Magnolia Baptist Church
Saturday, August 18, 2018
1021 Magnolia Church Rd | Stedman, NC 28391

Our Beliefs

THE SCRIPTURES
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by the inspiration of God and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. (II Timothy 3:15-17; Proverbs 30:5-6; Romans 2:12; Philippians 3:16; I John 4:1)
 
GOD
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfection, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe highest love, reverence and obedience. (John 4:24; Psalm 83:18; 147:5; Mark 12:30; Revelation 4:11; Hebrews 3:4; Romans 1:20; Jeremiah 10:10)
 
THE TRINITY
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. (Matthew 28:19; John 15:26; Ephesians 2:18)
 
PROVIDENCE
God, from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of ankind. (Genesis 8:22; Joshua 7:14; I Samuel 6:7; Psalm 36:6; 104; 136; 145; 147; Matthew 6:26; 10:29-30; Luke 21:18; Acts 1:26; 17:26)
 
ELECTION
Election is God’s eternal choice of all persons into everlasting life—not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ—in consequence of which choice they are called, justified, and glorified. (II Timothy 1:8-9; II Thessalonians 2:13-14; I Thessalonians 1:4-10; Mark 13:30; Luke 18:7; Romans 8:29; I Corinthians 1:27; II Peter 1:10)
 
THE FALL OF MAN
God originally created man in His own image and free from sin; but through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherits a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors. (Genesis 1:27, 31; 3:6-24; Romans 5:19; Isaiah 53:6; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 1:18; Ezekiel 18:19-20)
 
THE MEDIATOR
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever liveth to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe. (Hebrews 8:6; 9:15; 12:24; Philippians 2:6-7; Isaiah 53:5; Galatians 3:19-20; I Timothy 2:5; Isaiah 42:21)
 
REGENERATION
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who quickeneth the dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone. (John 3:3, 8; II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 5:9)
 
REPENTANCE
Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, cessation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God so as to please Him in all things. (Mark 1:15; Acts 2:37, 38; 11:18; Luke 18:13)                               
 
FAITH
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness. (Romans 10:9-11; Ephesians 2:8; I John 5:1)
 
JUSTIFICATION
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the sacrifice that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and sacrifice of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith. (John 1:16; Acts 13:39; Romans 4:4-5; 5:1-2,9)
 
SANCTIFICATION
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands. (John 17:19; I Corinthians 1:2-30; 6:11; Ephesians 5:26; Hebrews 2:19; 10:10; Jude 1; Romans 15:16; II Thessalonians 2:13; I Peter 1:2)
 
PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified, by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13; Luke 9:62; Acts 13:43; I Corinthians 15:58; 16:13; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 1:23; II Thessalonians 3:13; I Timothy 6:14; Hebrews 3:6-13; 10:23-28; II Peter 3:17; Revelation 2:10-25)
 
THE CHURCH
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He hath appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Bishops or Elders (pastors) and Deacons. (Ephesians 1:22; 4:12-15; 5:23; Matthew 10:1-7; 21:42; 20:19; 28:19; Colossians 1:8; John 20:21; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 6; Philippians 1:1; I Timothy 3:8; I Corinthians 11:3)                       
 
BAPTISM
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus Christ, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church membership, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Mark16:16; John 3:22; 4:1; Acts 2:38; 8:12-38; 9:18; 10:48; 16:15-33; 19:4; 22:16; Romans 6:3; I Corinthians 1:16; 10:2; 12:13; 15:29; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; Titus 3:5; I Peter 3:21)
 
THE LORD’S SUPPER
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His Church till the end of the world. It is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. (Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19; I Corinthians 10:16-21; 11:23, 27; Acts 2:42; 20:7)
 
THE LORD’S DAY
The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercise of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, resting from worldly employments and amusements, works of necessity and mercy only excepted. (Genesis 2:2; Hebrews 4:4; Exodus 16:23; 20:8; 23:12; 35:2; Leviticus 25:3; Matthew 28:1; Mark 2:27; 16:2-9; Luke 6:5; John 20:1; 19; 26; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:2; Revelation 1:10)
 
LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. (Luke 9:7; John 8:9; Romans 2:15; 13; I Timothy 1:19; 3:9; II Timothy 1:3; Hebrews 9:14; 10:2, 22; 13:18;   Ezra 7:25; Exodus 22:8; I Peter 2:14; 3:16; Titus 3:1; Matthew 27:3)
 
THE RESURRECTION
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return to God—the righteous to rest with Him, the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised. (Job 19:26; Psalms 17:15; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 22:31; Luke 14:14; John 5:28; 11:23)
 
THE JUDGMENT
God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.   (Luke 6:37; 12:57; John 7:24; Romans 2:1; 8:33; Romans 2:16; James 4:11; Acts 17:31; II Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27; II Peter 3:7; I Corinthians 4:5