STATEMENT OF FAITH
WHAT WE BELIEVE!
We the congregation of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church believe the scriptures that are within the Holy Bible, King James Version, was written by men inspired divinely and is the written record of God’s revelation of Himself to man. The author is God, Salvation as an end and
truth with no possibility of error. In addition to scriptures we also believe...
There is one and only one living and true God. He is infinite in knowledge, spiritual and personal. He is our Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. We owe our all to Him in the highest regards that man can show and do in obedience, love and reverence. In His eternalness He (God) reveals Himself to his creation as the (Trinity) the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for they are distinct in attributes only, but not in their nature, essence or being.
God the Father:
God the Father reigns over all his creation in the universe according to His purpose and grace. He is not only supreme in his stature, but powerful, loving and infinitely wise. God is Father in truth to those who accept Jesus Christ through faith and become the children of God.
God the Son:
Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is Jesus Christ incarnate, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born by Virgin Mary. Jesus performed the perfect will of the Father as well as revealed it. Jesus identified with humanity but did not fall from grace in the manner of man. Jesus was without sin.
His obedience and crucifixion redeemed mankind from sin. He was raised from the dead and appeared to his disciples and is now exalted on the right hand of God. He is the only mediator partaking the nature of God and man. He will return in Glory and finish the work of redemption.
He presently dwells in the hearts of believers as the living and ever present Lord.
God the Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired holy men to write the scriptures that we now accept as the word of God. He enables us to know the truth through shedding light. He exalts Christ, convicts sin of righteousness and of Judgment. He calls men to the Savior, comforts
believers, changes man’s character and bestows spiritual gifts to serve God through church. He seals the believer until the final day of redemption. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.
Man was created by God in his image as the crowning work of his hands. Man was innocent in the beginning and endowed by his Creator with the freedom of choice (free will). By his free will man sinned and brought sin into the human race. Satan was the cause of the fall of man through
the act of temptation; now man’s posterity transgresses the command of God when he is capable of moral actions. It is only by the grace of God that man is able to get back into his holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purposes of God.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by his own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. It includes regeneration, sanctification and glorification.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through the conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Justification brings the believer into a relationship peace and favor with God.
B. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in the regeneration, by which the believer is set apart for God’s purposes by the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.
C. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
(As New Members and the Body of Christ)
Isaiah 42:6-9 (KJV)
6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. 8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
THE VISION OF GOD’S CHURCH
God has given me an awesome vision: to Love, Lead and Live like Christ. A vision where families are strong units, grounded and founded in the Word, raising men and women to be people of integrity, honor and discipline. A vision where communities work together to help the less fortunate so that everyone is not only employed, but empowered to be effective contributing members of society. A vision where the men and women of faith will turn into the Word of GOD (incarnational) and governments and corporations will seek counsel from the men and women of faith (Christian Faith) in leadership in business and governmental affairs.
What We Believe
New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
1317 S Texas Street, Pine Bluff, AR
(870) 536 - 5405