Our Doctrinal Statement
What we believe at High Street Baptist Church
We believe the Holy Scriptures, composed of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, are the verbally inspired Word and Revelation of God. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, infallible, and Inspired Word of God and is therefore the final authority in all of our faith and practices. We also believe that the miracle of this divine inspiration also extends to the divine preservation of a pure text to this day. Therefore, we believe and stand firmly that have the very Word of God preserved in the King James Bible for the English Speaking People.
(Psalm 19:7-11; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:16-21; Luke 24:13-28; John 16:12-16; Psalm 12:6-7; Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 138)
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God. An 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. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, which hold to be the Trinity. Each of the three entities are equal in power, deity, and authority.
(Genesis 1:1; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; 10:30; 15:26; 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 11:23; I Corinthians 8:6; II Corinthians 13:14; 4:6; I John 5:7-8)
We believe in the eternal Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who is one of the three Persons of the Trinity. We believe the following are among His ministries: the restraining of evil in the world to the measure of the divine will; the conviction of the world regarding sin, righteousness, and judgment; the calling and regeneration of all believers; the indwelling of those who are saved; and, the continued filling for power, teaching, and service of all among the saved who are truly yielded to Him. We believe the Holy Spirit produces His fruit in the lives of all believers.
(Romans 8:28, 29; I Corinthians 1:24; II Thessalonians 2:7; John 3:6; John 16:7-11; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23; Colossians 1:10, 12)
PERSON & WORK OF CHRIST
We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, that he was supernaturally begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and that he is completely God and man at the same time.
(Matthews 1:20-21; Luke1:35-36; Luke 2:10-11; John 1:14; John 3:16,18; I John 4:9)
We believe that the entire life of Jesus Christ was spent free from sin, and defilement. He was not only sinless in nature but also sinless in deed, thought and performance, which qualify him to be the only Savior of all mankind, as no other person has ever or will ever or shall be able to meet this just demand of God for a sinless substitute.
(John 8:46; John 18:38; Matthew 17:5)
ATONING DEATH OF CHRIST
We believe that when Jesus gave His life on Calvary that he did it for all mankind and declared that those who trust Him as Savior will be righteous in the sight of God.
(John 3:16, John 10:17-18, Romans 5:1, Hebrews 9:22-28)
POINT OF SALVATION
We believe salvation is received when a person freely, honestly, sincerely, consciously and deliberately repents (changes his mind about God) and places his faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.
(Acts 20:21; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12)
RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
We believe in the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ after His death on the cross. The resurrection declares that He is indeed the Son of God, as He is the only One Who has or ever will rise from the dead by His own power. Christ’s ability to rise from the dead by His own power gives us assurance that He will also resurrect those who trust Him for salvation in the resurrection of the just to eternal heaven.
(Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-7; Luke 36-45; John 11:25-26; John 20-21; I Corinthians 15:1-8, 51-57; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe man was created in the image of God that he voluntarily sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death. Man’s sin nature separates him from God and sentences him to an everlasting abode in hell. All human beings are born with a sinful nature and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners by choice and practice, in thought, word, and deed. Sin creates a debt in which no man can pay for himself.
(Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Genesis 1:26-27; I Corinthians 11:7; Psalm 51:5)
SALVATION AND SECURITY
We believe that at the very moment an individual puts his trust in Christ, he is born into the family of God and instantaneously becomes a son of the living God. He is redeemed by the Lord’s purchase price paid for us and is then preserved in Christ. He is forever secure in Christ, possesses everlasting eternal life, and is sealed by the Holy Spirit for eternity.
(John 10:28-29; Romans 8:38-39; John 5:24; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30)
SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe the “Blessed Hope” of our Lord’s return is literal, personal, visible, imminent, pre-millennial, and pre-tribulational. He will rapture the dead in Christ first, and then the living saints will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air prior to the seven years of tribulation. At the end of the tribulation, Christ will return with His saints to establish His thousand-year reign on the earth.
(I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 3:10; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6; Psalm 89:3-4)
NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
We believe that Jesus Christ established His Church during His ministry on earth. It is a local, visible assembly of soundly saved, scripturally baptized believers in covenant relationship, to carry out the great commission. Each church is an independent self-governing body, and that no ecclesiastical body or association shall have any authority over it. Jesus gave the great commission to the New Testament Church, and that He promised perpetuity (continuance) of his churches.
(Matthew 4:18-22; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 28:19-20; Ephesians 3:21)
We believe each person trusting in Christ, as Savior should promptly make public his/her profession. Each new believer should follow the Lords command for believer’s baptism. We believe that scriptural baptism is always by immersion under the authority of a Local New Testament Church. Baptism does not save, but is the Lord’s prescribed way for us to identify ourselves with him in open confession. Baptism is a symbolic representation, a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 10:32-33; Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 9:23; Acts 16:30-34; Romans 10:9-10)
We believe that the Lord himself gave His church two ordinances: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. We believe the sacred use of bread (unleavened) and the fruit of the vine (un-fermented) are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ preceded always by solemn self-examination.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:12; I Corinthians 5:11-13; I Corinthians 11:23-29; Matthew 3:6; Matthew 3:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-28)
We believe that all the saved should live in a manner that does not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God.
(Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; II Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11)