• We Teach that Salvation is wholly the work of God which is made possible by the sinless life and sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for our sins. We teach that man receives salvation through the free gift of God’s grace.This gift is not given as a reward to man’s earning it or God seeing  some redeeming virtue in man, it is given according to God’s good pleasure. (John 1:12Ephesians 1:72:8-101 Peter 1:18-19 2 Tim. 1:9).
  • Regeneration: We teach that regeneration is necessary for salvation and that it precedes faith and repentance. (I Cor. 2:8-14, 12:3; Eph. 1:17-18) This act of regeneration is the work of the Holy Spirit through the word of God (John 3:1-8; Eph. 2:1-10; 2 Th 2:13-14) and was first spoken of by the prophets, (Ez. 36:26-28; Jer. 24:7, 31:33, 32:39; Zach 12:10) affirmed by The Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:3-7, 14:26, 16:8-14; Acts 1:4)  and confirmed on the day of pentecost and will continue until the end of the until the end of the age ( Acts 2:2,9:4, 10:44, 11:15; Mt. 28:20).  Man is totally passive in regeneration since it is completely a work of God (John 1:13; 3:6). 
  • Repentance: Is an evangelical grace, wherein a person is, by the Holy Spirit, made sensible to the manifold evil of his sin, humbled himself in a change of thought, and agrees with God concerning the common detestation of his sin and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk with God to please Him in all things. (Zech. 12:10, Acts 11:18)
  • Faith: Is the “gift of God” (Eph. 2:8,9 Heb.12:2) and is produced by the Word of God (Rom. 10:14,17). We are saved by grace through faith alone apart from works (Eph. 2;9; Rom. 3:20; Titus 3:5). However, genuine faith necessarily leads to good works. (Eph. 2:10; Mat. 5:16; James 2:17-26)
  • Justification: Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who rely upon the merits of Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but to the credit of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they are receiving and resting in reliance on Him and his righteousness through the faith He authored and finished in their behalf. (Rom. 3:24, 4:16, 5:9, 5:16-19, I Cor. 6:11, Eph. 2:7-10, Tit. 3:5-7, Eph. 1:6,7)
  • Sanctification: Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified, by God’s Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is Progressive through the supply of divine strength, which all Saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial obedience to all Christ’s commands. (Acts 26:18, I Cor. 1:30, 6:9,11; Joh 17:17-19, Heb. 2:11, Heb 10:10, Heb 13:12

Only true believers persevere to the end. Their persevering is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors and temporary believers. A special Providence watches over their welfare, they are kept by the power of God through Faith unto salvation. (Luke 23:46, Joh. 10:28, 29, Acts 7:59, Rom. 8:1,29, Rom. 8:33-39, Phil. 1: 6, 2 Tim. 2:13-19, Col .3:3-4, Jude 1:1, Jude 1:24)

Within each local church we believe God provides a team of Pastor(s), Elders, Deacons and other workers who are to guide and enable the congregation to develop spiritual maturity. These servants are called by God for the equipping and edifying a local body of men and women who are in Christ. Pastors are literally shepherds, or those who feed sheep, and therefore, figuratively, those appointed to feed spiritually and serve the congregation. Elders are appointed to exercise spiritual oversight for the flock entrusted to them. We believe the functions of Elders or bishop/overseers to be identical, and that the term “Elder” refers mainly to the person, while “bishop” or “overseer” defines the duty of an Elder. Deacons serve as helpers, or ministering workers who fulfill various formal or informal roles within the congregation.
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen 2:18-25). Mercy Baptist Church will only conduct a marriage ceremony and recognize the marriage between a biological man and a biological woman.

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Lev. 18:1-30, lev. 20:10-21, Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11). We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated.

We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Divorce and remarriage are regarded as adultery. Nevertheless, the scripture permits divorce and /or remarriage in the event of, fornication, the departure of an unbelieving spouse or death of a spouse. (Mat. 5:32, 19:9, I Cor. 7:15, Rom. 7:2)
The speaking of tongues was a gift given to the church for the propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:4-8) This gift gave certain individuals the ability to speak in a foreign language. The language spoken was intelligible to the speaker and the hearer and there was nothing unknown spoken. The true gift of tongues was given as a sign to those who believed not (I Cor. 14:22). Foreign speaking Jews, who knew nothing of Jesus Christ, received his gospel on the day of Pentecost through this miraculous gift (Acts 2:4-8). The biblical account of speaking in tongues is one’s ability to speak a foreign language, instantaneously, and that without being taught. To protect the church against false tongues or the abuse of speaking in tongues, the Apostle Paul forbade the church from speaking in tongues unless there was an interpreter on site (I Cor. 14:26-28). Today this gift does not operate within the church (I Cor. 13:8).
We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position before God (Gal:3:28), but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual functions for men and women in the home and the church. The husband is to be the leader of the home and men are to be the leaders (Bishops or Pastors or Elders) of the church. Accordingly, only men are eligible for licensure and ordination by the church. (I Tim. 3:2, Titus 3:2, I Tim. 3:12)

The great irony of our day is that sense church leadership is designated for male stewardship only, then the bible must be an oppressive prescript against women. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is no written word in the history of the world that elevates women to a higher view than the Holy Word of God.

During the first century, Roman Greek and Jewish culture relegated women to a second-class citizen standard. Buying selling and trading of personal property in most Roman and Greek culture was forbidden. Women were by law, custom and culture reduced to not much more than personal property. In Jewish custom they were not instructed by the rabbi’s given any elevated status of being worthy of personal instruction in the law, privy to conferences of vital spiritual or national interest. The Jewish Talmud and other rabbinical writings show much disdain for women in society. One writing states that it would be better to burn the Torah than to instruct a woman from its pages.

Then along came the master, Jesus Christ, and everything changed. Not only did he include them in his ministry, but he also sought them, favored them, instructed them even as he would men, allowed them to travel with him, healed them and even allowed them to touch him, and bear witness to him (John 4; Luke 10:38; Luke 13:10; Luke 8:1-3; John 20:1-18) This inclusion of women in his lie and ministry was revolutionary and an indictment against the popular mindset of women in that day. Truly, Jesus Christ and the New Testament has set forth for us the proper view of women in society today and if it were not for the grace of God in the life of women, they would by this society be reduced again to nothing more than personal property.

In the Epistles of Paul, the marriage union of husband and wife is that of a mutual love and submission to each one’s role in the marriage. The husband has the highest standard of all standards to meet within the bounds of matrimony. He is bound by the word of God to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it. There can be no higher elevation of a wife than this. Husbands are to love their wives like Jesus has loved them. This is a staggering responsibility and one that cannot be met without complete submission to Jesus Christ (Eph. 5:21 & 25).

Now for the wife’s role within the family, she is called to a life of voluntary submission to her husband. Four times we have this imperative recorded for women in marriage. (Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18; Titus 2:5; I Peter 3:1). This submission is voluntary and is not to be enforced by anything more or less than the word of God. Whether the wife submits or does not submit to her husband in a voluntary manner has no bearing on the husband’s responsibility to Love his wife as Christ loved the Church. Neither is the wife’s submission to her husband conditioned upon her husband loving her as Christ loved the Church. This is the New Testaments message concerning the role of husband and wife in the marriage.

Although leadership roles within the church are reserved for God called men to that office (I Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-7), there is no prohibition upon gifted women ministering to the church of Jesus Christ. In fact we find the Apostle Paul was continuously accompanied with women of the faith assisting, working and witnessing within his ministry (Acts 1:12-14; 9:36-42; 16:13-15; 17:1-4 & 10-12; 18:1-2, 18-28; Rom. 16; I Cor. 16:19; 2 Tim. 1:5; 4:19). Just because they are not on the forefront of leadership will never diminish their value to our savior or the contributions they have made in the economy of God.

We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority.

    • Verbal Inspiration: This means that the individual words of the Bible are true and without error in the original writings. Therefore, more than just the thought or concept is inspired, but also every word (Mat. 5:17,18; Prov. 30:5,6). The term “plenary” is often used with the word “verbal” to give the view that all Scripture is fully and equally inspired (2 Tim. 3:16,17).
    • Inspired (Inspiration): Inspiration is that particular work of God by which the Holy Spirit, becoming the co-author of Scripture, supernaturally directed the writers of Scripture and without excluding their human intelligence, individuality, literary style, personal feelings, or any other human factor, God’s own complete and coherent message to men was recorded in perfect accuracy and the very words of the Bible bear the authority of this divine authorship. Inspiration is not equivalent to dictation except in certain instances, as God uses the experience, feelings and thinking of the human author. The result, however, is just as accurate as if God Himself had taken the pen. Hence, the Scriptures were inspired or breathed out by God and, though the authors were fallible men, what they wrote was without error (2 Peter 1:20,21). Inspiration does not suppress the intellectual ability and talent but rather uses that intellectual ability and talent (Luke 1:1-3; 2 Samuel 23:2).
    • Inerrant: Inerrant means that the Scriptures in their original writings were without error (John 10:35; Luke 16:17).
    • Infallible: Infallible means that the Scriptures in their original writings were incapable of error and never wrong (John 10:35; Luke 16:17).
    • Final Authority: The Scriptures are God’s special revelation (communication of truth) to man and because they are inspired and inerrant, they become our final authority. However, we take careful note of what the Bible indicates as not being authoritative, such as Satan’s statement to Eve in the Garden of Eden, “You surely shall not die.” (Gen. 3:45; 2 Tim. 3:16,17).

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