Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church Edwardsville Illinois

What We Believe

LITTLE FLOCK PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH’S

ARTICLES OF FAITH


 

1st We believe in one God, and that the Father, Son or Word, and the Holy Ghost are one God, eternal, immutable, infinite in wisdom, power, justice, holiness, mercy and truth (1 John 5:7; John 1:1; 1 Corinthians 8:6).

2nd We believe that the scriptures comprising the Old and New Testaments, are of divine authority, and they are to be taken as the only rule of faith and practice, and we wish to use the King James Version (2 Timothy 3:13-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Matthew 24:35; Psalm 119:160).

 3rd We believe that in the transgression of Adam, he fell under the condemnation of God’s holy law and that all his posterity were corrupted in him, and so are condemned in sin, and have neither will nor power to deliver themselves from this state and condemnation (Romans 5:12; Romans 3:10-11; John 6:44-45; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

4th We believe that God chose a definite number of particular persons of the fallen posterity of Adam in Christ before the foundation of the world to salvation. The reason for this choice is wholly of grace, and is unconditional on the part of man (Ephesians 1:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Romans 9:11).

5th We believe that God has predestinated the elect unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of His will (Romans 8:14-15; Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 1:4-5; Romans 8:23).

6th We believe that the Lord Jesus, who was set up from everlasting to be the mediator between God and man, did in the fullness of time really and truly take upon Himself a human body and nature, sin excepted. He was born of the virgin, Mary, lived a sinless life, then suffered, bled, and died as the surety of the elect in their room and stead, and for no others (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 9:15; Hebrews 5:5, 7-8; Hebrews 4:15; Luke 1:26-27, 30-31; Matthew 1:18).

7th We believe that Christ hath obtained eternal redemption for the elect; His life, suffering, blood, and death constituting a complete a full atonement for their sins, and that this is the only ground of justification before God (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 5:8-11).

8th We believe that being born again is not the act of man, nor does it result from what he may believe or do; but it is the work of God, who gives eternal life, thus quickening the sinner, which causes him to be aware of his sin, and to feel the need of a Saviour (John 1:12-13; John 3:3-5; 1 Peter 1:22-23).

9th We believe that all the bodies of the race of Adam will be raised to the Resurrection, and that the joys of the Righteous and the punishment of the wicked shall be eternal (John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:46; Acts 24:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:49-54; Philippians 3:20-21).

10th We believe that none who are born again will fall away so as to be lost, but that they will persevere though grace to glory (John 10:28; Romans 8:38-39; 1 Peter 1:3-5).

11th We believe that the gospel is to be publicly preached only by men called of God for that purpose. It is to be preached in all the world as a statement of truth, and as a witness of Jesus for the comfort and instruction of regenerated men and women; but deny that it is to offer grace to the unregenerate or that it asserts there is an obligation resting upon the unregenerate to believe that Jesus is their Saviour (Matthew 24:14; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 5:42; Romans 10:13-15; 2 Timothy 1:11; 2 Timothy 4:2).

12th We believe that good works, obedience to the commands of God, are well pleasing in His sight, and should be maintained in the church; but they are to be considered only as evidence of a gracious state, and are not a condition of eternal salvation (James 2:17-18; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 2:12-13; Matthew 5:16; John 14:21).

13th We believe that baptism, an ordinance of the church, is to be administered only by regularly ordained elders, standing at the time of administering in the fellowship of the church. Believers who give evidence of having been regenerated are to be baptized by immersion in water on profession of his or her faith in the man of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:16-17; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 8:36-39; Acts 2:37-38).

14th We believe that the Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of the church and should be observed in the church until the coming of Jesus at the end of the world, and that unleavened bread and wine should be used, of which none are to be invited to partake but members of the church and of other churches of like faith and order (Luke 22:13-14; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 11:24-26; Acts 2:42-43; Acts 20:7, 10-11).

15th We believe that those who give proof that they are called of God to the ministry, by edifying the church in that exercise, should be ordained by a presbytery and set apart to that work (1 Timothy 4:14; Ezekiel 2 & 3; Titus 1:4-9).

16th We believe that the church should choose members of its body who have the proper qualifications for the office of deacon. They should be ordained by a presbytery and set apart to that work (Acts 6:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:12-13).

17th We believe that the act of the Saviour in washing His disciples’ feet was to serve as an example for His disciples, and should be observed in the church; however, it is not recognized as an ordinance and shall not be held as a bar of fellowship (John 13:1-15; 1 Timothy 5:9-10; Luke 7:37-38).