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First Baptist Church of Port Jervis, New York

8 Ferguson Avenue • PORT JERVIS, New York 12771 • United States • 1 845-856-8122http://8 Ferguson Avenue • Baptist

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First Baptist Church of Port Jervis

Primary Teaching Elder: Richard Tory MacDonald, Pastor

First Baptist Church of Port Jervis is a warm, friendly, Christ-centered church seeking to glorify God in everything we do. Through the Scriptures and the expositional teaching and preaching of God's Word, our minds are renewed and we are equipped for the work of the ministry. Through the ordinances, we show obedience to Christ, who renews our hopes and refreshes in our faith.  Through prayer, we draw close to God and commune with Him in conversation; and in fellowship with one another, we persevere in faith and remain united in love as one people of God.

There is always room for another friend at First Baptist Church of Port Jervis, so come join us this Sunday for worship.

Doctrines ~ First Baptist Church of Port Jervis

First Baptist Church of Port Jervis, categorically embrace the 5 Solas of the Protestant Reformation.  1. Sola Scriptura, the Scripture alone is our moral, spiritual, and theological standard;  2. Sola Christus, by Christ alone, and His work in our redemption, are we saved;  3. Sola Gratia, our salvation is by grace alone;  4. Sola Fide, our justification is through faith alone;  5. Soli Deo Gloria, for the glory of God alone.  Each Lord's Day, we sing Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.

What we Believe

The Doctrine of God
We believe in one, perfect, sovereign God; the Creator and Sustainer of all things, eternally divine, existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that these three Persons are equal in every distinct perfection and they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. We believe that God concerns Himself mercifully and judiciously in human affairs; we believe He hears and answers prayers; that He saves His people from sin and death by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. (Exodus 20:2-3; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10; Matthew 6:8-13, 28:19; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Revelation 4:11).

See: The Nicene Creed  & The Athanasian Creed

The Doctrine of Scripture
We believe the sixty-six canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired, infallible Word of God, without error or contradiction in the original manuscripts, and God’s complete, written revelation to humankind. The Bible is sufficient and trustworthy for life, faith, conduct, and practice, and is the supreme and final authority in all matters of which it speaks. The Holy Spirit illumines the text, enabling the believer to embrace the significance of what God has communicated, and to see the glory of Christ in the Word of God. With the completion of the New Testament Scriptures, God's doctrinal revelation has ceased and the Canon is closed. The Bible, therefore, is our sole authority for faith and practice. (Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11, 89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29, 24:35; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

Humanity
We believe God originally created persons, male and female, in the image of God and free from sin. We believe all people are sinners by nature and choice and are thus, spiritually dead and totally depraved. We further also believe that those who repent of sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and are saved to serve.  (1 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 8:7, John 3:19; Ephesians 2:1-3; Titus 3:3; 2 Timothy 2:26).

Christology  ( Jesus Christ )
We believe in the deity, humanity, virgin birth, sinless life, penal substitutionary atonement, bodily resurrection; and the visible, bodily, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1; Isaiah 7:14; 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Acts 1:11). God the Father sent His only begotten Son to redeem lost humanity by uniting lost sinners to Himself through Jesus.

The Historical Christ                 Why do I Need Jesus?

Regeneration
Our union with Christ has its roots in divine election, its basis in the redemptive work of Christ, and its actual establishment with God's people by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. All of God's elect will be regenerated by the Holy Spirit during their life, at a time of God's choosing. This regeneration is a spiritual resurrection given to sinners who are born spiritually dead. Regeneration infallibly results in faith, repentance, and obedience. This regeneration is accomplished by the sovereign power of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-7, 6:37, 44; Ephesians 2:4-5; Psalm 110:3).

Soteriology (The Doctrine of Salvation)
We believe in a salvation that is given by the sovereign grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our justification is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in the Scriptures alone, to the glory of God alone. Due to God's divine initiative in embracing fallen humanity through Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7) and no merits on the believer's part, salvation is the free gift of God's saving work through Christ, uniting us to Him through His Spirit. 

Sanctification
All those who are drawn to Christ for eternal life
are sanctified by the Holy Spirit by grace. This sanctification then is a work of God in the believer which inspires them to participate in the life-long process of sanctification by the willful confession of sin, repentance, and submission to God's will. LBCF Chapter 13. (Romans 8:29;1 Thess. 4:3-8)

Perseverance
We teach that all those who believe are justified and are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise unto the day of final redemption. Therefore, those effectually called and drawn to Christ will never lose that salvation because it is based wholly on the finished work of Christ and God's election,  not on the strength of the believer's commitment or obedience. (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:28-30). By grace, God causes His people to continue in the faith unto salvation (Jeremiah 32:40; Ezekiel 36:27). This is not based on how perfect we are, but solely on the promise and finished work of Christ (John 3:16-18; John 10:29).  LBCF Chapter 17

Ecclesiology  (The Church)
We believe that the Church is the spiritual body of which Christ is the head. We believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe that this body expresses itself in local assemblies whose members have been immersed upon a credible confession of faith and have associated themselves for worship, for instruction, for evangelism, and for service. We believe the ordinances of the local church are believer’s baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We also believe in the interdependence of local churches and the mutual submission of believers to each other in love. (Daniel 3:4; 5:19; Revelation 7:9; 10:11; 11:9; 13:7; 14:6; 17:15) 

Eschatology
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost, the eternal existence of all people either in heaven or hell, in divine judgment, rewards, and punishments. In preparation for His coming we are called to live holy lives LBCF Chapter 32

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