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©2018 by Carolina Baptist Church, Clover, SC

Carolina Baptist Church

CHURCH BELIEFS:

CAROLINA BAPTIST CHURCH

Your Place to Connect With God

Concerning the Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired, that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man: the 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, as originally written, 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 old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, 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.

References:

  • 2 Peter 1:19-21; Acts 1:16; 2 Timothy 3:16

  • Proverbs 30:5-6; John 17:17

 

 

Concerning the True God

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, eternal, self-existing, perfect Spirit; He is a personal Being, the creator and upholder of the universe; in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in essence and in every divine perfection, but having distinct work.

References:

  • Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Jeremiah 10:10

  • John 4:24; James 1:17; Habakkuk 1:12

  • Hebrews 3:4; Psalm 139:1-16

  • Matthew 28:19; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14;Psalm 2:2; Isaiah 48:16; Isaiah 63:10

  • John 10:30; John 17:5; Philippians 2:5-6; 1 Corinthians 8:6

  • John 3:16; John 15:26  

 

 

Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He is divine as no other man can be, being very God, existing in all eternity, and is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We believe that He was true man and never ceased to be God for an instant, and that His humiliation did not consist of laying aside His deity.  We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

 

References

  • Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Colossians 2:9; Isaiah 9:6-7;  

  • John 8:24, 58; Revelation 1:11-18

 

 

 

Concerning the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, equal with the Father and the Son and of the same substance.  We believe that the Holy Spirit in the true God and that He convicts of sin, righteousness and judgement, bears witness to the truth, is the agent of the new birth, and that He seals, endures, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies and helps the believer, and indwells every born-again believer in this “dispensation of grace”.  We believe that the Holy Spirit testifies concerning Jesus Christ and never leads any person at any time contrary to the teaching of the Bible.

 

References

  • John 16:7-11; 16:13; Acts 5:1-4

 

 

Concerning Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of Creation and that it is to be accepted literally and not figuratively; that the six days of creation in Genesis chapter one were solar, that is twenty-four hour days; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly, and God established law is that they bring forth only “after their kind”; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness and did not evolve from any lower form of life.

 

References

  • Genesis 1:1-2:25; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17; Psalm 33:6-9; Nehemiah 9:6; Revelation 4:11

  • Exodus 20:11; 312:17

  • Genesis 1:11,12,21,24,25

  • Genesis 1:26

 

 

Concerning the Fall of Man

We believe that man, although created without sin, by one transgression fell, so that all mankind are now sinners by state, disposition, and act, justly under condemnation.

References

  • Genesis 1:27, 31; 2:16-17; Ecclesiastes 7:29;

  • Genesis 3:6-7; Romans 5:12, 19

  • Ephesians 2:2-3; Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:8-18; 8:7; John 3:6; Galatians 3:22

  • John 3:18; Ezekiel 18:20; Romans 1:20, 32; 2:1-16; Galatians 3:10; James: 2:10

 

 

Concerning the Way of Salvation

We believe that the only way of salvation is by grace made possible by the substitutionary death of the Son of God, Who, though eternally God, was born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect sinless life, shed His precious blood on the cross, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended to reign on high.

References

  • Ephesians 2:8; 1 John 4:10; Acts 15:11; John 14:6; Acts 4:12

  • John 3:16; Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 18:11; Hebrews 2:9, 14; Matthew 20:28; Romans 3:25-26; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 9:14-15; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

  • John 8:58; Philippians 2:6-7; John 1:1, 14; Galatians 4:4-5

  • Matthew 1:20-25; Luke 1:30-35; Isaiah 7:14; Galatians 4:4-5

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 5:8-9; Philippians 2:8

  • Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:19

  • Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6-7; John 20:9; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:4-8

  • Acts 1:3; Hebrews 4:14; 7:25, 1:3; 8:1; 7:25; Romans 8:34

 

 

Concerning the Blessings of Salvation

We believe that all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are justified, their sin is pardoned and the perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed to them; that they are regenerated or born-again, and are given spiritual life, manifesting repentance and faith; and that such true believers grow in grace and shall persevere to the end.

References

  • Acts 10:43; 13:39; Romans 5:9, 5:1-2; 8:1; Isaiah 53:1-2; Zechariah 13:1; Titus 3:7; 1 John 2:12

  • 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:17,19; 3:24-26; 4:22-25; Philippians 3:9;

  • John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ezekiel 36:26

  • Acts 3:19; Romans 10:9-13; Psalm 51:3-7

  • 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 2:2 Colossians 3:1-2,8-17; Romans 6:22

  • John 8:31; 6:39; 10:27-29; Philippians 1:6; 1 John 2:19;  Jude 24,25

 

Concerning Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is present in three phases: that believers have been made partakers of Christ’s holiness, that they are being progressively sanctified, and that they will be completely sanctified at His glorification; that there is no complete eradication of the old nature in progressive sanctification, and that speaking in tongues is not a sign of either regeneration or sanctification nor is the New Testament gift of tongues in existence today, but has ceased unconditionally.

References:

  • Hebrews 10:10; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1:30

  • John 17:17; Philippians 1:9-11; Ephesians 4:15; 5:26-27;  1 Thessalonians 4:4; Romans 1:17; 2 Corinthians 3:18;

  • Colossians 3:4; Philippians 3:21, 2:12-13; Proverbs 4:18;  Ephesians 1:4; 2 Peter 1:5-8; 1 John 3:2

  • Philippians 3:12-16; Galatians 5:17; Romans 7:18-25

  • Act 2:8; 10:46; 1 Corinthians 14:19, 12:11,30; 13:8

 

 

Concerning the Local Church

We believe that a local, visible church is a congregation of baptized believers associated together by a common faith and fellowship in the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ and governed by His Word; seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth; that its only Scriptural officers are bishops (or pastors) and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.

References:

  • Matthew 18:17; Acts 5:11; 8:1

  • Acts 2:1-42

  • Matthew 28: 19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-24; Hebrews 10:25

  • 2 Timothy 3:15-16

  • 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Titus 1:5-9

 

 

Concerning a Gospel Church in its Independence and Relationships

We believe that a local, visible church of Christ is a voluntary group of baptized believers; that it is a theocratic democracy, and it has the power and right within itself to confess its own faith in accordance with the New Testament; and that each congregation recognized its own democratic self-contained government as its highest authority for carrying out the will of the Lord Jesus Christ.

References:

  • Matthew 18:15-18; 1 Corinthians 5:4,5,13

  • 1 Timothy 3:15; Jude 3; Revelation 2,3

  • Matthew 18:15-18; Acts 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 5:4,5,13;  1 Timothy 3:15

 

 

Concerning Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We believe that there are two church ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is the only mode of baptism revealed and commanded in the Scriptures and is properly called “Believers’ Baptism”. This baptism sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. The believer’s immersion in water symbolizes death, burial and resurrection to a new life in Christ.  The Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance in commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes, and signifies the continual fellowship of baptized believers with Him and each other in Him. Each believer should exercise careful self-examination before participation in this redination.

References:

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-32

 

 

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Concerning Civil Government and Religious Liberty

We believe the Scriptures teach that at death the spirit and soul of the believer pass instantly into the presence of Christ and remain in conscious joy until the resurrection of the body when Christ comes for His own; the blessed of the believer is the imminent, personal, pre-tribulation, pre-millennial appearance of Christ, His bride; His righteous judgements will then be poured out on an unbelieving world during the Tribulation (the seventieth week of Daniel), the last half of which is the Great Tribulation; the climax of this fearful era will be the physical return of Jesus Christ to the earth in great glory to introduce the Davidic kingdom; Israel will be saved and restored as a nation; Satan will be bound and the curse will be lifted from the physical creation; following the Millennium, the Great White Throne judgement will occur, at which time the bodies and souls of the wicked shall be reunited and cast into the Lake of Fire.

 

References:

  • 2 Corinthians 5:8

  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

  • Titus 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

  • Matthew 24:21

  • Revelation 19:11-16

  • Romans 11:26-27

  • Revelation 20:2-3

  • Revelation 20:11-15