We believe that the Bible is the word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (Rom 15:4; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption (Deut. 6:4; Matt 28:19; John 1:1-3; Acts 5:3-4; Col 1:16).
We believe in God, the Father, and 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 prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ (Lev 11:45; Is 6:3; John 4:24, 6:40; Rom 1:20; 1 John 4:7-9).
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth (Luke 1:34-35; John 3:16; Acts 1:11; Rom 5:8, 8:34; 1 Cor 15:3-5; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 7:25). .
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide (John 3:3-7, 14:26, 16:7-11; Acts 10:44-45; Rom 8:1-11; Eph 1:13-14; Titus 3:5).
We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit (Ps 14:1-3; Mark 1:15; John 3:3-15, 6:40; Acts 2:38, 3:19, 26, 16:31; Rom 3:23, 5:12, 18, 6:23, 7:19).
We believe that the true church is a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on the credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world (Matt 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 2:42-47, 8:36, 38, 10:47, 16:31-34; Eph 1:22-23, 2:19-22; 1 Pet 2:4, 5).
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellowmen; and that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ (Lev 19:18; Luke 10:27-28, 12:13-21; 1 Cor 10:31; Heb 5:11-6:3; 1 Pet 1:13-25).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 28:19; Luke 22:14-22; Acts 8:34-39, 16:30-34; 1 Cor 11:23-26).
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and Sate must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other (Rom 13:1-7, 14:22; Heb 10:19-22).
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal blessedness of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked (Dan 12:2; 1 Cor 15; 1 Thess. 4:16; Heb 9:27; Rev 20:11-15).
In subscribing to this Statement of Faith we do not set aside or undervalue any of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, but believe all to be God's inerrant Word, but the knowledge and belief of the truth as stated in our Statement of Faith we deem necessary to sound doctrine and thereby requisite for Christian fellowship.
North Scott Baptist Church seeks to glorify God and uphold his righteousness in all areas of life including the area of marriage and human sexuality. For that reason, we make this statement regarding marriage and human sexuality both to glorify God for his good design and to instruct his people in righteousness.
We regard marriage as a part of God's good creation and marriage within the Church as a rite and institution tied directly to our foundational belief of God as Creator who made us male and female. We also regard marriage as a sacred institution which reflects the mysterious and wonderful bond between Christ and His Church. Marriage is more than a contract between two persons (a secular notion). It is a covenant based upon promises between one man and one woman and finds its divinely intended expression in the "one flesh" covenant union of husband and wife. We therefore will only authorize and recognize heterosexual marriages.
We are committed to the home and family as set forth in Holy Scripture. We believe God has ordained and created marriage to exist between one man and one woman, with absolute marital fidelity. The Bible sets forth specific home and family values, which include the distinct roles of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and children. It is our firm conviction that we uphold the dignity of each individual as we embrace the unchanging and longstanding principles of scriptural truth.