Trentside Baptist Church

What We Believe

 

1. THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (Psalm 119:89, 1Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

2. GOD
We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Exodus 20:2-3, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 2:9, Matthew 28:19, , Matthew 3:14-17)

 

3. CHRIST
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return. (Colossians 2:9, Colossians 1:17, Isaiah 7:14, 1 Peter 2:22-24, Romans 1:1-4, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 7:25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

 

4. THE HOLY SPIRIT 
We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit who convinces of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 14:16-17, John 14:26, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-11, Romans 8:1-14, 1 Corinthians 12:13)

 

5. SATAN
We believe Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the archenemy of God and man. (Isaiah 14:12-17, Ezekiel 28:11-19, Ephesians 6:12, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Revelations12:9, 11 )

 

6. MAN
We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 51:5, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)


7. SALVATION
We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.(Ephesians 2:8-10, 1 Peter 18-23, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13, 2 Peter 1:4, Hebrews 9:22, Romans 5:1-19, John 10:28-29)

 

8. FUTURE THINGS
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgement and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked. (Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, John 5:28, Revelation 20:11-15)

 

9. LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independant body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and priviledges under the Lordship of Christ, the great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are the pastor and elders. (Matthew 16:18, Acts 2:41-47, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-16)

 

10. ORDINANCES
We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order:

1. Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ's command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, buriel and resurrection. (Matthew 3:13-16, Acts 8:36-39, Matthew 26:26-30, Romans 6:3-5)

2. The Lord's Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolizes the Lord's body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. (Matthew 26:26-30, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

 

11. THE CHURCH AND STATE
We believe in the entire separation of church and state. (Matthew 22:21, Acts 4:18-20, Acts 5:27-29)

 

12. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs. (Acts 5:27-28)

 

13. THE LORD'S DAY
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise. (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Revelation 1:10)

 

14. CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth. (Romans 13:1-7, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 1 Peter 2:13-17, Titus 3:1, Acts 5:29, Mark 12:17)