What We Believe
There is no greater need that any of us has in this life than to be reconciled to God. We all have a relationship with God – whether it is a relationship of love or hostility. But know this: God loves you and has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for sinners and sin (the rebellion against God which leads to death), and to give you a new life united to Jesus through faith in His resurrection from the dead.
The Glory of God
God’s chief purpose in all that he wills, thinks, and does is the glory of His name. Moreover, every person, indeed all creation, exists for this same purpose: to glorify God. God is sovereign, such that there is nothing unseen, unknown, or undetermined by God in all of creation, time, or eternity.
Scripture to support:
Isaiah 48:9-11; Habakkuk 2:14; Romans 11:34-36; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 2:10; Psalm 86:9; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Isaiah 43:6-7; Revelation 14:6-7; Genesis 50:20; Job 14:5; Psalm 139:1-4, 16; Isaiah 46:10; Daniel 2:21, 4:35; Matthew 10:29-31; Acts 4:27-28, 17:25-27; Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11
The Authority of Scripture
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the ultimate authority, without error in all that it intends to teach, and altogether sufficient for Christian faith and practice. The Bible reveals universal truths which are true for all people at all times and can be known with certainty and clarity. It is wrong to place the authority of Scripture under or equal to other writings or human experience. As divine revelation, Scripture accurately describes who God is and how He wishes to be addressed, including the trinitarian language of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Scripture to support:
Psalm 12:6, 18:30; John 10:35, 17:17; Acts 24:14; Romans 3:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Timothy 6:15; Malachi 1:6; Isaiah 54:5; Revelation 21:2; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 6:9; John 16:7-15; Matthew 28:19
The Story of Scripture
Scripture presents a true story that is leading somewhere: namely, the consummation of God’s Kingdom. We look at Scripture through the prism of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation. God created the World and all that is in it, including humanity, whom He made male and female in His image (Genesis 1). We were made to live in communion with God, to His glory and our satisfaction. However, our first parents fell when they sinned against God, and their sin has effected the rest of humanity (Genesis 3, Romans 5) wherein we come under His righteous wrath and judgment. God has not, however, left us in this state. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to take the wrath upon Himself, for His glory and our salvation (Ephesians 1.7). As followers of Christ, we have been set free from the curse of sin and restored into relationship with God. And we trust that Christ will come again to consummate His Kingdom (Hebrews 9).
The Triune God
We believe that God has eternally existed as three distinct persons who are fully God, the same in essence, equal in power and glory, and there is only one God.
Scripture to Support:
Genesis 1:26-27; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5; Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19-20; John 1:1; John 10:30; John 14:9; John 20:28; Acts 5.3-4; 1 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Colossians 2.9; Hebrews 1.2-3; Jude 20-21
The Absolute Depravity of Humanity
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God and that man is totally depraved, and of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12)
The Gospel of God
Humanity’s greatest need is to be reconciled with God. The gospel is compromised when the grace and love of Christ are expressed without the ultimate objective of calling sinners to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. The appropriate response to sin is one that believes in the power of God to change lives, hopes in the mercy of God to forgive sins, and loves enough to call sinners to confession and transformation. God is inclusive in that He calls all to come to Him in faith and repentance. God is exclusive in that only those who believe in Jesus Christ and seek to keep His commands can be assured of salvation. The gospel is the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and should not be equated with or reduced to merely good deeds, humanitarian relief, or societal reform.
Scripture to support:
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (8) Matthew 28:19-20; Galatians 6:1; James 5:19-20; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Matthew 11:28-30; John 6:37; Matthew 7:13-23; John 3:18, 6:53, 8:24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
The Uniqueness of Christ
Jesus Christ is unique among the so-called gods of this world. Only in Jesus can we have salvation, fellowship, and a true understanding of God. Jesus Christ died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for sins, and in so doing absorbed God’s wrath and eternal judgment upon our sin. We are counted righteous before God based on the imputed righteousness of Christ. Justification is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. No one will be saved apart from the atoning sacrifice of Christ. Salvation is received through personal hearing and conscious believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The unrepentant and unbelieving will not be saved, either in this life or after physical death. Apart from Jesus, who is the eternal Son of God incarnate, we cannot see, know, or glorify God as He is.
Scripture to support:
Isaiah 45:18; John 1:18, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Isaiah 53:4-5; Romans 3:25; Galatians 3:13; 1 John 2:2; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9; Romans 3:23-24, 5:1; Galatians 2:16; John 6:53-58; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:17; 1 John 2:1-2; Romans 10:14-15; Luke 16:26; John 3:18; Revelation 20:11-15; John 1:14; Colossians 1:15-20
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on the cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
The church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2).
The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures. (Acts 14:27, 18:22, & 20:17; 1 Timothy 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11)
We believe in the autonomy of the local church, free of any external authority and control. (Acts 13:1-4, 15:19-31, & 20:28; Romans 16:1,4; 1 Corinthians 3:9,16, & 5:4-7,13; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
We recognize a believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
Because we believe in God the Father, the saving work of His Son Jesus Christ, and the enabling work of the Holy Spirit…..
Because we believe in obedience to the Word of God as a reflection of the authority of God the Father, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives…..
We covenant the following:
To encourage one another in corporate worship
To build one another up through discipleship
To encourage and participate in local outreach
To submit to one another through acts of service
To utilize our spiritual gifts for the building up of the local body into Christ
To contribute cheerfully to the work of our body locally and to the uttermost ends of the earth
To pray for one another and the ministry of Denver Baptist
To avoid gossip and speaking ill of members within the body
To be slow to speak, slow to take offense, and ready to make reconciliation
To support our Pastor in his strengths and encourage him in his weaknesses
And to walk together in Christian love and unity.
For the Glory of God, and the witness of our faith in Him, we do covenant to one another before God.