Rocky Mountain
Missionary Baptist Church
“A Church
Building from
the Inside Out”
The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. ascribes to these
Articles of Faith which should be adopted by Baptist churches at
the time of organization:

I. THE SCRIPTURES.
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely
inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it
has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any
mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by
which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to
the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the
supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and
opinions shall be tried.

II. THE TRUE GOD.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one,
living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose name is
Jehovah, 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 persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but
harmonious offices in the great work of redemption.

III. THE FALL OF MAN.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in
holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary
transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in
consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by
constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness
required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil; and
therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without
defense or excuse.

IV. THE WAY OF SALVATION.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners
is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of the Son of
God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him
our nature, yet without sin; honored the divine law by his personal
obedience, and by his death made a full atonement for our sins;
that having risen from the dead, he is now enthroned in heaven;
and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies
with divine perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a
suitable, a compassionate, and an all-sufficient Saviour.

V. JUSTIFICATION.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing
which Christ secures to such as believe in him is justification;
that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of
eternal life on principles of righteousness; that it is bestowed,
not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we
have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer's blood; by
virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to
us of God; that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace
and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for
time and eternity.

VI. THE FREENESS OF SALVATION.
We believe that the Scriptures teach that the blessings of
salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the
immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and
obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the
greatest sinner on earth, but his own determined depravity and
voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection involves him in
an aggravated condemnation.

VII. REGENERATION
We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved,
sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that regeneration
consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected
in a manner above our comprehension by the power of the Holy
Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our
voluntary obedience to the Gospel; and that its proper evidence
appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness
of life.

VIII. REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are
sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our
souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply
convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness and of the way
of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition,
confession, and supplication for mercy; at the same time heartily
receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king,
and relying on him alone as the only and all-sufficient Saviour.

IX. GOD'S PURPOSE OF GRACE.
We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal
purpose of God, according to which he graciously regenerates,
sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with
the free agency of man, it comprehends all the means in
connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of
God's sovereign goodness, being infinitely free, wise, holy and
unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes
humility, love, prayer, praise, trust in God, and active imitation of
his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the
highest degree; that it may be ascertained by its effects in all who
truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian
assurance; and that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves
demands and deserves the utmost diligence.

X. SANCTIFICATION.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process
by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of
his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in
regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by
the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and
Comforter, in the continual use of the appointed means
especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial,
watchfulness, and prayer.

XI. PERSEVERANCE OF SAINTS.
We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believers
as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment to Christ
is the grand mark which distinguishes them from superficial
professors; that a special Providence watches over their welfare;
and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

XII. THE LAW AND GOSPEL.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal
and unchangeable rule of his moral government; that it is holy,
just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe
to fallen men to fulfill its precepts, arise entirely from their love of
sin; to deliver them from which, and to restore them through a
Mediator to unfeigned obedience to the holy Law, is one great
end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the
establishment of the visible church.

XIII. A GOSPEL CHURCH.
We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a
congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the
faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of
Christ; governed by his laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and
privileges invested in them by His Word; that its only scriptural
officers are Bishops or Pastors, and Deacons whose
Qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to
Timothy and Titus.

XIV. BAPTISM AND THE LORD'S SUPPER.
We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the
immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and
Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful
emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, with
its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it
is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the
Lord's Supper, in which the members of the
church, by the sacred use of bread and wine, are to
commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always
by solemn self-examination.

XV. THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is
the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept sacred to
religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and
sinful recreations, by the devout observance of all the means of
grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that
remaineth for the people of God.

XVI. CIVIL GOVERNMENT.
We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine
appointment, for the interest and good order of human society;
and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously
honored and obeyed; except only in things opposed to the will of
our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience,
and the Prince of the Kings of the earth.

XVII. RIGHTEOUS AND WICKED.
We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and
essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that
such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord
Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are truly righteous
in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and
unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under the curse; and this
distinction holds among men both in and after death.

XVIII. THE WORLD TO COME.
We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is
approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend from
heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution;
that a solemn separation will then take place; that the wicked will
be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to
endless joy; and that this judgment will fix forever the final state of
men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.
Articles of Faith
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