- The Bible — The Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Peter 1:20-21), having the ministry of teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). The Holy Spirit uses it to expose the human heart (Hebrews 4:13). It is perfect (Psalm 19:7), sufficient to provide everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). Grave consequences await those who tamper with it (Revelation 22:18-19).
- God — There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) existing in Three Persons (Matthew 3:16-17). He is God the Father (John 6:27), God the Son (Titus 2:13), and God the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17). He is eternal (Psalm 90:2), all knowing (Psalm 139:1-6), and all powerful (Jeremiah 32:27). He is the sovereign Ruler of heaven and earth (Ephesians 1:11), doing exactly as He pleases (Psalm 115:3). Above all, He is holy (Isaiah 6:1-4) and thus cannot tolerate sin (Habakkuk 1:13). Yet, as a loving Father, He provided Jesus as the sacrifice for sin, so that those who believe in Jesus will have eternal life (John 3:16).
- Jesus Christ — Although He existed with the Father in eternity past (John 17:5), He became a Man (Philippians 2:5-8), born of a virgin (Luke 2:26-38). Therefore He is fully God and fully Man (Colossians 2:9). During His earthly life, He was like us in every way except our sin nature (Hebrews 2:17). He died on the cross as the propitiation for sin (1 John 4:10). Three days later, He rose from the dead, signifying that God had accepted His sacrifice (Romans 1:3-4).
- Man — God created man in His image as male and female (Genesis 1:27). Because Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-19), all humans are intrinsically sinners (Romans 5:15-21). Although we convince ourselves that we are righteous, the Lord considers our self-righteousness as something putrid (Isaiah 64:6). Apart from God’s grace, we cannot and will not seek Him (Romans 3:10-18).
- Sin and Judgment — When we sin, we exhibit our rebellion against God and His law (1 John 3:4). Through the original sin of Adam, all men and women are sinners “by nature and by choice” (Romans 5:12). Sin so violates God’s holiness that He must judge it (Romans 2:5-6). Jesus warned that God’s judgment on unconverted sinners will result in eternal punishment (Mark 9:42-48).
- Salvation — God decreed that only the shedding of blood can atone for sin (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus Christ offered Himself as the perfect blood sacrifice, taking our sin upon Himself (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby cancelling our debt to God (Colossians 2:13-15). The Father showed His acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice by raising Him from the dead (Romans 1:3-4).
- Church — The church in Jerusalem was the first local church, established 50 days after Christ’s resurrection and outlining the basic practices for all subsequent churches to follow (Acts 2:44-47). Church involvement allows us to fellowship with other Christians (Ephesians 5:19-20), encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11) and hear God’s Word preached (1 Timothy 4:13). Unless frailty or duty prevents it, Christians must not neglect assembling together (Hebrews 10:24-25).
- Last Things –On the night before His crucifixion, Jesus assured His disciples that He will return for His people (John 14:3). At His ascension, the angels reiterated this promise (Acts 1:11). When He returns, all who have died in faith will accompany Him, and believers who still live will be taken up in the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). He will change our mortal bodies into bodies equipped to worship Him eternally (1 Corinthians 15:50-53). He will burn up the present heavens and earth (2 Peter 3:11-113) and will finally bring the fullness of His eternal kingdom (Revelation 22:1-5).
For a more comprehensive understanding of my beliefs, please visit First Baptist Church Weymouth’s Doctrinal Statement.