Calvary Missionary Baptist Church

Magee, MS

7/10/2013 

This Church accepts the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired word of God’s revelatory actions in human history and as the authoritative basis for its doctrine and practice. The confession of faith drawn up and adopted by this Church is regarded as an expression of the essential doctrine of grace as set forth in the Scriptures. These beliefs are primarily those set forth in the New Hampshire Baptist Confessional of 1833, The 1689 Baptist Confessional for the 21st Century and The Baptist Faith and Message Statement summarized as follows:

1               Scriptures: We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction:(1) that it has God for its author, salvation for its end,(2) and truth without any mixture of error, for its matter;(3) that it reveals the principals by which God will judge us;(4)  and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union,(5) and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried.(6)

(1) 2Tim 3: 16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Sam 23:2; Acts 1:16; (2) 2 Tim 3: 15;  1 Peter 1: 10-12; Acts 11:14; Rom 1:16; (3) Prov 30:5,6; John 17:17; Rev 22:18, 19; Rom 3:4; (4) Rom 2:12; John 12:47,48; I Cor 4:3,4; Luke 10:10-16; (5) Phil 3:16; Eph 4:3-6; Phil 2:1,2; (6) 1 John 4:1; Isa 8:20; I Thess 5:21; 2 Cor 13:5.

2               The True God: We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, and infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth;1 inexpressibly glorious in holiness,2 and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love;3  that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;4  equal in every divine perfection,5 and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.6

(1) I John 4:24; Ps 147:5; Ps 83:18; Heb 3:4; Rom 1:20; (2) Exd 15:11; Isa 6:3; 1 Peter 1:15, 16; (3) Mark 12:30; Rev 4:11; Matt 10:37; Jer 2:12, 13; (4) Matt 28:19; John 15:26; I Cor 12:4-6; I John 5:7; (5) John 10:30; John 5:17; 14:23; 17:5, 10; Acts 5:3,4; (6) Eph 2:18; 2 Cor 13:14; Rev 1:4, 5.

3               Fall of Man:  We believe that man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker;1 but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy and happy state;2 in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners,3 not by constraint, but choice;4 being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin,5 without defense or excuse.6

(1)Gen 1:27; Gen 1:31; Eccl 7:29; Acts 17:26-29; (2) Gen 3:6-24; Rom 5:12; (3) Rom 5:19; John 3:6; Ps 51:5; (4) Isa 53:6; Gen 6:12; Rom 3:9-18; (5) Eph 2:1-3; Rom 1:18; Rom 1:32; 2:1-16; Gal 3:10; (6) Ezek 18:19, 20; Rom 1:20; Rom 3:19; Gal 3:22.

4             The Way of Salvation: We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace;1  through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God;2  who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin;3  honored the divine law by his personal obedience,4 and by his death made a full atonement for our sins;5  that having risen from the dead he is now enthroned in heaven;6  and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfections, he is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.7

(1) Eph 2:8; Matt 18:11; I John 4:10; (2) John 3:16; John 1:1-14; Heb 4:14; 12:24; (3) Phil 2:6,7; Heb 2:9, 14; 2 Cor 5:21; (4) Isa 42:21; Phil 2:8; Gal 4:4, 5; (5) Isa 53:4, 5; Matt 20:28; Rom 4:25; (6) Heb 2:8; Heb 1:3; 8:1; Col 3:1-4; (7) Heb 7:25; Col 2:9; Heb 2:18; Heb 7:26; Ps 89:19.

5               Justification:  We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ1 secures to such as believe in him is Justification;2 that Justification includes the pardon of sin,3 and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness;4 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;5 by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God;6 that it brings us unto a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for the time and eternity.7

(1) John 1:16; Eph 3:8; (2) Acts 13:39; Isa 53:11, 12; Rom 8:1; (3) Rom 5:9; Zech 13:1; Matt 9:6; (4) Rom 5:17; Titus 3:5-7; I Peter 3:7; (5) Rom 4:4, 5; Rom 5: 21; 6:23; Phil 3:7-9; (6) Rom 5:19; Rom 3: 24-26; 4:23-25; I John 2: 12; (7) Rom 5:1, 2; Rom 5:3; Rom 5:11; I Cor 1:30, 31; Matt 6:33.

6               The Freeness of Salvation:  We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel;1 that it is the immediate duty of all that accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith;2 and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel;3 which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.4

(1) Isa 55:1; Rev 22:17; Luke 14:17; (2) Rom 16:25, 26; Mark 1:15; Rom 1:15-17; (3) John 5:40; Matt 23:37; Rom 9:32; (4) John 3:19; Matt 11:20; Luke 19:27.

7               The Grace In Regeneration:  We believe that , in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again;1 that regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind;2 that it is effected, in a manner above our comprehension, by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth,3 so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel;4 and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.5

(1) John 3:3; John 3:6, 7; I Cor 2:14; (2) 2 Cor 5:17; Ezek 36:26; Deut 30:6; (3) John 3:8; John 1:13; James 1:16-18; I Cor 1:30; (4) 1 Peter 1:22-25; I John 5:1; Eph 4:20-24; Col 3:9-11; (5) Eph 5:9; Rom 8:9; Gal 5:16-23; Eph 2:14-21.

8               Repentance and Faith:  We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God;1 whereby, being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ,2 we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for mercy;3 at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.4

(1) Mark 1:15; Eph 3:2, 8; 1 John 5:1; (2) John 16:8; Acts 2:37, 38; Acts 16:30, 31; (3) Like 18:13; Luke 15:18-21; James 4:7-10; (4) Rom 10:9-11; Acts 3:22-23; Heb 4:14.

9               God’s Purpose of Grace:  We believe the Election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners;1 that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in connection with the end2 that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable;3 that it utterly excludes boasting, and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of his free mercy;4 that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree;5 that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the gospel;6 that it is the foundation of Christian assurance;7 and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.8

(1) 2 Tim 1:8-9; Eph 1:3-14; I Peter 1:1; (2) 2 Thess 2:13-14; Acts 13:48; John 10:16; (3) Exod 33:18-19; Eph 1:11; Rom 9:23, 24; (4) I Cor 4:7; I Cor 1:26-31; Rom 3:27; Rom 4:16; Col 3:12; (5) 2 Tim 3:10; I Cor 9:12; John 6:37-40; (6) I Thess 1:4-10; (7) Rom 8:28-31; Isaiah 42:16; Rom 11:29; (8) 2 Peter 1:10, 11; Phil 3:13; Heb 6:11.

10            Sanctification:  We believe that Sanctification is the process by which , according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness;1 that it is a progressive work;2 that it is begun in regeneration;3 and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means, especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer.4

(1) I Thess 4:3; I Thess 5:23; 2 Cor 7:1; 2 Cor 13:9; (2) Prov 4:18; Heb 6:1; 2 Peter 1:5-8; (3) I John 2:29; Rom 8:5; John 3:6; (4) Phil 2:12-13; Eph 4:11, 12, 30; Eph 6: 18; I Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18.

11            The Perseverance of Saints:  We believe that such only are real believers as endure unto the end;1 that their persevering attachment to Christ is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors;2 that a special Providence watches over their welfare;3 and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.4

(1) John 8:31; I John 2:27, 28; 3:9; (2) I John 2:19; John 13:18; (3) Rom 8:28; Matt 6:30-33; Jer 32:40; Ps 121:2.

12            The Harmony of the Law and the Gospel:  We believe that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his moral government;1 that it is holy, just, and good;2 and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts arises entirely from their love of sin;3 to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the gospel, and of the means of grace connected with the establishment of the visible Church.4

(1) Rom3:31; Matt 5:17; Luke 16:17; (2) Rom 7:12; Rom 7:7, 14, 22; Gal 3:21; (3) Rom 8: 7,8; Josh 24:2-4; Rom 10:4; Heb 8:10; (4) Rom 8:2-4; Rom10:4; Heb 8:10; 12:14.

13            The Gospel Church:  We believe that a visible Church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers,1 associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel;2 observing the ordinances of Christ;3 governed by his laws;4 and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his word;5 that its only Scriptural officers are Bishops, or Pastors, and Deacons,6 whose qualifications, claims, and duties are defined in the epistles to Timothy and Titus, and Acts of the Apostles.

(1) I Cor1:1-13; Matt 18:17; Acts 5:11; 11:21-23; I Cor 4:17; (2) Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 2:47; I Cor 5:12, 13; (3) I Cor 11:2; 2 Thess 3:6; Rom 16: 17-20; I Cor 11: 23-34; Matt 18: 15-20; (4) Matt 28:20; John 14:15; 15:12; I John 4: 21; (5) Eph 4:7; I Cor 14:12; Phil 1:27; (6) Phil 1:1; Acts 14:23; 15:22; I Tim 3; Titus I

14            Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:  We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer,1 in the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost;2 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;3 that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a Church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper;4 in which the members of the Church, by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ;5 preceded always by solemn self-examination.6

(1) Acts 8:36-39; Matt 3: 13 – 17; Matt 3:5,6; John 3:22, 23; 4:1,2; (2) Matt 28:19; Acts 10:47,48; Gal 3:27, 28; (3) Rom 6:4; Col 2:12; I Peter 3:21, 21; Acts 22:16; (4) Acts 2: 41, 42; Matt 28:19, 20; (5) I Cor 11:26; Matt 26: 26-29; Mark 14: 22-25; (6) I Cor 11: 28; I Cor 5: 1, 8; 10: 3-32; 11: 17-32.

15            The Christian Sabbath:  We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day, or Christian Sabbath;1 and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes,2 by abstaining form all secular labor and sinful recreations;3 by the devout observance of all the means of grace, both private4 and public;5 and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for that people of God.6

(1) Acts 20:7; Gen 2:3; col 2:16, 17; Mark 2:27; (2) Exod 20:8; Rev 1:10; Ps 118:24; (3) Isa 58: 13,14; (4) Ps 118:15; (5) Heb 10: 24, 25; Acts 11:26; (6) Heb 4:3-11

16            Civil Government:  We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society;1 and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed;2 except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ,3 who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.4

(1) Rom 13:1-7; Deut 16:18; 2 Sam 23:3; Exod 18: 21-23; (2) Matt 22:21; Titus 3:1; I Peter 2:17; (3) Acts 5:29; Dan 3:15-18; 6: 7-10; Acts 4: 18-20; (4) Matt 23:10; Rom 14:4; Rev 19:16; Ps 72: 11

17            The Righteous and the Wicked:  We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked;1 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;2 while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse;3 and this distinction holds among men both in and after death.4

(1) Mal 3:18; Prov 12:26; Isa 5:20; Gen 18:23; (2) Rom 1:17; Rom 7:6; I John 2:29; I John 3:7; Rom 6:18, 22; I Cor 11:32; (3) I John 5:19; Gal 3:10; John 3:36; Isa 57: 21; Ps 10:4; (4) Prov 14:32; Luke 16 (parable of the rich man); John 8:21-24; Prov 10:24; Luke 12: 4,5; 9: 23-26.

18            The World to Come:  We believe that the end of the world is approaching;1 that at the last day Christ will descend from heaven,2 and raise the dead from the grave to final retribution;3 that a solemn separation will then take place;4 that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy;5 and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

(1) I Peter 4:7; I Cor 7: 29 –31; Heb 1: 10-12; Matt 25:31; 28:20; (2) Acts 1:11; Rev 1:17; Hbe 9:28; Acts 3:21; I Thess 4: 13-18; (3) Acts 24:15; I cor 15: 12-58;Luke 14: 14; Dan 12:2; (4) Matt 13:49; Matt 13: 37-43; (5) Matt 25:31-46; Rev 22:11; I Cor 6:9, 10; Mark 9: 43-48; 2 Peter 2:9; Jude 7; Phil 3:19;

20.       The Family:  God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.

Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.  It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image.  The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people.  A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the Church.  He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family.  A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.  She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the god given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.  Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage.  Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth.  Children are to honor and obey their parents.

Scriptural References:  Genesis 1: 26 – 28; 2: 15 – 25; 3: 1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6: 4 – 9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1: 26 – 28; Psalms 51:5; 78: 1-8; 127; 128; 139: 13 – 16; Proverbs 1:8; 5: 15 – 20; 6: 20 – 22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6 18:22; 22:6, 15; 23: 13 – 14; 24:3; 29:15, 17; 31: 10 – 31; Ecclesiastes 4: 9 – 12; 9:9; Malachi 2: 14 – 16; Matthew 5: 31 – 32; 18: 2 – 5; 19: 3 – 9; Mark 10: 6 – 12; Romans 1: 18 – 32; 1 Corinthians 7: 1 – 16; Ephesians 5: 21 – 33; 6: 1 – 4; Colossians 3: 18 – 21; 1 Timothy 5: 8, 14; 2 Timothy 1: 3 – 5; Titus 2: 3 – 5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3: 1 – 7.