Beliefs

Declaration of Faith    

Section 1: Scripture

We believe that the Bible (composed of sixty-six canonical books) is the verbally inspired (2 Tm 3:17), inerrant (Heb 6:18; Jn 17:17), authoritative Word of God (2 Tm 3:17; 2 Pt 1:21).

Section 2: Trinity

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent as three Persons (Mt 28:19-20): Father (Rom 1:7; 1 Pt 1:3), Son (Jn 1:1; Rom 9:5), and Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19).

Section 3: Jesus Christ

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 1:1-3; Phil 2:6-8; Col 1:15), His virgin birth (Is 7:14; Mt 1:25; Lk 1:34), His sinless life (1 Pt 2:22; 2 Cor 5:21), His miracles (Is 61:1-2a; Jn 20:30-31), His vicarious and atoning death (Rom 6:23; Heb 7:26-27), His bodily resurrection (Mt 28:1-10; Mk 16:1-8; Lk 24:1-12; Jn 20:1-10; 1 Cor 15:3-8), His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:34-35; Ps 110:1; Heb 1:3), and His future return to the earth in power and great glory (Acts 1:11; Dn 7:13-14; Rev 19:11-22:21).

Section 4: Creation

We believe that God created out of nothing the heavens and the earth in six literal days (Gn 1:1-2:3; Ex 20:11; Heb 11:3) apart from the process of evolution.  Man is made in the image of God (Gn 1:26; Jas 3:9).

Section 5: Mankind

We believe that as a result of the fall (Gn 3:1-24; Rom 5:12-14) men are totally depraved (Rom 3:10-25) and utterly unable to remedy their lost condition (Eph 2:1-9); therefore, regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Jn 3:5-8; Ti 3:5) is necessary through personal faith in Jesus Christ (Jn 1:12; Acts 16:31; Rom 10:17), whose precious blood was shed at Calvary for the forgiveness of sins (Lk 24:47; Col 1:19-20).

Section 6: Salvation

We believe that upon conversion, the believer is declared righteous before God (2 Cor 5:21; Rom 3:21-26; 5:18-19; 1 Pt 2:24).  Furthermore, at that time, he is baptized into the body of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:12-13).  All who trust Christ are eternally secure (Jn 10:28-29; Rom 8:30; Eph 1:13-14) and through the indwelling of the Spirit (Jn 14:17; 1 Cor 3:16-17; 6:19-20), every believer is enabled to daily have victory over sin (Gal 5:16-25).

Section 7: Local Church & Ordinances

We believe in the spiritual unity of the church, the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13; Eph 1:22-23; Mt 16:18), which is made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Eph 4:4-6).  The local church is the physical expression of the universal church to a specific geographical area for fellowship (Rom 1:7; 1 Cor 1:2; Acts 8:1b).

We believe that the two ordinances of the church are (1) water baptism of believers by immersion (Mt 28:19; Acts 9:18; 10:48), and (2) the Lord’s supper (1 Cor 11:23-26; Lk 22:19).

Section 8: Final Destinies

We believe in the physical return of Christ to the earth in power and glory prior to His millennial reign (Mt 24:30-31; Dn 7:14).  Upon completion of the millennium (Rev 20:1-6) and defeat of Satan (Rev 20:7-10), God will restore heaven and earth into the perfect state it was designed to be (Gn 1:1-2:25; Rev 21:1-22:5; Is 65:17-25). On that day, all sin will be purged and its wretched effects banished forever.

We believe in the resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life (Rev 21:1-22:5), and the unsaved to judgement and everlasting separation from God (Rev 20:12-15).

Confession:

New Hampshire Baptist Confession-1833