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WHAT WE BELIEVE

Preface

We believe that the authors of the Bible, not the readers, determine the meaning of it. Therefore,

on matters of doctrine, we cannot assume the Scriptures to mean anything other than what they

were intended to mean originally. We hold this statement of faith to be authoritative for matters

pertaining to church practice.

A. The Scriptures

The Bible was written by divinely inspired men and is God’s revelation of Himself and His

will to man. The Bible in its entirety is the Word of God, and as such is wholly true in

everything it affirms. The Scriptures are the unique, full, and final authority on all matters of

faith and practice. (Ps. 18:30, 119; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 3:15-16; Rev. 22:18-19).

B. God

The Godhead exists eternally in three persons in perfect unity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

These three persons are one God, and are worthy of precisely the same confidence,

obedience, and worship. God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving, and all-wise. (Mt.

28:18-19, Mk. 12:29, Jn. 1:14, Acts 5:3-4)

1. God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow

of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in

truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, yet He remains

fatherly in His attitude toward all men (Gen. 1:1, 2:7; Ex. 3:14, 6:2-3, 15:11ff, 20:1ff,

Lev. 22:2; Dt. 6:4, 32:6; 1 Chr. 29:10; Ps. 19:1-3; Isa. 43:3,15, 64:8; Jer. 10:10, 17:13;

Mt. 6:9ff, 7:11, 23:9, 28:19; Mk. 1:9-11; Jn. 4:23-24, 5:26, 14:6-13, 17:1-8; Acts 1:7;

Rom. 8:14-15; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 4:6; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:6, 12:9; 1 Pet. 1:17).

2. God the Son

The Son of God has existed from eternity past and became incarnate in the person of

Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus, who is the Christ, the preexistent Son of God, in the flesh is

fully God and fully man. Jesus was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. He taught and

worked mighty works, wonders and signs as recorded in the four Gospels. He was

crucified, died as a propitiation for our sins, and was later raised from the dead, bodily,

on the third day. Later, He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He is head of the

church and intercedes for believers. He will come again personally, bodily, and visibly to

this earth (Matt. 16:27; Acts 1:11; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 15:3-8; Heb. 1:2, 2:17, 4:15).

3. God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God and possesses all the divine attributes. He exists to bring glory to

the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, indwells all believers, and baptizes

and seals them at the moment of salvation. He uniquely endows each believer with gifts

for the building up of the body. He guides believers in understanding and applying the

Scriptures and empowers them to lead a life of Christ-like character (Jn. 16:7-15; Rom.

8:9; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:30; Gal. 5:22-23).

 

C. Providence

God, from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds,

directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet He is not the author or approver of sin

nor does He destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures (Prv. 16:33; Isa.

46:9-11; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Jas. 1:13-15).

D. Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in God’s own image. God created them male and

female as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and

was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. The sacredness of human personality is

evident in that God created man in His own image; therefore, every person of every ethnicity

possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love (Gen. 1:26-30).

E. Sin

By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the

temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God and fell from his original

innocence, whereby his future generations inherit a nature and an environment inclined

toward sin and evil. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become

transgressors and are under condemnation. (Gen. 3; Rom. 1:19-32, 3:10-23, 5:6-19, 6:6; Eph.

2:1-3).

F. Salvation

God the Father, by His sovereign choice and His love for mankind, sent His Son, Jesus, into

the world to bring people back into fellowship with Him through regeneration. Regeneration

is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those dead in trespasses

and sins, enlightening their minds to understand the word of God, and renewing their whole

nature in the act of salvation. This salvation, with its forgiveness of sin, is a gift, wholly a

work of God’s grace, not the result of human works, and this salvation must be personally

appropriated by repentance and faith, resulting in God declaring believers righteous through

the merit of Christ. Through sanctification, beginning in regeneration, the believer is set apart

to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the

presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue

throughout the regenerate person's life. All those whom God has regenerated will never

totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace but shall certainly persevere to the end.

Though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, they shall be renewed again

unto repentance and be kept by the power of God through faith unto the culmination of

salvation. (Mk. 1:15; Jn. 6:37-40, 10:28-29; Rom. 3:23, 5:8, 8:28-39; 1 Cor. 1:8-9; Eph. 2:8-

9; Phil. 1:6; Heb. 12:5-6; 1 Jn. 5:12-13).

G. The Church

The Lord Jesus is the head of the church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in

Him is invested supremely all power for its government. There is one universal church which

is comprised of all who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. According to His

commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular, local churches; and to

each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering that order,

discipline, and worship which He has appointed. Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of the church,

and he has appointed under shepherds (elders) as leaders of local churches. The regular

ordinances of a church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Mt. 26:26-29, 28:19; Jn. 10:16;

Acts 2:38, 20:17, 28; Rom. 6:3-5; 1 Cor. 10:16-17, 11:23-34, 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23, 5:23; 1

Tim. 3:1-13, 5:17-18; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Heb. 10:25)

1. Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is

immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, as a

sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and

of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to

church membership.

2. The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements

of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the

world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but it is designed to commemorate His death and to be

a bond, pledge and renewal of a believer’s communion with Him, and of their church

membership, preceded always by solemn self-examination.

H. Marriage and Sexuality

The gift of sex as male and female is part of the goodness of God’s created order and is the

fundamental and universal biological distinction of the human race. This divinely ordained

distinction is therefore a part of the core of the body-soul unity that determines the essence of

human nature and is significant in its image-bearing capacity. Consequently, this biological

distinction is integral to God’s design for self-conception as male or female. It is therefore

not possible to sever the connection between one’s gender and one’s biological sex at birth.

Marriage is the covenantal union of one man and one woman, before God, in an exclusive,

lifelong, public relationship, meant to reflect the beauty of Christ’s love for his redeemed

church and God’s ordained means for procreation. Sexual intimacy, when enjoyed within the

confines of marriage, exists as a good gift from God and serves as a metaphor for the

intimacy of our spiritual union with Christ. Any form of sexual intimacy outside the marriage

covenant corrupts this divine intention and therefore constitutes immorality. (Gen. 2:18-25;

Matt. 15:18-20; Mark 7:21-22; Rom. 1:21-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 6:18; 7:2-5; Eph. 5:21-33; 1

Tim. 1:9-10; Heb. 13:4; Jude 7).

I. Last Things

The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God—the

righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved for the final judgment. The bodies of

all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised. God has appointed a day, wherein He will

judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the

wicked shall go into everlasting and conscious punishment; the righteous, into everlasting

life (Mt. 25:46; Jn. 5:22-29; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:6-11; 1 Cor. 15:12-28; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Phil.

1:23; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2 Tim. 4:8; Rev. 7:13-17, 14:9-11).

In addition, Infinity Church affirms the “Baptist Faith and Message 2000” adopted by the

Southern Baptist Convention as our larger statement of faith with scriptural references.

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