Faith Baptist Church - Longmont CO

Our Beliefs

1. Inspiration of Scriptures

We believe the whole Bible to be the Word of God, written by men of God, divinely and verbally inspired men who wrote as they were directed of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible is the sole of authority in all matters of faith and conduct. II Timothy 3:16, 17, II Peter 1:20, 21.

2. The Trinity

We believe in one God, the divine Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – eternally coexisting, equal in essence and attributes, yet distinct in office and activity. Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:18 – 20.

3. God the Father

We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and measureless in might and power. Further, we rejoice because He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers their prayers, and that He saves from sin, death and judgment all who come to Him in the blessed name and perfect merits of His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. John 17, John 3:16.

4. The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God, in His pre-existence, His virgin birth, His incarnation, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection from the grave, His high priestly work in Heaven, and His personal pre-tribulational rapture of the church and His pre-millenial return to the earth to set up His kingdom. Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 24; John 1:1-3; John 1:14; John 1:18; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; II Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 7:26.

5. The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin and of righteousness and of judgment; that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, fills and helps the believer. John 14:16, 17; John 14:26; John 15:26, 27; John 16:8-11; John 16:13; Ephesians 1:13, 14; Ephesians 5:18; II Thessalonians 2:7-13.

6. Creation of Man

We believe that God originally created all things not by evolutionary processes but directly and immediately, and that He sustains and guides all things to their pre-determined ends. We believe that man was made in the image of God, originally sinless and pure (innocent), but sinned in Adam as the natural head of the race, and is now sinful by nature, choice and practice, is in need of salvation. Gen. 1, 2 and 3; Colossians 1:15-18; Romans 5:12-21; Romans 3:29-31.

7. Satan

We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors, but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy; the Lord of the Antichrist, and the author of all the power of darkness – destined, however, to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son and to judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire, a place prepared for him and his angels. Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17; John 14:30; Ephesians 2:2; I Peter 5:8; II Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:9; Revelation 13:1-18; Revelation 20:1-10.

8. The Church

We believe in the church – a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe in Jesus Christ, baptized (immersed), of a credible confession of faith, and voluntarily associated for worship, observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and that God has laid upon the churches the task of proclaiming the Gospel and that of persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to enthrone Him as Lord and as Savior and to enthrone Him as Lord and Master. We believe that human betterment and social improvements are the in evitable by-products of the Gospel. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 11:17-34; I Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:1.

9. The Ordinances

We believe the ordinances of the church are two in number and that they are strictly symbolic. Neither one nor the other has any vicarious or saving value whatever. Baptism is for believers only and its significance is demonstrated by immersion in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, thus symbolizing the believer’s previous experience of regeneration through faith and his union in death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ as set forth in Romans 6:3-ll. The Lord’s Supper instituted by the Lord Jesus is a memorial of His atoning sacrifice to be kept until He returns. I Corinthians 11:17-34.

10. Freedom of the Individual and Autonomy of the Local Church

We believe that every human being is directly responsible to God and will have to give an account of himself for the deeds done in the body. II Corinthians 5:9, 10. We believe every individual is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. Romans 14:1-23.

We believe that every local church is autonomous and must not yield to any interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority. We believe therefore that the church and state must forever be separate entities, as each having different functions and each with responsible duties, free from dictation or patronage of the other. Matthew 22:13-22; Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2: 13-20.

11.Resurrection, Judgment, Rewards, and Restitution

We believe in the resurrection of the body, the eternal existence of all men, either in heaven or in hell, the divine judgment, in rewards and punishment, and in the certain fulfillment of all Bible prophecies. John 5:28-30; Acts 17:30-32; I Corinthians 3:11-15; I Corinthians 15:1-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:1-15.

12. Separation

We believe II Corinthians 6:14—7:1 teaches separation of the believer from the world, unrighteousness, wherever it is found, and that it is displeasing to God to attempt to do His work unequally yoked as described in this passage. We take this position against modern day inclusivism, neo-evangelicalism, ecumenical evangelism, and interdenominationalism which cooperates with ecumenical movement; and secret lodges, societies and clubs. We believe this passage not only teaches direct separation from the above, but separation from those who tolerate and cooperate with those evils as well. Ephesians 5:6-17. We believe that we should earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints; and that we should preach the Word, being urgent in season, out of season, reproving, rebuking, exhorting with all longsuffering and doctrine. Deuteronomy 22:9-12; II Timothy 4:1-8; I John 2:15-17.

13. Salvation and Eternal Security of the Believer

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus on Calvary. John 3:1-21; Romans 5:6-9; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8.9; Titus 3:5-7; I John 1:5-7.

We believe that it is imperative for one to know (have assurance) that he has been born again and that he is a new creature in Christ Jesus. We believe that all who are born again are kept by God the Father for and through the Lord Jesus Christ. John 5:24; John 10:28-30; John 17:1-24; Romans 8:38-39; I Peter 1:3-8; I John 5:9-13.

14. The Grace of Giving

We believe that scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the Christian life. II Corinthians 8:7.

God’s plan of spreading His Gospel throughout the earth should at least include the following:

  1. Every believer should be a witness and direct people to Christ. Acts 1:8
  2. Every believer should follow God’s plan for financing the spread of His Gospel “to the uttermost part of the earth.”

The tithe was God’s plan before the law. Four hundred years before God gave the law to Moses, Abraham gave tithes. Genesis 14:20. Nearly three hundred years before God gave the law to Moses, Jacob followed his grandfather’s example and tithed. Genesis 28:22. The tithe was God’s plan during the time of the law. II Chronicles 31:5. The saints in the church age should give (even using the tithe as a guide) joyfully to the Lord as a result of appreciation of grace and eternal life. Believers should desire to give financially from an attitude of commitment to the Lord (II Corinthians 8:1-6). Believers are to give according to their ability with a cheerful heart (II Corinthians 9:7).

It is the policy of Faith Baptist Church to keep the congregation informed of financial matters. Because giving is done unto the Lord, it is critical that this local church handle the finances given with care and wisdom both for the glory of the Lord and for the testimony of the church (II Corinthians 8:20-21).

Contemporary Issues

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Cor. 5:1; 6:9; I Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4.

We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. Gen. 2:24; Romans 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)