The Antioch Baptist Church Statement of Faith
Antioch Baptist Church believes in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Scriptures. The Bible was written by holy men of God as they were divinely inspired by God. We believe that the scriptures are inerrant; the supreme, final, and infallible rule of faith and practice for Christian living and Church conduct. The Scriptures consist of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament; the canon of Scripture is closed and is the full revelation of God. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any admixture of error (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Matt. 24:35; Rev. 22:18-19; John 17:17; Hebrews 4:12).
Antioch Baptist Church believes that there is One, and only One God, Creator, Sustainer, and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent (Genesis 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Cor. 8:4); eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; each equal and of the same essence in nature, attributes, power, and glory (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2).
Antioch Baptist Church believes Jesus Christ is the God-Man; 100% percent God and 100% man. Christ was virgin born (Isaiah 7:14; Matt. 1:18; Ga. 4:4). Christ lived a virtuous (sinless) life (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5). Christ died a vicarious death (2 Cor. 5:21; Romans 5:8). He was buried and He literally and bodily rose again on the third day (John 20; 1 Cor. 15:4-8). He is presently at the right hand of the Father mediating between God and man (Rom. 8:34; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2). Christ is coming again in a literal, personal, pre-millennial return (John 14:1-4; Acts 1:11; Hebrews 9:28).
Antioch Baptist Church believes the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. (Jo. 14:16). He shares the same unique attributes and character of God; the Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit convicts the unbeliever of sin (Jo. 16:8-11) and draws men to salvation (Jo. 6:44). The Holy Spirit indwells the believer (Ro. 5:5; 1 Co. 6:19), seals the believer (Ep. 1:13), is the “Comforter” (Jo. 14:16), empowers the believer (Acts 1:8), is the supernatural Teacher and Guide of spiritual truth to the believer (Jo. 14:26; 16:13; 1 Jo. 2:20), the Spirit produces fruit in the believer (Ga. 5:22), the Spirit fills the believer (Acts 2:4; 4:31; Ep. 5:18), and the Spirit bestows spiritual gifts to the believer (1 Co. 12:11).
Antioch Baptist Church believes Adam was created perfect in the image of God, but Adam willfully disobeyed and rebelled against God. Adam’s sin not only affected him but brought physical, spiritual, and eternal death upon all mankind (Romans 5:12). Thus, all men are born sinners, and all men will die (Romans 3:10, 23). Sin is doing or thinking anything contrary to God’s standard, and it is also not doing what is right (1 John 3:4). The man who dies in his sins, not having trusted Christ as Savior is bound for a literal and eternal hell.
Antioch Baptist Church believes salvation is the total work of God, bringing whosoever will from death to eternal life. All men are born in a lost, sinful condition, and can only be saved by grace through faith apart from works and when so saved are eternally secure (Romans 6:23; John 5:24; Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 8:31-39). In order for men to saved, Christ had to die on the cross as atonement for sins (John 3:14-19); the gospel must be preached (Rom. 10:17); the Holy Spirit must convict and draw men to Christ (John 6:44); man must repent of his sin and believe on Jesus Christ as eternal Lord and Savior (Mark 1:15).
Antioch Baptist Church believes the church is an organized organism; a local, visible body of immersed believers, covenanted together by a common faith and fellowship of the gospel, and the only place where the ordinances are to be observed. Jesus Christ personally established His church and promised its continuance, and the church is the body of Christ on earth with Christ as its head. The church is to be autonomous and self-governing; free of any external authority or control. (Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:47; 8:1; 11:22; 16:5; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 10:25).
Antioch Baptist Church believes Jesus Christ commissioned His church to make disciples by evangelization, to baptize by immersion, and to teach all things He has commanded, and that the Commission extends to all the ends of the earth (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8). It is the privilege and responsibility of believers’ individually and churches corporately to be soul-winners, and true churches should cooperate in contending for the faith and furthering the gospel (1 Cor. 16:1-3; 2 Cor. 8:1-6; 9:1-15).
Antioch Baptist Church believes there are only two: baptism, which is to be administered once, and the Lord’s Supper, which is to be observed “as oft as ye do it” until the Lord’s return. Both ordinances are symbolic and not sacramental. Only the church has been authorized to administer the ordinances.
Baptism is to be done in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 3:13-17). Baptism pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:3-5), not cleansing or purification. Baptism makes the candidate a member of the church (Acts 2:41). Baptism involves a proper candidate, someone who has been born again (Acts 2:38; 8:36-39); the proper mode, total immersion in water (Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5); a proper administrator, Christ authorized His church to baptize believers in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
The Lord’s Supper symbolizes Christ’s sacrificial death on our behalf. His sinless life is pictured with the unleavened bread, and the fruit of the vine pictures the pouring out of His blood on the cross for our sins. The Lord’s Supper was instituted out of the Passover meal (Matt. 26:17-29). In the observance of communion, the members of a local assembly should solemnly examine themselves individually and corporately. The Lord’s Supper cannot be properly and faithfully administered apart from the right practice of church discipline, therefore it should be restricted to the members of the congregation.
Antioch Baptist Church believes that Christians should separate themselves from practices and influences of the world which hinder a spirit-filled life and from all forms of ecclesiastical apostasy (Matt. 5:13-16; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 5:16-21; 6:14-18; Titus 2:14).
Antioch Baptist Church believes the Genesis record of the 6-day creation is literal, and not allegorical or figurative; that God, in a direct act, personally created the Heaven and the earth and all things therein in six twenty-four hour days, and that He brought forth all original matter out of nothing (Genesis 1:1-2:1; 2:7; John 1:1-3; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 11:3).
Antioch Baptist Church believes the supernatural sign gifts (tongues, healings, etc.) were temporary in nature, and given for use during the apostolic era to authenticate the message and messenger of God. We believe that the supernatural sign gifts were temporary and awaited the coming of the complete Word of God; when the Word of God was completed, those gifts disappeared (1 Cor. 13:8-12; 2 Cor. 12:12; Hebrews 2:3-4).