Article of Faith from the Discipline of the Primitive Baptist Church

5th revised edition august 2003

ARTICLE I
WE BELIEVE in only one true and living God and the trinity of persons in the God-head, Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, and yet there are not three, but one. Reference Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:4; Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19; John 1:1,1:14, 1:16; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Peter 1:2; 1 John 5:7

ARTICLE II
WE BELIEVE the Scriptures of Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice.

Psalm 119:9-16; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 1:19-21

ARTICLE III
WE BELIEVE in the doctrine of eternal and particular election of a definite number of the human race and chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, that they should be holy and without blame before Him in love.

John 6:37, 7:2, 13:18-19, John 15:16; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:24-30, 11:7;  1 Thessalonians 1:4;  2 Timothy 1:9; Ephesians 1:1-4

ARTICLE IV
WE BELIEVE in a covenant redemption between God the Father, and God the Son.

Genesis 3:15;  Psalm 111:9; Romans 5:17; Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:17; Hebrews 9:11-12, 10:5-7

ARTICLE V
WE BELIEVE in the fall of man and the communication of Adam's sinful nature to his posterity by ordinary generation and their impotency to recover themselves from the fallen state they are in by nature by their own free will and ability.

Jeremiah 13:23; John 6:44; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 3:23.

ARTICLE VI
WE BELIEVE that all chosen in Christ shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and are effectually called, regenerated and born again.

Psalm 37:28; John 10:28; Acts 2:39; Romans 8:29-30; Colossians 3:3; II Timothy 1:8-9; Jude 1:1

ARTICLE VII
WE BELIEVE that sinners thus born again are justified in the sight of God alone by the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed to them by faith.

Romans 3:24, 5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 3:5

ARTICLE VIII
WE BELIEVE that faith is the gift of God, and good works the fruit of faith, which justify us in the sight of men and angels as evidence of our gracious state.

Matthew 5:16; Romans 3:20-24, 5:1, 8:1; James 2:18-19, 22.

ARTICLE IX
WE BELIEVE that all the Saints of God justified by the righteousness of Christ shall preserve in grace, and none of them finally fall away so as to be lost.

Deuteronomy 32:6; Psalm 12:5-7; John 1:12, 10:27-30; Romans 3:24-25, 3:38-39; Philippians 1:6; Ephesians 1:4; 2 Timothy 2:19; I Peter 1:5.

ARTICLE X
WE BELIEVE in the general judgment, both of the just and the unjust, and that joys of the righteous shall be eternal and the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting.

Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Daniel 12:2’ Matthew 25:32-34; John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:11-15

ARTICLE XI
WE BELIEVE that the visible Church of Christ is a congregation of Baptized Believers in Christ adhering to a special covenant, which recognizes Christ as their only lawgiver and ruler, and His word their exclusive guide in all religious matters. It is complete in itself and independent under Christ of every other church organization. It is alone a religious assembly, selected and called out of the world by the doctrine of the Gospel to worship the true God according to His Word.

Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Ephesians 4:3-7,13, 5:23, 27, 32; Colossians 1:18 Revelation 2:7

ARTICLE XII
WE BELIEVE that the Scriptural officers of the church are: Pastor and Deacon, whose, qualifications and duties are defined in 1Timothy 3rd chapter and Titus 1st chapter.

Philippians 1:1;  Acts 20:17, 21; Hebrews 13:17

ARTICLE XIII
WE BELIEVE that Baptism is immersion of a believer in water by a proper administrator (an ordained Elder) in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:12-16; Acts 8:36, 39; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12

ARTICLE XIV
WE BELIEVE that only an ordained Elder has a right to administer the ordinances of the Gospel, such as have been properly Baptized, called, and come under the imposition of the presbytery by the authority of the Church of Christ.

Acts 9:15, 13:1-3, 14:23; Ephesians 4:11-14; Titus 1:5.

ARTICLE XV
WE BELIEVE that only regularly baptized and orderly Church Members have a right to communion at the Lord’s Table.

Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Luke22:17-20; I Corinthians 5:7-11, 11:17-29.

ARTICLE XVI
WE BELIEVE in Washing of the Saint’s Feet in an assembly of believers immediately after the Lord’s Supper. 

John 13:2-17; I Timothy 5:9-10.

 
 

 

 

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