Jesus Christ is the Son of God;Whobecame flesh to reveal God to man, to fulfill prophecy, and to become the Savior of the lost world.
Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary; lived a sinless life; died on the cross as the substitutionary, all-sufficient atoning sacrifice for all of the sins of all men of all time; was buried; bodily rose from the dead; physically ascended into heaven in His glorified, resurrected body; is seated at the right hand of the Father performing His ministry of intercession.
(John 1:1,14,18; John 3:16; Luke 1:30-35; 1 Peter 2:24; Acts 1:11)
The Holy Spirit is the primary agent for the conviction of sin and for regeneration.
Simultaneously with salvation, the Holy Spirit imparts new life; baptizes the believer into the body of Christ (His church); permanently indwells the believer; and securely seals the believer unto the day of redemption.
The Holy Spirit fills (directs and controls) those believers who are yielded to Him, enables believers to bear fruit, and empowers believers to live a life free from sin’s dominion.
(John 14:26; Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 6:19; John 14:15-17)
Man and woman were originally created good and upright in the image of God.
However, Adam and Eve by voluntary transgression, sinned by disobeying God. Thus they alienated themselves from God and experienced not only physical death but also spiritual death.
That historic fall brought all men and women under divine condemnation. Therefore, all humans are born into a sin-filled world with a sinful nature, totally unable to please God without regeneration, redemption, and renewal.
Every person’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God. It is wholly the work of God’s free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works, goodness or religious ceremony (Ephesians 2:4-10).
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ by the regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit; being justified by grace through faith, human beings become an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:1-21; Romans 10:13-15; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).
It is the privilege of all who are born again by the Holy Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment they trust in and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This assurance is not based upon human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the assurance of their salvation according to the testimony of God’s Word (Romans 8:35-39). The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16) and the outward evidence to all is a life of righteousness and true holiness unto God (Ephesians 4:24; Romans 6:1-18; 8:1-9).
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication to God (Romans 12:1, 2; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12).
The Scriptures teach that the goal of believers is to pursue a life of “holiness without which no one can see God” (Hebrews 12:14).
Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to be obedient to God’s command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (I Peter 1:15, 16).
Sanctification is the process whereby we are saved from the power of sin in our lives through a commitment to the spiritual disciplines of prayer, daily devotions and worship, the study of God’s Word, and the fellowship of believers (Romans 6:1-13; Romans 8:1, 2, 13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12; I Peter 1:5).
The church is the habitation of God through the Holy Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her mission to win the world for Christ.
Jesus Christ is the head of the church, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).
According to the Scriptures the church exists to magnify and exalt God in worship, to train and instruct believers in their discipleship, to minister to the needs of its members and the world, to encourage and develop the Christian fellowship of its members, and to equip its members to evangelize the world and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41-47).
There are two ordinances of the church – Baptism and Holy Communion.
The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized as they are physically able and have opportunity. (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:26-38). Baptism is an outward sign of an inward spiritual renewal and rebirth. Thus they who are baptized declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of lifee (Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4).
Jesus instituted the observance of Holy Communion, also known as the Lord’s Supper, to commemorate His suffering and death on the cross to pay the penalty of sin for all of humanity. As one of His last acts, with His disciples, Jesus took bread and wine, gave thanks for them, and then distributed them among the disciples, telling them to eat the bread and drink the wine. He explained that the bread was His body that would be wounded, and the wine was His blood that would be shed on the cross. Jesus commanded them to keep this observance; by doing so His suffering and death would be remembered. We keep this memorial as members of the Christian community and the Church Universal as we eagerly await His second coming. (I Corinthians 11:26).
We accept these large areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians. We desire to allow for freedom of conviction on doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based on the Bible alone, and that no such interpretation shall become an issue that hinders the ministry to which God has called us.
Westover Baptist Church
1125 Patrick Henry Drive | Arlington VA 22205-3517
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