We are an Independent Baptist Church located in the Heart of Middlebury.
We believe that the Holy Bible as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of spirit-controlled men, therefore is truth without any mixture of error for its matter. We believe the Bible to be the true center of the Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21
THE TRUE GOD
We believe there is one and only one living and true God, and infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of the redemption.
Exodus 20:2, 3; 1 John 5:7; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, that He is the agent of the New Birth; and that he seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies, and helps the believer.
John 14:16, 17; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 9:14; John 14:26; Luke 1:35; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; Luke 24:49; Rom. 8:16; Rom 8:26, 27; Gen. 1: 1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; John 3:5, 6; Eph. 1:13, 14; Mark 1:8
JESUS, THE CHRIST
We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his premillennial, personal return in power and glory.
THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's great tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness – destined however to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Rev. 12:9; Jude 6; II Peter2:4; Eph. 2:2; John 14:30; I Thess. 3:5; Matt. 4:1-3; I Peter.5:8; I John 3:8; Matt. 13:39; Luke 22:3-4; Rev. 12:10; II Cor. 11:13-15; Mark 13:21-22; I John 4:3; II John7; I John 2:22; Rev. 13:13-14; II Thess. 2:8-11; Rev. 19:11,16, 20; Rev. 12:7-9; Rev. 20:1-3, 10; Matt. 25:41
We believe in the Genesis account of creation and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and God’s established law was that they should bring for only “after their kind.” Since God created mankind into genders distinctly male and female, we believe that the only legitimate marriage is that between a man and a woman. He has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God rejects any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance.
Gen. 1.1; Ex 20:11; Acts 4:24; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; John 1:3; Rev. 10:6; Rom. 1:20; Acts 17:23-26; Jer. 10:12; Neh. 9:6; Gen. 1:26-27; Gen. 2:21-23; Gen. 1:11; Gen. 1:24
THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not only constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense of excuse.
Genesis 3:1-6, 24; Romans 5:12; Romans 5:10-19; Romans 1:18; Romans 1:32
THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can ever be born of woman, and that He is both the Son of God and God, the Son.
Genesis 3:15; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:4
HE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the devine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and cicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but as a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust; Christ, the Lord, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven, and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.
Eph. 2:8; Acts 15:1-11; Rom. 3:24; John 3:16; Matt. 18:11; Phil. 2:7; Heb. 2:14; Isa. 53:4-7; Rom. 3:25; 1 John 4:10; 1 Cor. 15:3; 2 Cor. 5:21
GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation of Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, in the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; 1 John 5:1; John 3:6, 7; Acts 16:30-33; 2 Peter 1:4; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; 2 Cor 5:19; Col. 2:13; John 3:8
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is Justification;
- That Justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life, on principles of righteousness;
- That it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood, His righteousness is imputed to us.
Acts 13:39; Isaiah 53:11; Zech. 13:1; Rom. 8:1; Rom. 5:1 & 9
FAITH AND SALVATION
We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and repentance are the only conditions of salvation.
(Acts 16:31); Saving faith through the hearing of the Gospel (Rom. 10:17) which brings Godly sorrow, repentance, then salvation. 2 Cor. 7: 9, 10
THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them 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 as we have the opportunity. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Ghost; 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 is the sole judge of the measure and method 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, 41; 1 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22, 23; Eph. 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Tim. 3:17; Col. 1:8; Eph. 5:23, 24; Acts 15:13-18
BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of His death, until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Acts 8:26-39; John 3:23; Rom. 6:3-5; Matt. 3:16; Col. 2:12; 1 Cor. 11:23-28
THE SECURITY OF THE SAINTS
We believe that all who are truly born again are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ.
Phil. 1:6; John 10:28, 29; Rom. 8:35-39; Jude 1
THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and His distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Mal. 3:18; Gen. 18:23; Rom. 6:17, 18; 1 John 5:19; Rom. 6:23; Prov. 14:32; Luke 6:24; Matt. 25; 34-41; John 8:21; Rom. 7:6
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human 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 the coming Prince of the kings of the earth.
Rom. 13:1-7; 2 Sam. 23:3; Ex. 18:21, 22; Acts 23:5; Matt. 22:21; Acts 5:20; Acts 4:19, 20; Dan. 3:17, 18
THE RESURRECTION, PERSONAL, VISIBLE, PREMILLENNIAL, PRETRIBULATION RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS
- We believe in the Bodily Resurrection - Matt. 28:6, 7; Luke 24:39; John 20:27; 1 Cor. 15:4; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:2-6.
- The Ascension - Acts 1:9-11; Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 12:2.
- The High Priesthood - Heb. 8:6; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 2:17; Heb. 9:28
- The Second Coming - John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16; James 5:8; Heb. 9:28
- The Resurrection of the Righteous Dead - 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:42-44; 1 Cor. 15:52
- The changes of the Living in Christ - 1 Cor. 15:51-53; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Phil 3:20, 21.
- The Throne of David - Luke 1:32; Isa. 9:6, 7; Acts 2:29, 30.
- The Millennial Reign - 1 Cor. 15:25; Isa. 32:1; Isa. 11:4, 5; Psa. 72:8; Rev. 20:14; Rev. 20:6