Lake Retreat Statement of Faith
(Adopted by Baptist General Conference 1951
THE WORD OF GOD: we believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and that is has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
THE TRINITY: We believe there is one living God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
GOD THE FATHER: We believe in God, the father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death, all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
JESUS CHRIST: We believe Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and the Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
REGENERATION: We believe that all men are sinners by nature and choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior.
THE CHURCH: We believe in the universal church, living spiritual bodies of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost world.
CHRISTIAN CONDUCT: We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellowmen; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be faithful in the stewardship of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
THE ORDINANCES: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church; baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the triune God. We believe that Christ instituted the Lord’s Supper for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered.
RELIGIOUS LIBERY: We believe 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 and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
CHURCH COOPERATION: We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperation with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or distinct conference, exists and functions by cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
THE LAST THINGS: WE believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. WE believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteousness, and the endless suffering if the wicked.