Beliefs

As a member of Eastside Baptist Church (Mebane, NC; Pastor Chuck Perkins), I wholeheartedly affirm my church’s statement of faith detailed below. This is only a summary of the beliefs to which I ascribe.  While not all matters are addressed by these words, most of the fundamental and distinctive doctrines that I hold to strongly are addressed.

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The Scriptures
The Old and New Testament Scriptures were written by men divinely inspired, and are the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:19; Matthew 24:35; Luke 24:44; Luke 14:15, 21-26; Luke 17:17)

The Godhead
There is one God, and only one, who is self-existent, eternal, and infinite in every excellence, and who revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the same in essence, though distinct in personality. (Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10; Deuteronomy 6:4; Deuteronomy 32:4; John 1:1-13; I Timothy 3:16; Revelation 1:8; John 14:25; John 15:26; I Corinthians 3:16; I Corinthians 12:11; Matthew 28:19)

The Fall of Man
Man was created innocent. By disobedience of the command of God he fell, thereby losing his innocence, becoming subject to death and to eternal displeasure of God. (Genesis 1:27, 31; Genesis 3:1-6; Psalm 9:17; Psalm 14:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Isaiah 56:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Matthew 23:46; Romans 1:18, 32; Romans 2:1-16; I Corinthians 15:22; I John 1:8)

Human Sexuality
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. (Genesis 2:24; Genesis 19:5, 13; Genesis 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)

We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. (Genesis 2:24; Romans 7:2; I Corinthians 7:10; Ephesians 5:22-23)

We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and woman in the home and church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:18; I Timothy 2:8-15; I Timothy 3:4-5, 12)

Way of Salvation
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, cam into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood as an atonement, and making it available to all who exercise faith and repentance on Him. (John 1:14, 29; Luke 1:26-35; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:20-26; John 3:14-16; Galatians 6:14; Matthew 26:28; Acts 16:31; John 6:35)

Justification
The result of the heart acceptance of Jesus Christ is justification, whereby pardon is secured and we are brought into a state of peace and favor with God. (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 4:4-5; Romans 5:1)

Repentance and Faith
The human means by which this result is secured is repentance and faith whereby we turn unto God in sincere contrition and accept Jesus Christ as an all sufficient Savior. (Acts 2:38; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 7:25)

Purpose of Grace
God has His purpose of grace in the salvation of men. These purposes are made effectual by the giving of His Son, and in the constraining and regenerating power of the Holy Ghost upon all who sincerely believe on Christ. But these purposes do not contravene the freedom of man’s will, nor render inoperative the proclamation of the gospel to all. (Ephesians 1:4; John 3:6-8; John 6:44; John 1:12-13; I Peter 1:2; James 1:18; John 16:7-11; Ephesians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13; John 5:40; Romans 10:13-16)

Sanctification
Sanctification is the process by which the regenerate gradually attain to moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in their hearts. It continues throughout their earthly life, and is accomplished by the use of all the ordinary means of grace, and particularly the Word of God. (John 17:15-17; Acts 20:32; Romans 6:3-7; Romans 8:17-28; II Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 3:14-21; Hebrews 12:14; I Thessalonians 4:3; I Thessalonians 3:23; I John 2:9; Philippians 2:12-13)

Perserverance
Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God; but they are “kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation,” the sure proof of this being their patient and continuance and progress in righteousness and true holiness. (Romans 8:35-39; I Peter 1:5; John 10:27-29; Hebrews 3:14; Matthew 24:13; II Peter 1:3-4)

Ordinances
The ordinances of the gospel are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” and symbolizes the fact of regeneration. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His dying love, and symbolizes the fact that the believer is continuously fed and nourished by Christ. In its observances the Lord’s Supper is to be placed after baptism, according to its symbolic and historic order and is required by the teaching of the New Testament. (Matthew 3:6, 13-17; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:5, 9-11; Mark 16:16; John 3:5, 23; Acts 8:36-38; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; John 6:51-63; Acts 2:41-42; I Corinthians 11:23-29)

The Gospel Church
The Church Spiritual includes the whole company of believers of whatever name, age, or country, and is known only to the eye of God. The Church Local is a company of believers baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and observing ordinances, and principles laid down in the New Testament. (Colossians 1:18;  Ephesians 5:27; Ephesians 2:19-21; Ephesians 1:22-23; I Corinthians 12:27-28; I Corinthians 1:2; I Corinthians 11:2; Romans 6:17; II Timothy 1:13)

The Lord’s Day
The first day of the week is to be observed as the Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath. (John 21:19, 26; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2)

Civil Government and Religious Liberty
Civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; and magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of Christ, who is the only Lord of conscience, and the Prince of the kings of earth. (Romans 13:1-7; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; Acts 4:18-20)

Return of the Lord Premillenial
Jesus Christ is to come again, judge the nations, and fill the earth with His glory and power. (Matthew 24:25-51; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:16-17; II Thessalonians 2:3-8; Revelation 1:7; Revelation 20:1-6)

The Resurrection
There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust. The just for blessedness and reward, the unjust for judgment and eternal doom. (Daniel 12:2; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; Luke 20:35-38; I Corinthians 15:22-24, 42-58; Matthew 25:31-46; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20)

Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty of every Christian man and woman, and the duty of every Church of Christ to seek to expand the gospel to the ends of the earth. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rest thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life. It is also expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by by all other methods sanctioned by the gospel of Christ. (Matthew 10:5-15; Matthew 13:1-23; Matthew 22:8-10; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16, 19-20; Luke 24:46-53; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 2:1-4, 21, 39; Acts 8:1-40; Acts 10:42-48; Acts 13:1-3, 30-33; II Corinthians 5:19-21; I Thessalonians 1:1-8)

Stewardship
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are, we owe to Him. We have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in our possession. We are therefore under obligation to serve Him with our time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to us to use for the glory of God and helping others. Christians should cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally contribute of their means to advancing the Redeemer’s cause on earth. (Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 23:23; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 12:41-48; Acts 2:44-47; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 8:1-15)

Cooperation
Christ’s people should, as occasion requires, organize such associations and fellowships as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over each other or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct energies of our people in the most effective manner. Individual members of the New Testament churches should cooperate with each other in carrying forward the missionary, educational, and benevolent program for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. Christian unity in the New Testament sense is spiritual harmony and voluntary cooperation for common ends by churches of like faith, when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament. (Ezra 1:3-4; Ezra 3:68-69; Ezra 5:14-15; Nehemiah 4:4-6; Nehemiah 8:1-4; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 10:5-15; Matthew 20:1-16; Matthew 22:1-10; Acts 1:13-14, 21-26; Acts 2:1, 41-47; I Corinthians 1:10; I Corinthians 3:1-15; I Corinthians 11:12; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 9; Ephesians 4:1-16; III John 5-8)