Faith Baptist Lakeland

Our Belief

Statement of Faith

Our Belief & Statement of Faith

At Faith Baptist Lakeland, we believe in the authority and inspiration of the Bible, the Trinity, the deity of Jesus Christ, the creation account in Genesis, and the need for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. But there’s more! Let’s dive into the rest of our beliefs and the biblical verses that support them.

We believe that the Bible as a whole, both the Old and New Testaments, truly is God’s inspired Word and is the ultimate authority in our faith and daily lives. It is a daily practice for all believers to read and study the Scriptures. As Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

We believe in one eternal God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As II Corinthians 13:14 says, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the one true God and true man and that He was born of the Virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit. As John 1:1-18 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.

We believe in the creation as declared in Genesis, that man was created in the image of God and that he sinned, bringing physical and spiritual death to all. All human beings, which means you, are born with a sinful nature and must be born again to be accepted by God. As Romans 5:12 states, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice. We are only saved by grace through faith in Him and His shed blood, not by our own works. As Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

We believe in the third-day resurrection of Jesus Christ, His ascension into Heaven, and His current role as our High Priest and Advocate. As John 2:1-2 tells us, “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins.

We believe that those who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit and become children of God. They are indwelt and sealed by the Holy Spirit and are secure until the day of redemption. As John 1:12 says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

We believe that the Church is the bride of Jesus Christ and is composed solely of believers, and its purpose is to win lost souls to Christ. As Ephesians 5:23-25 says, “For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church… As the Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it.

For us, baptism is an important step in our faith journey. It is a public testimony of our union in the belief of Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. As Jesus said in John 3:5, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” We also believe in the Lord’s Supper, which Jesus instituted as a way to remember His sacrifice until He returns. As He said in 1 Corinthians 11:24-25, “This do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” However, we do not believe that baptism or the Lord’s Supper have any saving merit, as explained in John 1:12-13: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

A visible church of Christ is a gathering of baptized believers who observe the ordinances of Christ and exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges defined in the Word of God. The only Scriptural officers, according to the Bible of the Church, are bishops or pastors and deacons, as described in the Bible. In 1 Timothy 3:1-2, Paul writes, “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach.” In Acts 6:3, we see the selection of the first deacons: “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

Living a life of separation from worldly and sinful practices is another important aspect of our faith. The Scriptures clearly teach this principle and call every believer to abide in Christ, walk in the Spirit, and enjoy victory over the world, the flesh, and the devil. As Paul writes in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” In 1 John 2:15-17, we read, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

We also believe in the personal and imminent coming of our Lord in the air for His saints, commonly known as the Rapture. The Bible teaches that this will be followed by the personal, visible, and glorious return of Christ to the earth with His saints. The seven years of tribulation, also known as Daniel’s seventieth week, will occur between these events.

As Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” This event is commonly known as the Rapture when Christ will come in the air to gather His saints. This will be followed by the visible and glorious return of Christ to the earth, as described in Revelation 19:11-16, when He will defeat His enemies and establish His reign on earth. The seven years of tribulation, also known as Daniel’s seventieth week, will take place between these two events.

At Faith Baptist Lakeland, we believe that God has a special plan for His covenant people, Israel. According to our faith, Israel will be redeemed and regathered to Palestine. During the millennial reign of Christ, Israel will become the head of the nations, with Christ ruling from David’s throne in Jerusalem.

The Bible tells us that there will be a bodily resurrection for every living person. Only those who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will experience everlasting blessedness, while those who have rejected Him will face everlasting punishment. As John 5:28-29 says, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

We also believe in the reality of Satan, a fallen angel who is the prince of demons and the adversary of Christ and His Church. The Bible teaches that Satan’s destiny is eternal punishment, and as 1 Peter 5:8 reminds us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

At Faith Baptist Lakeland, we believe that God has established a civil government for our good and His glory. We believe that those in positions of authority are appointed by God, and we are called to pray for them and honor them.

Romans 13:1-7 tells us that “there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Therefore, we are to submit to the authorities over us and recognize that they have been put in place by God. However, we also recognize that there are times when the government may ask us to do something that is against God’s will. In those situations, we must obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29).

We also believe that every human being has direct relations with God and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith. The Church and the state have different functions, and we believe they must be kept separate. Each Church is independent and autonomous, free from any interference by ecclesiastical or political authority.

This idea is based on Matthew 22:21, where Jesus says, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” As believers, we are called to be subject to the government as long as it does not contradict the will of God.

We believe that there should be a separation of Church and state and the importance of both fulfilling their duties without dictation or patronage of the other.

At Faith Baptist Lakeland, we strive to honor God in all aspects of our lives, including our relationships with those in authority.

We believe in the importance of being responsible and obedient citizens while also remaining steadfast in our faith and committed to following God’s will above all else. We hold firm to these beliefs based on the teachings of the Bible, and we encourage all of our members to study the Scriptures and grow in their faith.

For more reading, here is a deeper dive into the Southern Baptist Convention’s Baptist Faith and Message preamble to our doctrines as Baptist believers. https://bfm.sbc.net