STATEMENT OF FAITH
TAKEN FROM THE REVISED
CONSTITUTION AND COVENANT OF FAITH OF THE
STONE ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH
474 STONE ROAD, LEXINGTON KY
We believe in the verbal inspiration of the whole original Bible, the eternal trinity, infinity, immutability and absolute sovereignty of God; the creation of man by the direct fiat of God and not by or through the process of evolution; eternal, unconditional election; the effective call of the spirit through the preaching and witness of the word of God; repentance by the regenerating Spirit of God; justification before God by faith in Christ apart from works; the true free agency of man; the availability of salvation to any and all who will receive it by faith; the world-wide execution of the whole "great commission"; the preaching of the whole counsel of God; and the eternal preservation of the saints.
We believe also in the Virgin Birth and both the humanity and absolute deity of Jesus Christ; atonement solely through His vicarious death; His bodily resurrection, ascension and premillennial return to reign upon the earth a thousand years; that the righteous dead shall be judged of their works at the coming of Christ, and that the judgment of the wicked dead shall take place at the Great White Throne Judgment after the earthly reign of Christ; that the final abode of those who have no hope in Christ will be some kind of literal suffering in a "lake of fire" where they shall be tormented day and night forever; that the final abode of the redeemed shall create a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness; and that there will be no opportunity after death for men to prepare for the presence of God.
We believe also that a scriptural church is local and visible; that every scriptural church is the body of Christ in its vicinity; that such churches are, with respect to men, independent and democratic, but with respect to Christ they are theocratic and ruled wholly by Him through the Word and the Spirit; that the commission to preach the gospel, to baptize and teach disciples was given to them exclusively; that while Jesus did not give His churches a certain name or designation, the name Baptist has come to be associated in history with that faith which, in our view, characterizes sound, scriptural churches, and we thus with appreciation wear it; and that such churches have been perpetuated from the days of Christ's earthly ministry to the present. We hold further that confusion and looseness of doctrine and practice in this day does not permit the name Baptist to be a safe criterion of judgment, but that we must now examine every such church solely on its doctrine and conduct as to its scriptural identification.
We further believe that a church is a preaching institution and therefore must be agreed both in the experience of salvation and its doctrinal interpretation of that salvation; that baptism and the Lord's supper are ordinances given to the churches by our Lord for the purpose of setting forth symbolically the doctrine of salvation as we believe it; that these ordinances hold no sacramental values but are purely symbolic in their portrayal of doctrine; that baptism is the immersion of a saved person in water by the authority of our Lord executed through His churches; that it is administered to show what the church believes is the essence of a saving experience—that is, death to sin and self and a resurrection to a new life in Christ. (Rom. 6:4)—and to be likewise the confession of the baptized that he (or she) has had such an experience; that the Lord's supper is a communal partaking of unleavened bread and "the fruit of the vine" to declare the Lord's death until He comes and to show that the participant is walking in the fellowship of Christ and His body here on earth.
We further believe that sanctification is both a state and a process in every believer; that he is already sanctified judicially before God and is being sanctified experientially here as the Spirit works his growth in grace; that such work is wrought by the spirit and not by the Mosaic law; that the law becomes instructional, condemning and death-dealing, and thus may be of valuable use to the Spirit, but that the power to perform righteousness is both motivated and supplied by the Spirit; that therefore we are not under law, but under grace which alone can accomplish what the law designs.
We further believe in evangelism, mission work and in cooperation with other churches in such work wherever we can without compromising our faith. While the foregoing is a general statement of our faith, our test of fellowship may be summarized as follow:
1. The church local and visible as the proper scriptural concept of a church.
2. Baptism and the Lord's supper administered by and to that church; that is, we are opposed to "alien baptism" and "open communion."
3. Salvation by grace through faith, not of works or obedience to the law.
4. A reasonable state of discipline.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever
he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you
things to come.
John 16:13 (KJV)