Statement of Faith

West Island Baptist Church Statement of Faith

1. BIBLE

We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments,were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union. (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1: 19-21, John 17:17)

2. THE GODHEAD – TRINITY

We believe that there is one living and true God eternally existing in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that these three persons are equal in every divine attribute and that they have distinct but harmonious offices in the work of Creation, Providence and Redemption. (Deut 6:4, John 17:21-22, 1 Tim 3:16, Rom 8:9-11, John 14:16-17, 2 Cor 13:14)

The Father

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and He saves from sin and eternal death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (1 Chron.9:10-12, 1 Cor 8:6, John 6:37-40, John 16:23-24)

The Son

We believe in the eternal existence of the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles and His teachings. We believe in His substitutionary, atoning death for the sins of all people, His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His intercession for believers, and His personal, visible return to earth. (John 1: 1-2, John 1: 14, Rom 3:24-25, 1 Pet 2:21-24, 1 John 2:1-2, Acts 1: 9-11, Acts 10: 39-41)

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the absolute and essential Deity and Personality of the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. We believe furthermore that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the Day of Redemption. (Gen 1:2, John 16:7-13, Acts 1:5-8, Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 12:12-13, Eph 1: 13-14)

3. SATAN

We believe that Satan is a spiritual being who was once holy and who enjoyed heavenly honours, but, through pride and ambition to be as the almighty God, he fell, drawing after him a host of angels; that he is now the prince of the power of the air and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man’s great tempter; the enemy of God and His Christ; the accuser of the saints; the author of false religions; the inspirer of all apostasy and the chief of all powers of darkness. He is, however, destined to final defeat at the hands of God’s Son, to suffer eternal punishment in a place prepared for him and his angels. (Job 1:6-12, Job 2:1-6, Isaiah 14:4-21 [some commentaries state that this reference refers to the King of Babylon], Eze 28:12-19, Matt 25:41, Eph 2:2, Rev 12:8-10, John 8:44, John 14:30, 1 Pet 5:8, Rev 20:10)

4. MAN

We believe that man was created by God in His own image and likeness; that, by choice, he fell from innocence into sin; that by so doing, he incurred the wrath of God which resulted in physical and spiritual death. We believe that Adam’s entire posterity is born with an inherited sinful nature and is therefore alienated from God. We believe that man is inherently sinful and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen 1:26-27, Gen 3:1-6, Isa 53:6, Acts 17:24-28, Rom 3:10-12, Rom 5:12-19, Eph 4:18-24)

5. SALVATION

We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious (substitutionary), expiatory (paying the penalty for sin) and propitiatory (appeasing the wrath of God) death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord. (John 3:3-21, Rom 5:1-9, Rom 8:30, Eph 1: 1-7, Eph 2:8-10, Titus 2:14, 1 Pet 2:24, 1 John 5:11-13)

6. FUTURE THINGS

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the resurrection of the just and the unjust, in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the unsaved. (John 14:2-3, Acts 1: 10-1 1, I Cor 15:3-55, Thess 4:16-17, Rev 1:7,Rev 20:10-15, Rev 21:1-5)

7. THE LOCAL CHURCH

We believe that a church is a company of immersed baptized believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe that it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the Church. We believe that its officers are elders and deacons. (Acts 2:41 -47, Acts 6:1-6, Acts 20:17,28, Rom 12:6-8, 1 Cor 1:2, I Cor 12:4, 8-1 1, Eph 4:11-13, Eph 5:22-30, Titus 1:5-9)

8. ORDINANCES

We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church, regularly observed in the New Testament, and in the following order:

  • Baptism which is the immersion of the believer in water, in obedience to Christ’s command and in identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Matt 28:18-20, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Rom 6:1-4)
  • The Lord’s Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, the bread and the cup, which symbolize the Lord’s broken body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. (Mark 14:22-25, Acts 2:41-42, 1 Cor 11:23-30)

9. THE LORD’S DAY

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise. (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor 16:2)

10. THE CHURCH AND STATE

We believe in the separation of church and state. (Matt 22:15-22, Acts 4:18-20, Acts 5:29)

11. CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government is of Divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that those in authority are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the laws of God. (Josh 24:15, Titus 3: 1, Acts 4:18-20, Acts 5:29, Rom 13:1-7, 1 Pet 2:13-17)