UNION BAPTIST CHURCH STATEMENT OF FAITH*
Scriptures

We believe the Bible is God’s absolute, objective truth for all people for all times.1 It is without error in concept or detail in the original writings.2 It is breathed out in its entirety by God, divinely preserved, and, therefore, completely trustworthy.3 We believe the Holy Spirit superintended human authors so that, through their individual personalities and literary styles, they composed and recorded God’s Word.4 It is God’s written revelation complete in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.5 It is the supreme authority in all matters to which it speaks and is sufficient for life, conduct, and practice – understandable by every believer.6 We believe Scripture must be understood through the literal, contextual, grammatical, and historical method of interpretation, and applied under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.7

The Triune God

We believe in the one personal, transcendent, immanent, living God – the creator, sustainer, and sovereign ruler of all things.8 He is self-existent, immutable, and works all things according to the counsel of His will in order to bring glory to Himself.9 God’s foreknowledge is exhaustive and not dependent on human decisions and actions.10 He eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.11 They execute distinct but harmonious roles in creation, providence, redemption, and consummation.12 They are equal in nature, attributes, and perfections.13 The holy triune God is worthy of our worship, confidence, and obedience.14

The Father

We believe in God the Father: one in essence with the Son and the Spirit.15 He is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in all His attributes.16 We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of humanity, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.17 His fatherhood involves both His designation within the Trinity and His relationship with the redeemed.18 Everything He does is in accordance with His perfect will, though His sovereignty does not eliminate or minimize human responsibility.19

The Son

We believe in God the Son: one in essence with the Father and the Spirit.20 He is the one and only eternal Son of God, the preeminent revelation of God.21 At the right time He emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-slave.22 He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary as Jesus, the Christ – fully God and fully man.23 We believe in His sinless life, His voluntary submission to His Father’s will that culminated in His substitutionary death on the cross, His burial, and His bodily resurrection.24 He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father.25 His death on the cross atoned for our sin and satisfied the righteous demands of the holy God.26 He is the Mediator between God and man.27 He is Prophet, Priest, and King; the Head and Savior of His Church; the Heir of all things; the Judge of all the world; and the exact representation of God the Father.28 We believe in the personal return of Christ for His Church and in the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.29

The Holy Spirit

We believe in God the Holy Spirit: one in essence with the Father and Son.30 He was sent by God the Father and God the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.31 The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ and implements Christ’s work of redemption and baptism.32 He regenerates, baptizes, seals, gifts, and indwells all believers at conversion, and progressively sanctifies them throughout their earthly lives.33 The Spirit fills, leads, comforts, and intercedes for believers, empowering them for godly living and service.34 His presence is evident by the fruit of the Spirit and the building up of believers into the body of Christ, the Church.35

Mankind

We believe God originally created persons, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin.36 We believe all people are sinners by nature and choice and are spiritually dead.37  We also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.38  We believe God established marriage to be a lifelong covenant relationship between one man and one woman.39  Marriage so defined is the only permissible context for intimate sexual expression and is the foundation for human family.40  We further believe that life is precious and should be protected from beginning, at fertilization, until death.41

Sin

We believe that sin is any action, inaction, or attitude that is contrary to the nature or Word of God, which constitutes a rejection of His authority, resulting in alienation from God.42 Sin entered the world when Adam, representing humanity, disobeyed God.43 As a result of the one sin of Adam, his descendants – the whole human race – are separated from relationship with God, spiritually dead, and therefore in a fallen state. Being sinners by nature and choice and utterly unable to remedy their lost condition, humanity is in need of salvation.44

Salvation

We believe that salvation is a gift of God, received by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone.45 We further believe that this salvation is based upon the sovereign grace of God, was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross, and is received by faith apart from any human merit, works, or ritual.46 Regeneration is effected through the work of the Holy Spirit in God’s elect.47 All who repent and believe in Jesus Christ are forgiven of all their sins, justified in God’s sight by the merit of Christ’s righteousness, adopted into His family, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and have equal access to God.48 As a result, the progressive sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit leads to a newness of life that is evidenced by righteous living, good works, and biblical social concern, or God’s corrective discipline.49 The consummation of salvation is that those who have accepted God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ shall be resurrected and glorified.50 They shall receive their inheritance in the Kingdom of their Father, whom they shall see and enjoy throughout the ages.51

Church

We believe that the New Testament Church is composed of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit since the day of Pentecost following Christ’s resurrection.52 We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of Christ, of which He is the Head.53 We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies in which believers are in a covenant relationship.54 Biblically, that relationship is expressed corporately through hearing the Word of God proclaimed, engaging in worship, practicing the two ordinances of believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper, building up each other’s faith, holding each other accountable through biblical love and discipline, and engaging in local and world evangelization.55 Biblically designated officers must meet the biblical qualifications for their office and submit to the headship of Christ, emulating His servant leadership.56 We believe the function of eldering is reserved for biblically qualified males.57 Each local church is to choose, support, and submit to those who function as elders.58

Angels

We believe God created angels as spirit-beings possessing power and intellect, to worship and serve Him and to minister to believers.59 Satan is a fallen angel who masquerades as an angel of light.60 The scope of Satan’s power is subject to God’s will.61 By subjecting Adam and Eve to temptation and sin, Satan has extended his rebellion against God, which he continues by deceit, seduction, and destruction.62 While Satan and his demons are powerful, they are subject to Christ’s authority and judgment.63 Satan and his demons have been defeated for eternity by Jesus Christ through His death on the cross and victorious resurrection, sealing their everlasting damnation.64 At the time of final judgment, they will be consigned to eternal separation from God in the Lake of Fire.65

Last Things

We believe in the sudden, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ and in His Millennial Kingdom.66 He will return with His saints from heaven with power and great glory, on a day known only to God.67 We believe that those who have accepted God’s gift of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, at the point of physical death, enter into God’s eternal glory.68 They shall be resurrected and transformed to His body of glory, and they shall receive their inheritance of glory in the Kingdom of their Father.69 They shall be made fully blessed in the presence and service of God, whom they shall see and enjoy throughout the ages.70 We believe that all unsaved persons, at the point of physical death, are destined for eternal damnation.71 They will be resurrected, separated from the righteous, judged, and cast into an existence of eternal punishment where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever when death and Hades is cast into the Lake of Fire.72 We believe it is imperative for the Church to work and wait in sober watchfulness, that it may be found ready at His coming.73

 

 

Statement of Faith Footnotes

1 2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm 25:10; 33:4; 119:160; John 17:17; Titus 1:2-3

2 John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16

3 Matthew 5:18; John 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21

4 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; 2 Peter 1:20-21

5 Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; 1 Corinthians 14:37; Galatians 1:11-12; Revelation 22:18-19

6 Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 5:17-19; Acts 17:11; 1 Corinthians 14:17, 37; 2 Timothy 3:15-17

7 1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16; 2 Peter 1:20

8 Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 83:18; 139:1, 7-10; Isaiah 6:1; 33:10; 40:22; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 28:18-20; Hebrews 3:4; James 2:19

9 Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; Numbers 23:19; Psalm 19:1; 33:9-10; 102:26-27; Psalm 104; Isaiah 14:24; Malachi 3:6;   Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11; James 1:17

10 Romans 8:29-30; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-17; 147:5; John 6:64; Isaiah 40:13

11 Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:5-6

12 Genesis 1:1-2; Job 26:13; Psalm 104; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; John 1:3; 5:17; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Ephesians 2:18; Colossians 1:16-17

13 John 10:30; 14:23; 17:5, 10; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11; Phil. 2:5-6

14 Isaiah 6:3; Jeremiah 2:12-13; Mark 12:30; Revelation 4:11

15 Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 8:6

16 Exodus 3:14; John 4:24; 14:7

17 Psalm 8:4-6; Matthew 1:21; 5:45; 6:26-32; 10:29-31; Romans 7:24-25; Philippians 4:6; 1 Timothy 1:15;             2 Timothy 1:10; Hebrews 2:14; 1 Peter 3:12

18 Matthew 6:1, 4; 10:20; John 20:17, 21; 17:1; Ephesians 1:2-3; Colossians 1:2-3

19 Romans 1:18-20; 8:29; Colossians 1:10

20 Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14

21 John 1:1; 8:58; Philippians 2:5-6; Revelation 1:8

22 Matthew 1:23; Philippians 2:6-7

23 Matthew 1:20; 9:2; 12:8; Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 14; 8:58; 10:30; 14:7; Romans 9:5; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15-16; Hebrews 1:3

24 Luke 19:10; Hebrews 4:15

25 Acts 1:9; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1

26 Isaiah 53:4-12; Matthew 20:28; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3; Hebrews 9:13-15; 1 John 2:2; 4:10

27 John 1:1-14; Hebrews 4:14; 12:24, 1 Timothy 2:5

28 Psalm 2:6; Acts 3:22-23; Romans 10:9-11; Hebrews 1:3, 8; 4:14; 8:2-5

29 Psalm 2:6; Zechariah 14:4, 16; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; Revelation 11:15; 20:4

30 John 15:26; Acts 5:3-4; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

31 John 16:8-11

32 John 3:5; 16:14; Acts 1:5; Romans 8:2-16; 1 Corinthians 12:13

33 John 3:5; 14:17; Acts 19:5-6; Romans 11:29; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 12:4-31; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Philippians 1:6; 2:12-13; Hebrews 13:5; Jude 24-25

34 Exodus 31:3; 1 Samuel 16:13; Joel 2:28-29; John 14:26; 16:13; Acts 2:17-18; 4:31; 6:5; 9:31; Romans 8:26; Ephesians 5:18

35 Romans 5:5; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 2:22; 3:14-21; 1 John 5:4

36 Genesis 1:26-31; 2:7, 22, 25; 3:1-19; 5:1-2; 9:6; Psalm 100:3; 119:73; Isaiah 43:7; 45:12; Acts 17:26;    Romans 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 11:7; James 3:9

37 Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:10-18, 23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 5; Colossians 2:13

38 John 1:12-13; 3:3, 5-8; Acts 11:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 7:10; Titus 3:5-7

39 Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Timothy 3:2

40 Genesis 1:27-28; 9:1; Malachi 2:14-16; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4

41 Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:31, 34-36, 41, 44

42 Leviticus 4:27; Matthew 5:28; James 4:17

43 Romans 5:12, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

44 Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:22

45 Acts 15:11; Romans 3:24, 28; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:5, 8

46 John 6:44; Acts 13:48; Romans 4:4-5; 6:23; 8:29-30; 11:5-6; Galatians 1:15; Ephesians 1:3-6; 2:8-9; Philippians 3:7-9; 2 Timothy 1:8-9; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:1-2; 1 John 4:10

47 John 1:13; 3:3, 5-8; Acts 11:18; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 7:10-11; Ephesians 2:8; Philippians 2:13; Titus 3:5-7; James 1:18; 1 Peter 1:1-2; 1 John 4:7

48 Acts 10:43; 13:39; Romans 1:15-17; 3:24-26; 4:23-25; 5:1-2, 9, 11, 17, 19, 21; 8:1; 10:9; 1 Corinthians 1:30-31; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 2:13-14; Titus 3:5-7

49 Acts 11:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 5:21; 7:1; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:26-27; Philippians 2:12-13; 3:12-16; Colossians 1:28-29; 3:5-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 12:7-11, 14; 2 Peter 1:3, 5-8; 3:18

50 John 5:25-29; Acts 24:14-15; Romans 8:17; 1 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; 1 John 2:25; Revelation 20:5-6

51 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 21:6-7; 22:3-5

52 Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 12:27; 2 Corinthians 6:16

53 1 Corinthians 12:27; Colossians 1:18

54 1 Corinthians 12:27

55 Matthew 18:15-17; 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; John 3:22; 4:1-2; Acts 2:38, 41-42, 47; 8:12, 36-39; 16:32-34; 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25; Ephesians 4:11-13

56 Matthew 20:25-28; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:7-9

57Titus 1:5-6; 1 Peter 5:1-3

58 Acts 6:3-6; 15:22; Hebrews 13:17

59 Deuteronomy 6:13; 10:20; Matthew 4:10

60 Ezekiel 28:13-16; Luke 10:18; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Revelation 12:7-9

61 Job 1:6-7, 12; John 14:30; 16:11

62 Genesis 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:18

63 Philippians 2:10; James 4:7; 1 Peter 3:22; 2 Peter 2:4; 1 John 2:12-14; 5:18; Revelation 20:10

64 John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Romans 16:20

65 Revelation 20:10

66 Mark 13:32-37; Titus 2:13; Revelation 20:2-6

67 Matthew 24:30, 36; 25:31; Mark 13:32-37; John 14:3; Titus 2:13

68 John 10:28; Romans 8:38-39; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Hebrews 9:27

69 Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2; John 5:25-29; Acts 24:14-15; 1 Corinthians 6:14; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 20:5-6; 21:6-7

70 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Hebrews 12:22-24; Revelation 22:3-5

71 Hebrews 9:27

72 Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:25-29; Acts 24:14-15; Revelation 14:10-11; 20:10; 21:8

73 Matthew 24:42-44; 25:13; Mark 13:33-37; Hebrews 10:25 

The Union Baptist Church Statement of Faith was developed using the statements of faith of Conservative Baptist Northwest and the Conservative Baptist Association of America.  However, the Union Baptist Church Statement of Faith is not the complete Statement of Faith of either of these organizations and has not been endorsed by either of them.