foundational Doctrines

below is a list of the foundational doctrinal positions of the people of first baptist church. for more information on the biblical positions of the leadership of fbc douglas, please contact one of the church leaders or utilize the contact form on the main page.


The Bible

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God as inerrant in the original writings, and as the supreme and final authority in faith and life.  (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 19:7; Isaiah 8:20; 2 Peter 1:21)


God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  (Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19;John 1:1-14)


Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical death and spiritual death, which is separation from God.  (Genesis 1:27-31; Genesis 2:7; 16-17; Genesis 3:1; 1 Corinthians 15:21; Romans 6:23)


Atonement

We believe in the death of the Lord Jesus Christ as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the grounds of His shed blood.  (1 Peter 1:18-19 and 2:24; Acts 16:31;Ephesians2:13; Revelation 1:5;12:11)


rebirth

We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.All such are indwell by the Holy Spirit and baptized by Him into that spiritual body (church) of which Christ is the head.  (John 3:3-7, John 1:12-13, John 14:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Colossians 1:18, 24)


Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and advocate.  (Psalm 16:10; Matthew 28; Acts 2:22-36; 1 Corinthians 15:1-58;Hebrews 5:1-10; Hebrews 7:23;7:28)


kingdom

We believe in the personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth to consummate His kingdom.  (Titus 2:11-13; John 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 20:1-15)


baptism

We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, setting forth the essential facts of redemption – the death, burial and resurrection of Christ; and also the essential facts in the experience of the believer – death to sin and resurrection to newness of life; and that the Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the Lord’s death until He comes. Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 8:34-39; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:20-34.


church

We believe that a local New Testament Church consists of a company of baptized believers who have voluntarily associated themselves for worship, for instruction, and for service for our Lord.  Acts 2:41; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:2.


governance

We believe that a local New Testament Church is a self-governing body and must be free from interference by any Convention or any other ecclesiastical or political authority.  Therefore, the Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictates or patronage of the other.  Acts 6:3-6; Acts 4:19-20; Acts 15:2; and Acts 22, 31.


judgement

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved and lost.  The saved shall appear in Heaven at the judgment seat of Christ to receive rewards and to dwell with Him for all eternity.  The lost shall be judged at the Great White Throne and be cast into eternal hell John 5:29; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Corinthians 3:11-15; Luke 15:19-31; Revelations 20:11-15; I Corinthians 15.


Worship

We believe that every human being is directly responsible to God in matters of faith and life, and that each should be free to worship God according to the dictates of his conscience.


Marriage

We believe that the term marriage applies only to the union of one man and one woman. Genesis 2:18; Genesis 2:22-24; Genesis 19:1-29; Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13; Matthew 19:4-12; John 14:1; Romans 1:18-32, 3:23, 6:23, 10:9-13.