Statement of Faith
The Quackenbush Hill Baptist Church (hereinafter “QHBC”) holds the following statement of faith as being a summary of Christian doctrine whose authority consists only in its agreement with the Word of God.
1. OF THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, is divinely inspired of God and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its Author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us and therefore is, and shall remain, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which God will judge us. We use the King James Version of the Bible.
II Timothy 3:16-17 • Isaiah 8:20 • Thessalonians 5:21
2. OF THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit whose name is JEHOVAH, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth; in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost - equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
John 4:24 • Matthew 28:19 • John 10:30
Mark 12:30 • Psalm 83:18
3. OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in holiness but by voluntary transgression fell from the holy and happy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, 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 without defense or excuse.
Genesis 1:27, 31 • Genesis 3:6-24 • Isaiah 53:6
Ezekiel 18:19-20 • Romans 1:20 • Romans 5:19
4. OF THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in Heaven; He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Savior.
Ephesians 2:8 • John 3:16 • Philippians 2:16-17
Hebrews 2:18; 7:25 • Isaiah 53:4-5
5. OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe justification includes the pardon of sin and the promise of eternal life; 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, by virtue of faith.
Acts 13:39 • Romans 5:9 • Romans 4:4-5
6. OF THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel.
Isaiah 55:1 • Romans 16:25-26 • John 5:40
7. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger, and helplessness and of the way of salvation by Christ we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confusion and supplication for mercy, and at the same time we heartily receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Prophet, Priest, and King, and rely on Him alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior.
Mark 1:15 • Acts 11:18 • Ephesians 2:8
Acts 2:37-38 • Romans 10:9-10
8. OF GOD’S PURPOSE OF GRACE
We believe the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man; that grace is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy, and unchangeable; that grace utterly excludes boasting, and that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence.
II Timothy 1:8-9 • Exodus 33:18-19 • Timothy 2:10-11
Peter 1:10-11 • Thessalonians 2:13-14
9. OF A GOSPEL CHURCH
We believe that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ (baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper), governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only Scriptural officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.
Matthew 18:17 • Corinthians 1:1-13 • Matthew 28-20
I Corinthians 11:2 • Acts 2:41-42 • Timothy 3:1-13
10.OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Spirit of our God are truly righteous in His esteem, while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both in and after death.
Malachi 3:18 • Romans 1:17 • Luke 16:25 • I John 5:19
11. OF THE WORLD TO COME
We believe that the end of this age is approaching (I Peter 4:7). We believe in “That blessed hope” - the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
Acts 1:11 • Thessalonians 4:13-18 • Matthew 24:31-46 • Acts 24:15 • Revelation 22:11