What We Believe

PURPOSE

The purpose of this church shall be to glorify God by maintaining the ordinances of the Gospel, and public worship of God; and to spread abroad the knowledge of Christ as the Savior of men, through preaching the Gospel, consistent Christian living by its members, personal evangelism, missionary endeavor, and Christian education.

 Section 1. The Scriptures:

This church receives the canon of 66 books as the inspired Word of God. Because it is the Word of God it is infallible, and therefore our sole authority for faith and practice.  We believe the Word of God to be plenary, verbally inspired (II Timothy 3:16). “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:21). For purposes of uniformity and doctrine, we use the King James Version in all services, teaching and Scripture memorization.

 Section 2. The True God:

We believe in the One Living God, an infinite, sovereign Spirit, the Creator and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; perfect in Holiness, and worthy of honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons; The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, equal in every Divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Hebrews 11:6; John 4:24; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11).

 Section 3. God the Father:

We believe in God the Father, Who sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. That He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son. (Hebrews 11:6; John 16:23; 8:18, 29-32)

 Section 4. God the Son, Jesus Christ:

We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God, and God the Son; that He had an active part in creation; that He is without sin; that He was virgin born of Mary by the Holy Ghost coming upon her, and the power of the Highest overshadowing her; that He was made in the likeness of men, sin excepted; that by His death He made full and vicarious atonement for the sins of the world; that He arose bodily from the dead; that He ascended into heaven; that He is our only High Priest; that He will rapture His Bride, the Church, out of this world at the end of this age; that He will return personally and bodily to this earth, and take His place upon the throne of David to reign a thousand years. (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:14; Acts 1:1-11; II Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:16, 17; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11; I Timothy 2:5, 6; Revelation 20:6).

 Section 5. God the Holy Spirit:

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, and that He is a Divine Person, equal with God the Father, and God the Son, and of the same nature; that He had an active part in creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world, He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He bears witness of the truth in preaching and testimony; that He is the Agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer. (John 14:16,17; 3:5,6; 1:33; 14:26; 16:8-11; Matthew 28:19; Hebrews 9:14; Genesis 1:1-3; Acts 5:30-32; 11:16; Ephesians 1:13,14; Mark 1:8; Romans 8:14,16,26,27).

 Section 6. Man:

We believe that man was created in innocence, but willfully disobeyed, and fell from his sinless, happy state, and as a result, all men are sinners by nature and choice; that man stands condemned before God. (Genesis 2:17; 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19; 5:12, 19; 1:18, 32).

 Section 7. Salvation:

We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that in order to be saved, sinners must be born-again; that this new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus, is the instantaneous work of God by which one dead in trespasses and sins is made partaker of the divine nature, and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the one regenerated is justified by the blood of Christ, his faith being reckoned for righteousness; that all who are truly born-again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. (Jonah 2:9; John 3:3,5,7; 6:37; 10:28; Romans 4:5; 5:9; 6:23; II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:8,9; II Peter 1:4).

 Section 8. The Church:

We believe that all those who are truly born-again by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ make up the invisible church, the Body of Christ, which includes all born-again Ones from Pentecost to the Rapture. We believe that a local, New Testament Church, is a body of believers baptized (immersed) upon a credible confession of faith in Jesus Christ; having two offices (Pastor and deacons); sovereign in polity, and subject to her own superintendent, Jesus Christ. We further believe that the local church is the organized working force of Jesus Christ, united for worship, for work, and for fellowship; that to the local church are committed for administration, and perpetual observance, the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, as well as the task of winning the lost for God, and teaching them His Word, locally and worldwide; We reject the so-called “Social Gospel”. (I Timothy 3:1-12; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 3:1-6; 5:23, 24; I Corinthians 11; Matthew 18:15-17; 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42, 46, 47; 20:17-28).

 Section 9. The Ordinances:

We believe that the Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, under the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to new life; that baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death till He comes, and should always be preceded by solemn self-examination. (Acts 2:41, 42; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; I Corinthians 11:23-28).

 Section 10. Conscience and Civil Government:

We believe that to every person is given the privilege of worshiping as he sees fit without interference of legal authorities; that we have an obligation to preach all the counsel of God, including warnings against false teachings and false teachers, opposing, and exposing error; moreover, we recognize that all must give account of himself to Jesus Christ, Who is Lord of the conscience and Sovereign of the soul. We further believe that Civil Government is ordained of God; that we are to pray for all that are in authority that we may lead an orderly life; that magistrates are to be conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of God; and that the church and state are to be maintained separately and separate. (Exodus 18:21, 22; II Samuel 23:3; Daniel 3:17, 18; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19, 20; 5:29; 20:27-32; 23:5; Romans 13:1-7; II Timothy 3:15).

Doctrine of Separation

We believe that God commands Christians to be a separated people according to II Corinthians 6:17,18, and 7:1: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh, and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God”. Ridge Baptist Church will be separated from all forms of apostasy, and religious inclusivism. We reject the ecumenical movement joining all churches into one body regardless of doctrine or practice, and the charismatic renewal movement with its unscriptural emphasis on tongues and healing. The church will enjoy fellowship with churches of like faith and order, but will have no part in any council of churches that is ecumenical in nature or thrust.

We believe Christians are to be personally separated from all worldly practices that hinder spiritual growth and stability. We believe that a Christian should live a holy life, and maintain a testimony consistent with the New Testament.

 Section 11. Creation:

We accept the Genesis account of creation, and believe that man, and all things, living and non-living, came into being by direct creation of God and not by any form of evolution, theistic or otherwise. (Genesis 1 and 2; Colossians 1:16, 17).

 Section 12. Eschatology:

We believe in the imminent, premillennial, pre-tribulation return of Christ for His church, and at that moment the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies and the living will be changed, without tasting death, and all shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the tribulation period referred to by Daniel and the Seventieth week. (I Corinthians 15:42-44; 51-54; Philippians 3:20, 21; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-11; Revelation 3:10). We believe that the Great Tribulation, which follows the Rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the salvation of Jesus Christ to sit upon the Throne of David and establish His Kingdom. This Kingdom will last one thousand years to be followed by the New Heaven and the New Earth. (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Acts 2:29, 30; Revelation 20:1-4, 6; 21:1-4).