Beliefs

Article 1: The Holy Scriptures
We believe in the writings of the Old and New Testament, and affirm the Scriptures to be the revelation of God to mankind.  The Bible is the infallible, inspired Word of God; and it is also the sufficient and only rule of saving knowledge, faith and obedience.

Article 2: God
There is one and only one living and true God, the Creator, Preserver and Ruler of all things; who is infinite in holiness and all other perfections.  To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.

Article 3: Trinity
We believe in the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, three in one and one in three, the same in essence, in purpose, and in action.

Father: God as Father reigns in providential care over His universe.  He is all powerful, all loving, and all wise.  God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.  He is fatherly in His attitude toward all mankind.

Son: Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.  Through His death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of all mankind from sin.  Through His resurrection He was proved to be the true Son of God.  He is now exalted at the right hand of the Father.  He is the only Mediator between God and Man.

Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God.  He was present at creation, and inspired the writing of Holy Scripture.  The Spirit convicts of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.  He draws people unto the Savior, effects regeneration, cultivates Christian Character, empowers the church into service through imparting gifts to its members.

Article 4: Mankind
Mankind was created by a special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of God’s creation.  In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by His Creator with freedom of choice.  By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race.  Only the Grace of God can bring man into God’s Holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purposes of God.
Since God created all mankind in His image, and because Christ died for all people, therefore, every person possesses dignity and is worthy of Christian love and respect.

Article 5: Salvation
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith.  Salvation involves the redemption of the whole person, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer.  In the broadest sense, salvation includes (3) aspects: regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.

Regeneration, or new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus.  It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through the conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sanctification is the experience, beginning with regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enableed to progress toward moral and spiritual perfection through the presence and power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  Growth in grace should continue throughout the Christian’s life.

Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.

Article 6: The Church
A New Testament Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associatied by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, committed to His teachings, exercising their gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
This church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.

Article 7: The Ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Baptism: We believe that Baptism is by immersion in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that it is a positive command closely connected with the faith, representing our death to sin and our new life in Christ.

Lord’s Supper: We believe the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of Jesus and anticipate His second coming.

Article 8: The Lord’s Day

The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day.  It is a Christian observance for regular worship.  It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and by resting from secular employments, work of necessity and mercy being the only exceptions.

Article 9: Marriage

Resolution for the definition of marriage ceremonies to be performed in the Church as follows:

Boydton Baptist Church defines MARRIAGE according to Biblical Scripture, as being between a man and a woman, as God created them, without human genetic or surgical manipulations, who both hopefully have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  This is the only type of marriage or renewal of marriage vows permitted by the Body of Christ at Boydton Baptist Church.

(pursuant to Genesis 2:24; Matthew 1:18; Romans 2:2-3)

Article 10: Last Things

God in His own time and in His own way will bring the world to an appropriate end  According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and God will judge all people in righteousness.  The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment.  The Righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will recieve their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.