These are the basic beliefs and Doctrines for Rosedale Baptist Church. If you have any questions please contact us.
1. THE SCRIPTURES
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.
1. By "The Holy Bible" we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which, as preserved in the 1611 King James Bible, does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but IS the very Word of God.
2. 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.
3. By "preservation" we mean that the Word of God not only was inspired by God, but has been preserved without error down through the ages through the Hebrew Masoretic Text (Old Testament) and the Greek Textus Receptus (NewTestament). Psa. 19:7-11; 119:89,105,130,140,160; 138:2; Prov. 30:5-6; Isa. 8:20; Jer. 23:29; Matt. 24:35; Luke 16:31; 24:25-27,44-45; John 5:39,45-47; 12:48; 17:17; Acts 1:16; 28:25; Rom. 3:4; 15:4; I Cor. 10:11; Eph. 6:17; II Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; I Pet. 1:23,25; II Pet. 1:19-21; Rev. 22:18-192.
2)THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.
Gen. 17:1; Ex. 15:11; 20:2-3; Deut. 6:4; Psa. 83:18; 90:2; 99:9; 139:7-12; 147:5; Isa. 44:24; Jer. 10:10; Mal. 3:6; Matt. 28:19; Mark 12:30; John 4:24; 10:30; 15:26; 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; Rom. 11:33; I Cor. 2:10-11; 8:6; 12:4-6; II Cor. 13:14; Eph. 2:18; 4:6; Phil. 2:5-6; Heb. 12:29; I Tim. 1:17; I John 4:8; 5:7; Rev. 4:11.
3. JESUS CHRIST
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the second person of the Triune God, the Eternal Word, and Only Begotten Son; that without any change in His divine Person, He became man by miracle of the Virgin Birth, thus to continue forever as both true God and true man, one person with two natures; that as the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, becoming there the sin of the world, and suffering its full penalty of divine wrath in our stead; that He arose bodily from the grave and was glorified; that as our great High Priest He ascended into heaven, there to appear before the face of God as our Advocate and Intercessor; that He is coming again both visibly, physically, literally, and personally to this earth, first for His saints at the pre-tribulational rapture, then later with His saints to establish a one thousand year reign on earth as "King of Kings and Lord of Lords."
Isa. 7:14; 53:6; Zech. 14:4-11; Matt. 1:18-25; 27:40,43; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2,14; 5:25; Acts 1:3, 9-10; Rom. 4:25; 8:34; I Cor. 15:3-4; II Cor. 5:21; Eph. 1:7; Phil. 2:5-11; I Thess. 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; I Tim. 2:5; Titus 2:13; Heb. 4:14-15; 7:25; I Pet. 2:24; I John 2:1; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 22:13,16.
4. THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the Evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, indwells, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses, sanctifies and helps the believer.
Gen. 1:1-3; Zech. 4:6; Matt. 3:11; 28:19; Luke 1:35; 24:49; John 3:5-6; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:8-11, 13-14; Acts 1:8; 4:31; 5:30-32; 11:16; Rom. 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; I Cor. 2:12; 3:16-17; 6:19; 12:13; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; II Thess. 2:7,13; Heb. 9:14; I Pet. 1:2.
5. THE DEVIL, OR SATAN
We believe that Satan was once holy, and enjoyed heavenly honors; but through pride and ambition to be as the Almighty, fell and drew after him a host of angels; that he is now the malignant prince of the power of the air, and the unholy god of this world. We hold him to be man's greatest tempter, the enemy of God and His Christ, the accuser of the saints, the author of all false religions, the chief power back of the present apostasy; the lord of the antichrist, and the author of all the powers of darkness; destined however to final defeat at the hands of God's own Son, and to the judgment of an eternal justice in hell, a place prepared for him and his angels.
Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:14-17; Matt. 4:1-3; 13:25,39; 25:41; Luke 22:3-4,31-32; John 8:44; 14:30; Acts 5:3; II Cor. 4:4; 11:13-15; Eph. 2:2; I Thess. 3:5; II Thess. 2:8-11; Heb. 2:14; I Pet. 5:8; II Pet. 2:4; I John 3:8; Jude 6; Rev. 12:7-10; 13:4; 19:20; 20:1-3,10.
We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that the Scriptures support a young earth created with the appearance of age in six literal days; that man was created directly in God's own image and after His own likeness; that man's creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and God's established law was they should bring forth only "after their kind."
Gen. 1:1-31; 2:21-23; Ex. 20:11; Neh. 9:6; Jer. 10:12; John 1:3; Acts 4:24; 17:23-26; Rom. 1:20; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 10:6.
7. THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice; and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse.
Gen. 3:1-6,24; Psa. 51:5; 58:3; Ezek. 18:19-20; Rom. 1:18,20,28,30,32; 3:10-19,23; 5:12,19; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:1-3.
8. THE VIRGIN BIRTH
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or ever can be born of woman, and that He is the Son of God, and God, the Son.
Gen. 3:15; Psa. 2:7; Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Mark 1:1; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:14; I Cor. 15:47; Gal. 4:4; I John 5:20.
9. THE ATONEMENT FOR SIN
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God, who by appointment of the Father, freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in setting us an example by His death as a martyr, but was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust, Christ, the Lord, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven and uniting in His wonderful Person the tenderest sympathies with divine perfection, He is every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.
Isa. 53:4-7, 11-12; Luke 19:10; John 3:16; 10:18; Acts 15:11; Rom. 3:24-25; I Cor. 15:3,20; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 2:8; Phil. 2:7-8; Heb. 2:14; 7:25; 9:12-15; 12:2; I Pet. 2:24; 3:18; I John 2:2; 4:10.
10. GRACE IN THE NEW CREATION
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life.
Luke 5:27; John 1:12-13; 3:3,6-7; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:17,19; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 2:1; 5:9; Col. 2:13; II Pet. 1:4; I John 5:1.
11. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe in God's electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and does not prevent the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the gospel; which rejection involves him in aggravated condemnation.
Isa. 1:18; 55:1,6-7; Matt. 11:28; 23:37; John 3:15-16,18,36; 5:40; 6:37; Acts 16:30-31; Rom. 5:15-18; 6:23; 8:29-30; 10:13; I Cor. 15:10; Eph. 2:4-5,8-9; Col. 3:12; I Thess. 1:4; I Tim. 1:15; Titus 1:1; I Pet. 1:2; Rev. 22:17.
We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in Him is justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the gift of eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done; but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood, His righteousness is imputed unto us.
Isa. 53:11; Hab. 2:4; Zech. 13:1; Acts 13:39; Rom. 1:17; 4:1-8; 5:1,9; 8:1; Gal. 3:11; Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 10:38.
13. REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the quickening Spirit of God; thereby, being deeply convicted of our guilt, danger, and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Saviour.
Psa. 51:1-4,7; Isa. 55:6-7; Mark 1:15; Luke 12:8; 13:3; 18:13; Acts 2:37-38; 20:21; Rom. 10:9-11,13.
14. THE CHURCH
We believe that a Baptist Church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, said church being understood to be the citadel and propagator of the divine and eternal grace; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word; that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders whose qualifications, claims, and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; we believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: first, to make individual disciples; second, to baptize those disciples and bring them into the church; and third, to teach and instruct as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that every church is the sole and the only judge of the measure and method of its cooperation. We further believe that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, and of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.
Lev. 27:32; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 28:19-20; Acts. 2:41-42; 6:5-6; 14:23; 15:22-23; 20:17-28; I Cor. 5:11-13; 6:1-3; 11:2; 12:4,8-11; 16:1-2; II Cor. 8:23-24; Eph. 1:22-23; 4:11-16; 5:23-24; Col. 1:18; I Tim. 3:1-13; I Pet. 5:1-4; Jude 3-4.
5. BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer; in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, with the authority of the local church, to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is pre-requisite to the privileges of a church relation and to the Lord's Supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of unleavened bread and fruit of the vine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination.
Matt. 3:6,16; 26:20-30; 28:19-20; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:12,36-39; 16:14-15,33; I Cor. 11:23-28; Col. 2:12.
16. ETERNAL SECURITY AND CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY
We believe when a sinner, convicted by the Holy Spirit, repents and believes in Jesus Christ for salvation, he is regenerated by the Spirit of God and is thereafter kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation so that he can neither totally nor finally fall away and be lost; that the true believer is responsible to live a godly, consistent Christian life; and that the evidence of saving faith is manifested in a true desire to live in a manner that is pleasing to God.
Gen. 7:16; Psa. 37:28; John 1:11-13; 3:3,15-18,36; 4:13-14; 5:24; 6:35,37,47,51,58; 8:31-32; 10:27-29; Rom. 8:5-8,38-39; II Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 1:13; 2:8-10; 4:30; Phil. 1:6; II Tim. 1:12; 4:18; Titus 2:11-15; 3:5-8; I Pet. 1:3-5; II Pet. 1:4; I John 2:19; 3:1-3; 5:4-5,11-13; Jude 24-25; Rev. 3:5; 12:11.
17. THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED
We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous in His esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse, and this distinction holds among men both in and after death, in the everlasting felicity of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost.
Gen. 18:23; Psa. 9:17; Prov. 11:31; 14:32; Mal. 3:18; Matt. 7:13-14; 13:41-43,49-50; 25:34,41; Luke 9:26; 16:19-31; John 8:21; 12:25; Acts 10:34-35; Rom. 1:17; 6:16-18,23; 7:6; I Cor. 15:22; Gal. 3:10; I Pet. 4:18; I John 2:29; 3:7; 5:19; Rev. 20:15; 21:8.
18. CIVIL GOVERNMENT
We believe that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interests and good order of human society; that governmental authorities are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ; who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the coming Prince of the kings of the earth. Ex. 18:21-22; II Sam. 23:3; Psa. 72:11; Dan. 3:17-18; Matt. 10:28; 22:21; 23:10; Acts 4:19-20; 5:27-29; 23:5; Rom. 13:1-3,7; Phil. 2:10-11; Titus 3:1; I Pet. 2:13-14,17; Rev. 10:6.
We believe the command to give the Gospel to the world is clear and unmistakable and this Commission was given to the churches.
Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15.
20. THE GRACE OF GIVING
We believe that scriptural giving is one of the fundamentals of the faith; that we are commanded to bring our tithes and offerings into the storehouse (common treasury of the church) upon the first day of the week. We give, not pay, the tithe.
Lev. 27:30; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 23:23; Acts 4:34-37; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 8:7; Heb. 7:2-4.
We believe that a New Testament church is a called-out assembly and has the responsibility to separate itself from worldliness, immorality, and apostasy.
Luke 12:51; Rom. 14:1-9; II Cor. 6:14-18; 7:1; 10:5; Eph. 5:11-12; I Pet. 4:15.
22. THE RETURN OF CHRIST AND RELATED EVENTS
We believe in the "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulational, and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones of the Church, and in His return to earth after the tribulation with His saints to establish the Millennial Kingdom; that every saved person will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ to be judged by the Lord in regard to his service; that the Millennial Kingdom literally will be on earth and will be ruled from the throne of David; that there will be a bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment; that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord where, in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be forever glorified with the Lord; that the souls of the unbelievers after death remain in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with spirit, soul, and body reunited they shall appear before the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.
Isa. 9:6-7; Jer. 23:5; Matt. 24:27-31; 25:46; Luke 1:32; 16:19-26; John 5:28-29; 14:1-3; Acts 2:29-30; Rom. 14:10; I Cor. 3:11-15; II Cor. 5:6-10; Phil. 1:23; I Thess. 4:13-18; II Thess. 1:6-12; Titus 2:13; I John 3:2; Rev. 20:1-6,12-14