The purpose of South Charlotte Baptist Church shall be…
- to establish a base of testimony of the Word of God (Matthew 16:13-19; Acts 9:31; Acts 14:21-28)
- to win the lost to Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8)
- to edify the saved (Romans 14:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24-25)
- to give emphasis to the fundamentals of the faith (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; Titus 1:9)
- to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 1:3)
- to evangelize the lost both at home and abroad by any scriptural means (Acts 1:8)
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
We believe in the verbal (every word) and plenary (complete) inspiration of the Old and New Testaments; that they are the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried. (II Timothy 3:15,16; II Peter 1:19,20,21; Revelation 22:18,19)
We believe in one triune God, the maker, preserver, and ruler of all things, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. (Genesis 1:26; II Corinthians 13:14; I John 5:7)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the deity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, perfect God and perfect man; that He is God manifested in the flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary; that He lived a sinless life on earth; that He died on Calvary’s cross as a satisfactory sacrifice for sinners; that His body was buried in and arose from Joseph’s tomb; that He ascended to Heaven and was glorified at God’s right hand; that He is coming again for His own and then to set up His Kingdom on earth. (Isaiah 7:14; II Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 1:18-25; John 16:67,8; John 1:1-14; Luke 1:35)
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
- We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity and is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son; that He convicts the world of sin and righteousness and judgment; that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration; that He indwells all believers and seals them unto the day of redemption; that He endues, teaches and guides believers. (John 14:16-18; John 16:7,8; John 3:5-7)
- We believe that at salvation (rebirth) the believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit and that the believer does not seek the Spirit’s baptism as an evidence of salvation. (Romans 8:9; John 14:26; Ephesians 5:18)
We believe that man was created by a direct act of God and not by any evolutionary process (Genesis 2:7); that man was created in God’s own image and in a state of innocency; that through his transgression sin entered into the world, and death by sin—not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is conscious and eternal separation from God; that consequently, his posterity inherit a corrupt nature, being born in sin and under its condemnation, and, as soon as they become capable of moral action, become actual transgressors. (Genesis 3:6-19; Romans 5:12; Psalms 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9)
- We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ “died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried; and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
- We believe that a person is saved when he repents of his sin and exercises faith by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.
- We believe that salvation is a gift of eternal life wholly by the grace of God without any merit or works.
- We believe that the atonement of Christ is not limited, but that God desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth; that it is not His will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; II Peter 3:9; Ephesians 2:8-9)
- We believe that believers have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.
- We believe that sanctification is a divine and progressive work of the Holy Spirit whereby God, upon the ground of the finished work of Christ on the cross, His present intercessory ministry, and His divine Word, sets the believer apart and works out in and through him, by means of a submissive will, that which is well pleasing to Himself through Jesus Christ.
- Sanctification is not a second work of grace that the believer should work for.
- We believe that sanctification culminates ultimately in the redemption of the body. (Ephesians 5:13; II Peter 3:18)
We believe that the local New Testament church is composed of regenerated, baptized believers, voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, edification, ordinances, fellowship and service; that the officers of the local church are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; that the mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity in the local community and to the uttermost part of the earth; that the local church has absolute right to self-government, free from the interference of any individuals or organizations, religious or political; that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel, with each local church as the sole judge of the measures and method of its cooperation; and that on all matters of membership, policy of government, discipline, benevolence, etc., the will of the local church is final. (Acts 2:41-47; Romans 1:7; Colossians 1:2; Acts 20:28,31; I Peter 5:1-5; Titus 1:5-8)
- We believe that Bible baptism is by immersion, the burial of the believer in water, thus setting forth in symbol his union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection; that every believer should be baptized because of the example of our Lord, and because of the command given by our Lord; and that while there is no saving power in water baptism, it is an act of obedience by those who are already saved to picture that they are dead, buried, and raised spiritually with Jesus Christ by faith in Him.
- Infant baptism is rejected as unscriptural. (Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:36-39; Titus 3:5)
THE LORD’S SUPPER
- We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance given to the church by the Lord Jesus Christ to remember and show forth the Lord’s death till He comes.
- The Lord’s Table should be open to all regenerated persons living in fellowship with and obedience to the Lord Jesus.
- The elements used in the Lord’s Table are symbolical and render in themselves no means of grace. (I Corinthians 11:25-32; Luke 22:14-20)
We believe that Satan is a supernatural person, a fallen angel, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the “god of this age, “the prince of the power of the air,” and the open and declared enemy of God and man; his destiny is eternal punishment in the lake of fire. (Ezekiel 28:1-19; Job 1:6-9; II Corinthians 4:4; Matthew 4:1-11; James 4:7; Revelation 20:10)
We believe in a literal Hell, the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, which shall be the place of eternal punishment of Satan, fallen angels, demons, and the unbelieving dead. (Luke 16:22-26; Revelation 20:12-15; Revelation 21:8)
We believe in a literal place called Heaven where God’s immediate presence is manifested, where the angels dwell, and where the redeemed shall ultimately dwell, from which Christ descended and to which He ascended again, where He maketh intercession for the saints, and from whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21)
THE ETERNAL STATE
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to everlasting life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
- We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery and torment until the second resurrection when, with spirit, soul, and body, they shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting punishment. (Revelation 20:11-15)
- We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where, in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (II Corinthians 5:6-8; I Corinthians 15; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
THE LORD’S DAY
We believe that the Lord’s Day, which is the first day of the week, the day of our Lord’s resurrection, is the proper day for regular Christian worship and service, and that it should be kept sacred to spiritual purposes by abstinence from unnecessary secular labor and activities becoming to the Lord’s Day. (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Hebrews 10:25)
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
We believe in the literal, bodily, personal, premillennial and imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ into the air to catch away all believers unto Himself before the tribulation period; also, we believe in the personal, visible and glorious return of Christ to the earth, with believers, at the close of the tribulation period to judge the nations and to set up His Millennial Kingdom on earth. (Acts 1:11; John 14:3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 24:42-44)
THE ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS
We believe that all the redeemed of God are kept by God’s power and are thus eternally secure in Christ forever. We believe that once a person is saved, he will always be saved. (John 10:27-29; II Timothy 1:12; Philippians 1:6)
- We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempts to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:24, 19:5, 13, 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
- We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)
- In keeping with our beliefs regarding human sexuality as expressed in this statement of faith and in keeping with our purpose as expressed in Article II, we have the following practical policies:
- All people are welcome to attend our regular worship services.
- Those who attend may not display behavior that is indicative of the sinful behaviors listed in (R) (i) of this section in church services, at church functions, and on the church grounds.
- Church representatives are not to display overt disrespect for those who are involved in the sinful behaviors listed in (R) (i) of this section.
- The pastor of the church will preach consistently against all forms of sinful behaviors as listed in (R) (i) of this section as well as other sinful behaviors.
South Charlotte Baptist Church will always be an independent Baptist church and will be unaffiliated with any religious bodies–any council, convention, association, or fellowship of churches, Baptist or otherwise. This church opposes all forms of apostasy, the charismatic or “tongues” movement, ecumenical evangelism, modernism, new age movement, new-evangelicalism, and other compromise of the fundamental truths of God’s Word. This church will not support any organization or denomination that has become apostate or which supports apostasy or compromises with apostasy.