Our Doctrine

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 United Baptist flows from God’s Word. For a more detailed account and description of our doctrine, feel free to request a doctrinal statement from the church office.


THE SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.  We believe that God has preserved His Word for every age.  We accept the preservation of the Old Testament through the Hebrew Masoretic text; and we accept the preservation of the New Testament through the Textus Receptus.  Therefore, we use only the King James Version. (II Tim. 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 119:160; Psalm 12:6-7)


THE TRUE GOD

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme. Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (I Cor. 8:6; John 4:24; Matt. 28:19)


THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and He is both the Son of God, and God the Son. Who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience and by His death, made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that his atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection. He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior. (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Eph. 2:8; Rom. 3:24; I Cor. 15:3)


THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; and in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; for He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
(John 14:16-17; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:14)


SALVATION

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Jesus Christ; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God. We believe that the great Gospel which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works or righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood. His righteousness is imputed unto us. (John 3:3; II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5: 22; Acts 13:39; Rom. 5:1; Gal. 3)


THE CHURCH

We believe that a local church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that is officers of ordination and pastors or elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission.(Acts 2:41; Acts 2:42; Col. 1:18)


THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST

We believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face and full value. Of the resurrection, we believe that Christ arose bodily “the third day according to the Scriptures”; that He ascended “to the right hand of the throne of God”; that He alone is our “merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God”; “That this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven” “bodily, personally and visibly; that the “dead in Christ shall rise first”; that the living saints “Shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump”; “that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David”; and that “Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until he hath put all enemies under His feet.”     (I Cor. 15:4; I Thes. 4:16; I Cor. 15:42-44)