What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

ARTICLES OF FAITH
of the
SAUK TRAIL BAPTIST TEMPLE


Scriptures
1. WE BELIEVE in the verbal, complete, and total inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21).

Trinity 
2. WE BELIEVE in the Holy Trinity; one God eternally existing in three Persons ... God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17; I John 5:7).

Virgin Birth
3. WE BELIEVE in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25).

Christ's Atonement 
4. WE BELIEVE in Christ’s death on the cross and His shed blood as the only sacrifice for sin (Romans 3:25; Hebrews 9:12).

The Resurrection
5. WE BELIEVE in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6).

Second Coming Of Christ
6. WE BELIEVE in the personal and imminent return of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; I Thessalonians 4:14-16).

Regeneration
7. WE BELIEVE in the new birth, that being born again is necessary for salvation (John 3:3; I Peter 1:23).

Salvation By Grace Through Faith
8. WE BELIEVE that salvation is not dependent upon works of the flesh (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5), but comes to any who by faith receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior (John 1:12; John 3:16).

Eternal Security
9. WE BELIEVE in the blessed assurance and eternal security of all believers who have personally received Jesus Christ (John 10:27-28; I John 5:11-13).

Church Ordinances
10. WE BELIEVE in two church ordinances:
(1) Baptism (Acts 2:41; Romans 6:3-4), and
(2) The Lord’s Supper (Luke 22:19-20; I Corinthians
11:23-26). These ordinances are not a means of, nor essential to, salvation.

Holy Living
11. WE BELIEVE in believers living a separated life (Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 6:14).

Tithing
12. WE BELIEVE in tithing (Malachi 3:8-10; I Corinthians 16:2).

Soul-Winning
13. WE BELIEVE in soul-winning (Proverbs 11:30; James 5:20).

Heaven & Hell
14. WE BELIEVE in a literal heaven (John 14:2-3; II Corinthians 5:1), and a literal hell (Luke 16:23; Rev- elation 20:15).

The Rapture
15. WE BELIVE in the bodily resurrection of the dead; the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord (I Corinthians 15:51-55; I Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 21:4); the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (Matthew 25:41-46; Revelation 20:11-15).

Separation Of Church And State
16. WE BELIEVE in separation of Church and State (Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:27-29).

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