What We Believe

 

Introduction:


Westside Baptist Church is an independent, fundamental, Bible believing Baptist Church.


We Preach A Fundamental Message“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable…”  We believe the Bible is God’s message to mankind.  We only accept the King James Bible as God’s preserved and inspired Word.  Therefore, it is preached in all our services and taught in all our Sunday School classes.

 

Our Members Are Friendly:  “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly…” People enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere in our church every week.  You’ll enjoy the good singing and down-to-earth preaching.

 

Our Mission is:  “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature."  Our church supports missionaries around the world.  We are helping to reach people in other lands with the gospel through this ministry.

 

We Strive To Have A Fruitful Ministry:  “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit…”  A church that glorifies God produces fruit.  Our main objective is to bring glory to God.


Strengthening Families Is A Goal: “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” The human family relationship is a picture of the eternal family relationship that exists between God and His people. Therefore we strive to build strong godly families.

 


Statement of Faith:


  1. 1.Verbal Inspiration of Scriptures - We believe in the infallible inspired Word of God.  We accept the Textus Receptus manuscript as the foundational material from which is derived the King James 1611.  The Old and New Testament Scriptures are divinely inspired and edited by the Holy Spirit, written by human authors, preserved unbroken and passed down to us today. We accept the King James Bible as the divinely inspired, preserved and complete Word of God for English-speaking people of the world.  (I Timothy 3:16; John 10:35; I Peter 1:19;  II Peter 1:20, 21; Psalm 119:89; Psalm 45:1; Matthew 4:4)


  1. 2.Genesis Account of Creation - We believe the Genesis account of creation, and that what you believe about your origin will determine your philosophy of life.  We believe creation was a direct act of God, which included literal days, and that it was instantaneous and miraculous.  We believe man was created in the image of God and all reproduction was "after their kind.”  (Genesis 1:1; Job 26:7; Psalm 33:6, 9; John 1:3; Colossians 1:17)


  1. 3.Trinity - We believe God is a person, eternally existing.  There is one true God existing in the unity of the Godhead.  There are three eternal and coequal persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  They are the same substance but distinct in subsistence.  There is one Godhead made up of three persons who are the same in attributes, power, characteristics and desires.  (Romans 1:7; Hebrews 1:8; Acts 5:1-3; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6)


  1. 4.Deity - We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God because of His character, His miracles, His influence, His power to forgive sins and set people free from Satan and because He claimed to be and died making this claim and arose victorious over death.  (Mark 12:6; John 5:22, 23; Matthew 26:63, 66; John 14:9; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:8; John 20:28; Romans 9:5; I John 5:1-5)


  1. 5.Virgin Birth - We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost and was in miraculous manner born of Mary; a virgin, as no other person was ever born or can ever be born of woman.  He is both the Son of God and God the Son. (Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:30-35; Isaiah 7:14)


  1. 6.Substitutionary Death of Christ - Jesus took the saved sinner’s place, bore his sins, and met the penalty through His substitutionary death for all men.  Jesus satisfied the law, becoming our accepted substitute.  His righteousness, or His right doing, is imputed to us by faith.  Therefore, we have through Him kept the law.  Instead of merely covering the sins of man, the blood of Christ cleanses man’s sins.  (Isaiah 53:5; Acts 20:28; II Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 9:28; I Peter 3:18; Matthew 26:28)


  1. 7.Salvation by Grace Through Faith - The sacrifice made by Jesus is the only basis of salvation, the only means of reconciliation, and the only ground of justification.  We believe that no man cometh to God except through Jesus Christ.  We hold and believe many important truths, but the most important to every individual is the personal salvation of his own soul.  God’s order is salvation and then works.  (Acts 4:12; I Thessalonians 5:9; Hebrews 5:9; John 12:46; John 20:31; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:9, 10; Titus 3:5-8)


  1. 8.Heaven and Hell - We believe that Heaven and Hell are real, literal, and physical places.  Heaven is a place of indescribable beauty and glory, just as Hell is a place of indescribable torment and punishment.  Throughout all eternity Heaven is the final eternal dwelling place of the saved, and Hell is the final eternal dwelling place of punishment of the lost including total separation from God.  (Matthew 6:20; Luke 10:20; John 14:2; Daniel 7:10; Isaiah 33:14; Matthew 13:42; Mark 9:41; Revelation 14:10)


  1. 9.Depravity - By nature, man is wicked and corrupt.  All are under sin.  Romans 3:10 proves that all are alike under sin in an unregenerate condition.  (Genesis 6:5; Job 15:16; Psalm 14:3; Isaiah 1:6; Jeremiah 16:12; Matthew 23:27; Mark 9:41; Romans 1:24; II Peter 2:12)


  1. 10.Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is not the author of confusion concerning the tongues movement of this church age.  The Holy Spirit ministers to the Christian.  He regenerates, baptizes (not with water), indwells, seals, and fills the believing sin