Articles of Faith

 Faith Baptist Church
 Covington,  Virginia

OF  THE SCRIPTURES

We  believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it
has truth without any admixture  of error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the
age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center
of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct and opinions should be
tried.By "The Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation,
which, as originally written does not only contain and convey  the Word of God but IS the very Word of God.
By "Inspiration" we mean that  the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved 
by the Holy Spirit, in  such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally
inspired and free  from error, as no other writings have ever or ever will be inspired.

THE  TRUE GOD

We  believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite
intelligent 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 redemption.

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 was active in the Creation, and in His relation to  the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God ’s purpose is
fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgement and of righteousness; that
He bears witness to  the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the
New Birth; that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.

OF  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 on God ’s Son, and the judgement of an eternal justice in hell, a place  prepared for him and  his angels.

OF  THE CREATION

We  believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted  literally, and not allegorically of 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 developments through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all
animals and vegetable life were made directly, and God ’s established law was  that they should 
bring forth only "after their kind." We believe that Genesis 1:1 is the  record on the heavens and the earth being brought into existence in a basic form
on the first day of  the Creation Week; that this work plus the work of bringing light into the  existence constitute, not two works of God widely separated by millions or  billions of years,  but, the two works of God on Day One of Creation Week; that each of the six  days, plus the seventh day of rest, in Creation Week was, not an age, but, a day such as each day in  the command of God to work six days and to rest one day.

OF  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 by constraint, but by choice; and therefore
under just condemnation without defense or excuse.

OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH

We  believe that Jesus Christ 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 He is both the Son of God, and God the Son.

OF THE 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 divine law by His personal  obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins;  that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for  the unjust, Christ the Lord, bearing our sins 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 every way  qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient  Savior.

OF 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 in Jesus Christ; 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, the free gift of God; that the  new creation  is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by  character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and 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.

OF  THE FREENESS OF SALVATION

We  believe in God's electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free  to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by  a cordial, penitent  and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest  sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which  rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
 
OF  JUSTIFICATION

We believe that the great Gospel 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 or righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's  blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.

OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH

We  believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations; and also inseparable  graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby,
being deeply  convicted of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of Salvation by  Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord  Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient  Savior.

OF THE CHURCH

We  believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers  associated by a 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 of ordination are  pastors or  elders and deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined  in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is found in  the Great  Commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the Church;  Third, to teach and instruct as He commanded. We do not believe in the reversal  of this order; 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 Spirit; that  it is Scriptural For with each other in contending for the faith and for the  furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole and only 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.

OF BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S  SUPPER

We  believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; in the  name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of  the local  church, 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 to  the Lord's Supper; in which the members of the church by the sacred use of bread  and the  fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ, preceded  always by solemn self-examination.

OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE  SAINTS

We  believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end; that their  persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them
from superficial  professors, that a special Providence watches over their welfare; and that they  are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation.

OF  THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

We  believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous  and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of
the Lord Jesus, and  sanctified by the 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 this distinction holds among men both  in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting
conscious sufferings  of the lost.

OF  CIVIL GOVERNMENT

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 only 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 earth.

OF  THE RESURRECTION AND RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS

We  believe in and accept the sacred Scriptures upon these subjects at their face  and full value. Of the resurrection, we believe that Christ arose bodily "the
third day according  to the Scriptures;" that He ascended "to the right hand of the throne of God;"  that He alone is our "merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God;" "That this same Jesus which is taken up from you  into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye have seem Him go into
heaven"-bodily, personally and visibly; that the "dead in Christ shall rise first;" that the living saints "shall be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;" "that the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David;"  and that "Christ shall reign a thousand years in righteousness until he hath put  all enemies under  His feet."We believe that, seven years before Christ returns to set feet on  the earth and to rule one thousand years over all the peoples of the earth, He  will appear in the clouds in the air; "the dead in Christ shall rise;" that "we who are  alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet  the Lord in the air;" that  the rise and rule of the Anti-Christ, and terrible judgments of God, shall come  to pass during the seven year period of time between the appearing of Christ  in the air to call  out His saints, living and dead, and His return to earth to rule over all  peoples for one thousand years.

OF  MISSIONS

We  believe that the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and  unmistakable and this commission was given to the churches.

OF  THE GRACE OF GIVING

We  believe that God's method of financing His earthly work of spreading the Gospel  to all nations; the care of the churches and the support of the ministry is  by the tithes and  offerings of His people. That it is to be given to the Lord through His church  or storehouse to be distributed as directed by the leadership of the Spirit as the need arises. The time to tithe is upon the first day of  the week. That everyone is accountable to the Lord for one-tenth of his income  and that tithing was  instituted long before the law was ever given and was practiced by the early  church.

Covenant


 As a bond of  unity among us Faith Baptist Church accepts for its members
the following covenant.

Having been led by the Holy Spirit to  receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and
on profession of our faith in  Him, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son,  and of
the Holy Spirit, we do most  solemnly and Joyfully enter into covenant  with one another as one body in  Christ.

We  promise that we will watch over  and counsel one another in the spirit of
brotherly love, that we will remember  one another in our prayers, and that we
will aid each other in sickness  and distress. .

We  further agree, 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 give it a sacred
pre-eminence over all institutions of  human origin: and 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  further covenant to maintain  family and private devotion; to religiously
educate our children; to see  salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to
live carefully in the  present 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
everything that will cause our brother to  stumble or that will bring reproach
upon the cause of Christ; and to  strive to grow in the grace and
knowledge of our Lord and Savior, that amidst  evil and good report we will
humbly and earnestly seek to live to the honor and glory of Him who
loved us and gave Himself for us.

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.
 
(The above is a  copy of. the original Church Charter and Covenant signed by our
Charter Members  on October 28, 1975)

Charter

 In the year of  our Lord, October 28, 1975
 
WE, the  undersigned, relying on the  guidance of the Holy Spirit and by the signing of
our names hereto do  agree and covenant with the Lord Jesus Christ
and with one another that we do  constitute ourselves as Charter
Members of the Faith Baptist Church,  Covington, Virginia.

FURTHER,  we,  the  undersigned, each declare and confess with our faith wholly in the
Lord  Jesus Christ for salvation by the experience of the new birth that
we have  been Scripturally baptized and therefore are qualified to be  Members.

 ALSO, we, the  undersigned, do believe in those great distinctive principles for which born
  again Christians have ever stood, namely:

1.  The pre-eminence of Christ as our  Divine Lord and Master

2.  The supreme authority of the Bible  and its sufficiency as our only rule of
faith and practice

3.  The right of private  interpretation and the competency of the individual soul
in direct approach to  God

4.  The absolute separation of Church  and State

5.  The regenerate church  membership

6.  The beautiful symbolic ordinance  of believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper in
obedience to the command of Christ

7.  The complete independence of the  local church and its inter-dependence in
associated fellowship with other churches

8.  The solemn obligation of majority  rule, guaranteeing equal rights to all and
special privileges to none

9.  A world-wide program of missionary  fervor and evangelism in obedience to the
final command of the Lord

10.  The personal, imminent,  pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ
 
AND,  we,  the undersigned, accept the  doctrines of the Articles of Faith included herein;
and, accept the duties of  the Church Covenant included herein; we
assemble ourselves together as  the Faith Baptist Church, and adopt for our plan
of outreach,  government, and service the by-laws included  herein.

Mission Statement

The  purpose of  Faith Baptist Church is to glorify God through the
development of  mature followers of Christ through Exaltation,
Evangelism, Education  and Empowerment. (Matt. 28:18-20)

  A church is a   living organism, constantly changing, never the same. Because the church is
  alive there is need for constant change. Changing to adjust and adapt to
the people we are called to serve. It is exciting to look back over the  years
and see how God has led us in our change. It is even more exciting to  consider
the prospect for the future. What exciting changes lie ahead  for  this body of believers? But even as much as the
church changes, it  remains the same. Our purpose is the same, to tell a lost and dying world about  Jesus
Christ and to encourage believers to grow in their walk with the   Lord. Our methods may change but
our message never will for it is  timeless. It is our prayer that God will use this Home Page to help you
  become familiar with our church and our church family. That you will  occasionally visit this Home Page
and look through the pages, as  you do  you will be moved to give thanks to God for placing you in the body of
  believers. We continue to count it a real privilege to serve you.  In  the words of the Apostle Paul, "I thank my God upon every
 remembrance of  you..."