THE SCRIPTURES

The Bible teaches the verbal and plenary inspiration of Scripture.  The Bible teaches that it is the Word of God; that it was written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit so that their writings were supernaturally, verbally, and plenary inspired and free from error, as no other writings have ever been or ever will be.  They are the complete, final, and supreme revelation of the will of God to man, and so are supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:19-21).  We believe these principles to be true.  We believe the Authorized King James Version Bible is the preserved and infallible Word of God for the English speaking people.

 THE TRUE GOD

The Bible teaches there is one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and we believe this to be true.

          God the Father – The Bible teaches that God the Father is, perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.  The Bible teaches that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ, His son.

          God the Son – The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is God the Son, pre-existent with the Father, begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully man, sinless in His nature and life, infallible in His teaching, making atonement for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross. The Bible teaches  His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people and His glorious Second Advent according to promise.  The Bible teaches the promise of His second coming includes: first, “The Blessed Hope” of the believer, namely, the personal, premillenial, and pretribulational return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to rapture His church according to I Thessalonians 4:13-18: second, His return later to earth with His saints to set up His millennial reign.

          God the Holy Spirit – The Bible teaches the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit.  The Bible teaches that He came from God to convince and convict the world of sin or righteousness and of judgement: and to regenerate, sanctify, indwell, and comfort and empower those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 16:7-11).

MAN

The Bible teaches that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God.  The Bible teaches that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought and deed by choice (Rom. 3:10-23; Rom. 5:12).

SATAN

The Bible teaches the reality and personality of Satan (Luke 10:18).  We believe this principle to be true.

SALVATION

The Bible teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who by faith receive Him as their personal Saviour, are justified on the ground of His blood shed on Calvary and His resurrection from the dead and are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become the children of God (I Cor. 15:3-7).

THE CHURCH

The Bible teaches that the church is a local company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, word, and fellowship. The Bible teaches that to these churches was committed for perpetual observance, two ordinances – the baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. The Bible teaches that God has laid upon these churches the task of preaching the Gospel to every creature, and the edification of the individual members of the Body of Christ (Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:47; I Cor. 11:23-32).

THE LORD’S DAY

The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day.  It is a Christian institution for regular observance.  It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, and resting from secular employments, work of necessity and mercy only being the exception (Hebrews 10:25, Acts 20:7, Mark 16:9).

LAST THINGS

The Bible teaches the bodily resurrection of both the saved and unsaved.  These take place at different times.  Bodily resurrection of the saved before the Tribulation Period at the Rapture (Judgement Seat of Christ) and the bodily resurrection of the unsaved following the millennium at the Great White Throne Judgement.  The saved to eternal life and blessedness in Heaven and the unsaved to eternal, conscious suffering and woe in Hell (John 5:29).

ASSURANCE

The Bible teaches the eternal security of the believer (John 10:27-29).

CHURCH AND STATE

The Bible teaches that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent, indigenous, and autonomous, and must be free from any interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that, therefore the church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other.

Evangelism and Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every Church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations.  It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and by all other methods in harmony with the Gospel of Christ.  The Granite State Baptist Church believes that our responsibility to carry out the Great Commission through personal evangelism and through home and foreign mission projects is among our greatest responsibilities as a Church during this day (John 4:35, Matthew 28:18-20, II Corinthians 5:20).

CHRISTIAN LIVING

The Bible teaches that every saved person should strive to be Christ-like by walking in the Holy Spirit, fully and constantly yielding his members to the indwelling Christ, so that he may always in life and word show forth the praises of Him who has called him out of darkness into His marvelous light.  The Bible teaches a separated life for all believers as set forth in II Corinthians 6:14-7:1, including separation from unequally yoked marriages and worldly societies that are not that which would bring glory to our Saviour’s name.

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual, all that we have and are, we owe to Him.  Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole word, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions.  Believers are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God in helping others.  According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, proportionately, sacrificially, and by faith (Matthew 23:23, Hebrew 7:4-8, I Corinthians 16:2, II Corinthians 9:7, Acts 20:35).

Ordinances

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the ordinances of the Church.  Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior; the believers death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection of the dead.  It has no saving power, only as an answer of a good conscience toward God (I Peter 3:21).  Baptism comes after profession of faith in Christ as the Son of God (Acts 8:36-37).  The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the Church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine (unfermented), memorialize the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming (I Corinthians 11:14-28).

The Christian and the Social Order

The Christian should work to provide for the orphans, the needy, the aged, the helpless, and the sick.  He should oppose every form of greed, selfishness, and vice.  In order to promote these ends, Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.  It should be realized that social change must be the result of changed hearts.  Therefore, the greatest contribution the Church can make to social betterment is to bring individual men to a heart changing encounter with Jesus Christ (James 1:27, Titus 3:8, 14).