We Believe:

The Bible. We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God; that it is the only complete and final revelation of God’s will to man; and that it is the supreme standard of all faith and practice. (2 Tim 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:19-21)

God. We believe the Scriptures reveal God as eternally existing, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and manifesting Himself in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – one in essence and power. (Ex. 3:14; Gen. 1:1; Matt. 28:19 and 2 Cor. 13:14)

The Person and Work of Jesus Christ. We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; His Virgin Birth; His sinless life; His substitutionary death on the cross for our sins; His physical resurrection from the grave; His ascension to the right hand of God where He ever liveth to make intercession for believers; and His personal, visible, bodily return to the earth at the end of the age. (Matt. 1:18; John 1:14; Matt. 20:28; 1 Peter 1:18; 1 Cor. 15:14; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16-17)

The Holy Spirit. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, possessed of all the distinctive divine attributes. We believe He is the administrator of the things of God – convincing, revealing truth, energizing believers in matters of prayer and service, and restraining evil “until He is taken out of the way.” (2 Thess. 2:7; Psa. 139:7-10)

Man. We believe God made man in His own image and that man came into the world by direct creation of God and not by evolution; that this creative act of God is separate and distinct from any other work of God. We believe the scripture record of the fall of man through disobedience to God and that by nature man is “dead in trespasses and sins.” (Gen. 1:26, 9:6; Rom. 5:12; Psa. 53:5)

Salvation. We believe salvation to be by grace through faith wholly apart from human merit, and that every individual is a sinner by birth and by choice and therefore must exercise personal faith in the redeeming work of Christ on Calvary in order to be saved. (Eph. 2:8-9, Tit. 3:5, Ps. 51:5, Rom. 3:23; 10:9-10)

Satan. We believe in the reality and personality of Satan that he is a created being once known as “the anointed cherub that covereth.” That through pride he fell, that he is the “lower god of this world” and the “Prince of the power of the earth” and that he will be judged at the revelation of Jesus Christ and ultimately cast into the lake of fire. (Matt. 18:14, John 8:44, Eph. 2:2, Rev. 20:10)

 

Heaven and Hell. We believe in a heaven of eternal bliss for all who, through faith in The Lamb of God, have become the children of God and the Lake of Fire of eternal Judgment for all who have not received the forgiveness of sins which is through Jesus Christ. (Rev. 21:1-8)

The Church and It’s Ordinances. We believe a local fundamental Baptist church is a voluntary association of baptized believers equal in rank and privileges subject to The Word of God and independent of any external ecclesiastical control whatsoever. We believe God’s word commands every believer “and only believers” to be baptized and that the only scriptural mode is by immersion. We believe that the ordinance of the Lord's Supper should be observed as Christ said “in remembrance of His broken body and shed blood” for us and the supper has no sacramental virtue. (Matt. 28:19-20, 1 Cor. 11:24, Rom 6:3-5, Acts 2:41; 18:12)

Evangelization. We believe it is the solemn obligation of every believer to be a personal soul winner and to do his utter most to carry out the Savior's command to give the gospel to the whole world. (Matt. 28:19)

First Baptist Church Harrington Maine