection and everlasting life in Heaven. (Eph. 2:6; I Cor. 15:22; 51-57; John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:35-39)

G. Satan

1. We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of the world and that he is the adversary of both God and man. (Job 1:6-12; Matt. 4:1-11; II Cor. 4:4; Rev. 20:10; I Peter 5:8)

H. Sin

1.We believe sin to be universal in all mankind and that the wages of sin is death.(Rom. 3:23; 5:12; 6:23;
Psa. 51:5)

I. Church

1. We believe that a scriptural local church is a voluntary assembly or organized fellowship of baptized believer. We further hold that the local church is autonomous, that it has the absolute right of self-government, is free and independent of the overlordship of any other ecclesiastical control, believing that Christ alone is the Supreme Head and authority of the Church. We believe in the universal Church, which consists of the spiritual body of believers of which Christ is the Head. (Col 1:18; Eph. 1:22-23; I Cor. 12:12-14; Acts 2:47)

J. Things To Come

1. We believe in the rapture of the saints both living and dead to be caught up together in the air to meet the Lord. (I Thess. 4:16-17)

2. We believe in a 7 year tribulation period for those living who have not been raptured. (Jer. 30:607; Dan 12:1; Matt 24:15-22,29; Rev. 3:10; 7:14; Dan 9:27)

3. We believe in a Pre-Millennial, physical return of Christ when He will then reign for 1000 years. (Rev. 20:1-7; Zech. 14:2-5)

4. At the end of the Millennial reign, the unsaved shall be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire with Satan and his angels. (Rev. 20:15)

K. Church Ordinances

1. We believe that Christ has committed two (2) ordinances to the local church; Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper.

a. Baptism is the immersion of the believer in water, setting forth the believer’s identification with Christ in His death burial and resurrection. (Matt. 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; 16:16)

b. The Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death until He comes again. This observance is for church members and visitors of like faith and doctrine. It should, however, always be preceded by careful self-examination, with abstinence for those with unrepented and unconfessed sin. (Matt. 26:26-29; I Cor. 11:23-29; Acts 2:41-42)

Church Covenant

Article V – Church Covenant

Having been led, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, and on our profession of faith, having been baptized by immersion, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do in the presence of God, His holy angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ, a scripturally ordered New Testament Church.

We will endeavor by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to recognize that the meetings for worship, evangelism, and prayer are a solemn obligation as well as holy privilege for each of us; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We will also endeavor to maintain private and family devotions; to rear our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; and to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances. We will also seek to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment and be zealous in our efforts to advance the Gospel of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

We will further endeavor to guard carefully our individual and corporate testimony in the community; to recognize that since the Word of God consistently affirms that the course of the world is evil, that since believers are constantly admonished as strangers and pilgrims to abstain from fleshly lusts that war against the soul, and that whereas we are living epistles known and read of all men we will endeavor, by God’s power, to abstain from those forms of worldly amusements, carnal indulgences, and compromising alliances which would hinder the gospel witness. We promise to abstain from the sale and use of alcoholic beverages.

We will, when we remove from this place, unite as soon as possible with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principle of God’s Word.