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We confess to be a body of believers in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  We confess to be born again and believe that the scriptural means of baptism is by immersion after salvation in obedience to this commandment of our Lord.  As the disciples we are told to go forth and teach the gospel.  We also believe according to Matt. 28:19, 20 we are also called to preach, teach and to baptize.


The following is a list of the main doctrines which as members of this body knownas MARYVILLE BAPTIST TABERNACLE we agree upon:

THE BIBLE

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men supernaturally inspired; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter, and therefore is and shall remain to the end of the age the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and opinions should be tried.

  • By "The Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
  • By "inspiration" we mean that the books of the Bible were written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error as no other writings have ever been or ever will be inspired. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21; Acts 1:16, 28:25; Psa. 19:7-11, 119:89, 105, 130, 160; Luke 16:31, 24:25-27, 44-45; John 5:39, 45-47, 12:48, 17:17; Prov. 30:5-6; Rom. 3:6, 15:4; I Pet. 1:23; Rev. 22:19; Isa. 8:20; Eph. 6:17).
  • We believe that the original manuscripts of the Word of God are no longer in existence, but that God has supernaturally and providentially preserved His Word from the very beginning through all of time to this very moment.  (Psa. 12:6-7, 119:160; Isa. 59:21; Matt. 5:18, 24:35; I Pet. 1:23).  We believe that God's Word is preserved for us today in the Authorized King James Version (1611) and that it is the God-honored text of the Reformation. We believe that inspiration without preservation would be meaningless.
  • We reject all other translations and paraphrases of the Word of God, and subscribe to and use only the KJV (1611 or its equivalent) in all activities.
  • We believe the Bible to be the absolute and final rule of faith, doctrine, and practice for the believer, and that every believer must come under its authority in order to be obedient to God.

THE HOLY TRINITY
We believe in the doctrine of the Trinity that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are three persons yet equal in divine perfection each carrying on a distinct work in which all are in complete agreement.  (1 John 5:3; Luke 3:21-22)

THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Ghost and was born of a virgin as no other child has been or ever will be born. (Matt. 1:18-25)

THE DEITY OF CHRIST
We believe that Christ lived as a man yet was absolutely pure and without sin.  (Heb 4:15; 7:26)

THE SECOND COMING
We believe that Christ came to this earth once to pay the price of sin and that he is coming again to receive the saints unto himself. We believe this coming will be visible to all and with the shout of the archangel and that he will be in bodily form.  (Acts 1:11; 1 Thes. 4:16; Rev. 1:7)

OF CREATION
We believe in the literal translation of Genesis 1 and 2.

OF THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that God created man in his own image and in a sinless state and that we fell from this condition by voluntary transgression and that we are all born in sin and under condemnation and will never be able to enter God's presence in this condition.  (Gen. 1:27,28; 2:16,17; 3:6; Rom. 3:10, 23; John 3:3)

REGENERATION
We believe that all must experience the new birth to get to heaven and that there is no way to heaven and eternal life except by Jesus Christ. We are either completely saved or completely lost. Regeneration is completely of the Lord and has no bearing on baptism or any other act of obedience.  (John 3:3; John 3:6, 7; John 3:36; Rom. 11:6; Eph. 2:8, 9).

JUSTIFICATION
We believe that we are just in God's sight and have our sins forgiven not through any works on our behalf but through the finished work of Jesus Christ.  (Rom. 8:1; Heb. 1:3; 7:27)

HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe that heaven and hell are literal and not figurative and that only those trusting in Jesus Christ will be in heaven and all others will be in hell for all eternity. (Luke 16:22-23; Rev. 20:15; 21:3-4, 8)

 
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