Oak Grove Baptist Church
Friday, May 26, 2017
311 Cypress Street Mt.Carmel TN

Statement of Basic Beliefs



The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of "The Baptist Faith and 
   Message" as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention on June 14, 2000.
Listed below are the abbreviated forms of the Articles of Faith: 
                             
The Scriptures 
       1.         We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely
      inspired; that it is truth without mixture of error; and that it is
      the standard by which all human conduct and creeds should be tried.
      (II Timothy 3:15-17) 
 
The True God 
       2.         We believe that there is one, and only one true and living
      God; that in the unity of the God-head there are three persons:  the
      Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit.  (John 4:24; 10:30) 
 
The Fall of Man
     3.         We believe that man was created in holiness, but by
      voluntary transgression fell from that holy state, in consequence of
      which all mankind are now sinners and are under condemnation of
      eternal ruin.  (Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12) 
 
The Way of Salvation 
      4.         We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of
      grace through the atoning death and bodily resurrection of Jesus
      Christ.  Salvation comes by the grace of God through faith and not by
      our works.  (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 8:38-39; Isaiah 53:4-5; Hebrews
      7:25; Romans 5:1-2) 
 
The Freeness of Salvation 
       5.         We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free
      to all by the gospel and that nothing prevents the salvation of the
      greatest sinner but his own depravity and rejection of the gospel.
      (Isaiah 55:1; John 3:16) 
 
Grace In Regeneration 
        6.         We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be
  regenerated or born again through the work of the Holy Spirit.  (John
  3:3; II Corinthians 5:17) 
 
Repentance and Faith 
      7.         We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable
      graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, and
      are essential steps in salvation.  (Mark 1:15; Romans 10:9; Matthew
      4:17; Luke 13:1-5) 
 
Justification 
       8.         We believe that through justification the perfect
  righteousness of God is imputed to the believers in Christ Jesus.  (Acts
  13:39; Romans 5:1-2) 
 
 Sanctification 
       9.         We believe that sanctification is a progressive process by
      which the believer is made partaker of God's holiness, and that this
      process begins in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the
      hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
      (Philippians 2:12-13; I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23-24) 
 
 God's Purpose and Election 
      10.       Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which
      He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners.  It is consistent
      with the free agency of man, and comprehends all the means in
      connection with the end.  It is a glorious display of God's sovereign
      goodness, and is infinitely wise, holy and unchangeable.  It excludes
      boasting and promotes humility.

      All true believers endure to the end.  Those whom God has accepted in
      Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the
      state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.  Believers may fall
      into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the
      Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause
      of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be
      kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.  (John
      10:27-29; Romans 8:28-39; I Peter 1:3-5; Ephesians 1:12-14) 
 
 A Gospel Church 
       11.       We believe that a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus
      Christ is a congregation of baptized believers bound together in the
      faith and fellowship of the gospel; and that Jesus committed the
      ministry of His gospel to His churches.  This church is an autonomous
      body, operating through democratic processes under the lordship of
      Jesus Christ.  In such a congregation members are equally
      responsible.  (Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 12) 
 
Baptism 
       12.       We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a
      believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy
      Spirit.  It is the act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith
      in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior; the believer's death to
      sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in
      newness of life in Christ Jesus.  (Matthew 28:19-20; 3:13-17; Acts
      2:41-42; Acts 8:35-39) 
 
Lord's Supper 
       13.       The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby
      Christians, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine,
      memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second
      coming.  Self-examination should always precede partaking of the
      Lord's Supper.  (I Cor. 11:23-29) 
 
The Lord's Day 
       14.       We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's
      Day.  It commemorated the resurrection of Christ from the dead and
      should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.
      (Acts 20:7; Exodus 20:8-11) 
 
The World to Come 
       15.       We believe at the last day Christ will descend from heaven; 
           the dead will be raised; a solemn judgment and separation will then 
        take place; and His judgment will fix forever the final state of men
      in Heaven or Hell.  (Acts 1:11; 24:15; Matthew 13:49; 25:31-46)