|Canaan Baptist Church
Statements of Faith
STATEMENTS OF FAITH
1. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be
the verbal inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant
in the King James Bible 1611 writings, infallible and God breathed for the
English speaking people (John 1:1-2; II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).
2. We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons -
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature,
co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and
perfections (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14; I John 5:7,14).
3. A. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God,
became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the
Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God
and redeem sinful man (John 1:1-2; Luke 1:35).
B. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption
through His death on the cross as representative, vicarious, sacrifice, and
that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from
the dead (Rom. 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5).
C. 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; Rom. 8:34; I John 1:1-2).
4. A. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world
of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; Second, 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; II Cor. 3:6; I Cor 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13-14).
B. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all
truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be FILLED and
CONTROLLED by the Spirit (John 16:13; Eph. 5:18).
5. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that in
Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated
from God; and, that man is totally depraved, and, of himself utterly unable
to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; Eph. 2:1-3; Rom.
6. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace
and receiving by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious
blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph. 2:8-9;
John 1:12; I Peter 1:18-19).
7. A. 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; I Cor. 1:4-8).
B. We believe that it is the privileges 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 and
clearly warns believers to avoid unbelief and licentiousness (Rom. 13:14;
Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; Heb. 3:12-13, 6:9).
8. We believe that every saved person possesses two natures with
provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through
the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication
of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom. 6:13; I John 1:8; 1 John
2:15-17; II Cor. 6:14, 7:1).
9. We believe that the saved should live in such a manner as not to
bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord and that they should be
separated from all religious apostasy, and all worldly and sinful practices,
and persons (II Tim. 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II Cor 6:14-17).
10. We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and
by word to the truths of Holy Scripture and to seek to proclaim the Gospel
to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:19-20).
11. A. We believe that God is Sovereign in the bestowment of all His
gifts; and that the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are sufficient
for the perfecting of the saints today; and, that speaking in tongues and the
working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament
Scriptures were completed and their authority became established (I Cor.
B. We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accord
with His own will for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; I John 5:14-15;
12. We believe in a literal and burning Hell; also, in the eternal state of
the saved to be in heaven and to dwell throughout eternity with our Lord
Jesus Christ (Luke 16; II Cor. 5:6-9).
13. A. We believe that the Church, which is the body of the espoused
bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons
(Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14).
B. We believe that the establishment and continuation of local churches is
clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27;
20:28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13).
14. We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of
the fall; 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; Rev. 20:15).
15. We believe in that "Blessed Hope", the personal, imminent
pre-tribulation and pre-millennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His
redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to
establish His Millennial Kingdom (I Thes. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev.
19:11-16; 20:5-6, 12-13).
16. A. We believe in the bodily resurrection of mankind, the saved unto
the eternal life, and unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt.
25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).
B. We believe that the spirits of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the
body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the
first resurrection and Judgment Seat of Christ, when spirit, soul, and body
are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6;
Phil. 1:23, 3:21, I Thes. 4:16-17).
C. We believe that the spirits of the unregenerated remain, after death, in
Hell until the second resurrection, when the 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 (Luke 16:19-26; Matt. 25:41-46; I I Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev.