Eastbrook Baptist Church

Doctrinal Statement (from the constitution of the church)
Section 2.01—Statement Of Faith

The following comprise the Scriptural beliefs of this church and its members.

(A) The Holy Scriptures. (Bibliology)

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed and, therefore, are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal literal-grammatical-historical meaning, and all issues of interpretation and meaning shall be determined by the pastor. We believe that God in His Perfect Providence has faithfully preserved His word to man so that today we possess the complete, accurate, and reliable texts of both testaments. (Ps. 12:6,7) The initial miracle of divine inspiration of the original autographs also extends to the divine preservation of a pure text to this day. Jesus said in Matt. 24:35 “…but my words shall not pass away….” We believe God has kept that promise by preserving His infallible word in the traditional (Massoretic) Hebrew and (Textus Receptus) Greek manuscripts and that the Authorized Version (KJV) is the accurate English translation of the preserved Word of the Living God. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by this church. (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)

(B) Dispensationalism.

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life, which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. The Dispensations are seven in number and are as follows; The Dispensation of Innocency, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, Mosaic Law, Grace, the Millenium. Three of these dispensations—the law, (or Mosaic Law) the church, (or Grace) and the kingdom (or the Millenium)—are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Gen. 1:28; 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10; 3:2-10; Col. 1:24-25, 27; Rev. 20:2-6) We do not agree with the views known as Covenant Theology nor Progressive Dispensationalism.

(C) The Godhead. (Theology)

The God revealed in creation (Rom. 1:17-20), Christ (John 1:1), and the scriptures is one God. (Col. 2:9) He is a Spirit (John 4:4). We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons —Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections thus being co-eternal in essence and existence. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 14:10, 26)

(D) The Person and Work of Christ. (Christology)

1. We believe in the absolute Deity of the Son of God. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God for one instant, having been miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2, 14; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8)
2. We believe that Jesus was acceptable to the Father because He was, is, and always will be, sinless. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, (substitutionary) sacrifice; and, that our justification solely on the basis of His shed blood and is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2) We also believe He will come again.

(E) The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. (Pneumatology)

1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, 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. (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14) 2. We believe that He is the divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled (Gk.=pleroma=controlled) with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18; 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)
3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12)
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. Speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit, and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (1 Cor. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22) Therefore as a result of these beliefs, we reject the modern day Pentecostalism commonly known as the Charismatic Movement and termed by other names as well: Word of Faith Movement, Prosperity Movement, to name a few. We reject them as Doctrinally unsound as to the Faith once delivered to the saints.

(F) The Total Depravity of Man. (Hamartiology=Sin)

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; but that in Adam’s sin (Fall) the human race was plunged into condemnation and death, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. All mankind is born in sin and shapen in iniquity and become practical sinners by personal choice, not by constraint, but by choice and so are without excuse before God. Man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. We believe the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the atonement wrought by Jesus Christ described in D2 above. (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:10-19; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19)

(G) Salvation. (Soteriology)

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. We believe that all sins are forgivable. We believe that Faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin and this salvation is wholly of grace. We also believe that no works, however good, can obtain nor make this salvation more secure. It should also be stated that to deny the Virgin birth (Isa. 7:14) and the bodily resurrection (Romans 10:9) of the Lord Jesus Christ casts a severe doubt as to a person’s salvation because they then believe in another Jesus, and not the Jesus revealed in the scripture. (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:9: Titus 3:5,7: Isa. 7:14; Romans 10:9)

(H) The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.

We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1; 38-39; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5)
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

(I) The Church

1. We believe that the Church Universal, which is the (invisible) body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of believers in Jesus Christ (born-again) as Savior, both Jew and Gentile, called out from the world and indwelt by the Holy Spirit, and is a New Testament institution. It was unknown to the Old Testament prophets, established by Jesus Christ, who is it’s sole Head, brought into existence on the day of Pentecost, empowered and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:12-14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27) The Local Church (visible) is the manifestation of the Church Universal on this earth and is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel. In it we observe the ordinances of Christ, follow the governing of His Word, and have for officers Elders and Deacons. The terms Pastor, Bishop, Overseer, also refer to the office of elder in the scriptures. The Pastor would be the elder whose gift is recognized as that of Pastor-Teacher, Eph. 4:11. The Local church has the absolute right of self-government (autonomy) directed by the Holy Spirit and is answerable only to Christ. Plurality of Elders is scriptural and should be desired and established when the size of the local church congregation reaches sufficient numbers that deems the additions necessary for the best interest of the members.
2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
3. We believe in the autonomy (self government) of the local church free of any external authority or control. (i.e., synods, conventions, etc.) (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1 Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4)
We believe that there are two church memorials. We recognize water baptism by immersion (Believer’s baptism, the only true picture of his death, burial, and resurrection = immersion) and the Lord’s Supper, (which commemorates our Lord’s death till He comes, our continual fellowship with Him, and a time for careful self-examination,) as the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age. (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-32)
Every Christian has the right or privilege of church attendance. It is unscriptural for a born-again believer to be unaffiliated with a fundamental, Bible-teaching, Bible-preaching assembly. A consistent attendance is a must for growth and testimony. The church is God’s divine institution to bear testimony (world-wide) to the Lord Jesus Christ and His glorious gospel. The goal of the church is to glorify God through the salvation of lost souls, by the people of the assembly and the pastor witnessing their faith to others. The primary function of the local church is the feeding and edification of the saints of God.

(J)Separation. (Sanctification; separation from worldliness)

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings (Micah 6:8; Rom.8:29;12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 5:17 ; 6:14-7:1; Eph. 2:10; 5:15-16; Col. 3:17,23; Phil. 2:15,16a; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; Lev. 19:28; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; II Cor. 7:1) .
Concerning Ecclesiastical Separation; We believe that clean-cut, total absolute separation from apostasy is the only logical and Biblical ground upon which to stand. We believe that scripture forbids; 1) organic union or cooperation with unbelievers and 2) organic union or cooperation with believers who insist upon and practice such union with unbelievers. We believe, on the whole question of such matters as participation in union Thanksgiving services, membership in local ministerial association(s), participation in union evangelistic campaigns, etc., where modernists and liberals are involved, our position is that of separation. We also reject the organizations known as the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches as reprobate from the truth and heretical in doctrine and practice. We further believe that, individually, as well as in the local assembly, Biblical separation must be maintained in order to have an effective witness for our Lord Jesus Christ in this day of compromise and the Trumpets (leaders) giving uncertain sounds (II Thess. 3:1-6, 14; II Cor. 6:11-7:1; II Chronicles 19:1; Ezra 4:1-4; Titus 1:13; 3:10; II John 10,11; Eph. 5:11; Romans 16:14; I John 4:1).
Regarding Excellence in God’s work. Believing that the current climate in America is characterized by and promotive of slovenliness, carelessness, mediocrity, and caters to the base and indifferent qualities of man’s fallen nature, those engaged in the work of God should seek for the excellence that is worthy of the King’s character, whom we serve, in our dress as well as our character.

(K) The Second Advent of Christ.

We believe in that blessed hope, the personal, pretribulational, premillenial, imminent return of Christ Who will rapture His church prior to the seven-year tribulation period, coming only in the air. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom that was promised to the nation of Israel, where He will rule for 1000 years. Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for that period of time. (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; I Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
The Eternal State.
1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13)
2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6)
3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment. (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; 2 Thess. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15)

(M) The Personality of Satan.

1. We believe that Satan is a person, the god of this age, the author of all the powers of darkness and sin, and the cause of the Fall of Man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10)

(N) Creation.

1. We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods.
2. We reject evolution, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin. (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11)

(O) Civil Government.

1. We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the home, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God. (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph. 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14)

(P) Human Sexuality.

1. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. We as a church body, reserve the right to remove or reject anyone, male or female, involved in service, membership, or applying for membership or office, if they are found to be of a deviant lifestyle as described above, or are listed as a sexual predator by any law enforcement agencies. In the event a person should contract A.I.D.S. or any other sexually transmitted disease while a member or attendant at the Eastbrook Baptist Church from whatever source, they will agree to abide by whatever decision that the Pastor, along with the Deacons and the rest of the church body deems necessary to protect and safeguard the health of the membership as well as the testimony of the church from further contamination, physically or spiritually. This can also apply to other communicable diseases. Our position is to minister to people’s spiritual needs. It is only by the grace of God and His protection that any of us remain free of this and other diseases that befall mankind today. We will minister as long as those who are involved are being obedient to the Lord and are right with the Lord in areas of their lives respective to the situation(s). We as a church body, reserve the right to remove or reject anyone, male or female, involved in service, membership, or applying for membership or office, if they are found to be infected with A.I.D.S., sexually transmitted, and/or communicable diseases. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5, 13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1: 26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
2. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman. Marriage by this stable and time tested definition is, “The act of uniting a man and woman for life; the legal union of a man and woman for life. Marriage is a contract both civil and religious, by which the parties engage to live together in mutual affection and fidelity, till death shall separate them. God Himself instituted marriage for the purpose of preventing the promiscuous intercourse of the sexes, for promoting domestic felicity, and for securing the maintenance and education of children. “ 1828 Webster’s Dictionary (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22-23)

(Q) Family Relationships

1. We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home, and men are to be the leaders (pastors and deacons) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:8-15; 3:4-5, 12)
2. We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. The husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church. This of course equals 100% and rules out the 50/50 attitude. The wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ. Children are an heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values and leading them, through consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, including Scriptural corporal correction. (Gen. 1:26-28; Ex. 20:12; Deut. 6:4-9; Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 19:18; 22:15; 23:13-14; Mk. 10:6-12; I Cor. 7:1-16; Eph. 5:21-33; 6:1-4, Col. 3:18-21; Heb. 13:4; I Pet. 3:1-7)

(R) Divorce and Remarriage.

We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery except on the grounds of fornication. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon. (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)

(S) Abortion.

We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the physical or mental well being of the mother are acceptable. (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44)

(T) Love.

We believe that we should demonstrate love for others, not only toward fellow believers, but also toward both those who are not believers and those who oppose us. We are to deal with those who oppose us graciously, gently, patiently, and humbly. God forbids the stirring up of strife, the taking of revenge, or the threat or the use of violence as a means of resolving personal conflict or obtaining personal justice. Although God commands us to abhor sinful actions, we are to love and pray for any person who engages in such sinful actions. (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 5:44-48; Luke 6:31; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:9-10; 17-21; 13:8-10; Phil. 2:2-4; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Titus 3:2; 1 John 3:17-18)

(U) Lawsuits Between Believers.

We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. We do believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian’s insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander. (1 Cor. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32)

(V) Missions.

We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20)

(W) Giving.

We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God’s wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that a Christian relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made. (Gen. 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; 1 John 3:17)
Section 2.02—Authority Of Statement of Faith

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing Statement of Faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible and, therefore, is binding upon all members. All literature used in the church shall be in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.

Section 2.03—Covenant

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of our Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its regular worship services, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; and to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred, acquaintances, and all others; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful to our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from worldly amusements such as gambling, rock music, and dancing; to be free from all oath-bound secret societies and partnerships with unbelievers; to abstain from the sale or use of tobacco in any form, narcotic drugs, or intoxicating drink as a beverage; and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the Kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy of speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior, and to secure reconciliation without delay.

We moreover engage, that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.