Statement of Faith
First Baptist Church of Irondale
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the absolute, sole, authoritative rule for faith and practice is the perfect, preserved word of God. Our preaching, teaching, and Bible memorization are from the King James Bible (Psa. 12:6-7).
We believe in one God, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That God is supreme in His person, absolute in His attributes, glorious in His perfection, and eternal in His being. (I John 5:7)
We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, His conception by the Holy Spirit, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, His bodily resurrection, His exaltation at God’s right hand, and His personal, imminent, pre-millennial, and pre-tribulation return. (Matthew 1:20; II Corinthians 1:21; Ephesians 1:7; Luke 24:6, 39; I Timothy 2:5)
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, one with the Father and the Son, the indweller of every believer to enlighten, guide, and enable him in life, testimony, and service, and seal each believer until the day of redemption of the body. (John 15:26, 27; John 14:7-11; Ephesians 1:13, 14)
We believe that God created man in His image and likeness (a triune being: spirit, soul, and body) in a state of innocency, but through temptation, he willingly transgressed, became dead in trespasses and sins. As a result, his posterity (all men) inherited a corrupt nature, are born in sin and are under condemnation. (Genesis 1:26; Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; was buried, and arose again from the dead in His glorified body, ascended into heaven, and as our great High Priest and Advocate, He ever lives to make intercession for us; that all who believe on His name are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and receive the gift of eternal life by the grace of God. Nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own voluntary rejection of the gospel. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Hebrews 7:24, 25; Isaiah 1:18; John 3:18)
We believe in the eternal security of the believer as part of the body of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we subscribe to a mild Dispensationalism when dealing with those verses that seem to teach otherwise (Jn. 10:28).
We believe the blood shed by Jesus Christ on the cross to be the only and all-sufficient remedy for the sin of man; that this blood alone makes an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 9:22)
We believe in a literal, burning hell that God prepared for the Devil and his angels. (Luke 16:22-26)
We believe in a literal place called heaven where the saved shall enjoy everlasting blessedness. Heaven is where God’s immediate presence is manifested, where the angels reside, where the redeemed shall ultimately be, where Christ makes intercession for the saints, and from whence Christ shall come to judge the “quick and the dead.” (II Corinthians 5:8; John 14:1-3)
We believe in the existence and operating power of a real and personal being opposed to all saints (saved unto all righteousness), and exalting himself against all that God is, has, and tries to accomplish. We believe that the “Evil One” is called Satan, the Prince, and Power of the Air, and is a powerful being but not all-powerful. (I Peter 5:8, 9; James 4:7)
We believe that the local church is a congregation of baptized believers, instituted for the purpose of worship, service, and fellowship. The local church is an indigenous and autonomous body. We further believe in “The Church” as a living organism. It consists of all the blood-bought, born-again believers throughout the Church Age. This body of the redeemed collectively makes up the ultimate bride of Christ. (Acts 2:42; Ephesians 5:21-23)
We believe that baptism by immersion for a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is the Bible mode of baptism that testifies to the believer’s faith in, and identification with, the crucified, buried, risen, and soon-coming Savior. (Matthew 3:16; 28:19; Romans 6:4)
We believe that all the saved are called into a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices, places, and alliances. (II Corinthians 6:14-18; II John 10:11; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14)
We believe the two ordinances of the church are:
1. The Lord’s Supper: whereby believers do show forth the Lord’s death till He comes again. (The elements being unleavened bread and unfermented grape juice.) (I Corinthians 11:23-32)
2. Baptism (see BAPTISM).
We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, return of Christ. The Lord could return for, and rapture out His Church at any given moment. The world will then enter into a seven-year period of tribulation that will end with the battle of Armageddon and the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. He will come as “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords,” and establish His kingdom that will last for 1,000 years. The Lord will then judge the living and the dead at the Great White Throne Judgment (which is different from the Judgment Seat of Christ where the Lord judges the Church).
After this, all the lost, Satan, death, and hell are cast into the Lake of Fire, while the Lord and His saints enter into the New Heavens and New Earth. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:51-58; Matthew 24:3-41; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-15; 21:1-6)