What We Believe here at 

    First Baptist Church

        New Baden, TX

Statement of Faith of First Baptist Church New Baden, Texas

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible. God's infallable written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.

We accept those areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians. Because of the specialized calling of our movement, we desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based upon the Bible alone, and that no such interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to which God called us.

     1.  There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy
          Spirit - each of whom possess equally all the attributes of Deity and the 
          charateristics of personality.

     2.  Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous
          conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and
          true humanity united in one person forever.

     3.  He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the                cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation            for all who trust in Him alone.

     4.  He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and                died.

     5.  He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, 
          where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes
          intercession for His own.

     6.  Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobyeing God; thus,
          he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under
          divine condemnation.

     7.  Man's nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man
          is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

     8.  We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and                  forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The                    salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole            or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His                  righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and              thereby justified them in His sight.

     9.  It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their
          salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This
          assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the 
          witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in 
          His written Word.

    10.  The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply               the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts             new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth                 and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and control are                 appropriated in the believer's life by faith.

    11.  Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will 
           not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.

    12.  Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men,
           living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith.

    13.  God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for
           participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual

    14.  At physical death the beliver enters immediately into eternal, conscious 
           fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting
           glory and blessing.

    15.  At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious
           separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body  to everlasting
           judgment and condemnation.

    16.  Jesus Christ will come again to the earth - personally, visibly and bodily - to
           consummate history and the eternal plan of God.

    17.  The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the Gospel throughout
           the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of the Great
           Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to
           a total committment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us."

    18.  We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning and that is marriage
           sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive
           union, as delineated in Scripture. We belive that God intends sexual intimacy
           to only occur between a man and a woman that are married to each other. We
           believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in 
           outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

    19.  We believe that any form of sexual immorality, including but not limited to, 
           adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, beastiality, incest, 
           pornography or any attempt to change one's sex, or disagreement with one's
           biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.

    20.  We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness,                       respect, and dignity.

    21.  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to
            be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the church.