Statement of Faith

The Bible
I accept the scriptures as the revealed will of God, and the all sufficient rule of faith and practice. I believe the Bible to be inspired by God, and is the infallible Word of God. II Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

The New Birth-Repentance and Conversion
Pardon and forgiveness of sin is obtained by genuine repentance, confession, and forsaking of sin. Romans 5:1 says, “we are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

– Water Baptism
The scriptural mode of baptism according to the scripture is by emmersion, and is for those who have fully repented. It should be administered by a duly authorized ministry of the Gospel, in obedience to the Word of God, and in the Name of Jesus Christ, according to Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5, thus obeying and fulfilling Matthew 28:19.

– The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
In Matthew 3:11 John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Ghost. In Acts 1:5 Jesus said the same. Luke tells us in Acts 2:4 that the saints of God were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. It is scriptural to expect all who recieve the Gift of the Holy Ghost infilling to experience the initial sign of speaking with other tongues. Speaking with other tongues as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46, and 19:6, and the Gift of tongues as explained in I Corinthians chapters 12 and 14, are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose. The Lord through the prophet Joel in Joel 2:28 said I would pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.

– Fundamental Doctrine
Therefore, the basic doctrine of the church is the Bible standard of salvation which is repentance, baptism in water by emersion in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance.

– The Grace of God
The Bible teaches that the grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men according to Titus 2:11-12. For a christian to remain saved, he must walk with God and keep himself in the love of God, and in the grace of God. The word grace means, favor. When a person transgresses and sins against God, he loses favor with God. But Ephesians 2:8 says, “for by grace are ye saved through faith.”

I Believe In One God
I believe in the one eternal God, infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father in creation, Son in redemption, and Holy Spirit by emanation. I Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6, II Corinthians 5:19, Joel 2:28. This one true God took upon Himself the form of man and was born of the virgin Mary. I Timothy 3:16 teaches us that God was manifest in the flesh. Colossians 2:19 says, “for in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead, bodily.” As to His heavenly nature, Jesus was divine. As to His fleshly nature, Jesus was human. Thus He was known as the Son of God, and also the Son of man.The Name of God
The Lord God Almighty used different titles such as, Elohim, El Shaddai, and Jehovah. Jehovah Lord is His redemptive name in the Old Testament. Isaiah 9:6 teaches us that the child Jesus, who was born, was known as the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father. This prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 1:21 where Mary was told to name the baby Jesus. Acts 4:12 teaches us that salvation is found in no other name than the Name of Jesus.

– The Holy Sacrament
On the night of our Lord’s betrayal, He ate the passover supper with His apostles after which He instituted a sacred communion service. Luke 22:19-20 teaches us that He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it unto them, teaching them that is symbolized His body, which was being broken for them. He also taught them that as they drank from the cup, it was symbolizing His blood, which was shed for them. In I Corinthians 11:23-34, the apostle Paul gave instruction to the church of how to observe the Sacrament.

Holiness and Separation
Godly living should characterize the life of every child of God. Therefore, christians should not indulge themselves in any activity which is not conducive to Godly living.

Divine Healing
The vicarious suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ, paid for the healing of our bodies the same as for the salvation of our souls. Isaiah 53:5 says, “with His stripes we are healed.” Matthew 8:17 reads, “that He Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.” We see from this that divine healing for the body is in the atonement. That being true, then it is for all who believe.  Jesus said of the believers, “they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” In James 5:14-16 the apostle wrote, “is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over them, annointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith shall save the sick.”

The Rapture of the Church
I believe that the coming of the Lord is drawing near. When our Lord shall appear according to the scripture, the dead in Christ shall rise first and we who are alive and remain shall be called up with them to meet the Lord in the air according to I Thessalonians 4:13-17 and I Corinthians 15:51-54.

2 thoughts on “Statement of Faith

  1. I’m so very proud of you Barton for your love for the LORD JESUS CHRIST, your family, and church family. Your words and lessons are truly inspirational.

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