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Germantown Baptist Church
Friday, December 15, 2017

What We Believe

   

GOD is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three personalities:

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are One God.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2;

Matthew 28:19;   1 Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14.

 

JESUS CHRIST is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless

human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross.

He arose  from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended

to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.                                           

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:15, 14:10-30;
Hebrews 4:14, 15; I Corinthians 15:3, 4;
Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13.



 

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 power for living, understanding of spiritual truth,

and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As

Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

 

II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17;
Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16.

 

THE BIBLE is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural

guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because

it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

 

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy 1:13;

Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5.

 

HUMAN BEINGS are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People

are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all

of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people

from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8: 3-6; Isaiah 53:6;
Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2.

 

SALVATION is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by

self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone

be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved.

Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

 

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6,1:12;
Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1.

 

BAPTISM is an outward display of an inward conviction that our old lives of sin are buried and a new

life has risen to live in Jesus Christ as "new creations".  Baptism means "to bury", thus to be immersed. 

Jesus' last commandment while on earth was "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing

them in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...". And so we are baptized after we have

heard the Word, and confess that we believe in Him and ask Him to forgive of us of our sins and come in to

our hearts.

Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:3&4; Acts 8:12;

Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12.

 

THE LORD'S SUPPER (COMMUNION) is a memorial to Christ, commanded by Christ on

the night before He died.  He said, "Do this in remembrance of me."  And so the cup and the bread is offered

to all believers in remembrance of Christ's sacrifice of His blood and His body for our sins.
 

 

Luke 22:17-20; Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25;
1 Corinthians 11:23-27.