10:00 AM - Sunday School

11:00 AM - Morning Worship Service

6:00 PM - Evening Family Service

7:15 PM - Wednesday Bible Study


Phone: 301-473-8900

Frederick Baptist Church | Frederick, MD

Statement of Faith

VERBAL INSPIRATION OF SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Bible is the verbally inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God, and is the final authority in all matters of faith, doctrine, and practice.  Not only was It inspired when God caused It to be written, but the inspiration of Godís Word is still preserved within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation.  We believe that the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people. (II Tim. 3:15-17; Psalm 119:89; II Pet. 1:19-21; Jn. 6:63; Psalm 12:6-7)

 

GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION

We believe the Genesis account of creation, and that what one believes about his origin will determine his philosophy of life. We believe creation was a direct act of God, in six literal 24 hour solar days, instantaneous and miraculous. We believe man was created in the image of God and all reproduction was ďafter their kind.Ē (Gen. 1:1; Col. 1:16-17; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6,9; Jn. 1:3)

 

TRINITY

We believe God is a Person, eternally existing; one true God, but in the unity of the Godhead. There are three eternal and co-equal Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  One Godhead made up of three Persons Who are the same in attributes, power, characteristics, and desires. (Heb. 1:8; Acts 5:1-3; Matt. 28:19; I Cor. 8:6; Col. 2:9; Matt. 3:16-17; I Jn. 5:7)

 

GOD THE SON

We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind.  We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal the Father, to redeem men, and to rule over Godís kingdom.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.  We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father.  (Matt. 1:20-21; Lk. 1:35-36; 2:10-11; Jn. 1:1-2, 14; 20:26-29; Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:13-19; Titus 1:3-4; 2:10, 13-14; 3:4-6; Heb. 1:1-9; I Pet. 1:3-5; Acts 1:9-10; I Jn. 2:1-2)

 

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person Who has personality and all the attributes of Deity.  We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind.  However, we believe He has a special ministry upon and through believers, which began at Pentecost, and will continue until the Rapture.  This ministry includes empowering believers for service; convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, indwell, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.  We believe that the Holy Spirit is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer.  God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the local assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry and exercise their spiritual gifts.  We do not believe that the filling of the Spirit necessitates chaotic manifestations that draw more attention to man than to God.  We believe that many of the early sign gifts (i.e. speaking in an unknown tongue Ė unlearned dialect or foreign language, etc.) were necessary for the propagation of the Gospel by the early church and as proofs of authenticity to the unbelieving Jews, and no longer are necessary for the fruitful work of the local church today.  (Matt. 3:16; I Jn. 5:7; Acts 5:3-4; II Cor. 13:14; Jn. 1:32-34; 14:16-17; 20:19-22; Acts 1:8; 15:8; Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19; 12:4-11, 28; II Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:20-22; 4:7-12; Heb. 2:3-4; Acts 2:4-11; I Cor. 1:22)

 

SIN

We believe the Scriptures teach that man was created in innocence, under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression he fell from that holy and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but by choice, being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. (Gen. 1:27; 1:31; Acts 17:26; Gen. 2:16-17; 3:6-24; Rom. 5:12, 19; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:9-18; Eph. 2:3; Rom. 1:18, 20, 32; 2:1-16; Gal. 3:10, 22)

 

SACRIFICE

The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. We believe that the Scriptures teach that His sacrifice was sufficient for all, but efficient only for those who exercise personal faith in the sufficiency of that sacrifice for their salvation. We reject the teachings of a limited or particular atonement.  He arose from the dead in the body in which He was crucified.  He ascended into Heaven in the glorified body, where He is seated at the right hand of God the Father as Head of the Church, making intercession for the saints as our High Priest. (Lk. 24; Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 5:8-10; Eph. 1:20-23; I Pet. 3:18; Jn. 3:16, 18; Acts 17:30; Heb. 2:9; II Pet. 3:9; I Jn. 2:2)

 

SALVATION

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process. (Jn. 1:12; 3:3-7; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; I Pet. 1:18-19)

 

THE ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER

We believe each believer, at the time he puts his trust in Jesus Christ, is born into the family of God and does instantaneously become a son or daughter of the living God.  We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by Godís power and are thus secure in Christ forever.  (Jn. 5:24; 6:37-40; 10:28-29; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; I Cor. 1:4-8; Eph. 1:13; I Pet. 1:4-5)

 

SECOND COMING

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is coming again in the air at any moment to ďraptureĒ up those that have received Him as their Personal Saviour and to reward their service. The unbelievers left behind will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ shall return visibly to the earth to set up His Kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule. After this, the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord. We believe in Christís imminent and bodily return; a literal seven year Tribulation upon the earth; a literal one thousand year rule of Christ upon the earth; a literal Great White Throne Judgment for the unsaved; a literal and eternal Lake of Fire where the unsaved will suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment; a literal Heaven where the saved will spend eternity with Christ Jesus their Saviour. (Matt. 24:29-42; Acts 1:6-11; l Cor. 15:51-58; I Thess. 4:13-18; I Cor. 3:8-15; 5:9-11; Is. 2:1-4; 11:1-16; 65:17-25; Matt. 5:29-30; 10:28; 23:14-15; Rev. 19:11-22:21)

 

SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD

We believe that all the saved are called unto a life of separation from all worldly and sinful practices. A person, once he has truly accepted Christ as Saviour, is a new creation in Christ and should live a holy, consecrated life.  He should separate himself from the world and all its lust in obedience to the command of God. We believe that all the saved should live in a manner that does not bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord. (Rom. 12:1-2; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Cor. 5:17; 6:14-18; I Pet. 2:9; II Tim. 2:19)

 

THE LOCAL NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH

We believe that a Scriptural church is a visible assembly of baptized (immersed) believers, covenanted together under New Testament law for the purpose of carrying out the Great Commission, with an unbroken history from the personal ministry of Jesus Christ on earth to this present day; that this church is a self-governed independent body having Christ as the Head, the Holy Spirit for its Guide, and the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice. The only Scriptural offices of the church are the bishop (Pastor) and deacons. The two ordinances of the local church are Believerís Baptism and Lordís Supper. On all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, etc. the will of the local church is final. (Mk. 16:15; Eph. 1:22-23; 3:21; I Tim. 3)

 

THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.  (Job 1:6-7; Is. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)

 

CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: (1) the home, (2) the local church, (3) the government.  Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and are governed by His Word.  God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities.  The home, the church, and the government are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; I Tim. 2:1-3; Heb. 13:17; I Pet. 2:13-14)

 

MISSIONS

We believe that God has given the local church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us.  (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Lk. 24:46-48; Jn. 20:21; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:20)

 

GIVING

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of Godís wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially.  We believe that God has established the tithe (10%) as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel.  (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; I Tim. 5:17-18; I Jn. 3:17)

This doctrinal statement does not exhaust the extent of our faith.  The Bible Itself is the sole and final Source of all that we believe.