What we believe at Palm Bay Baptist Church about Jesus, the Bible, and the Church
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men and supernaturally inspired; that it is truth without any error and therefore is and shall remain the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man. We believe the Holy Bible is the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (II Tim 3:16; I Peter 1:21)
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God; who is an infinite, intelligent Spirit and is the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 90). We believe that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, eternal with God the Father, was begotten of the Holy Ghost and He was born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person was ever born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God the Son (I John 1:1,2). He is simultaneously God and man, one person with two natures, He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet never committed sin (Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 4:14-17).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; eternal and equal with God the Father and God the Son (I John 5:7); that He was active in the creation (Genesis 1:2); that in the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness of the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the new birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, bears witness with, sanctifies, and helps the believer (John 14:7; Romans 8:14-27).
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, and by voluntary transgression, he fell from his sinless state (Genesis 3), in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners and therefore under just condemnation and are guilty before God (Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3). We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the Son of God who by the appointment of the Father freely took upon Him our nature, yet never committed sin and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; we believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again and that the new birth is the new creation in Jesus Christ (John 3:3,5). We believe that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8,9).
We believe that a New Testament church is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures (I Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9). We believe the true mission of the church is found in the “Great Commission” which instructs us first, to make individual disciples (Matt 28:19,20); second, to baptize the converts; and third, to teach and instruct as He commanded.
We believe baptism is the immersion in water of a born-again believer to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, as it pictures our death to sin and resurrection to a new life (Matt 28:19,20). It is the visual demonstration of God’s inward renewal of life in the believer. This display comes after salvation and is the first act of obedience of the new convert. Baptism is the realization of the believer of the new life in Christ under His authority and protection. Communion is the visual display commemorating the bodily suffering and bloodshed that Jesus Christ endured to atone for the sins of the world. Communion follows baptism and is open to every believer who desires to fellowship with Christ and His church.
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