Simply put, the Good News is that Jesus Christ left Heaven’s glory to live on earth and then gave Himself up to be crucified, shedding His blood and paying the penalty for our sins. Then, three days later, He rose from the grave, defeating death! If we will repent of our sin and believe in Jesus and call upon Him for forgiveness, He will save us and we will enjoy everlasting life with Him. But in order to fully appreciate that Good News, you need to first understand the bad news. Many people don’t understand why they need this forgiveness from Jesus. Most think they are living a pretty good life and that God will overlook their flaws because, after all, we’re only human. But consider what God has said; “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and “the penalty for sin is (eternal) death”. If this is true, this is bad news indeed!
There is a simple test to know if you are under that condemnation. Consider God’s Law. Have you ever told a lie? That’s breaking one of the Ten Commandments. So are stealing, taking God’s name in vain and even dishonouring your parents, among others. And the Bible says that whoever keeps the whole Law of God but breaks it in just one point is guilty of the whole thing. So, if you’re honest, you’ll have to admit you’re under this condemnation. The penalty for our sin is eternity in the Lake of Fire. That’s the bad news. But we tell you that so you’ll understand why the Good News above is so good! We would love to talk about this Good News with you when you come and visit with us or by sending us an email.
The Good News is of paramount importance to us, thus our name - Good News Baptist Church, but it does not state all that we believe. Here is a deeper explanation of what we believe about God, the Bible, and the details of the Good News.
This Doctrinal Statement does not exhaust the content of our beliefs. The things contained herein represent the major tenets of our faith, as found in God’s Word, the Bible. Each of these doctrines is developed and taught more fully and at various times in the Church. The things taught in these articles serve as minimum standards for teaching and as guidelines in decisions of fellowship and separation but may be elaborated upon as necessary. Any elaboration on these or other doctrines by members of the Church are also to be supported by Scripture and must not be in conflict with this document. This document, however, does not take the place of the Word of God as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (see Article I). The Word of God remains our one authority. This document exists to provide a working guide in all matters of teaching and/or debate but must be supported by Scripture to be correct and binding. These pages also serve to assist those considering membership or ministry at Good News Baptist Church, as we expect all members and officers of the Church to teach and respect these basic beliefs of the Church. It is expected that the leadership will teach and lead in accordance with these tenets and that the membership will support the leadership in such.
ARTICLE I - THE SCRIPTURES (BIBLIOLOGY) We believe the Holy Bible to be the complete, infallible, inerrant Word of God (Psalm 19:7); that the sixty-six books, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally and plenarily inspired by the Spirit of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21) and were completely free from error in the original autographs; that God has providentially and purely preserved His Word, as He promised (Psalm 119:89); that the Bible is the final authority in all matters in which it treats; that the Bible is the supreme standard in all matters of faith, practice, human conduct, creeds and opinions (2 Timothy 3:17).
ARTICLE II - GOD (THEOLOGY PROPER) We believe that God is and that He is the Creator (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 20:11), Sustainer (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3) and ultimately the Ruler of all that exists, whether in the physical or spiritual realm (Colossians 1:2). There is only one true God, Who exists in three persons (The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) (Deuteronomy 6:4, John 1:1, Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6,11), all of the same essence (John 11:28,29, John 15:26, Acts 5:3,4) and sharing the same attributes (Matthew 9:4 cf. Romans 9:1,2 cf. 1 Corinthians 2:10,11), yet executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (The Spirit - John 3:3-6 cf. The Son - John 3:13-16 cf. The Father - John 3:16,17). God created all things, out of nothing (ex nihilo) (Hebrews 11:3) in six literal twenty-four hour days. (Genesis 1,Exodus 20:9-11) He is inexpressibly glorious in holiness and worthy of all possible honour, confidence, love and reverence (Revelation 4:8,11). Among other things, God is eternal (has no beginning or end) (Psalm 90:2), omniscient (all-knowing) (Psalm 147:4, Luke 6:8, Hebrews 4:13), omnipresent (everywhere-present) (Psalm 139:7-10), omnipotent (all-powerful) (Jeremiah 32:17), immutable (never-changing) (Psalm 102:26,27) and impeccable (incapable of sin or error) (James 1:13).
We believe that God is a loving God (1 John 4:7,8), Who desires the good of all mankind (2 Peter 3:9), but that He is also a Holy God (Leviticus 11:44), Who will not tolerate sin (Exodus 34:7, Nahum 1:3) or allow it to go unpunished (Revelation 20:15, 21:8).
In reference to God the Father, He is the First Person of the Trinity (Matthew 28:19). He is spirit and those who worship Him must do so in Spirit and in Truth. (John 4:24)
ARTICLE III - JESUS CHRIST (CHRISTOLOGY) We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,2), in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory (John 17:5), sinless life (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:22), substitutionary death (John 10:11, Galatians 3:13), burial, bodily resurrection on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3,4), triumphant ascension (Luke 24:51, Acts 1:9), mediatorial ministry (1 Timothy 2:5) and imminent personal return (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 22:20). We believe that Jesus was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner, born of the virgin Mary (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25), and that He is both the Son of God (Luke 1:35, John 1:14) and God the Son (Hebrews 1:8). We believe that Jesus Christ is our High Priest (Hebrews 2:17, Chapter 7), having offered His own blood as the price for the atonement (Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 10:10-14) of all men without exception (2 Corinthians 5:14,15, 1 Timothy 4:10, 2 Peter 2:1) and that His blood will be applied to the account of any and all who come to Him in genuine faith (Romans 10:9-13). Because of His finished work, the Father has placed Christ as the Head of His body, the Church (Ephesians 1:20-23).
ARTICLE IV - THE HOLY SPIRIT (PNEUMATOLOGY) We believe the Holy Spirit to be the third person of the Trinity (Matthew 28:19), equal to and of the same essence as God the Father and God the Son (1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Acts 5:3,4). We believe that the Baptism and indwelling of the Holy Spirit is received at the time of salvation as opposed to being a separate event (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27,28) and that He is the earnest and seal, the guarantee from God of the believer's ultimate salvation (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13,14). We believe the Holy Spirit is active in the world today in such activities as giving spiritual gifts to believers (1 Corinthians 12), convicting both the saved and the unsaved of sin (John 16:8,9), regenerating the repentant (John 3:3-6; Galatians 4:29), enabling the spiritual growth of believers (2 Corinthians 3:18), interceding for believers (Romans 8:26), and filling submitted believers with boldness and power for service (Acts 13:9; Ephesians 5:18), among others. Although we wholeheartedly believe in God’s continued ability to use them, we believe that His use of the miraculous sign gifts (tongues, prophecy, healing, etc...) has ceased (1 Corinthians 13:8-10) for the remainder of this dispensation.
ARTICLE V - ANGELS (ANGELOLOGY) We believe that angels are moral beings created by God (Psalm 148:1 – 5; Colossians 1:16) who were once subjected to the choice of following good or evil (2 Peter 2:4). We believe that angels are today involved in ministering to the saints (Hebrews 1:13,14), fighting spiritual battles against the devil and his angels (Daniel 10:13, Revelation 12:7) and are continually involved in the worship and praise of God before His throne (Revelation 4:8). We believe in the personality of Satan, that he was a holy angel that fell into sin (Isaiah 14:12 - 15), and is the originator of sin and led the angelic rebellion against God. We believe that he is now the archenemy of God and man (1 Peter 5:8) and that he is destined to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10). We believe that a great number of angels followed Satan (Revelation 12:3,4), are actively oppressing mankind (1 Timothy 4:1), and will share in the eternal condemnation of the devil (Jude 6,7).
ARTICLE VI - MAN AND SIN (ANTHROPOLOGY AND HAMARTIOLOGY) We believe that man was created in innocence by God (Genesis 1:31) and in the image of God (Genesis 1:26,27). We believe that, by voluntary transgression, Adam fell from his sinless state (Genesis 3:1-6), dying spiritually (Genesis 2:17). As a consequence, all men are sinners (Romans 3:23), being born in sin, made partakers of Adam’s fallen nature (Romans 5:12, 15, 17), and continue to sin willfully in both acts of omission (James 4:17) and commission (1 John 3:4). We believe that man is totally depraved, unable to please God by any of his own good works (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 8:8). This means that sin has affected every part of every man (1 John 2:16, Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 11:30). Because of his sin, man is under just condemnation without defence or excuse (Romans 1:20).
ARTICLE VII - SALVATION (SOTERIOLOGY) We believe that man is in need of salvation as a result of his sinful nature that leads to eternal death (John 3:18, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15). We believe that this salvation cannot be earned by any effort of man himself (Ephesians 2:8,9, Galatians 2:16) but is provided as a free gift from God (Romans 5:15-17, 6:23). We believe that this salvation is received only through repentance from sin (Luke 5:32, Acts 17:30) and faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8), Who offered His own blood upon the cross as the sacrificial payment for our sin (Hebrews 9:12). Salvation is received solely because of the grace and mercy of God (Ephesians 2:5, Titus 3:5), Who has chosen to extend this offer to all men (Matthew 11:28, Romans 10:13, ). We believe that God has specifically chosen some to receive His gift of salvation (Ephesians 1:4,5,11). The Bible describes salvation as being born again to new life (John 3:3, 16). We believe that this new life, once imparted by God, is never lost or forfeited (John 6:37-40, Ephesians 1:13,14, 1 John 5:12,13) since it depends on the power of God and not of man (1 Peter 1:3-5). We reject the ideas that all people are children of God, that God’s grace extends to all men universally or that all will eventually choose to accept Christ (John 1:12, Luke 16:19-31, Revelation 20:15). We reject the idea of an opportunity for repentance after death (Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 20:11-15).
ARTICLE VIII - THE CHURCH (ECCLESIOLOGY) We believe that a local Church is a congregation of Scripturally immersed believers (Matthew 28:19,20), whose purpose is to worship God (1 Corinthians 10:31), to observe the ordinances of Christ (Acts 10:48, 1 Corinthians 11:23-28) and to evangelize the lost world (Acts 1:8). We believe that the Church has two officers; Pastors (or Elders/Overseers) and Deacons, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9). We believe the true mission of the Church is the glorification of God, primarily through faithful witnessing of Christ to all men as we have opportunity. We hold that the local Church has the absolute right of self-government free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations and that its one and only Head is Christ (Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18) through the Holy Spirit; that it is Scriptural for fundamental Churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel (Romans 16:1,2, 1 Corinthians 16:1-4,10-12, Philippians 4:15,16) and that the will of the local Church is final on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline and of benevolence. We believe that there are only two ordinances for the Church, regularly observed in the New Testament, namely baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19,20) and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5); and that it is a prerequisite both for Church membership (according to the image of 1 Corinthians 12:13) and usually for participation in the second ordinance. That second ordinance is The Lord’s Supper (Matthew 26:26-30), the memorial service wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, unleavened bread and the unfermented fruit of the vine (1 Corinthians 11:23-26), which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes. We believe this ordinance should always be preceded by solemn self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:28).
ARTICLE IX - FUTURE THINGS (ESCHATOLOGY) We believe that the Lord Jesus will receive up the saints of this age to meet Him in the air in what is often referred to as the "rapture" of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:17). The dead in Christ will rise first (1 Thessalonians 4:16) and living saints will all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51-53). The righteous judgements of God will then be poured out on an unbelieving world in what is called the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21, Revelation 4-19) and the climax of this awful era will be the physical return of Jesus Christ to earth in great glory to introduce His earthly Millennial Kingdom (Isaiah 9:6,7, Revelation 19:11-16). Satan will be bound (Revelation 20:1-4) and the curse will be lifted from the physical creation for these one thousand years (Isaiah 11:1-9). Satan will be loosed for a short while following the millennium and will wage a final war against God (Revelation 20:7-9) but will be defeated in fiery judgment and immediately cast into the lake of fire for eternity (Revelation 20:10). Following that, all the unbelievers of all ages will be judged at the Great White Throne and cast into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11-15). We believe these present heavens and earth will then be destroyed and new heavens and a new earth will be created, where righteousness will eternally dwell (Revelation 20:11, 21:1). We believe that the commencement of these events is imminent (James 5:8) and that no man knows the day or the hour when they will be (Matthew 24:36, Acts 1:6,7).
ARTICLE X - THE FAMILY We believe the family to be the first human institution sanctified by God (Genesis 2:21-25). We believe that a family consists of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24), wed in holy matrimony, as well as any children added to them by God (Genesis 1:28). Heterosexual relationships are the only ones sanctioned by God, all others being condemned by God (Leviticus 18:22,23, 20:13, Romans 1:26,27, 1 Corinthians 6:9,10). Any such deviant relationships are to be rejected by His people and His body, the Church (1 Corinthians 6:9-11,18). We believe in the equal value of all human life, male or female, adult or child (born or unborn) since each one is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27, 9:6). We also believe that there are different roles for each person in the family; the husband should be the head of the home, as Christ is the head of the Church (Ephesians 5:25-28) and that he should lead his wife and children in loving tenderness (Colossians 3:19,21). The wife should submit willingly to her husband just as the Church submits to its head, Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:22).
ARTICLE XI - SEPARATION We believe that this Church is to remain separated from affiliation, fellowship, and cooperation with all those who deny true Biblical doctrine or endorse compromising alliances whereby Scriptural injunctions are ignored or the Gospel of Christ and the purity of the faith are damaged (Romans 16:17, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 John 9-11). All acts of separation are to be practiced with an attitude of devotion to Christ, humility, compassion, and yet conviction in order to maintain the glory of Christ while creating a proper condition for the salvation of the lost.