What We Believe
Ambassador’s Doctrine Statement
A Baptist Ministry
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scripture of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed, the final authority for faith and life (II Tim. 3:16, 17; II Pet.1:20,21; Matt. 5:18; John 16:12,13).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt.28:19; II Cor. 13:14).
The Person and Work of Christ
1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men, and forever continues as true God and true man (John 1:12,14; Matt. 1:21; Luke 1:35)
2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Rom.3:24,25; 4:24,25; I Pet. 1:3-5; 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Cor.15:3,4).
3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9,10; Heb. 1:3; 7:25;9:24; Rom.8:34; I John 2:1,2).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and that He is the Supernatural Agent of regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8; 3:6-8; II Cor.3:6; I Cor.12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph.1:13, 14; 4:30; I Cor. 6:19).
2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit (John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; Eph.5:18).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin, the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God and, that man is totally depraved, totally impacted in every part of his being by sin, and is, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen.1:26,27; Rom.3:22, 23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3,12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace alone and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood on Calvary and rose again that our sins might be forgiven, and that we might have eternal Life (Eph. 1:7; 2:1-10; II Tim.2:8; John 1:12; I Pet.1:18,19).
The Perseverance and Assurance of Believers
1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power, and that God’s true children will persevere to the end, being safe in the hands of Christ forever (John 6:37-49;10:27-30; Rom.8:1,38,39; I Cor.1:4-8; I Pet.1:5; II Tim.1:12).
2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word which, however, forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom.13:13,14; Gal.5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
The Two Natures of the Believer
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and, that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural (Rom.6:13;8:12; Gal.5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col.3: 10; I Pet.1:14-16; I John 3:5-9).
We believe that all who know the Lord should live in such a manner as to not bring reproach upon their Savior and that separation from religious apostasy and biblically forbidden practices is commanded by God (II Tim 3:1-5; Rom.12:1,2;14:13; I John 2:15-
17; II John 9,11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:7-11).
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by word to the truths of the Holy Scriptures and to obey our Lord’s commandment to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; II Cor.5:19-21; Matt. 28;18-20; Luke 24:46-48).
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
1. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ. The gifts of evangelism, pastors and teachers are given for the perfecting of the saints today. Gifts such as faith, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, and mercy are also functional in the Church. Each individual believer should look to the Lord to bestow and develop His gifts. As the Apostles died, less emphasis was placed on the sign gifts in the New Testament, seeing that the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority established (Rom.12:3-8; I Cor.12: 4-11,27-31; I Cor.13:8-10; II Cor.12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; Mark 16:20; Heb.2:3-4).
2. We believe that God hears and answers the prayer of faith in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (John 15:7; I John 5;14,15; James 5:14-15).
1. We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again people who have been saved by grace (Eph. 1:19-23; 5:25-27; I Cor.12:12-14; II Cor.11:2).
2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Believers are to be encouraged to unite with a Bible-believing church (Acts 14:27; 20:17,28-32; I Tim.3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11).
3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4;15:19-31; Rom.16:1,4; I Cor.3:9,16;5:4-7; I Pet.5;1-4).
4. We recognize the ordinances of water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s supper as a scriptural means of testimony of saving grace for the church (Matt.28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42; 18:8; I Cor.11:23-26).
The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man and he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14:12-17; Matt.4:2-11; Rev.20:10; Ez. 28:12-19).
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in the “Blessed Hope”, the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (Zech. 14:4-11; Rev.19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thess. 1:10;5:9; I Thess. 4:13-18; Rev.3:10).
The Eternal State
1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt.25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Rev.20:5,6,12,13).
2. We believe 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 glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; Rev.20:4-6; II Cor.5:8; Phil.1:23; 3:20-21; I Thess. 4:16,17).
3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers live forever also, being judged at the Great White Throne and then cast into the Lake of Fire (Luke 16:19-26; Matt.25:41-46; II Thess. 1: 7-9; Jude 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Rev.20:11-15).
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