The First Baptist Church of Morris
Glorifying God by Sharing the Gospel,
and Serving Others with Love
Statement of Faith
"Do your best to present yourself to God a workman approved,
who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15
The Authority of the Scriptures:
The Bible is the inspired written Word of God that is completely true and error-free
in its original form and is authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
(2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Joshua 1:6-8,
1 Thessalonians 2:13, Matthew 5:17, Galatians 3:10)
Baptism and Communion:
Baptism is the public proclamation of a person's faith through immersion.
This is a symbol of death to the old life and resurrection to a new life in Christ.
Communion is a time of remembrance of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This is to be celebrated by all those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The church exists under the authority of Jesus Christ, who is the head
and is composed of all who have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
The mission of the church is to go into the whole world to lead all who are willing,
into a mature relationship with Jesus Christ through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
(Ephesians 1:1-23, Ephesians 2:11-22, 1 Peter 2:4-10, Acts 2:37-47,
Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 9:23-26, Galatians 5:22-23, Romans 12:6-8,
Ephesians 4:11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 1 Peter 4:10-11, 1 Corinthians 13:8-12)
The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is the manifested presence of God who seals our salvation and
transforms our lives into a reflection of Christ’s character, values, and perspective.
The Holy Spirit equips believers with gifts to serve God,
leads believers into the truth of Jesus Christ,
convicts humanity of their sin,
and empowers believers and the church to live out their faith in Christ.
(John 14:16-26, John 16:5-15, John 1:13-14, 1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 5:22-23)
Humanity has been created in the image of God; but through Adam’s fall,
is now sinful and stands in a state of condemnation before God.
(Genesis 1:26-31, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8,
Isaiah 59:2, Romans 8:20-22, 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)
God's design is that man and woman either be joined together
in a perpetual monogamous relationship or live in a single state.
The practice of extra-marital sex, adultery, or homosexuality is inconsistent with biblical teaching.
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human.
He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for the sins of humanity,
was physically resurrected from the dead, reigns now at the right hand of the Father
and will return to claim His people and judge the world.
(Philippians 2:6-8, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 2:7, Luke 1:26-38, Luke 1:57-80, Romans 5,
Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 Peter 3:18, Romans 5:8
John 20:1-18, Romans 1:4, Romans 6:5, 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, Ephesians 1:20-22,
Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 1:13, Matthew 24:29-31,
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 2 Thessalonians 1:16-2:12, Revelation 19: 11-21)
Humanity can be saved from the effects of the fall
through believing and confessing Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior.
It is only through the work of Christ, by His death on the cross, that humanity can be saved from their sins.
This is free to all who will call upon the name of Jesus.
(John 3:16, Ephesians 2:1-5, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Timothy 2:1-6,
1 Timothy 4:10,1 John 2:2, John 12:32, Acts 17: 26-27, Titus 2:11, Ezekiel 18:23,
Ezekiel 18:30-32,Matthew 23:37, 1 Timothy 2:1-6, 2 Peter 3:9)
There is only one true and living eternal God who has revealed
Himself as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Peter 1:2, Jude 20-21, Genesis 1:26)