Highland Park Baptist Church Articles of Faith
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men who were supernaturally inspired; that it is truth without any admixture of error for its matter; that it is and shall remain to the end of the age the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; that it is true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.
By "The Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
By "inspiration" we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of God, as they we moved by the Holy Spirit and in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired.
We believe that the original manuscripts of the Word of God are no longer in existence, but that God has supernaturally and providentially preserved His Word from the very beginning through all of time to this very moment. We believe that God's Word is preserved for us today in the Authorized Version (1611) King James Version and that it is the God-honored text of the Reformation. We believe that inspiration without preservation would be meaningless.
We reject all other translations and paraphrases that claim to be the Word of God as being corrupted in their inception, and therefore subscribe to and use only the Authorized Version (AV) 1611 (KJV) in all activities.
We believe the Bible to be the absolute and final rule of faith, doctrine, and practice for the believer, and that every believer must come under its authority in order to be obedient to God.
Ps. 19:7-11; Ps. 119:89; Ps. 119:160; Ps. 119:105; Ps. 119:130; Isa. 8:20;
Luke 16:31;24:25-27; 44-45; John 5:45-47; 5:39; 12:48; 17:17; Acts 1:16;
Acts 28:25; Ro.3:4;15:4; Eph. 6:17; II Tim.3:16-17; Pet. 1:23; II Pet. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:19
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God who is infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love. That in the unity of the Godhead there are three person, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Ex. 20:2-3; Ge.17:1; 1Cor. 8:6; Eph.4:6; Jn.4:24; Ps. 147:5; Ps. 83:18; Ps. 90:2; Jer.10:10, Ex.15:11; Rev. 4:11; 1Tim.1:17; Ro.11:33; Mk.12:30; Mat. 28:19; Jn.15:26; 1Cor.12:4-6.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That He is the only begotten of the Father via the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner--in that He was born of the virgin Mary--and that He is the Son of God, and God the Son.
Gen. 3:6;15; 24Ps. 2:7; ;Isa. 7:14; Ezek. 18:19; Matt. 1:18-25; Mk.1:1; Lk. 1:35; Jn.1:14; Ro. 1:18; 20, 28, 32; 3:10-19; 5:12-19; 1Cor. 15:47;Gal. 3:22; 4:4; Eph. 2:1-3;1Jn.5:20.
(His Atonement for sin)
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by his personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection; that He is our Mediator, High Priest and Advocate. We believe in His personal, premillennial, imminent second coming and that He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour. We believe in the substitutionary atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ and that all must be "born again" through their personal faith in His shed blood or be forever lost.
Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:11; Ro.3:24; John.3:16; Mat. 18:11; Phil.2:7; Heb.2:14;
Isa. 53:4-7; Ro. 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Jn. 10:18; Phil. 2:8; Gal. 1:4; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:11; Heb. 12:2; 1 Cor; 15:20;
Heb. 7:25; 9:12-15; 1 Jn.2:2
We believe God the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with God the Father and God the Son and is of the same nature; that He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, comforts, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer; and that He is the infallible interpreter of the Scriptures.
John 14:16, 17; 15:26-27; Mat. 18:29; Acts 5:30-32; Lk. 24:49; Jn. 16:13;
Heb. 9:14; Jn. 3:5-6; 14:26; Eph. 1:13-14; Ro. 8:14-16; Lk. 1:35; Mat. 3:11; Gen. 1:1-3; Mk. 1:8; 2Thess 2:7,13; Lk. 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:2; Jn. 16:8-11;
Ro. 8:26,27; Acts 11:16
-The Devil or Satan-
We believe that Satan was once Holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; that through pride and his ambition to be as the Almighty he fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's greatest tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power behind the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness; that he is destined to final defeat at the hands of God's Son and to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire which is a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isa.14:12-15; Eze.28:14-17; Jude 6; 2Pet. 2:4; Eph. 2:2; Jn.14:30;
1Thess. 2:8-11;3:5; 2Thess.2:8-11; 1Pet.5:8; Zech.1:3; 1Jn.2:22;3:8;4:3;2Jn.7;Mat.4:1-3;13:25, 39;25:41; Lk.22:3-4;
Rev.12:0-10; 13:13-14;19:11; 16,20;12:7-9; 20:1,3,10. 2Cor.11:13-15;
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species or that his development was through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly by God and that God's established law was that they should bring forth only "after their kind."
Gen.1:1; Ex.20:11; Acts 4:24; Col.2:16-17; Heb.11:3;Jn.1:3; Rev.10:6;
Ro. 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1:11,24,26,27,; 2:21-23
- The Fall of Man-
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker but by voluntary transgression he fell from his sinless and happy state. Consequently, all mankind are sinners, not by constraint but of choice and are therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Gen.3:6,24; Ro. 3:10-19; 5:12,19; Eph.2:1,3; Eze.18:19,20; Gal.3:22;
- The Virgin Birth-
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner; that He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.
Ge.3:15; Isa.7:14; Mat.1:18-25; Lk.1:35; Mk.1:1; Jn.1:14; Ps.2:7; Gal.4:4; 1Jn.5:20; 1Cor.15:27
- Atonement for Sin-
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace thorough the mediatorial offices of the Son of God who, by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself the likeness of man, yet without sin, and honored the divine law by His personal obedience; that by His death He made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust. Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His Own body on the tree of the cross; that having risen from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection; that He is every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and an all-sufficient Saviour.
Eph.2:8; Acts 15:11; Ro.3:24; Jn.3:16; Mat. 18:11; Phil.2:7; Heb.2:14;
Isa.53:4-7; Ro.3:25; 1Jn.4:10; 1Cor.15:3; 2Cor.5:21; Jn.10:18; Phil.2:8; Gal.1:4; 1Pet.2:24; 3:18; Isa.53:11; Heb. 12:2; 1Cor.15:20; Heb.7:25; 9:12-15; 1Jn.2:2
-Grace in the New Creation-
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life which is a free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner beyond our comprehension; that it is not by culture nor by character nor by the will of man; that it is wholly and solely brought about by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.
Jn. 3:3,8; 2Cor. 5:17,19; Lk.5:27; 1Jn.5:1; Jn.1:12,13; 3:6,7,8;
Acts 2:41; 16:30-33; 2Pet.1:4; Ro.6:23; Eph.2:1; Col.2:13; Gal.5:22; Eph.5:9
-Freeness of Salvation-
We believe in God's boundless grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept this free gift by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; that a rejection of God’s free gift will ultimately condemn him to hell.
1Thess.1:4; Col.3:12; 1Pet.1:2; Titus 1:1; Ro.8:29-30;10:13; Mat. 11:28; Isa.55:1,6,7; Rev.22:17;Jn.3:15, 16, 18, 36; 5:40; 6:37; Act 2:38; 1Tim.1:15; 1Cor.15:10; Eph.2:4,5.
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood wherein His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Acts 13:39; Isa.53:11; Zech.13:1; Ro.1:17; 4:1-8; 5:1,9; 8:1; Titus 3:5-7; Hab.2:4; Heb. 10:38
-Repentance and Faith-
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.
Acts 20:21; Mk.1:15; Acts 2:37-,38; Lk.12:8; 18:13; Ro.10;9,11,13; Ps.51:1-4,7
- The Church-
We believe that the church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officer of ordination is its Pastor; that its officers of service to the Pastor and church are its deacons; that both such offices shall be filled with men who qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission; first to make individual disciples; second to build up the church; third to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order: we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel: that every church is the sole and only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation: in matters of membership. of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, and the will of the local church is final.
Acts 2:41,42; 6:5,6; 14:23; 15:22,23; 20:17-28;
1Cor.5:11-13; 6:1-3; 16:1-2; 12:4,8,11; 1tim.3:1,7-13; Mat.28:19,20; Col.1:18; Eph.5:23,24; 1Pet.5:1-4; Jude 3,4; 2Cor 5.8:23,24; Mal.2:10; Lev.27:32
- Preservation of the Saints-
We believe that true believers are preserved in Christ Jesus; that a special Providence watches over their welfare and that they are kept by the power of "God through faith unto eternal salvation.
Ps.121:3;Heb.1:14;1Pet.1:5; Phil.1:6;Jn.10:28,29; Ro.8:35-39
- Baptism and the Lord's Supper-
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with it effect in our death to sin, and resurrection to new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord's Supper, in which members of the church by the sacred use of bread and the fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 2:41,42; 8:36-39; Mat. 3:6,16; 28:19,20; Jn.3:13; Ro.6:32-5; Col.2:12; 1Cor.11:23-28
- Perseverance of the Saints-
We believe that real believers are kept by the power of God's grace through faith unto salvation. That, although real believers may deny Him, He cannot deny himself who swore by Himself, He would never leave us or forsake us. Thus, the grand mark which distinguishes God's children from superficial professors is that His children abide in Him and that He, God, endures unto the end.
Jn.8:31,32; 10:28-29; 16:8; Col.1:21,23; 1Jn.2:19; Mat.6:30; 13:19-21; Ro.8:23,35-39; Ps.121:3; Heb.1:14; 1Pet.1:5; Phil.1:6
- The Righteous and Wicked-
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Mal.3:18;Gen.18:23;Ro.1:17; 6:16-18; 7:6; Prov.11:31; 14:32; 1Pet.4:18; 1Cor.15:22; Acts 10:34,35; 1Jn.2:29; 3:7;5 :19; Gal. 3:10; Lk.9:26; 16:25;
Mat. 7:13,14; 25:34,41; Jn.8:21;12:25
- Civil Government-
We believe that civil government is divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
Ro.13:7; 2Sam.23:3; Ex.18:21,22; Acts 4:19,20; 5:29; 23:5;
Mat.10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Titus 3:1; 1Pet.2:13,14,17; Dan.3:17, 18; Rev.10:6; Phil.2:10,11; Ps. 72:11
- The Resurrection and Return of Christ and Related Events-
We believe in the accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. On the resurrection, we believe that Christ rose bodily "The third day according to the Scriptures"; that He ascended "to the right hand of the throne of God"; that He alone is our "merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God"; "that this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven" -bodily, personally and visibly; that the "dead in Christ shall rise first", that the living saints "shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump"; "that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David"; and that "Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until He hath put all enemies under His feet".
Mat. 24:27,42; 25:13; 28:6,7; Lk.24:2-6,38,51; Jn.14:3,20,27;
Heb.2:17; 5:9,10; 8:1,6; 12:2; 1Tim.;2:5; 1Jn.2:1; 1Thess. 4:16-17; Ja.5:8; Phil.3:20,21, Isa.9:6-7;11:4-5;
The command to give the gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches. Matthew 28:18-20: "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Mk.16:15; Jn.20:21; Acts 1:8; Ro.10:13,14,15
- Of the Grace of Giving -
Scriptural giving is a Biblical principle. It is used to maintain the church and help those in need. Under Grace we are to give from a willing heart to the Lord. This is called a tithe and is seen in the Old Testament when Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils( 2 Corinthians 9:7; Hebrews 7:4). This principle is also seen in Malachi 3:10 "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse.."
We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse , which is the common treasury of the church, upon the first day of the week, "Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come (1 Corinthians 16:2). We also see the principle of giving in Acts 4:34-35, 37) ...and brought the prices of the things that were sold and, laid them down at the apostles' feet."