We believe the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God as stated in 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. They were God breathed to Holy men of old. Further, we believe, based upon Matthew 24:35 and other passages, and that God has preserved His Word for English speaking people in the King James Version. The KJV is what we both teach and preach out of at Bible Baptist Church.
Statement of Faith for Bible Baptist Church of Aztec, NM
We believe in the Triune God (Genesis 1:26, 3:22, Isaiah 6:8, 1 John 5:7).
A. God the Father is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1); is all-powerful (Nahum 1:2-5); all present (Psalm 139:7-12); and all knowing, (Psalm 147:4-5). He is without beginning or end (Revelation 1:8); is perfectly Holy (1 Peter 1:16); is great in grace and mercy (Titus 2:11); loves man supremely (Romans 5:8), and securely keeps all those who come to Him in faith (John 10:29).
B. God the Son, Jesus Christ, was with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1-2), and is equal with God (Philippians 2:6). He willingly humbled Himself (Philippians 2:7-8), to be born of a virgin (Luke 1:35). He was totally sinless in His life (2 Corinthians 5:21), and ever obedient to the Father (John 8:29). He made a vicarious atonement for our sins (Isaiah 53:5), and rose again bodily the third day (Matthew 28:6), and ascended into Heaven on the fortieth day (Acts 1:3). He serves as our High Priest making intercession for the saints (Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:25). His promised return to earth for His saints shall be glorious, premillenial, pretribulational and is imminent (1Thessalonians 4:13-17).
C. God the Holy Spirit is co-equal with both the Father and the Son. He was sent by Jesus Christ from God (John 15:26, 16:7). His ministry is to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11), and He regenerates all who put their faith in Christ (Titus 3:5). He indwells in believers (1 Corinthians 3:16), and guides and teaches them in the truth of God (John 16:13), empowers them to be victorious over sin, self, and Satan (Romans 8:13), and intercedes on behalf of the saints (Romans 8:26-27).
HEAVEN AND HELL:
We believe that man did not evolve but was created by God, in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). By an act of willful disobedience he plunged himself and the whole human race into sin (Romans 5:12). Man is totally depraved and dead in trespasses and sin (Ephesians 2:1). All men are sinners, both by nature and by choice before a Holy God (Romans 3:10, 23). If one dies in this condition, he is eternally separated form God and punished forever in the lake of fire (Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:14-15).
We believe in a personal devil who was created perfect by an act of God and remained so until iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel 28:18). He was willfully rebellious because of pride (Isaiah 14:12-14), and thus was cast out of Heaven (Luke 10:18). He now rules as prince of the power of the air and over the world system (Ephesians 2:2, Ephesians 6:1-12). He caused the fall of mankind (Genesis 3:1-5), and today appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and looks for those he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). He hates Christ and opposes the work of God but is limited in power by God (Job 1:12). He is already judged and shall be confined to hell for eternity (Revelation 20:10).
We believe the institution of the church was started personally by the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry (Matthew 16:18, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Luke 16:12), and not at Pentecost.
The church that Christ formed was both local and visible (Matthew 18:17, Acts 1:15). We reject the concept of a universal, invisible church as it weakens the authority of the local churches, and is unscriptural.
We believe Scripture uses the word church in three ways: In reference to local assemblies (1 Corinthians 1:2), and other numerous examples; in an institutional and generic sense (Galatians 1:13 - as we would use the word family); and of the church in prospect (Hebrews 10:23).
The church is to be made up of born-again, baptized believers (Acts 2:41), who are organized to carry out the work of God. The church is the pillar and ground of truth (1 Timothy 3:15). The Great Commission and the ordinances which are discussed below are given to the church.
Its officers are two and two only: Pastor (bishop, elders) who are the under-shepherds of Christ (1 Timothy 3:1-13); and deacons who are servants of the church (Acts 6:1-7). The church is to be self-governing with Christ as its head (Ephesians 5:23). The church is to handle its own discipline in accordance with God's direction (Matthew 18:15-17), and is financed through the tithes and offerings of that local assembly (1Corinthians 16:1-2, Malachi 3:10).
THE CHARISMATIC / PENTACOSTAL MOVEMENT:
We believe that salvation is in Jesus Christ alone (Acts 4:12). It is offered freely to all (Romans 10:13), and is obtained by repenting for one's sins (Luke 13:3,5); and receiving Christ as Savior by faith (Romans 10:10). Salvation is solely by God's grace and is not merited by works (Ephesians 2:8-9), and results in God's forgiveness for all our sins (Psalm 103:12). It is made possible by Christ's blood willingly shed on the cross for us (Romans 3:25). Salvation imparts eternal life and one can never be lost again (John 10:28). The instrument of salvation is the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23), and is the agent of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5).
We believe heaven and hell are literal places prepared by God. All men will reside in one of the two for all eternity, Heaven is the abode created by Christ from His bride (John 14:1-3,23), where all the saved will abide with God (Revelation 22:1-5). Those that have rejected Jesus Christ will spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil, anti-christ, and false prophet eternally separated from God (Revelation 20:14-15).
We believe there are two ordinances committed to the local church:
A. Baptism is for believers only, and consists of immersion in water (Acts 8:36, 38-39), in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). It is not a sacrament of salvation, but symbolizes the death and resurrection of our Savior and our death to our old self and willingness to now live for Him (Romans 6:4).
B. The Lord's Supper consists of unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, which is non-alcoholic grape juice (Matthew 26:26-28). The elements are symbolic only of Christ's body that was broken and His blood that was shed on the Cross for us. It serves as a memorial of Christ's sacrifice for us (1 Corinthians 11:24), and a declaration of faith in His promised return (1 Corinthians 11:26).
We believe in Bible separation, from the world, sin, self, and Satan, as well as being separated unto the glory of Christ. We believe one should be born of the Spirit (1 Peter 3:18), walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), and be filled with the Spirit (Galatians 5:18), and that by His power and grace we may show forth the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We believe in living so as not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God by being separated from bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil-speaking, malice, covetousness, and any other sin of the flesh (Ephesians 4:30-32). We believe in being separated from the world and the world's philosophy; therefore not practicing nor partaking of alcoholic beverages, drugs (except for medicinal purposes), tobacco, immodesty, the dance, mixed swimming, the lodge, worldly movies, gambling, or anything else that would bring shame or dishonor to the Lord (1 John 2:15-17); and that the male and female roles ought to be distinct and are clearly defined by one's daily living (Deuteronomy 22:5, Ephesians 5:22-23).
We believe that all believers are to witness to the lost for Christ (Matthew 5:16); that each believer has a God given gift or gifts (Romans 12:6, 1 Corinthians 12:4), and are to be good stewards before God (1 Peter 4:10). Those who have rejected the Gospel or never heard the Gospel are eternally lost (Romans 2:11-12); and every believer is responsible to help get the Gospel to everyone (Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 10:14-17).
We believe that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and that this commission was given to the church (Matthew 29:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:44-49, John 21:21, Acts 1:8, 13:1-4). We believe that missionaries are to be called by God, commissioned by the local church as led by the Holy Spirit, and sent into the regions beyond to preach the Gospel, and are to be supported financially by local Bible believing churches (Acts 13:1-5, 2 Corinthians 10:15-16).
We believe that scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith. We are commanded to bring our gifts into the storehouse -which is the common treasury of the church- on the first day of the week (1Corinthians 16:1-2, Malachi 3:10). Under grace we give the tithe, and we give it cheerfully in a manner that pleases God (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).
We reject the teaching of the charismatic/pentacostal movement. We deny that all spirit filled believers will speak in tongues as evidence of spirit fullness (1 Corinthians 12:11), and the gift of tongues is for today (1 Corinthians 13:8). Spirit fullness is evidenced by witnessing (Acts 1:8), and living a joyful Christ-centered life according to the dictates of the Holy Scriptures (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:18-19). The Bible plainly teaches that tongues will cease, when that which is perfect (the complete Bible) has come (1 Corinthians 13:10).