Our Belief

Section I - The Scriptures
Section 2 –The Godhead
Section 3 - The Person and Work of Christ
Section 4 - The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
Section 5 – Satan
Section 6 - Man
Section 7 - Salvation
Section 8 - Separation
Section 9 - Evangelism and Missions
Section 10 - The Church
Section 11 - The Eternal State
Section 12 - Distinctive
Section 13 – Church, State, and Home


Section I - The Scriptures

We believe that the word of God consists solely of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, and that these are the sole authority in matters of faith and life. We believe in verbal plenary inspiration of, and the inerrancy and infallibility of the word of God in the original autographs (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter l:20-21). We believe these have been faithfully preserved infallible and inerrant by the Almighty God to this present hour and forever (Psalm 12:6-7, 119:89,152;Matthew 4:4;5:I7-18;24:35). We believe the English text of the King James (Authorized) Version is the preserved word of God for the English language. Therefore, the King James Version is to be used in all ministries of Beech Grove Baptist Church (II Timothy 2:2).

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Section 2 –The Godhead

We believe there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existing as a unity of three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16'17; Romans 8:9; Isaiah 6l:1-3). These three Persons are co-equal, coexistent, and co-eternal. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Romans 1:7; Hebrews 1:8, Acts 5:3,4)

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Section 3 - The Person and Work of Christ

We believe that the Lord Jests 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 men (John I : 1-2; Luke 1 : 35)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His shed blood by His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:25; 5:I-2;l Peter 1:3- 5; 2:24; Ephesians I :7).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into 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 1:9-11; Hebrews 9:24:7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2: l, 2).

We believe in that "blessed hope" and personal, imminent, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and we believe in His subsequent return to earth with His saints to establish His millennial kingdom (I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13- 1 8; 5: 9; Zechariah 14:4-11 ; Revelation 3: l0; 9: I 1-16; 2O:7-6).

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Section 4 - The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person equal with the Father and the Son and of the same substance and nature: that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and .judgment; and that He is the supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, and also indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11, I Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9, Ephesians l: 13-14).

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and that it is the privilege and duty of all believers to be filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13; I John 2:20-27; Ephesians 5:18, John 14:16-17; 15:26). We believe that the sign gifts (apostleship, prophecy, miracles of healing, and tongues) were temporary and no longer needed after "that which is perfect is come."

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Section 5 – Satan

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin; that he gave occasion for the fall of man; that he is the unholy god of this age; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he is destined to the judgment of eternal justice in the Lake of Fire (Job l:5-7: Isaiah 74:12-17; Mathew 4:2-11; 25: 41, I Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20: 10).

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Section 6 - Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that in Adam's sin the race of man 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 (Genesis T:26-27; Romans 3:22-23: 5: I 2; Ephesians 2:l -3.12).

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Section 7 - Salvation

We believe that salvation is possible only through the substitutionary and vicarious death of Christ for man (Galatians l: 4; II Corinthians 5:21, 1Peter 2:74; 3:18). We believe that faith in the finished work of Christ is the only condition for salvation from sin; that this salvation is wholly of grace; and that no works, however good, make that salvation more secure (Acts l6:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 10:9-13).

We believe that the redeemed are eternally secure in salvation, kept by the power of God (I John 5:13; John 10:28-30; Ephesians 1: 3-11, Romans 8:29; Colossians 3:3, John 17:9-20; II Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 1: 5).

We believe that every person immediately upon acceptance of Christ as his personal Savior receives the gift of eternal life and is made at once a child of God; as such, a special Divine Providence watches over his welfare so that he is kept in a state of glory (John l: 12; 10.28-29; Romans 8:28-29; Ephesians 1:13-14; Philippians 1:6; I Peter 1.5; I John 5:10-13).

We believe that, while salvation is not of works, it is unto good works which are a result of the believer living his life under the control of the Holy Spirit Ephesians 2:8-10; 5:18; Galatians 5:22-25).

We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of salvation through the testimony of God's Word; which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15). We believe that every believer possesses two natures; that through the indwelling Holy Spirit provision is made for victory of the new nature over the old nature; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (John 3:5-9; Romans 6:13, 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16).

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Section 8 - Separation

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to be a reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that separation from all religious apostasy, worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and association is commanded of God (Acts 4:12; Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; II Corinthians 6:14;7:1; Colossians 1:18; II Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17,II John 9- 11).

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Section 9 - Evangelism and Missions

We believe that it is the duty of the saved to witness by life and word to the truths of the Bible, and to assist in giving the Gospel of Christ to all the world by praying, giving, and going in obedience to the leadership of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; 1Corinthians 15:19-20).

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Section 10 - The Church

We believe that the Church is a congregation of believers baptized by immersion upon a credible confession of faith and associated by covenant of faith, fellowship of the Gospel, and observance of the ordinances of the Church governed by His laws; that it is to exercise the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in it by the Holy Spirit, and it is answerable only to Christ; and that in matters of membership, policy, government, discipline, association, and benevolence, the will of the local church is final (Matthew 18:19-20; I Corinthians 1:2; 6:4-5; 7:17; 11:16; 1Timothy 3:1-15). We believe that the church has been committed to two ordinances; they are baptism and the communion of the Lord's Table. We believe that Scriptural baptism is the immersion of the believer in water and that it is a testimony of the believer’s identification by faith with Christ in His death and resurrection as our substitute (Matthew 18:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:36-39). We believe that the communion of the Lord's Table is the partaking of the bread and the cup by believers in remembrance of the death of Christ on our behalf; that it is to be observed after thoughtful examination until He comes (Matthew 26:26-29; 1Corinthians 11 :23-32).

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Section 11 - The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men - the saved to eternal bliss, and the unsaved to judgment and eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; ll:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6; 12:13). 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 body, soul, and spirit are re-united to be glorified with the Lord (Luke 23'.43; I Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:4-6).

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery in hell until the second resurrection, when the body, soul, and spirit are re-united; that they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment; and that they shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, But to suffer everlasting, conscious punishment (Matthew 25:1-46; Mark9:43-48; Luke 16:79- 29; II Thessalonians l: 7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation20:11-15).

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Section 12 - Distinctive

We believe in the sole authority of the Bible; absolute soul liberty (that every man is free to worship God after his own conscience and solely according to God's word); sovereignty of the local church; regeneration, and baptism in a Bible believing, Bible teaching church of like faith as a condition for local church membership; baptism of believers only; the priesthood of the believer; and the separation of church and state.

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Section 13 – Church, State, and Home

We believe that God has ordained three basic institutions by which human society is to be organized. These institutions are the home (Genesis 2:23-24), the government (Romans 13:1-7), word the local church (Acts 11:26). Being first established, the home is the basic building block of all human society and is responsible for the propagation of the human race, the rearing and training of children, and the establishment and operation of the other two institutions. Government is ordained of God to maintain order and discipline among humans. It is the ministry of God to reward those who do good and to punish those who do evil. The local church was established by Christ as the institution through which He would organize men to do His works of evangelizing the lost, teaching the saved, and worshipping Him. The responsibilities given to each of these institutions are unique to that institution. When one institution neglects its own responsibility or assumes the responsibility of another institution, said institution has violated God's order and is to be rebuked and not followed (Acts 4:18-20; 5:29).

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