THE DOCTRINAL STATEMENTS OF WELLSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
We believe that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, by which men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of scripture in the original manuscripts. It is without error and is our guide to faith and practice. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18; John 6:12-13).
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons…The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…and that these three are one God. The three persons of the Godhead are eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory having the same attributes. (Deut. 6:4; John 1:1-2,14; Acts 5:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-3).
We believe that God created an innumerable company of sinless spiritual beings, known as angels. The highest rank, Lucifer, sinned through pride, becoming Satan, of which many demons followed him in his fall. (Isaiah 14:12-15). We believe that Satan is the originator of sin, who led the human race into transgression and accomplished their fall. (Genesis 3:1-19). We believe that Satan is a direct enemy of God, and in his warfare appears as an angel of light to blind men from the Gospel of Christ. (II Cor. 4:3-4; I Peter 5:8).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27). But that in the transgression of Adam, (Gen. 3:6-7) the whole human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, (Rom. 5:12) became alienated from God and totally unable to change his lost condition (Ephesians 2:12).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, became man, (John 1:14) being conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:35) in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross. His blood being the purchase price, (Romans 3:24-25) and that He secured that redemption forever by His literal, bodily resurrection from the dead (Romans 4:25, I Peter 1:3-5).
Our Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate (Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity took up His abode in the world in a special sense on the day of Pentecost, who according to promise indwells every believer (I Cor. 6:19-20; John 14:16-17.) He baptizes each believer into the Body of Christ, (I Cor. 12:13) seals them unto the day of Redemption (Eph. 4:30; Eph. 1:13-14) and it is the duty of every believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). The ministry of the Holy Spirit to the world is that of conviction in relation of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:7-11).
We believe that Salvation is the gift of God brought to man through grace (Eph. 2:8-9) and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:12-13) whose precious blood was shed for the forgiveness of sins (Eph. 1:7). Because man is dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1-2) he must be born from above in order to receive God’s eternal life (John 3:3; 3:16; 3:36; 5:24). We believe that our redemption was accomplished solely by the work of Christ on the cross, whereby He was made sin for us, dying in our place (II Cor. 5:21). No sincere effort, good resolutions, submission to rules and regulations of the church can add to the finished work of Christ at Calvary, which eliminates “works” as part of our Salvation (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:8-9).
We believe, because of the eternal purpose of God toward His creation and because of His freedom to exercise grace toward the sinner on the ground of the finished work of Christ, all genuine true believers who are once a child of God are kept secure forever (Rom. 8:1,38,39; John 10:27-30; John 5:24; I Pet. 1:5; John 17:11). We believe it is the privilege of all who are born again to be assured of Salvation (I John 5:13).
We believe, however, that God is a holy and righteous Father and that since He cannot overlook the sin of His children, He will, when they persistently sin, chasten them and correct them in infinite love (Hebrews 12:5-8).
We believe that sanctification, which is a setting apart unto God is threefold: First, at the time of Salvation, the individual is positionally set apart once for all (Heb. 10:10; I Cor. 6:11). Second, we believe, however, that he retains his sin nature, which cannot be eradicated from his nature, which cannot be eradicated from his life. There is, therefore, a “continual” sanctification wherein the Christian is to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Savior (John 17:17; II Peter 3:18). Third, we believe that the child of God will be “ultimately” sanctified in his state as he is now in his standing in Christ, when he shall see his Lord and shall be “like Him”. (I Thess. 3:13; 5:23).
We believe that the church, the body of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organization (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14). The local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized for worship, work, and fellowship. The mission of the church is to proclaim to the lost world the message of redemption in Jesus Christ as Savior; not only to the local community, but to the entire world (Acts 1:8). The mission does not end here, it also includes nurturing the membership and taking care of their needs. (Matt. 25:35-40; 28:19-20).
We believe in the personal imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His own (I Thess. 4:13-18) and His subsequent premillennial return to earth to set up His Kingdom (Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 20:6; Acts 15:16-17; Matt. 24:32-35).
We believe that the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do at death immediately pass into His presence (Luke 23:43) and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body at His coming, when soul and body, reunited shall be associated with Him forever. The souls of the unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery, until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium, when soul and body, reunited, shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power (Luke 16:19-26; II Cor. 5:8; II Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).
We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the only ordinances of the church and that they are the scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age (I Cor. 11:2).
Believer’s baptism is the immersion of a believer in water; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; setting forth the essential facts in redemption-the death, burial and resurrection of Christ (Rom. 6:3-6) also the essential facts in the experience of the believer–the death to sin and resurrection to newness to life (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 8:36-39; Acts 19:3-5).
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His death until He comes and is to be observed at designated intervals by all members of the church (I Cor. 11:23-29).
We believe that all believers should seek to walk in such a manner as to not bring reproach upon their Lord and Savior and that separation from worldly practices is commanded by God (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; I Cor. 6:19-20; Col. 3:17; I John 2:15-17).
We believe that it is the obligation of every believer to witness by life and word to the truths of Scripture and to proclaim the gospel to the world (Acts 1:8) that the responsibility of all believers is to remember to pray and to support the work by their means as the Lord has prospered them (I Cor. 16:2).
We believe that it is the obligation of every believer to recognize that God has ordained marriage to be the union of one man and one woman. Sexual intercourse is to be limited to within marriage (Hebrews 13:4). Such expressions of our sexuality as adultery, fornication, homosexual acts, pornography and other gross immorality, are not compatible with Biblical teaching and can severely damage our witness as a Christian. If confessed and repented, these sins can be forgiven in Jesus’ name. The individual can be restored to full fellowship with the Father and His church.