Beulah Baptist Church
Saturday, November 18, 2017

What We Believe

 
 
 
 
 
 
At Beulah Baptist we believe:
 
That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament were given by the inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoratative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
 
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
 
The Trinity - God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being.
 
Providence - God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events, yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin not to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
 
Election is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life - not because of forseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ - in consequence of which choice they are called, justified, and glorified.
 
The Fall of Man. God created man in His own image, and free from sin, but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.
 
The Mediator. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the universe.
 
Regeneration. Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickens the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.
 
Repentance. Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being led by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things.
 
Justification. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them of done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
 
Faith. Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.
 
Sanctification. Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God's Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ's commands.
 
Perseverance of the Saints. Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and , though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Holy Spirit and bring judgment on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
 
The Church. The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandments, Christians are to associate themselves in to particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Pastors and Deacons.
 
Baptism. Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer wherein they are immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving themselves up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is a prerequisite to church fellowship.
 
The Lord's Supper. The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him and of their church fellowship.
 
Liberty of Conscience. God alone is Lord of the omniscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His Word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them sought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
 
The Resurrection. The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God; the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. at the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.
 
The Judgment. God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the whole world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous into everlasting life.
 
The Lord's Day. The Lord's Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments, works of necessity and mercy only accepted.
 
Marriage – We hold to the Biblical teaching regarding marriage. “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. Mark 10:6-8; Gen 2:22-24; Eph 5:31 Marriage then is the joining of only male and female in holy matrimony as stated in God’s Word. We at Beulah hold to this belief and conviction. Therefore Beulah Baptist Church, its minister, or any of its ordained deacons shall not in any way allow this church to be used for any same sex or civil ceremony. Nor will any visiting minister be allowed to use or perform such marriage in this church or on its grounds. This being God’s order and our belief. We constitute that Beulah Baptist Church cannot be used for any same sex or civil ceremonies.