Doctrinal Statement

 

Mt.Tabor Baptist Church is a Local, Independent, New Testament, Baptist Church.

Local – A called out assembly of baptized believers to worship, praise, serve and to evangelize the world with the Gospel of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

Independent – We are not associated nor members of any convention, or national organization.

New Testament – The church’s doctrine and practices are founded in the New Testament.

Baptist – The Bible is our only rule of faith and practice. The mode, method, and meaning of scriptural baptism.

The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family. We believe the Bible and teach it to be perfectly true. Every belief and teaching of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church comes from God’s Word.

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the revealed Word of God, fully and verbally inspired of God. We believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God, as found within the 66 books from Genesis to Revelation. We believe God not only inspired every word, but has preserved them through the ages. We believe the King James Version is the preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people and therefore we only use the King James Bible!  (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:15-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21).

 

 

God

We believe in one God, who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance, yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; I John 4:4).

Son

We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Savior 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 God, to redeem men, and to rule over God’s kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man’s sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the time of receiving His church at the rapture, and returning seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1,000 years (Psalm 2:7-9; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6, 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25; Romans 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 2:5; I Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; I Peter 1:19, 2:2; I John 1:3; Revelation 20:1-6).

 

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 which began at Pentecost and will continue until the rapture. This ministry includes convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6; John 14:16; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:15; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; I Corinthians 12:13).

Sin and Salvation

We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Savior. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe salvation is by grace through faith and NOT OF WORKS!!  We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior are already condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire.   (Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 5:6-12; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14)

Eternal Security of the Believer

We believe that once you are truly “saved”, you are saved forever!  The Bible teaches we are “kept by the power of God” and not our own ability. (John6:37,10:28-29,1Pe 1:5)

 

The New Testament Church

The church that Jesus Christ established in the New Testament is a visible, organized, and spiritual organism. It consist of individuals that have repented and have received by faith Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. They have been baptized {immersed} in water, to identify with their Savior, Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection and to enter into church membership. The church is the Body of Christ “members in particular” and Jesus Christ is “the head of the body, the church:” 1 Corinthians 12:18

The church began (at least in seed form) with the calling out of the twelve apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local church is God’s only institution to carry out His work today. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the rapture, just prior to the tribulation (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15; Acts 2:1-4; 41-43; Acts 11:15; Acts 20:28; I Corinthians 15: 51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14; Ephesians 5:25-30; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Timothy 3:4-15).

The Last Days

We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church saints, followed by the seven-year tribulation. We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth and His literal rule of one thousand years. Following this one thousand years is the Great White Throne judgment and then the new heaven and new earth (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Thessalonians 5:1-9; Revelation 19-22).

Missions

We believe in the Great Commission.  We believe it is the work of the church to evangelize the lost in our local area, our country, as well as support missions worldwide.        (Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)

 

Christian conduct

We believe a Christian should live their life in a way that honors God and his word.  As ambassadors for Christ, it is our responsibility to represent him as well as possible. Christians should live holy, separated, clean lives as best as possible, while not looking down on those who don’t. As a Christian, it is your responsibility to present yourself a living sacrifice to God and to NOT be conformed to the world.  Christians should love one another, pray for one another, and help each other as much as possible.  We believe every believer should be faithful to God, to the Holy Bible, and to the Church services.        (2Cor 5:20; Titus 2:11-12; Rom 12:1-2; John 15:12&17; Heb 10:25)

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