River Valley Baptist Church
A Church Family That Cares

Statement of Faith

THE SCRIPTURES

 We believe that the Holy Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are verbally, plenarily, and inerrantly inspired of God and that they constitute the absolute authority in all matters of faith and life. 2 Tim. 3:16,17; 2 Pet.1:21; Matt. 24:35; Psalm 119:89

 

THE GODHEAD

 We believe in the Trinity, a triune Godhead, being eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; equal in all their attributes. Deut. 6:4; Gen.1:2,26; John 1:1-13; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 3:14; Rev.1:8,17,18

 

MAN'S CREATION AND FALL

 We believe that man was made in the image of God, a special creation of God and not a product of evolutionary development. However, man disobeyed his Creator and incurred spiritual death, total corruption and divine condemnation. Because of this, man is a sinner by nature and practice and is in need of Divine redemption. Gen. 1:26,27; 2:16; 3:6; Rom. 3:10,23; 5;12,18; John 3:18,36

 

THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST

  We believe in the deity and humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ, one Person possessing two natures, making Him very God and very man. In His deity, He is Creator and Sustainer of the universe; in His humanity, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, virgin born of Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death for sinners, arose bodily from the grave, ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, where He ever intercedes as a Mediator for the righteous. John 1:1,4; Luke 1:31-35; Phil. 2:7,8; Col. 1:16,17; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7;  Heb. 1:3


THE HOLY SPIRIT

 We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Godhead, who convicts, regenerates, indwells, seals all believers in Christ and fills those who are yielded to Him. We believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows gifts to all believers for the purpose of maturing and strengthening the Body of Christ but that some gifts are permanent while others were temporary, given only in the apostolic age until the completion of the New Testament. John 6:44; 16:8,11,13,14;Titus 3:5; John 3:5; 1 Cor.12:13; Eph.1:13; 4:30; 1 Cor. 13:8; Eph. 5:18

 

SALVATION


We believe that salvation is the free gift of God which can only be appropriated when an individual recognizes he is a sinner and turns to Jesus Christ as the only sufficient payment for man's sins, placing his personal faith in His finished work on the cross. Since salvation is wholly of grace and cannot be earned in whole or in part by our works, the believer is eternally secure in Christ. Rom. 5:15; 6:23; Eph. 2:8,9; John 1:12; Rom. 10:9-13; Titus 3:5; Acts 16:31; John 5:24

 

THE CHURCH

 We believe in the historic Baptist belief that a scriptural church is a assembly of believers meeting in some local place with Pastors and Deacons as the only recognized biblical officers; sovereign and autonomous in deciding matters of church policy and affiliation; and composed only of individuals who profess to have been born again and have been immersed in water, according to the Scriptures, upon their confession of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Acts 2:1,41,42; Phil. 1:1; Titus 1 :5; 1 Tim. 3:1-15

 

LAST THINGS

 We believe that our Blessed Hope is the imminent return of the Lord to rapture His Church. This event is followed in order by the seven year Tribulation period, the Second Coming of Christ to the earth to rule for one thousand years, and the Great White Throne judgment of the lost. This sequence of events will issue in the conscious states of everlasting punishment for the unsaved and everlasting blessing for the redeemed. 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; Titus2:13; 2 Thess.1:7-9

 

DISPENSATIONALISM

 We believe that the Scriptures, interpreted in their natural, literal sense, demonstrate that God has progressively revealed Himself in successive dispensations and that the present dispensation is that of the Church. While the revelation of God may have differed through the ages, the means by which man must be saved has always been the same: through faith. We believe that a careful study of the Scriptures reveal a distinct as well as separate plan for Israel and the Church, contrary to the teaching of many modern movements. John 1 :17; 2 Cor. 3:6-18; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1 :10; Col. 1 :14-27; Gen. 17:8; Deut. 30:3; 2 Sam.7; Jer. 31:33

 

CHRISTIAN LIFE AND SERVICE

 We believe that the fulfillment of the Great Commission is the responsibility of every believer, that he is to be a personal soul-winner, that he is to disciple new converts, and that he is to enlist them in the life of the local church. In the accomplishment of this commission, we believe that one must be personally separate from sin and be separate from religious apostasy and ecclesiastical ecumenism which denies the fundamentals of the faith. Matt 28:19,20; 1 Cor. 5:11; 6:19,20; 2 Cor 6:14-18

 

SATAN

 We believe that Satan is a spiritual being, the author of sin and the cause of the fall of Adam; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; Rev. 20:10

 

DESTINY OF THE REDEEMED & LOST

 We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord; and that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall be made to appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting punishment. 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1 :23; 3:21; 1 Cor. 15:51-53; Rev. 20:4,5,11-15; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1 :7-9

 

THE ORDINANCES

 We believe that there are only two ordinances to be participated in by the local church. They are: Baptism and The Lord's Supper. We believe that baptism is to be administered only to those who have made a conscious decision for Christ and therefore reject infant baptism as a legitimate ordinance. We believe the mode of baptism is full immersion in water, and therefore reject sprinkling and pouring as a legitimate means of baptism. The very word "baptize" is a transliteration of a Greek word meaning "immerse or submerge." The symbolic nature of baptism points to a "burial" and history points to immersion as the form in the early Church. We reject the doctrine of "transubstantiation"or "consubstantiation" for the Lord's Supper and also the Reformed theology of the presence of Christ in the elements. The Lord's Supper is to be a symbolic remembrance of our Lord's suffering and death on the cross for our sins and imparts no grace, saving or otherwise to the individual, but rather is to be considered a "memorial". Acts 2:41,42; 8:36-39; Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:23-26

 

BIBLE TRANSLATIONS

 In a day when there is much confusion over the versions of the Bible, we accept and use only the "authorized" or King James Version of the Holy Scriptures We believe that in accordance with Psalm 12:6,7 and Matt. 24:35, God has preserved His Word through the Masoretic Hebrew Text for the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus Greek Text for the New Testament and that the King James Version of the Bible is a true and faithful translation of these two providentially preserved texts.

 

MODERN RELIGIOUS TRENDS

 We believe that the Modern Ecumenical Movement (which denies the fundamentals of the faith), are, in these last days, a result of an unscriptural interpretation of the Bible, and that careful study would reveal that unification of all forms of professing Christendom (ecumenism) contradicts obedience to the Word of God. 1 Cor. 5:11, Eph.5:1-7