We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired; that it is truth without mixture of error; and that it is the standard by which all human conduct and creeds should be tried. II Timothy 3:15-17.
We believe that there is one, and only one True and Living God; that in Unity of the God-head there are three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. John 4:24, 10:30.
We believe that man was created in holiness, but by voluntary transgression fell from that holy state, in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners and are under condemnation of eternal ruin. Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12.
We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the atoning death and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8; Isaiah 53: 4-5; Hebrews 7:25.
We believe that through justification the perfect righteousness of God is imputed to the believers in Christ Jesus. Acts 13:39; Romans 5:1-2.
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel, and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner but his own depravity and rejection of the Gospel. Isaiah 55: 1; John 3:16.
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again through the work of the Holy Spirit. John 3:3, II Corinthians 5:17.
We believe that repentance and faith are inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God, and are essential steps in salvation. Mark 1: 15; Romans 10:9.
We believe that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which He graciously regenerates, sanctifies, and saves sinners; and that this is consistent with the free agency of man. Romans 8:28-31; II Peter 1:10-11.
We believe that sanctification is a progressive process by which the believer is made partaker of God’s holiness, and that this process begins in regeneration and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Philippians 2:12-13, I Thessalonians 4:3-5.
We believe that only true believers endure to the end, and that they are kept by the power of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Romans 8:38-39; II Timothy 1:12.
We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers bound together in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; and that Jesus committed the ministry of His Gospel to His churches and individual believers. Acts 2:41-42; Matthew 28:20.
We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and on the authority of the New Testament and a New Testament Church, that baptism is a prerequisite to the Lord’s Supper and only such as have been scripturally baptized are proper subjects for the Lord’s Supper. Acts 8:36; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:26.
This should not be interpreted to prohibit non-member Christians from participating in the ordinances of the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and is to be kept sacred to religious purposes. Acts 20:7; Exodus 20:8.
We believe at the last day Christ shall descend from Heaven and raise the dead; that a solemn judgment and separation will then take place, and that His judgment will fix forever the final state of men in Heaven or Hell. Acts 1:11; Matthew 13:49-50, 25:31-47; Acts 24:15.
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.
Kirkland Baptist Church is a cooperating church of the Southern Baptist Convention and we hold to the Baptist Faith & Message as our official statement of faith.