What We Believe

The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith. The Church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of “The Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost people. The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

As a local fellowship of believers, we at Lake Arlington Baptist Church hold to the following doctrinal beliefs and ask that all incoming members agree with the following statements of belief:

 

The Godhead (Trinity):

We believe in the one true and living God, the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, and Ruler of all things.  God is Holy and in Him there is no sin.  He is totally worthy of our worship and service.  He is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable and is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

     God the Father:

God, as Father, reigns over His entire universe with providential care.  He is all-powerful, all-loving, and all-wise.  He is fatherly in attitude toward all men but is Father, indeed, to those who have become children of God through Jesus Christ, who will deliver them into the Father’s hands.

Genesis 1:1; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 6:9; Acts 1:7; 1 Corinthians 8:6, 15:24; Ephesians 4:6

 

     God the Son, Jesus Christ:

Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co‑equal with the Father.  Jesus, while upon the earth, was God revealed in the flesh.  He was both fully God and fully man.  He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, died a substitutionary death on the cross, was resurrected bodily from the grave, ascended to heaven, and currently sits at the right hand of God.  He is coming again personally and visibly to claim His bride, the Church, and will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 52:12-53:12; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 20:28; 26:37-39; John 1:1-18; 1:29-34; 10:30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14

 

      God the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit is co‑equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right.  He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s) when they are saved to be used in ministry to others.  As Christians, we seek to live daily under His control.

John 16:7‑13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18

 

The Bible:

We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were “moved by the Holy Spirit” to write the very words of Scripture.  The Bible is therefore without error (inerrant) in its original manuscripts.  God has supernaturally preserved the Bible and it is the sole and final authority for faith and life, providing encouragement, guidance, comfort and instruction for training in righteousness.

2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

 

Man:

We believe that man is made in the spiritual image and likeness of God, to be like Him in character.  Man is the supreme object of God’s creation.  However, through the original disobedience of the first humans, mankind fell from His creator and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death.  He became corrupt in his whole nature through an attitude of disobedience God calls sin.  Because every person is marred by sin, all of mankind is therefore separated from God and without hope apart from salvation in Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3‑6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21

 

Salvation:

We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross provides the sole basis for forgiveness of sins and salvation, which is the free gift of God’s grace.  Salvation is affected by the regeneration work of the Holy Spirit and cannot be secured by man’s works or personal merit.  Salvation is only appropriated by a person placing his faith in the finished work of Christ.  Once a person has trusted Christ, they are “sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption” and the Lord continually works out His salvation in Him by making them more like Himself.  Salvation will, one day, be culminated when we are in Heaven with Christ.

Ephesians 1:7, 13-14; John 1:12-13; 3:1-7, 14-16; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 1:16; 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-10, 4:30; Romans 8:14-17, 31-39; John 10:27-29, 14:6; Acts 26:20; 1 Peter 1:3‑5

 

The Church:

We believe that the church (composed of all believers throughout the world) is the spiritual organism of which Christ is the Head.  The local church (a portion of the body of Christ) is an autonomous (self-ruled) group of believers who have organized themselves to do the work of God’s ministry. The church exists to worship God, disciple and care for believers, and to evangelize a lost world.  The two church ordinances in which all believers are to participate are water baptism (by immersion) and the Lord’s Supper.

Matthew 3:13-17; 16:13-19; 28:18-20; Mark 14:22-26; Acts 2:38; 8:38-39; 18:8; 20:17-18,28; Romans 6:1-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-11; 1 Peter 5:12