statement of faith

Scripture: We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally and plenarily inspired, and the product of Spirit controlled men. It is therefore truth without the mixture of error. God supernaturally intended the transmission of the Bible through the years, so that in the King James Bible we have, in fact, the Word of God. The Bible is the center of true Christian unity, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds and convictions are based. (Psalm 119:11, Proverbs 30:5-6, Matthew 24:53, John 5:39, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)


The True God: We believe there is one and only one living and true God: an infinite, sovereign Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence, and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three equal persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are equal in every perfection, and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption. (Genesis 17:1, Exodus 20:2-3, Jeremiah 10:10, Ephesians 4:6, 1 Corinthians 2:10-11, 8:6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Revelation 4:11)


The Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal to the Father and the Son; that He is active in creation, in His relationship to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled, that He convicts of sin, judgment, and righteousness. He is the agent of the new birth. He seals, guides, teaches, sanctifies, helps believers, and endues with power. The gifts of tongues, interpretation of tongues, healing, prophecy, and apostleship were sign gifts, and temporary until the Scriptures were completed. (Genesis 1:1-3, Matthew 28:9-10, Mark 1:8, Luke 1:35, 24:49, John 1:33, 3:5-6, 14:16-17, 16:8-11, Acts 5:30-32, 11:36, Romans 8:14-16, 26-27, 15:19, 1 Corinthians 13:8, Ephesians 1:13-14, Hebrews 2:4, 9:14)


The Devil, or Satan: We believe in the personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, and the ruler of all the powers of darkness. He is destined to the judgment of an eternal judgment in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 4:1-11, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Revelation 20:10)


The Security of the Believer: We believe all who are truly born again are kept by the power of God, for Jesus Christ, for eternity. (John 10:28-30, Romans 8:35-39, Philippians 1:6)


Adoption: We believe that adoption is the gracious act whereby the Father, for the sake of Christ, places the new believer into an honored position as a child of God, and makes the believer a joint heir with Christ. (Romans 3:1-2, 8:14-18, Galatians 4:1-7, Ephesians 1:5, 13-14)


Creation: We believe in the Genesis account of creation to be a literal and historical account of the direct acts of God (in six literal 24 hour days) without any type of evolutionary process; that man- body, soul and spirit- was created by a direct work of God, and not from previously existing forms of life; that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the human race. (Genesis 1-2, John 1:3, Romans 5:12, Colossians 1:16-17)


The Fall of Man: We believe that man was created in innocence under the law of his Maker; that by voluntary transgression, Adam fell from his sinless happy state; that all men have sinned in him, in consequence of which all men are totally depraved and lost, being partakers of Adam’s fallen nature (and sinners by nature); that they are therefore under just condemnation without any defense or excuse. (Genesis 3:1-6, Romans 1:18-21, 3:10-19, 5:12)



Justification: We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares us to be righteous through faith in Christ; that it includes the pardon of sin and the imputation of God’s righteousness; that it is bestowed, not in consideration of works which we have done, but solely through the grace extended by God through our personal faith in the Lord Jesus and His shed blood. (Isaiah 53:11, Zechariah 13:1, Acts 13:39, Romans 5:1-9, 8:1, 2 Corinthians 5:18-21, Ephesians 2:8-9)


Repentance: We believe that repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God, prompted by the Holy Spirit; that it is characterized by godly sorrow for sin as offensive to God and ruinous to the soul; that true repentance cannot be separated from true faith. (Luke 13:1-3, 15:7, Acts 8:22, Romans 2:4, 2 Corinthians 7:10)


Resurrection and Priesthood: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus, in His ascension bodily into heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest, interceding forever; that as our High Priest and Advocate, He also intercedes for us before the Throne of God. (Matthew 28:6-7, Mark 16:16, Luke 24:39, John 20:27, Acts 1:9-11, Hebrews 2:17, 1 Corinthians 15:4, 1 Timothy 2:4-6, 1 John 2:1, Revelation 3:21, 7:23-28, 9:11-15, 10:8-14, 12:2)


Faith and Salvation: We believe that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only condition of real salvation. (John 14:6, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-10)


The Church: We believe in the unity of all true believers in the church, which is the Body of Christ, and was established on the Day of Pentecost; that all believers from Pentecost to the Rapture, both Jews and Gentiles, are added to the church by baptism of the Holy Spirit, which occurs at the time of salvation; that the church is manifested through the local church, which is a congregation of baptized believers associated by the fellowship of the Gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper), governed by His Word, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons, whose qualifications and duties are clearly defined in the Scripture; that the true mission of the church is the faithful witnessing for Christ to all men and the discipleship and edification of the saints; that the church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interference of any individual, hierarchy of individuals, or organizations; that the one and only Head of the church is Christ; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and the method of its cooperation; that in all matters of membership, polity, discipline, and benevolence, the will of the church is final. (Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 1:22-23, 3:1-6, 4:11-12, 5:23-24, Acts 2:41-42, 4:11-12, 20:17-28, Colossians 1:18, 1 Timothy 3:1-7)


Grace in the New Birth: We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the Divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about by a sovereign God in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with the Divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the fruits of repentance, faith and newness of life. (John 3:3-7, Acts 16:3-33, Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, Colossians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:4, 1 John 5:1)


The Virgin Birth: We believe that Jesus was begotten by the Holy Spirit in a miraculous manner, born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or can be born of a woman, and that He was both the Son of God and God the Son; manifest in the flesh. (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 1:35, Hebrews 1:8-9)


The Atonement for Sin: We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial office of the Son of God, who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon Himself our nature, yet without sin, honored the Divine law by His personal obedience and death, made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins and the sins of the whole world; that His death was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the just dying for the unjust, bearing our sins in His own body on the tree; that, having risen from the dead, He is now enthroned in heaven, and is qualified to be our suitable and compassionate High Priest and Savior. (Isaiah 53:11-12, Matthew 18:11, John 3:16, 10:18, Acts 15:11, Romans 3:24-25, 1 Corinthians 15:3, 20; 2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 1:4, Ephesians 2:8-9, Philippians 2:7-8, Hebrews 2:14, 7:25, 9:12-15; 12:2)


The Righteous and the Wicked: We believe that there is a radical difference between the righteous and the wicked; only those who are justified by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and sanctified by the Holy Spirit are truly righteous in His esteem; All that continue in unbelief are, in His sight, wicked and under the curse; that this real distinction is true, both in and after death: in the everlasting joy of the believer and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost in the Lake of Fire. (Genesis 18:23, Proverbs 14:32, Malachi 3:18, Matthew 25:34-41, Luke 16:25, John 8:21, 24, Romans 6:17-18, 23, 1 John 5:19, Revelation 20:14-15)


Sanctification: We believe that sanctification is the divine setting apart of the believer unto God, accomplished in a threefold manner: first, an eternal act of God, based upon redemption in Christ, establishing the believer in a position of holiness at the moment he trusts the Savior; secondly, a continuing process in the believer as the Holy Spirit applies the Word of God; thirdly, the final accomplishment of this process at the Lord’s return. (John 17:17, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 5:25-27, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 5:23-24, Hebrews 10:10-14, 1 John 3:2, Jude 24-25)


Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water, under the authority of the local church: to show forth in a beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, through Whom we died to sin and rose to newness of life; that baptism is in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; that baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is the commemoration of Christ’s death and resurrection (until He returns), and should be preceded by self-examination. We believe that the biblical order of the ordinances is baptism, then the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 3:16, 28:19-20, John 3:23, Acts 8:36-39, Romans 6:3-5, 1 Corinthians 11:23-28, Colossians 2:12)


Separation: We believe, in obedience to the biblical commands, to separate entirely from worldliness and ecclesiastical apostasy. Separation is also viewed as unto God in holiness and purity of heart. (Romans 16:17, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, 1 Timothy 6:3-5, 2 John 9-11)


Civil Government: We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interests and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, honored and obeyed, except when opposed to the will of the Lord Jesus, who is the only Lord of the conscience and coming King of Kings. (Exodus 18:21-22, 2 Samuel 23:3, Daniel 3:17-19, Acts 4:19-20, 5:29, 23:5, Romans 13:17-19)


Israel: We believe in the sovereign selection of Israel as God’s eternal people; that she is now dispersed because of her disobedience and rejection of Christ; that she will be gathered in the Holy Land, and after the completion of the Church, will be saved as a nation at the Second Coming of Christ. (Genesis 13:14-17, Ezekiel 35-37, Romans 11:1-31)


The Rapture and Subsequent Events: We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulational, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ for His Church; that, at that moment, the dead in Christ shall be raised in glorified bodies, the living in Christ shall be given glorified bodies, without tasting death, and both groups will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air before the 70th week of Daniel (Tribulation Period). (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 15:51-54, Philippians 3:20-21, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 3:10, 4:1)


The Revelation of Christ: We believe that the Great Tribulation, which follows the rapture of the Church, will be culminated by the Revelation of Christ in power and in great glory, to sit upon the throne of David, to establish the Millennial Reign for 1,000 years, which, after a season, shall usher in the eternal glory of the New Heaven and the New Earth. (Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1-9, Daniel 9:25-27, Matthew 24:29-31, Luke 1:30-33, Acts 2:29-30, Revelation 20:1-15, 21:1-5)


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Greater Heights Baptist Church | 3790 Post Rd, Cumming, GA 30040 | (770) 887-4802 |