STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Articles of Faith Stating in Simple Terms the Basic Concepts of What We Believe About “the Faith Once Delivered…” (Jude 1:3)
We believe the Bible, the Scriptures of the Old Testament and the New Testament, preserved for us in the Textus Receptus and the King James Version, is verbally and plenarily inspired of God. It is the inspired, inerrant, infallible and altogether authoritative Word of God, therefore the supreme and final authority in all things (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Rev. 22:18-19).
We believe in one God (monotheism), eternally existing in three Persons:
The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (I John 5:7; Matt. 28:19).
We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He was supernaturally begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, is truly totally God and truly man (Matt 1:20-21; Luke 1:35-36, 2:10-11). He is the only begotten Son of God (John 1:14, 3:16 & 18; I John 4:9) and at the same time God the Son. Therefore the Lord Jesus Christ is sinless, omnipotent, omniscient, Saviour, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
We believe in the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His literal, physical, bodily ascension into Heaven and in His present work there as High Priest and Advocate for us(Heb. 9:24; 10:20-21; I Tim 2:5-6; I John 2:12).
We believe man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is the eternal separation from God and an everlasting abode in Hell, that all human beings are henceforth born with a sinful nature. In the case of those who reach the age of moral responsibility, become sinners by choice and practice in thought, word, deed and that sin creates a debt which no man can pay for himself (Rom. 3:23, 5:12; Gen. 1:26-27; I Cor 11:7).
We believe the Gospel is the good news that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried and arose alive and triumphant from the grave and in so doing He made the necessary sacrifice for atonement, became the substitute for our redemption which thereby paid our sin debt and purchased our salvation for us, and that all who place their faith and full trust in Him are saved by his shed blood (I Cor. 15:3-4; Col. 1:14; Eph. 1:7; Rom 5:9; Acts 4:12).
We believe each person claiming Christ as Saviour should promptly make public his/her profession of Christ. Each new Christian should follow the Lord’s command for believers baptism, that such scriptural baptism is always by immersion. Baptism does not save but is the Lord’s prescribed way for us to identify ourselves with Him in open confession. Baptism is a symbolic representation, a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Matt. 10:32-33, 28:18-20; Luke 9:23; Acts 16:30-34; Rom. 10:9-10).
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that at the time of the New Birth the believer receives the Holy Spirit and by Him is baptized into the body of Christ, is forever indwelt by the Holy Spirit as Comforter, Teacher and Guide and if yielded to Him, is filled by the Spirit and in empowered for service (John 1:32-34; Acts 15:8; Rom. 6:13, 12:1-2).
We believe each believer, at the time he puts his trust in Christ, is born into the family of God and instantaneously becomes a son or daughter of the living God, thus is redeemed by the Lord’s purchase price paid for us, is preserved in Christ and therefore is secure in Christ, possesses everlasting, eternal life and sealed for eternity (John 10:28-29; Rom. 8:38-39; John 5:24; Eph. 1:13).
We believe the church is a local, independent assembly of baptized believers who have banded together for the purpose of evangelism, discipleship and fellow-ship. That every Christian should commit to such a local church and serve the Lord through that church (Matt 16:18, 28:18-20; Eph. 3:20-21).
We believe the Lord’s Great Commission to the church was to get the Gospel to the world, therefore, we carry forth an extensive program of soul-winning evangelism in the homeland in a worldwide missionary program abroad, with the goal of winning people to Christ, baptizing them and teaching them everything the Lord has commanded us (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe in the literal, physical, bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost (I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:5-6), the everlasting blessedness of the saved (Heaven) (John 14:1-3; Rev. 21:1-27, 22:1-21) and the everlasting conscious punishment of the lost (Lake of Fire) (Luke 16:29-31; Rev. 20:12-15).
We believe Satan is a real being, a personal devil, that he is the enemy of God, the “father of lies”, the great deceiver of mankind, the instigator of all false systems of religion and that both he and all his followers will ultimately be cast into the Lake of Fire (II Cor. 4:3-4, 11:13-16; Eph. 2:2; Rev. 20:2).
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We believe the scriptures teach us to give tithes and offerings from our income and resources into the Lord’s treasury in the local church and that all of us have a responsibility before God to be faithful every week in our stewardship (Mal. 3:8-10; Matt. 23:23; I Cor. 16:1).
We believe that Christians should be separated unto God and separated from the world and that all believers are called into a life of personal separation from all worldly and sinful practices (James 4:4; Rom. 12:1-2; II Cor. 6:14-18)
We believe a Christian should seek to live a life that is clean, holy and above reproach. He should exhibit both attitude and actions so as to be of good report. Practices which are questionable or which may cause another person to stumble or which may mar the testimony of Christ should be avoided all together. Therefore personal standards of demeanor and deportment are expected (Eph. 2:10, 4:1, 5:1-4; Phil. 1:27, 3:14-21, 4:8-9).
THE LORD’S DAY
We believe that Sunday, the first day of the week, is the Lord’s Day. It is therefore a sacred and special day. It should be a day of worship of the Lord and service to Him as well as a day of respite and rest from the ordinary routines of life (John 20:1,19; I Cor. 16:2; Heb. 10:25).
Colony Baptist Church
2920 US Hwy 301 N.
Ellenton, Florida 34222