3159 21st Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL
Pastor Steve Shelton
I. OF THE BIBLE
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired,
and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for
its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error,
for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge
us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true
center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human
conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We recommend and use the
King James Version.
II Tim. 3:16, II Pet. 1:21, Matt. 24:35, Psa. 119:105,
II. OF GOD
We believe that there is only one true God, who is our God; who is eternal,
almighty, unchangeable, infinite, and incomprehensible; who is a Spirit,
having His being in Himself, and giveth being to all creatures; He doeth
what He will, in heaven and earth; working all things according to the
counsel of His own will. In the unity of the Godhead there are three divine
persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are equal in every
divine attribute, and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great
work of redemption.
Deut. 6:13-15, John 4:24, Jere. 10:10-13, Psa. 93:2,
Mala. 3:6, Rom.
11:33-36 Psa. 139:1-18, I Pet. 1:16, Matt. 28:19, I John 5:7, Dan. 4:34-35,
III. OF THE FALL
We believe that Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, yet
he fell through the temptations of Satan; and his fall overthrew, not only
himself, but his posterity, making them sinners by his disobedience; so
that we are by nature children of wrath, and defiled from the womb, being
shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin. This condition is fatal apart
from saving grace as man's inbred enmity against God and the satanic blindness
of his mind make him unwilling and unable to come to Christ or do any spiritual
Gen. 1:27, Gen. 2:16-17, Gen. 3:1-7, Rom. 5:12-19, Isa. 53:6, Eph. 2:1-3,
Rom. 3:9-23, John 6:37,44,65
IV. OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person, being co-equal with
the Father and the Son as the third person of the glorious Trinity. He
is the agent of God in the new birth, and comes to dwell continuously in
the believer. He seals, teaches, comforts, and sanctifies the child of
God. He was active in creation and in the Old Testament economy and now
convicts the world of sin, and righteousness, and of judgment to come.
John 16:7-14, John 3:5-8, Eph. 1:13, Gen. 1:2, I Cor. 6:19, II Pet.
V. OF THE DEVIL
We believe that Satan was perfect in his ways from the day he was created
until iniquity was found in him and he enjoyed heavenly honors but, through
pride and ambition to be as God, he fell and drew after him a host of angels.
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, the chief
power of the present apostasy, and the lord of the coming Antichrist. He
is destined to final defeat at the hand of God's Son, and to eternal judgement in the lake of fire which was prepared for him and his angels.
Isa. 14:12-15, Ezek. 28:11-16, Gen. 3:1-6, II Cor. 11:14-15, Jude 6,
II Cor. 4:4, Eph. 2:2, II Thes. 2:8-9, I Pet. 5:8, Rev. 20:10
VI. OF THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through
the mediatorial offices of the Son of God; who by the appointment of the
Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin having been born
of a virgin; honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His
death made a full atonement for the sins of His people: that having risen
from the dead He is now enthroned in heaven sitting at the right hand of
the Father; and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies
with divine perfections, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a
compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.
Mt. 1:21-23, Phil. 2:5-11, Mt. 3:17, Isa. 53, Rom. 8:33-34, II
5:21,17:9, Heb. 12:2, 8:1, Jonah 2:9, Acts 2:30, Heb. 4:15, Heb. 7:25
VII. OF GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE
We believe that God elected and chose, in His eternal counsel, some
persons to life and salvation, before the foundation of the world, whom
accordingly He doth and will effectually call, and whom He doth so call,
He will certainly keep by His power, through faith to salvation. We believe
that election was free in God, of His own pleasure, and not at all for,
or with reference to, any foreseen works of faith in the creature, as the
motive thereinto. We believe that all men until they be quickened by Christ
are dead in trespasses; and therefore have no power of themselves to believe
savingly. But faith is the free gift of God, and the mighty work of God
in the soul, even like the rising of Christ from the dead. We believe that
God's electing grace comprehends all the means in connection with the end,
and utterly excludes boasting but promotes humility, love, prayer, praise,
and the active use of means to the highest degree. Election is ascertained
by its effects in all who truly receive Christ, and to make our calling
and election sure is a duty that demands and deserves our utmost diligence.
Acts 13:48, Eph. 1:2-4, II Thes. 2:13, I Pet. 1:2, Rom. 8:28-39, Rom.
11:5-6, John 10:15, Eph. 2:1, John 15:5, Eph. 1:19, I Cor. 2:14, John 6:44
VIII. OF THE NEW BIRTH
We believe that, in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or
born again. Regeneration is accomplished in a manner above our comprehension,
by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with God's word, so as to
secure our voluntary belief and obedience to the gospel message. The new
birth consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind and its proper
evidences appear in the fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life.
John 3:3-8, II Cor. 5:17, Eph. 2:8-10, James 1:18, I Pet. 1:22-23, I
IX. OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that Repentance and Faith are sacred duties and also inseparable
graces wrought in our souls by the regenerating spirit of God. The sinner
being convicted of his guilt and helplessness, and of the way of salvation
by Christ, turns from sin in unfeigned contrition and confession, to the
Lord Jesus Christ, receiving Him as both Lord and Saviour.
Mark 1:15, Acts 11:18, Eph. 2:8, Rom. 10:9-10
X. OF JUSTIFICATION
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such
as believe in Him is Justification; that justification includes the pardon
of sin, and the promise of eternal life; that it is bestowed, not in consideration
of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith
in the Redeemer's blood; by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness
is freely imputed to us of God; that it brings us into a state of most
blessed peace and favor with God and secures every other blessing needful
for time and eternity.
Rom. 3:24,28, Rom. 5:1, Rom. 8:33-34, John 5:24, Acts 13:39, Rom. 5:9
XI. OF SANCTIFICATION
We believe that in every man whom the Holy Spirit regenerates, He does
also begin and carry on the work of sanctification. This work involves
our growth in holiness and knowledge whereby we are made more like our Saviour. God's word, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, prayer,
and the practice of all godly duties are the means used by the Spirit for
the strengthening of this work. Sanctification is progressive and never
issues in sinless perfection in this life as the flesh remains unchanged.
I Cor. 1:30, John 17:17, Phil. 1:6, Rom. 8:29, I Thes. 4:3, Titus 2:11-14
XII. OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF
We believe that those who are truly saved, having been predestinate
into glorification will endure unto the end. Their persevering attachment
to Christ is the grand mark that distinguishes them from superficial professors.
God's special providence watches over their welfare, and they are kept
by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
Rom. 8:28-29, I John 2:19, John 8:31, Phil. 1:6, John 10:4-5, John 10:27-30,
Psa. 37:28, Jude 24
XIII. OF GOOD WORKS
We believe that good works are the fruits and evidences of a true faith.
Every child of God should be careful to maintain good works which can be
done only through the power of the Spirit, and by the instruction of God's
Eph. 2:8-10, Titus 3:8, Matt. 5:16, James 2:20
XIV. OF THE CONDITION OF THE
We believe that no accountable person can be saved without the work
of the Holy Spirit and hearing and believing the gospel. The heathen, without
the gospel, are lost and will be judged by the light of conscience which
is given to every accountable person.
Rom. 2:12-16, Rom. 10:13-17, John 17:3, John 14:6, John 3:3-5
XV. OF THE CHURCH
We believe that the church is a local, visible, congregation of Baptized
believers known as Baptist in our day and time, met together by covenant
in the Faith and Fellowship of the Gospel to worship God. We believe the
church is like the one Christ started while here on earth before Pentecost,
and is His bride as described in the Revelation letter. The ordinances
of the church are: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. The church is governed
by God's laws, and exercises the gifts, rights, and privileges invested
in them by God's word. That its only scriptural ordained officers are Bishop,
or Pastor, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined
in the Epistles of Timothy and Titus.
Mt. 16:18, Mt. 18:15-20, Phil 1:1, Eph. 3:21, I Tim. 3:1-16, Titus 1:5-9
XVI. OF BAPTISM
We believe that baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the
name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost by a duly ordained minister of the
gospel, authorized by a New Testament Baptist Church. Baptism does not
wash away sin but publicly identifies the believer with Christ in His death,
burial and resurrection. Scriptural Baptism is a prerequisite to membership
in the church and participation in the Lord's Supper.
Mt. 28:19, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:36-39, Rom. 6:3-5, Eph. 4:5, 1 Pet. 3:20-21
XVII. OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that the Lord's Supper is not a sacrament but an ordinance
placed in the church by our Lord which symbolizes His broken body and shed
blood for the redemption of His people. The elements to be used in the
Lord's Supper are unleavened bread and wine. Members of this local body
only can partake after solemn self examination.
Mt. 26:26-30, I Cor. 11:18-34
XVIII. OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
We believe that the commission of Christ to evangelize the world, baptize
believers, and teach them obedience to God's word was given to New Testament
Baptist Churches. These churches should cooperate with each other in the
furtherance of the gospel, each church being the sole human judge of the
measure and method of their cooperation. This church will not affiliate
or fellowship in anyway with any organization other than churches of like
precious faith. This excludes her from being recognized as a member of
any man-made organization such as a fellowship, convention, or association.
This Church shall only support missionaries of like precious faith who
are authorized and sent out by local New Testament Baptist Churches.
Mt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8, Acts 13:2, Eph. 4:11-16, I
16:1, II Cor. 8:18-19
XIX. OF THE HARMONY OF THE LAW
AND THE GOSPEL
We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule
of his moral government; that it is holy, just, and good; and that the
inability which the scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts
arises entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and
to restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law,
is one great end of the gospel and of the means of grace connected with
the establishment of the local church.
Gal. 3:1-25, Rom. 8:7,8
XX. OF THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian
Sabbath; and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining
from all secular labor and worldly recreations; by the devout observance
of all the means of grace, both private and public; and by preparation
for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.
Acts 20:7, Exodus 20:8, Heb. 10:24-25
XXI. OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests
and good order of human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed
for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed
to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience,
and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.
Rom. 13:1-7, Mt. 22:21, Acts 5:29, I Tim. 2:1-3
XXII. OF CHRIST'S RETURN
We believe that the imminent and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ
is the blessed hope of the saint. At the return of Christ, the living saints
will be translated and the dead in Christ raised to receive a new and glorified
body as we meet Christ in the air. There will then be approximately seven
years of tribulation upon this earth as the Antichrist is revealed and
the wrath of God falls upon this world. Christ will then return in great
glory to smite the nations with a rod of iron and set up His personal reign
on this earth for a thousand years.
Titus 2:13, Acts 1:10-11, I Thes. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:51-53, Mt. 24:1-31,
II Thes. 2:3, Rev. 20:1-6
XXIII. OF JUDGEMENT OF THE UNJUST
We believe that at the close of Christ's thousand year reign, the unsaved
will be raised to stand before God at the Great White Throne Judgement.
They will then be cast into the lake of fire along with the Devil and his
XXIV. OF THE JUDGEMENT OF THE
We believe all the just will stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ,
and that everyone of them shall give an account of themselves to God and
receive rewards or suffer loss according to that which he has done in his
body whether it be good or bad.
Rom. 14:10-12, II Cor. 5:10, John 15:1-11, I Cor. 3:12-17, Rev. 20:5-6
XXV. OF THE STATE OF MAN AT DEATH
We believe that at death the saved go immediately into the presence of God
and the joys of Heaven while the unregenerate enter into a place of torment
where they are held in righteous judgement. We hold the teachings of annihilation,
soul sleep, and purgatory to be unscriptural and false.
Luke 16:19-31, II Cor. 5:1-11, Luke 23:43, Heb. 11:16, Rev. 20:10-15,
OF THE BIBLE
OF THE FALL
OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
OF THE DEVIL
OF THE WAY OF SALVATION
OF GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE
OF THE NEW BIRTH
OF REPENTANCE AND FAITH
OF THE PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
OF GOOD WORKS
OF THE CONDITION OF THE HEATHEN
OF THE CHURCH
OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
OF THE HARMONY OF THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL
OF THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH
OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT
OF CHRIST'S RETURN
OF JUDGEMENT OF THE UNJUST
OF JUDGEMENT OF THE JUST
OF THE STATE OF MAN AT DEATH