S t a t e m e n t o f F a i t h
I believe that there is one God who has existed from forever past and will exist into all eternity future.
I believe that the one true God is triune, in that He exists in three Persons who are one in Being, Purpose, and any other aspect that can be conceived. These three Persons are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. None of the three Persons lack anything in the quality of being fully God.
I believe that God functions in His Persons to accomplish His will for the greatest possible purpose, the praise of His own glory.
I believer in the Deity of Christ, His unique virgin birth, atoning death, and bodily resurrection. He is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament and the coming King who will set on David's throne.
I believe the Scripture of both the Old and New Testament are verbally inspired of God to form a complete revelation, and have been divinely preserved inerrant and infallible.
I believe that the Scripture is the supreme and final authority for faith and practice, that it is the plumb line by which we must stablish our life if it is to please God.
I believe that God moved in history to divinely prepare the men who would translate the Bible we know as the King James to form the basis for the greatest missionary effort that would take place during the church age.
I believe that in the beginning God created. That this creation took place in six literal days as described in the Holy Bible. I believe that the earth is less than ten thousand years old and about four thousand years ago there was a flood global in nature out of which only Noah and his family survived.
I believe in salvation by "Grace" (unmerited favor from God) plus nothing and minus nothing. The conditions to salvation are repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the first work of the Holy Ghost to bring men to this repentance and faith. And, all that reject His work in them are guilty of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, the unpardonable sin.
I believe that men are justified by faith alone and are counted righteous before God only through the merit of the Lord Jesus Christ. I further believe that all who have truly put their trust in the Lord are then kept in a state of salvation by His mighty power. Were this not true it would be impossible for any man to ultimately be saved.
I believe that God created man in His own image. This image consists of body, soul, and spirit. It is God's intent that man should be a representational and representative image before all God's created order.
I believe that a man upon conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ has a responsibility to seek baptism by immersion as a public ritual of identification with the birth, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ I further believe that the church has a responsibility to administer baptism upon profession in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. That the church should not use this ritual as the conveyance of membership, but should not bestow full association upon any not possessing it.
I believe that the believer cannot build up or tear down the Kingdom of God, but that he is privileged to work within it. All increase is the Lord's
I believe in the personal, premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe in a rapture of the believing church. That while I hope for a pretribulation accomplishment of this event, it must be accomplished by midtribulation before the time called Great Tribulation begins.
I believe that all believers are called into a life of separation from all worldly sinful places and alliances and unto a life of dedication to the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe in a final judgement for the believer before the Mercy Seat, and a final judgment for the unbeliever before a White Throne. The believer will spend eternity in everlasting conscious blessedness and the unbeliever in everlasting conscious punishment.
I am Baptist in my doctrine. I do not hold to the Hypercalvinistic views of Scripture, neither do I hold to the Arminian view of Biblical interpretation. If any man should err, let him err on the side of care and restraint, not careless folly.
Michael L. Ford