These basic doctrines within Brookridge Baptist Church Statement of Faith represent what we believe to be core elements of biblical teaching.
Bibliology: The Doctrine of the Scriptures
We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration of Scripture, meaning the original writings in their entirety and every word thereof is inspired (God-breathed). The writers were superintended by the Holy Spirit so that what they wrote was truth without admixture of error. Furthermore, we believe that God is actively preserving His written word, and that it will never pass away. Therefore we believe that it is the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds and opinions. By the Bible we mean that collection of 66 books, Genesis through Revelation. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; Matt 5:18; John 10:35)
Theology: The Doctrine of the One True God
We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that they are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 2Corinthians 13:14).
Christology: The Doctrine of Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and visible return to earth.
Pneumatology: The Doctrine of 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 convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the Agent of the New Birth and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God. (II Corinthians 13:14; John 14:116-17; Romans 8:14-27).
Angeology: The Doctrine of Angels
We believe in the existence of created beings called angels. These spirit beings are generally invisible but have some unknown form. There are holy, elect angels and unholy fallen angels (demons) The elect angels minister on behalf of God to the nations of the world, and to believers. The fallen angels chose to follow Lucifer (Satan), who is the unholy god of this age, author of all powers and darkness, sin and temptation, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire. We believe that demons are evil spirit beings that do the bidding of Satan. (Matthew 4:1-3; II Corinthians 4:4, Revelation 20:10; Matthew 8:28-34; Acts 19:11-16).
We believe in the literal Genesis account of creation, that God created the heavens and the earth including all life, "each after its own kind" by direct act, and not by any process of evolution. (Genesis 1:2; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:3).
The Fall of Man
We believe that man, in the person of Adam, was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born in sin and shaped in iniquity and become willful sinners and so are without excuse before God. (Genesis 3; Romans 5:10-19).
Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation
We believe that Salvation is entirely of grace through the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ who paid the full redemptive price, fully satisfied God's righteous demands by shedding His blood at the cross of Calvary for man's guilt taking His penalty, and imputed to man His perfect righteousness reconciling him to God; that salvation is made effective to man only upon his exercise of personal faith in, and the acceptance of the crucified and risen Christ, which faith is not a work of merit but possible only by the grace of God. (Romans 3:22-28; Romans 5:1,2; II Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe that progressive sanctification involves separation not only from ungoldy living but also from ungodly teaching; that, though we love all men and seek their salvation, there are areas in which we cannot have fellowship with unbelievers; that, in areas of ecclesiastical fellowship, it may be necessary to separate even from our brethren in Christ, if they in turn maintain fellowship with unbelievers.
(II Corinthians 6:14-18; II Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; Romans 12:1,2; Revelation 22:18-19).
Ecclesiology: The Doctrine of the Church
We believe that the universal church, which is Christ's body, is composed of all true believers (those who have been born again through a personal acceptance of Christ as Savior) from Pentecost to the Rapture; that this church was brought into being on the day of Pentecost by the Holy Spirit's baptizing into one body all who were believers at that time; that on the day of Pentecost and since that time, others have been and are being added to the church as they
personally accept Christ as Savior; that at the Rapture this church will be complete and will be caught up to be unified with Christ as His bride; never to be separated from Him. (Acts 2:1-13; 41-47; I Corinthians 12:13;I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We further believe that the church universal is manifest through the local church which is a body of baptized (immersed) believers with Scriptural Officers (Pastors and Deacons) gathering in any one place, organized to carry out the ordinances (baptism and the Lord's Table) to teach the Word of God for the edification and equipping of believers and to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth for the salvation of the lost. We believe the local church should exercise the gifts, rights and privileges invested in it by His Word, that it has the absolute right of self-government directed by the Holy Spirit and it is answerable only to Christ, and that in all matters of membership, policy, government, discipline and benevolence, the will of the local church is final. (Matthew 28:18-20; I Timothy 3:1-5; Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 2:41-47)
Of the Ordinances
We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called "Believer's Baptism." It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of local church membership. We believe that baptism should be in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The Lord's Supper is the commemoration of our Lord's death until He comes and our continual fellowship with Him, and should be preceded always by careful self-examination. (Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-32; Matthew 28:19).
Of the Eternal Security of the Believer
We believe all who take Christ as their Savior, and are born again from above, are eternally secure in Christ. They are placed immediately into the “household of God.” Eph. 2:19; 1:14-15; Jn. 10:28-29; 1Pet. 1:3-5; Rom. 8:32-39.
Of the Trinity
We believe in God the Father, the infinite, personal Spirit, just and perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
(I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 1:3, 4:6).