Hopewell Independent Baptist Church      

 

 

 
     
 

Our Statement of Faith is based on our faith in the absolute authority of the King James Bible, AV 1611, in all matters of faith and practice, namely:

1.That other versions and paraphrases that change the words of the King James Version are considered to be the work of Satan to undermine the believer's confidence in the authority of God's Holy Word. (Deuteronomy 4:2;12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Jeremiah 8:8,9; Revelation 22:19)

2.That the Lord Jesus Christ is fully God. (Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1,14; 20:28; Philippians 2:6; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8; I John 5:20)

3. Man is a sinner by imputation (Adam being the source of that imputation), and by choice, according to the free will that God gave him.(Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:)


4. The fact that condemns a man (by imputation and by choice) is the same system of facts that will save him from eternal death. By "choice" man must choose salvation via the provision that God has provided for him through the death,burial and resurrection of His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ(1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:). Upon acceptance of that provision, repenting from any other idea related to salvation such as water baptism, sacraments, church attendance, or any other good work, God will then "impute" the righteousness of His Son to the individual (2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.).

5. Worshiping God must be done according to Spirit and Truth (John 4:23-24 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.), the Bible being the Spirit of God (John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.), and the Word of God (Psalms 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.), makes any worship contrary to the Bible in opposition to God and, of course, a lie.

6.That all true believers should be separated: From all worldly amusements and unclean habits which defile mind and body (Luke 8:14; Ephesians 5:3-11; Colossians 3:17; I Thessalonians 5:22; I Timothy 5:6; I Peter 2:11). From unbelievers (II Corinthians 6:14-18) in spiritual matters. From modernists, liberals and false teachers (Matthew 5:19; 15:9; I Timothy 1:7; 4:2; 6:3; II Timothy 3:5; 4:3; Titus 1:11; II Peter 2:1). From the world itself. While we are in this world, we are not to be of this world and are to have "no fellowship with its evil ways." (Romans 12:2; II Corinthians 6:14-18;
Ephesians 5:11; Philippians 3:18,19
).

7.That there are three persons in the Godhead but they are only one God (I John 5:7). While it is a mystery to man, the doctrine of the Trinity is clearly taught in the New Testament. The baptism of Christ (Matthew 3:16,17) In the baptismal formula (Matthew 28:19) The apostolic benediction (II Corinthians 13:14) Christ Himself teaches it (John 14:6) The New Testament sets forth a Father who is God (Romans 1:7), a Son who is God
(Hebrews 1:8; Titus 2:13), a Holy Spirit who is God (Acts 5:3, 4).

8.That at death (in this dispensation), the souls of the saved go immediately to be with Christ in heaven (II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:21-23) where they abide in joyful fellowship with Him until the pre-tribulation rapture, when their bodies shall be raised from the grave and changed into the likeness of His own glorious body (I Corinthians 15:35-38; Philippians 3:20, 21; I John 3:2), at which time their works shall be brought before the judgment seat of Christ for the determination of rewards, a judgment which may issue in the loss of rewards but not the loss of salvation (I Corinthians 3:8-15), which has been eternally secure for all believers by the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ for all sin.

9.That the souls of the unsaved at death descend immediately into hell where they are kept under punishment until the final day of judgment of all unsaved dead before the Great White Throne (Luke 16:19-31; II Peter 2:9) at which time their bodies shall be raised from the grave, they shall be judged according to their works, and cast into the lake of fire for everlasting punishment with the devil and his angels (Mark 9:43-48; Jude 13; Revelation 20:11-15)