Statement of Faith
Elkmont Baptist Church
God created man in His own image. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin. By his free choice, he sinned against God, and, by so doing, brought sin into the human race. This inherited sin nature separates man from a relationship with God apart from God's grace and redemption (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 2:7; Gen. 3:1-24).
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Jesus perfectly took upon Himself human nature, completely without sin. He made provision for the redemption of men from sin by His death on the cross. He was raised from the dead, and He ascended unto heaven. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord, but will return in power and glory (Matt. 26:63-64; Matt. 1:18-20; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 3:25-26; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rev. 19:16; 1 Cor. 15:24-28).
Salvation is offered to all who confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation and an eternal relationship with God is solely the result of faith through the grace of God and not of works. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace (John 1:12; Rom. 10:9-10; Eph. 2:8-9; John 10:28-29).
There is only one true God. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. He is infinite in all perfections and is deserving of our highest love and obedience. God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being (Deut. 6:4; John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17; Matt. 6:9; John 8:36; John 14:26; 1 Cor. 15:24-28).
The Holy Bible is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. It is complete and without error. It is the true center of Christian union, perfect for instruction, and the standard for all conduct (Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105; 2 Tim. 3:15-17).