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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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