Statement of Faith

YIGO BAPTIST CHURCH

Statement of Faith

 

The true doctrinal statement of this church is the Bible, God’s Word. This doctrinal statement is not meant to be a complete statement of what the church teaches but a summary of what we believe to be the essentials of what will be taught here to maintain the unity of the body of Christ at Yigo Baptist Church.

 

SECTION 1: The Bible

The Bible is our only basis for belief and practice. It is composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testament. It was inspired by God in its entirety, but given through the instrumentality of men. The Bible speaks, at the same time, with the authority of God and with the language of its human authors. The scriptures are infallible and error free in their original manuscripts. They are the only full and final authority for all matters of faith and life. There is no other writing, word, experience or tradition equal in authority with the scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:12

 

SECTION 2: God

There is one true, holy, almighty God who exists eternally in three persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each of whom possess equally all the attributes and characteristics of Deity and personality. God created everything out of nothing so that there is nothing which exists that was not made by Him. God’s power continues to sustain all creation and He is moving His plan through all history to fulfill His redemptive purpose. Deuteronomy 6:4, 1 Peter 1:2, Matthew 28:19

 

SECTION 3: Salvation

The theme of scripture is God’s self-revelation to call people into relationship with himself in His Kingdom. Humanity was originally created to bear God’s image to creation and have fellowship with God, but man rebelled in sin and chose to go his own way. Humanity was thus separated from God, suffered the corruption of human nature making them unable to please God. Every human being, from the moment of conception, is corrupted by sin and in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of humanity is, then, completely a work of God’s free grace, not a result of any human work or goodness, and must be received by repentance and faith. When God has begun a saving, justifying work in the heart of any person, He promises that He will continue it until it is finished in glory. Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:5-7, John 1:12-13, Philippians 1:6, Romans 3:23-25, 8:28-39

 

SECTION 4: Jesus Christ

Christ is the eternal second person of the Trinity who is forever united with true human nature through His miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a perfect life of obedience and willingly gave Himself as a sacrifice on the cross to atone for the sins of all humanity. Jesus’ death and resurrection satisfied God’s justice and accomplished the salvation of all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which he lived and died. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father, where he, as the only Mediator between God and man makes intercession for His own. He will return to earth, personally and visibly to finish God’s kingdom plan. John 1:1-2, 14, Colossians 2:9-10, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, Luke 1:35

 

SECTION 5: The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, indwells all who have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. A life of holiness and obedience can only be lived in submission to and in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Father and Son sent the Spirit into the world to apply the saving work of Jesus to humanity. He enlightens the minds of sinners, convicts them of their need for a Savior and regenerates them. At the point of salvation He indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength, wisdom and unique gifts for the building of the church body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the scriptures. His power and control are received in daily life by faith, making it possible for the believer to grow in Christ-like character and produce fruit that will glorify the Father. John 16:7-8, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 1:13-14, 5:18

 

SECTION 6: Human Destiny

Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For every person there will be a resurrection of the body and a judgment that will determine the eternal fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be condemned to eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. Believers will be received into eternal perfect relationship with God and rewarded for faithful works done in this life. In judgment God reveals both his justice and mercy. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, John 5:28-29, Revelation 20:11-15

 

SECTION 7: The Church

All believers in Jesus Christ are in union with Christ and members of His body, the church. There is one true universal church composed of all those who have been truly regenerated through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The Bible commands all believers to gather together often and regularly to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching the Word, observing the ordinances of baptism and communion, fellowship, service through the development and use of God-given gifts and talents.  And to reach out to neighbors near and far with the gospel to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Wherever God’s people meet regularly to keep this command the universal church is expressed locally. The local church, under the oversight of the elders and other leadership, is to work together in love and unity to glorify God. Eph. 1:22,23, 4:7-13, Rom. 12:5-6, Matt. 28:19-20.

 

SECTION 8: Faith and Life

Scripture is final authority in all matters of faith and practical life. The church does not have the right to bind the conscience of individual members in areas where the scriptures are silent or there is no applicable scriptural principle. In these areas, each believer must be led by the Spirit, not judging the actions of others, knowing that each individual will be responsible for these actions before the Lord. Romans 14:7-23, Colossians 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 2:15

 

We believe that this statement of faith is an accurate summary of what the Bible teaches. All members will refrain from advocating doctrines not contained in this statement, which cause division or dissension.