Statement of Faith and Covenant

Statement of Faith

The Holy Scriptures.

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New

Testaments to be the verbal 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

Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to Man. The

Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical-

historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the

official translation used by the Church (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20,21).

Dispensationalism.

We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural,

literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life that

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. Three of these

dispensations—the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the

kingdom—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).

The Godhead.

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, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same

attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4, Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; John

14:10,26).

The Person and Work of Christ

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 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).

b. 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 is made sure by His

literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24,

25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 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; 7:25; Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

a. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of

b. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to

c. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to

d. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in

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).

understand and appropriate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege

and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 1:17, 18;

5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27).

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).

tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that

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).

The Total Depravity of Man.

We believe that man was created in the image and

likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin, the human 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; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19).

Salvation.

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by

grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose

precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (John

1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18,19).

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers.

a. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power

b. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the

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 Peter 1:4, 5).

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).

The Church

a. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused

b. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is

c. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external

d. We recognize water baptism, by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as

bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons (1 Cor. 12:12-

14; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 1:22, 23; 5:25-27).

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).

authority of control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1, 4; 1

Cor. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

the Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the Church in this age (Matt

28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; 18:18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26).

Separation.

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to

bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all

religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasure, practices and

associations is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1, 2; 14:13; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1;

2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).

The Second Advent of Christ. We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal,

imminent return of Christ Who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-

year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation Christ will

personally and visibly return, with His saints, to establish His earthly

Messianic Kingdom, which was promised to the Nation of Israel (Ps. 89:3,

4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thess. 1:10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus

2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6).

The Eternal State

a. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal

b. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from

c. We believe that the soul of unbelievers remain, after death, in

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).

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; 1 Thess. 4:16, 17; Rev. 20:4-6).

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).

The Personality of Satan.

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of 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).

Creation.

We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour

periods. We reject evolution, the Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution

as unscriptural theories of origin (Gen. 1-2; Ex. 20:11).

Civil Government.

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 Peter 2:13, 14).

Human Sexuality.

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual

activity should be engaged in outside of 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 (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).

Divorce and Remarriage.

We believe that God hates divorce and intends

marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorced and remarried

persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service in the Church

and be greatly used of God for Christian service, however, 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).

Missions.

The mission of Park Avenue Baptist Church is to glorify God in

obedience to the Great Commission in proclaiming the Gospel unto the

uttermost parts of the earth, beginning with our own “Jerusalem,” Moody,

Al: preserving a biblical heritage for future generations; and providing a

place of worship, training, and service. (Matt. 28: 19, 20; Mark 16:15;

Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:20).

This will be accomplished through the preaching, teaching and singing of

the truths of the Word of God in a warm spiritual environment, providing

a place of development and practical application of special ministries to

the hearts and souls of mankind.

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. (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).

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.

Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our

Saviour, 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 worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to give it

a sacred preeminence over all institutions of human origin; 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.

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 to reconciliation, and mindful of

the rules of our Savior, 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.