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WHAT WE BELIEVE While   this   is   not   an   exhaustive   list,   the   Bible,   God,   and   Salvation   are   among   the   most   important   doctrines   we   could   express   to   anyone regarding what we believe. THE BIBLE We   here   at   First   Baptist   Church   of   Madisonville   believe   the   Bible   to   be   God’s   very   Word.   We   believe   that   God   divinely   inspired   His   holy   authors (2   Timothy   3:15–17),   who   faithfully   recorded   the   truth   without   any   mixture   of   error—so   we   believe   the   Bible   to   be   inerrant.   Likewise,   we believe that since God inspired His writers, the Bible is also historically reliable, otherwise known as infallible (2 Peter 1:19–21). We   believe   that   the   Bible   is   the   special   revelation   of   God   and   points   to   Jesus,   who   is   the   living   Word   of   God   (John   5:39),   and   the   ultimate   hero of   Scripture   (Hebrews   1:1–2).   Because   we   believe   the   Bible   to   be   God’s   special   revelation,   we   also   believe   that   this   revelation   is   complete.   So any   subsequent   testaments   or   books   that   speak   of   God’s   self   revelation   fall   outside   the   realm   of   trustworthiness.   The   Bible   progressively unfolds   God’s   plan   of   saving   the   world   through   His   Son,   from   beginning   (Genesis)   to   end   (Revelation).   This   is   the   grand   story   that   intertwines and connects all 66 books of the Bible with a common message and purpose. Due   to   the   nature   of   God’s   Word,   we   at   First   Baptist   Church   of   Madisonville   hold   to   a   very   high   view   of   Scripture.   Our   Sunday   School   classes are   centered   around   the   Bible;   our   children’s   ministries   focus   on   teaching   and   equipping   our   children   with   the   Word   of   God;   likewise,   our youth   ministries   aim   to   disciple   our   students   to   be   well-versed   in   the   Scriptures.   Our   worship   services   dedicate   the   greatest   portion   of   time   to the   exposition   of   God’s   Word   (insert   blogpost   here),   and   also   recite   monthly   memory   verses   as   a   congregation.   It   is   our   desire   to   enrich   all who join us in the Word of God, for it is God’s special revelation to us, and by it we know Him and our purpose. GOD We   here   at   First   Baptist   Church   of   Madisonville   believe   that   there   is   only   one   God.   He   has   revealed   Himself,   generally   speaking,   in   creation (Psalm   19,   Romans   1:19–20),   within   history   (Galatians   4:4,   Ephesians   2:17–18),   and   by   man’s   natural   moral   inclinations   and   spirituality (Romans   2:12–16).   But   God   has   also   revealed   Himself,   specially   speaking,   by   way   of   His   Word   and   by   His   Son.   It   is   in   the   Bible   we   discover   God has revealed Himself as the Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Father God   is   infinite.   He   stands   outside   of   space   and   time,   and   His   knowledge   and   power   have   no   limits   (Genesis   1:1,   Psalm   139:7–12).   The   future   is not   open   to   Him   as   He   is   all   knowing.   He   is   guiding   all   of   history   to   its   ultimate   conclusion   in   Christ.   Because   God   transcends   time,   He   is   not subject to change. Therefore, His character is consistent and does not change (Exodus 34:6–7, Psalm 103:8). God the Son Jesus   is   God’s   Son.   He   is   the   preexisting   Word   of   God,   and   all   things   were   made   through   Him,   for   Him,   and   all   things   exist   because   of   Him (John   1:1–3,   Colossians   1:16–17,   Hebrews   1:3).   Jesus   is   the   God-Man,   incarnate   Christ.   The   fullness   of   God   dwelt   in   Jesus   (Colossians   1:19,   2:9). He   demonstrated   His   divine   power   in   turning   water   to   wine,   the   many   healings,   His   provision   of   food,   casting   out   demons,   and   ultimately   in forgiving   sins.   But   Jesus   was   also   fully   man.   He   needed   sleep,   food,   and   drink.   He   demonstrated   human   emotion   as   He   wept   and   showed compassion   to   others.   Ultimately,   Jesus   demonstrated   His   humanity   when   He   bled   and   died   on   the   cross.   Yet,   Jesus   died   as   a   man   without sin, but bore the sins of world. Upon His physical resurrection, He presented Himself as the divine Son of God (John 20:28). God the Spirit As   God   the   Father   sent   the   Son,   so   would   He   also   send   His   Holy   Spirit   in   the   name   Jesus   (John   14:25–26,   16:515).   The   Holy   Spirit   is   not   a   force, a   mindset,   or   some   phantom,   but   a   person   within   the   divine   Godhead.   He   is   the   one   who   divinely   inspired   Scripture’s   authors   (2   Peter   1:21). He   is   the   divine   comforter   who   guides,   convicts,   and   empowers   disciples   of   Jesus   into   a   deeper,   more   faithful   walk,   and   is   the   seal   of   promise for every believer (1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, 4:30).    SALVATION We   here   at   First   Baptist   Church   of   Madisonville   believe   that   every   person   is   created   in   the   image   of   God   (Genesis   1:26–27).   Regardless   of   race, gender,   or   age,   God   creates   each   human   being   with   purpose,   from   conception   to   the   grave   (Psalm   139:13–16).   But   due   to   the   rebellion   that took   place   in   God’s   perfect   creation   when   Adam   ate   from   the   Tree   of   Knowledge   of   Good   and   Evil,   sin   entered   the   world   and   brought   death   to God’s   creation   (Genesis   2–3).   Now,   because   of   Adam,   every   person   is   guilty   of   sin   (Romans   3:23,   5:12–14).   Sin   is   our   attempt   to   ascend   beyond our   role   of   creation   and   to   reach   for   the   role   of   God.   The   result   of   sin   then   is   death—both   physical,   but   especially   spiritual   (Romans   6:23). Because   of   sin   we   physically   suffer   and   die.   However,   should   we   die   outside   of   God’s   provision   of   salvation,   we   will   experience   a   second death—an eternity in a place called hell (Revelation 20:14–15). Yet,   according   to   an   early   and   certain   promise,   God   declared   that   sin,   death,   and   Satan   would   not   win.   He   put   forth   that   a   seed   would   come and   crush   the   head   of   the   snake   (Genesis   3:15,   Revelation   20).   It   was   from   that   point   that   all   of   history   moved   towards   the   arrival   of   Jesus.   He is   the   fulfillment   of   God’s   promise   and   declaration   of   war   against   His   enemies.   Jesus   came,   born   of   a   virgin   (Matthew   1),   lived   a   life   free   from sin   (Matthew   4:1–11),   but   took   on   Himself   the   sin   of   the   world   and   the   wrath   of   God   (2   Corinthians   5:21).   Jesus   died,   was   buried,   was   raised from   the   dead,   seen   by   many,   and   then   ascended   into   the   heavens   where   He   sits   at   God’s   right   hand   (Acts   1:9–11,   7:56,   1   Corinthians   15:3–8). There   He   reigns   over   creation   as   His   enemies   are   placed   beneath   His   feet   (Psalm   110:1).   He   serves   as   an   intercessor   for   those   who   would follow Him (Hebrews 7:25) until the day of His return. In   the   present,   all   people   have   the   opportunity   to   respond   to   the   good   news   of   Jesus   in   faith.   His   salvation   is   extended   to   those   who,   by   His grace,   trust   in   Jesus   (Ephesians   2:6).   It   is   solely   through   the   work   of   Jesus   that   salvation   can   be   experienced   (Acts   4:12).   This   salvation   comes by   repentance   of   sin   and   confession   of   Jesus   (Romans   10:9–10).   Those   who   respond   to   the   good   news   are   then   to   lead   Gospel   Centered   lives (http://blog.madisonvillefbc.org/a-gospel-centered-life).   They   are   to   commit   themselves   as   disciples   of   Jesus,   to   grow   in   faith,   put   sin   to   death, and to evangelize, making disciples (Matthew 16:24–28, 28:18–20, Colossians 3:5). At   some   point   in   the   imminent   future   Jesus   will   return,   the   dead   will   be   raised,   judgment   commence,   starting   with   the   Devil   (Revelation 20:10).   Those   who   place   their   faith   in   Jesus   Christ   will   find   their   names   written   in   His   heavenly   census,   the   Lamb’s   Book   of   Life   (Revelation 20:11–2). They will enjoy everlasting life in God’s newly created heavens and earth (Revelation 22). But those whose names are not in the book of   life   will   experience   the   second   death   in   the   lake   of   fire   (Revelation   20:15).   In   the   end,   God’s   creation   will   be   restored,   man   will   dwell   with God,   and   God   will   dwell   with   man.   There   will   no   longer   be   sin,   sorrow,   death,   and   the   Devil.   God   will   reign   over   His   people   for   all   eternity,   and His people will love every minute of it (Revelation 21–22)! *We affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000  

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WHAT WE BELIEVE While    this    is    not    an    exhaustive    list,    the    Bible,    God,    and Salvation   are   among   the   most   important   doctrines   we   could express to anyone regarding what we believe. THE BIBLE We   here   at   First   Baptist   Church   of   Madisonville   believe   the Bible   to   be   God’s   very   Word.   We   believe   that   God   divinely inspired   His   holy   authors   (2   Timothy   3:15–17),   who   faithfully recorded    the    truth    without    any    mixture    of    error—so    we believe    the    Bible    to    be    inerrant.    Likewise,    we    believe    that since   God   inspired   His   writers,   the   Bible   is   also   historically reliable, otherwise known as infallible (2 Peter 1:19–21). We   believe   that   the   Bible   is   the   special   revelation   of   God   and points   to   Jesus,   who   is   the   living   Word   of   God   (John   5:39),   and the   ultimate   hero   of   Scripture   (Hebrews   1:1–2).   Because   we believe    the    Bible    to    be    God’s    special    revelation,    we    also believe   that   this   revelation   is   complete.   So   any   subsequent testaments   or   books   that   speak   of   God’s   self   revelation   fall outside   the   realm   of   trustworthiness.   The   Bible   progressively unfolds   God’s   plan   of   saving   the   world   through   His   Son,   from beginning    (Genesis)    to    end    (Revelation).    This    is    the    grand story   that   intertwines   and   connects   all   66   books   of   the   Bible with a common message and purpose. Due   to   the   nature   of   God’s   Word,   we   at   First   Baptist   Church   of Madisonville   hold   to   a   very   high   view   of   Scripture.   Our   Sunday School   classes   are   centered   around   the   Bible;   our   children’s ministries   focus   on   teaching   and   equipping   our   children   with the   Word   of   God;   likewise,   our   youth   ministries   aim   to   disciple our   students   to   be   well-versed   in   the   Scriptures.   Our   worship services     dedicate     the     greatest     portion     of     time     to     the exposition    of    God’s    Word    (insert    blogpost    here),    and    also recite   monthly   memory   verses   as   a   congregation.   It   is   our desire   to   enrich   all   who   join   us   in   the   Word   of   God,   for   it   is God’s   special   revelation   to   us,   and   by   it   we   know   Him   and   our purpose. GOD We   here   at   First   Baptist   Church   of   Madisonville   believe   that there    is    only    one    God.    He    has    revealed    Himself,    generally speaking,    in    creation    (Psalm    19,    Romans    1:19–20),    within history    (Galatians    4:4,    Ephesians    2:17–18),    and    by    man’s natural   moral   inclinations   and   spirituality   (Romans   2:12–16). But   God   has   also   revealed   Himself,   specially   speaking,   by   way of   His   Word   and   by   His   Son.   It   is   in   the   Bible   we   discover   God has   revealed   Himself   as   the   Triune   God—Father,   Son,   and Holy Spirit. God the Father God   is   infinite.   He   stands   outside   of   space   and   time,   and   His knowledge    and    power    have    no    limits    (Genesis    1:1,    Psalm 139:7–12).   The   future   is   not   open   to   Him   as   He   is   all   knowing. He   is   guiding   all   of   history   to   its   ultimate   conclusion   in   Christ. Because   God   transcends   time,   He   is   not   subject   to   change. Therefore,   His   character   is   consistent   and   does   not   change (Exodus 34:6–7, Psalm 103:8). God the Son Jesus   is   God’s   Son.   He   is   the   preexisting   Word   of   God,   and   all things   were   made   through   Him,   for   Him,   and   all   things   exist because    of    Him    (John    1:1–3,    Colossians    1:16–17,    Hebrews 1:3).   Jesus   is   the   God-Man,   incarnate   Christ.   The   fullness   of God   dwelt   in   Jesus   (Colossians   1:19,   2:9).   He   demonstrated His   divine   power   in   turning   water   to   wine,   the   many   healings, His   provision   of   food,   casting   out   demons,   and   ultimately   in forgiving   sins.   But   Jesus   was   also   fully   man.   He   needed   sleep, food,    and    drink.    He    demonstrated    human    emotion    as    He wept    and    showed    compassion    to    others.    Ultimately,    Jesus demonstrated   His   humanity   when   He   bled   and   died   on   the cross.   Yet,   Jesus   died   as   a   man   without   sin,   but   bore   the   sins of    world.    Upon    His    physical    resurrection,    He    presented Himself as the divine Son of God (John 20:28). God the Spirit As   God   the   Father   sent   the   Son,   so   would   He   also   send   His Holy   Spirit   in   the   name   Jesus   (John   14:25–26,   16:515).   The Holy   Spirit   is   not   a   force,   a   mindset,   or   some   phantom,   but   a person   within   the   divine   Godhead.   He   is   the   one   who   divinely inspired   Scripture’s   authors   (2   Peter   1:21).   He   is   the   divine comforter   who   guides,   convicts,   and   empowers   disciples   of Jesus   into   a   deeper,   more   faithful   walk,   and   is   the   seal   of promise    for    every    believer    (1    Corinthians    3:16,    Ephesians 1:13, 4:30).    SALVATION We   here   at   First   Baptist   Church   of   Madisonville   believe   that every    person    is    created    in    the    image    of    God    (Genesis 1:26–27).   Regardless   of   race,   gender,   or   age,   God   creates   each human    being    with    purpose,    from    conception    to    the    grave (Psalm   139:13–16).   But   due   to   the   rebellion   that   took   place   in God’s    perfect    creation    when    Adam    ate    from    the    Tree    of Knowledge    of    Good    and    Evil,    sin    entered    the    world    and brought   death   to   God’s   creation   (Genesis   2–3).   Now,   because of   Adam,   every   person   is   guilty   of   sin   (Romans   3:23,   5:12–14). Sin   is   our   attempt   to   ascend   beyond   our   role   of   creation   and to    reach    for    the    role    of    God.    The    result    of    sin    then    is death—both   physical,   but   especially   spiritual   (Romans   6:23). Because   of   sin   we   physically   suffer   and   die.   However,   should we    die    outside    of    God’s    provision    of    salvation,    we    will experience   a   second   death—an   eternity   in   a   place   called   hell (Revelation 20:14–15). Yet,   according   to   an   early   and   certain   promise,   God   declared that   sin,   death,   and   Satan   would   not   win.   He   put   forth   that   a seed   would   come   and   crush   the   head   of   the   snake   (Genesis 3:15,   Revelation   20).   It   was   from   that   point   that   all   of   history moved   towards   the   arrival   of   Jesus.   He   is   the   fulfillment   of God’s   promise   and   declaration   of   war   against   His   enemies. Jesus   came,   born   of   a   virgin   (Matthew   1),   lived   a   life   free   from sin   (Matthew   4:1–11),   but   took   on   Himself   the   sin   of   the   world and   the   wrath   of   God   (2   Corinthians   5:21).   Jesus   died,   was buried,   was   raised   from   the   dead,   seen   by   many,   and   then ascended   into   the   heavens   where   He   sits   at   God’s   right   hand (Acts   1:9–11,   7:56,   1   Corinthians   15:3–8).   There   He   reigns   over creation   as   His   enemies   are   placed   beneath   His   feet   (Psalm 110:1).    He    serves    as    an    intercessor    for    those    who    would follow Him (Hebrews 7:25) until the day of His return. In   the   present,   all   people   have   the   opportunity   to   respond   to the   good   news   of   Jesus   in   faith.   His   salvation   is   extended   to those   who,   by   His   grace,   trust   in   Jesus   (Ephesians   2:6).   It   is solely    through    the    work    of    Jesus    that    salvation    can    be experienced   (Acts   4:12).   This   salvation   comes   by   repentance of   sin   and   confession   of   Jesus   (Romans   10:9–10).   Those   who respond   to   the   good   news   are   then   to   lead   Gospel   Centered lives      (http://blog.madisonvillefbc.org/a-gospel-centered-life). They   are   to   commit   themselves   as   disciples   of   Jesus,   to   grow in   faith,   put   sin   to   death,   and   to   evangelize,   making   disciples (Matthew 16:24–28, 28:18–20, Colossians 3:5). At   some   point   in   the   imminent   future   Jesus   will   return,   the dead   will   be   raised,   judgment   commence,   starting   with   the Devil   (Revelation   20:10).   Those   who   place   their   faith   in   Jesus Christ   will   find   their   names   written   in   His   heavenly   census, the   Lamb’s   Book   of   Life   (Revelation   20:11–2).   They   will   enjoy everlasting    life    in    God’s    newly    created    heavens    and    earth (Revelation   22).   But   those   whose   names   are   not   in   the   book of   life   will   experience   the   second   death   in   the   lake   of   fire (Revelation   20:15).   In   the   end,   God’s   creation   will   be   restored, man   will   dwell   with   God,   and   God   will   dwell   with   man.   There will   no   longer   be   sin,   sorrow,   death,   and   the   Devil.   God   will reign   over   His   people   for   all   eternity,   and   His   people   will   love every minute of it (Revelation 21–22)! *We affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000  

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