Pastor Ben Burggraff, Eric Baroni Office Guy
Second Cape May Baptist Church
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What We Believe

 


1. Inspiration of Scriptures
We believe that all "Scripture is given by inspiration of God," by which we understand the whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit" to write the very Words of God.  We believe that this divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the Old and New Testaments.  We believe that the whole Bible, in its original manuscript form, is therefore without error.  We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction and were preserved through the ages to this very day by God's providence.
(Matthew 5:18; Luke 24:44; I Corinthians 2:13; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21)
 

2. The Godhead
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three person: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections.
(Matthew 28:18,19; John 1:!4; II Corinthians 13:14)
 

3. The First Advent
We believe that the eternal Son of God came into this world that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world.  To this end He was born of a virgin, and received a human body and a sinless human nature.
(Luke 1:30-35; John 3:16; Hebrews 4:15)
 

4. The Sinful Nature of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death, which is separation from God.  We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, unable to remedy their lost condition apart from Divine Grace.
(Genesis 1:26,27; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3)
 

5. The Work of Christ
We believe according to the Scriptures the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that salvation is a gift of God, receivable through Faith alone.  We believe, also, that our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ who died in our place.  We believe that repentance is a vital part of believing, and is in no way, in or faithful service added to believing as a condition of salvation.
(John 1:12, 3:16,18; Acts 17:30; Romans 1:16-17; Galatians 3:22; Ephesians 2:8-9)
 

6. Salvation Only Through Christ
We believe that all who by Faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become the children of God.
(John 1:12, 5:24; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 1:13,14; I John 5:11,12)
 

7. The Christian Service
We believe that divine, enabling gifts for service are bestowed by the Holy Spirit upon all who are saved.  While there is a diversity of gifts, each believer is energized by the same spirit to do good works; however, not in order to be saved, but because we are saved.
(I Corinthians 12:1-11)
 

 8. The Resurrection of Christ
We believe in the Resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His Ascension to Heaven, and in His present life as High Priest and Advocate for all who are saved.
(I Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 4:15; I John 2:1)
 

9. The Great Commission
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all mankind.  We shall proclaim the truths of the Holy Scriptures through the words we speak and through the lifestyle, which we lead.
(Matthew 28:19,20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8)
 

10. The Blessed Hope
We believe that, according to the Word of God, the next great event in the fulfillment of prophecy will be the coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself into heaven both His own who are alive and remain unto His coming, and also all who have fallen asleep in Jesus, and that this event is the blessed hope set before us in the Scripture, and for this we should be constantly looking.
(John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51,52; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)
 

11. The Eternal State
We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence.  But the souls of the unbelieving remain after death conscious of condemnation and in misery until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium; when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord.
(Luke 16:19-26; II Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 20:11-15)
 

12. Ordinances
We believe that Christ left two ordinances for His church to practice: namely Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, symbolizing said believers union by Faith with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection. (Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 10:47,48) We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of Christ's death until He comes, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination.
(1 Corinthians 11:23-33)
 

 
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