STATEMENT OF FAITH

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The following is the summarized doctrinal position of Lebanon Baptist Church:

  A. The Bible, which is made up of the Old and New Testaments, as originally given is verbally inspired by Godinerrantinfallible, and is the supreme and final authority in matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:19-21)  
       
  B. The triune Godhead in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  
      The Father, who is Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in all His Attributes. (John 4:24; Exodus 4:6)  
      The Son, Jesus Christ: His deity, virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, personal return, and millennial reign on earth. (John 1:1; Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 7:26; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 1:11)  
      The Holy Spirit is a divine person equal with Father and Son and of the same nature. (John 15:26)  
       
  C. The distinct personality of Satan, called the devil, who by pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell. (Isaiah 14:12-13; Revelation 20:2)  
       
  D. We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, not allegorically or figuratively.  That man was created directly by God, in God’s own image and after His own likeness.  That Man’s creation is not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species or development through long periods of time from lower to higher forms.  That all animal and vegetable life was created directly by God to reproduce “after its own kind.”  
       
  E. The fall and lost estate of man whose total depravity makes necessary the new birth. (Romans 5:12; John 3:5)  
       
  F. Salvation is by grace through faith alone in the shed blood and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7; Romans 5:8)  
       
  G. We will either exist eternally with God through salvation or eternally separated from God because of rejection of His Son.  Those who genuinely trust Christ alone as their Savior are eternally saved and can never be lost.  Those who reject Christ, as Savior will have everlasting punishment in Hell.  We believe in a literal heaven and a literal Hell. (I John 5:10-13; Matthew 25:46; John 5:24; Philippians 3:21)  
       
  H. The Church, the Bride of Christ, in its universal aspect comprising the whole body of those who have been born of the spirit; and in its local expression established for worship, mutual edification, and witness. (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:2-32; 4:11-16; Acts 15:41; 16:5)  
       
  I. Christ’s great commission to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, making disciples, baptizing, and teaching. (Matthew 28:18-20)