WE BELIEVE

CHURCH COVENANT

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ. We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations. We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion, to religiously educate our children, to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances, to walk circumspectly in the world, to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment, to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger, to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour. We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech, to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Saviour to secure it without delay. We moreover engage that, when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Bible

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, given by Divine verbal inspiration, without error in their original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority and the perfect rule of faith and practice. 2 Tim 3:16-17; I Thessalonians 2:13; 2Peter 1:19-21

Creation

We accept the Genesis account of creation and believe man came by direct creation of God and not by evolution. We believe God made man upright in His own image, a proper subject of moral government, but our first parents rebelled against his holy command, and by their disobedience, subject themselves and all mankind to a state of total despair, having neither ability to help themselves, nor the disposition to seek relief from their Creator. Gen 1:1-2; John 1:3; Col 1:16-17; Romans 5:18-21

The Triune God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: namely, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Who is the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of the universe. Ex 3:14; Isa 44:6; Matt 28:19; John 1:1; Col. 1:16-17

Incarnate God

We believe that God the Father so loved this world that He gave His only begotten Son to be a mediator between God and sinful man; who was really God and man, born of the Holy Spirit and of the virgin Mary. Gen 3:15, Isa 7:14; Matt 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4; 3:16.

Salvation

We believe God is just in justifying them that believe on Jesus, and that there is salvation in no other way but by receiving Jesus Christ in all His offices by faith, even such a faith as works by love and is attended by godly sorrow for sin, and influences us to a cheerful obedience to all of God’s commands with love toward all mankind. John 3:6-7, 14:6; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Cor 5:17, 19; 2 Pet 1:4

Substitutionary Atonement

We believe that the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ made full satisfaction to Divine justice for sin by reason of which pardon and salvation are freely offered to all men who believe. Isa 53:11; Acts 12:39; Rom 5:1, 8-9; 8:1.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, who convicts the world of sin, regenerates, indwells, baptizes, seals and sanctifies all who become children of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. John 16:7-8, 13-14; Rom 8:14, 16; I Cor 6:11, 19, 12:13; Eph 1:13-14, 4:30. We do not believe the Holy Spirit is the operative of the present day “Charismatic Movement”. We believe this ‘Movement’ is a counterfeit of Satan, to slow an aggressive and biblically accurate church ministry.

Great White Throne Judgment

We believe that the wicked dead shall be raised to stand with the wicked living before the throne of God to be judged to eternal, conscious punishment in the lake of fire. Rev 20:11-15

The Second Coming of Christ

We believe the pre-tribulational , pre-millennial, personal return of Jesus Christ in the air to receive His church, dead and living, unto Himself, and that He shall return to earth with His church to establish His righteous kingdom. Luke 1:32; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thess 4:13-18; Rev 20:6

Angels

We believe in the existence of both good and wicked angels, and in the personality of Satan or the Devil, who is a created being. He is the unholy god of this age, and the author and ruler of all darkness, and is destined to the judgment of the lake of fire. Matt 4:11; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2, 6:12; Rev 12:9-11, 20:10-15.

The Universal Church

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, composed of all born-again believers, who are united by the Holy Spirit to the risen and ascended Son of God, that by the same Spirit, we are all baptized into one body; and thus being members one of another. We are responsible to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, rising above all sectarian prejudices and loving one another with a pure heart, fervently. All baptized believers are strongly urged to affiliate with the local church. Matt 16:16-18; Acts 2:32-47; Rom 12:5; I Cor 12:12-27; Eph 1:20-23, 4:3-10; Col 3:14-16; Heb 10:25.

The Local Church

We believe that the local church is a congregation of regenerated, single immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and friendship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His Word; that its officers are Pastors and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures. We believe the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing of Christ to all men. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interferences of an hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith, and for the furtherance of the gospel; that each local church (based upon the Scriptures) is the sole judge of the measure and methods of its cooperation; on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final. Acts 2:41-43; I Cor 11-2; Eph 1:22-23, 3:24, 4:11; Acts 20:27-28; I Tim 2:17; Col 1:18.

Baptism and Communion

We believe that the only two ordinances given and entrusted to the local church were baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Christian baptism is the single immersion of a believer in water to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to a local church membership. There is no saving grace in baptism; it is merely a symbol. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a privilege to all true believers in commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes; and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. The New Testament pattern is believe, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, the breaking of bread. Neither is there any grace in the Lord’s Supper. Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-39; Rom 6:33-36; I Cor 11:23-28; Col 2:12; John 3:23; Matt 3:16, 28:19-20.

Separation of Church and State

We believe in separation of church and state.  We believe that civil government is a Divine appointment, for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed, except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and coming Prince of the kings of the earth.  Ex 18:21-22; 2 Sam 23:3; Dan 3:17-18; Matt 22:21; Acts 5:20, 4:19-20, 23:5; Rom 13:17.

Christian Living

We believe that Christians should live separate from this present world in its evil ways, worldly amusements and unclean habits; that we should set our affections on things above, be careful to maintain good works, and walk worth of the vocation wherewith we have been called.  Rom 12:1-2; 2 Cor 6:14, 17, 7:1; Eph 4:1, 5:11; Col 3:1-2.

Marriage and Human Sexuality

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s naturally-born sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. (Gen 1:26-27)

We believe that marriage as defined by God in Scripture as the joining of one naturally born man and one naturally born woman. (Gen 2:22-25; Rom 7:2; 1 Cor 7:10; Mt 19:4-6; Eph 5:22-23)

We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgenderism, bestiality, incest, fornication, and adultery (as well as any other aberrant sexual practices) are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. Because of the divine command to end such practices, persons engaged in any of the aforementioned activities, or holding such beliefs, shall not be granted the privileges of marriage, ordination, or church membership. (Gen 2:24, 18:20, 19:5-7, 13; Ex 20:14; Lev 18:1-30; Dt 23:17; Rom 1:24-32; 1 Cor 5:1, 13; 6:9-18; 1 Thes 4:1-8; Heb 13:4; Jude v.7)

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Five Mile Baptist Church as a local body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to our members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Five Mile Baptist Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage and Human Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14- 16; 1 Thes 5:22)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are neither in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Five Mile Baptist Church.

The Family

We believe God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. The family is instituted by God through marriage, the uniting of one naturally-born man and one naturally-born woman in covenant commitment for life. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. Marriage is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church; it provides the framework for intimate companionship for the married man and the woman, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. Gen 1:26-28; 2:15-25

We believe that the marriage relationship is to model the way Christ relates to His bride the church. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband, even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. While being equal with her husband, she has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation. Gen 2:18

We believe that children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. Ex 20:12, Dt 6:4-9, Josh 24:15, 1 Sam 1:26-28

Lawsuits Between Believers

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32; Matt. 18:15-17).