Temple Baptist Statement of Faith

The Word of God — We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  We believe that scripture, both Old and New Testaments, has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (Hebrews 4:12; Luke 16:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)

God - We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  God the Father acts with love, mercy, justice, and infinite wisdom toward humanity.  He is doing this first and foremost through graciously redeeming a people for Himself, and He will make all things new for His glory. (Genesis 1-2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2;  John 1:1-14;)

Jesus Christ — We believe in Jesus Christ, God incarnate, fully God and fully man, two natures in one person.  He is God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin.  We believe in His sinless life, miracles, teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to Earth. (Mark 14:26-38; Luke 1:26-38; Ephesians 2:14; Philippians 2:6-11; Romans 8:34)

The Holy Spirit — We believe the Holy Spirit was sent from the Father and Son to convict the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. He indwells every believer in Christ and is our abiding helper, teacher and guide.  (John 6:63; John 14:16-17; Romans 8; I Corinthians 2:10-14)

The Human Condition — We believe that all people are created in the image of God and yet are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under God's holy wrath. Every human being relates to God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith.  Those who repent of their sins and trust only in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1-2; Romans 5; Titus 3:1-8)

The Church — We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. The local church is a community of believers in Jesus Christ, who are united by the Holy Spirit and baptized with a profession of faith.  We gather together to glorify and worship God, to fellowship in love, and to be equipped, empowered, and sent to make disciples through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Colossians 1:18; I Corinthians 12:27; Acts 2:38; Acts 2:41-47; Matthew 28:16-20) 

Christian Living— We believe that a Christian should be Christ-like and live for the glory of God. God commands us to love others sacrificially and to live out our faith with care for the well-being of others, compassion toward the poor, and justice for the oppressed. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14;  Micah 6:8; John 14:15, 21,23; Matthew 22:36-40; Philippians 2; Ephesians 5:1-5)

The Ordinances — We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has established two ordinances for the local church — Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Believer's baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, upon profession of faith, in the name of the triune God. The Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ, for the Church, in remembrance of His death. These two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation. (Matthew 3:13; Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-32)

Church Autonomy— We believe that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from directives or patronage of the other.  We acknowledge our responsibility to pray for our leaders without regard to their political affiliation.  (Acts 12:1-3; Romans 13; I Timothy 2:1-3;  I Peter 2:13-17)

Church Cooperation — We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches should cooperate with interdenominational fellowships and other ministries on a voluntary, independent basis. (I Corinthians 16; 2 Corinthians 8:1-12)

The Last Things — We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to Earth and the establishment of His kingdom at a time known only to God the Father. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, eternal joy of the righteous in God's presence, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Acts 1:11; John 5:28-29; John 14:3, 18; Titus 2:11-14; I Thessalonians 4:16)