920 Lindsay Lane • Florissant, MO 63031
© 2019 • Lindsay Lane Baptist Church
There is one living and true God, the creator of the universe (Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 45:11; Jeremiah 27:5). He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection (Exodus 15:11; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
A. God the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe. He providentially directs the affairs of history according to the purposes of His grace (Genesis 1; Psalm 19:1; Psalm 104; Hebrews 1:1-
B. God the Son is the Savior of the world. Born of the virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18; Luke 1:26-
C. God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity. He convicts of sin (John 16:8-
II. The Scriptures
A. The Scriptures are God’s inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments, written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). Those men wrote not in words of human wisdom but in words taught by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:13).
B. The Scriptures provide the standard for the believer’s faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-
A. The World — God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (Genesis 1; Revelation 4:11; John 1:2, 3; Colossians 1:16).
B. The Angels — God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels. Holy angels worship God and execute His will; while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purposes (Colossians 1:16; Luke 20:35, 36; Matthew 22:29, 30: Psalm 103:20; Jude 6).
C. Man — As the crowning work of His creation, God created humankind (male and female) in His own image (Psalm 8; Genesis 1:27; 2:7). Consequently, every person from conception is of inherent dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons (Psalm 51:5; 139:13-
D. Marriage — God created marriage (Genesis 1:27-
Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil (John 8:44) and he with his demons opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:3-
Although man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26; 2:17) he fell through sin and that image was marred (Romans 5:12; James 3:9). In his unregenerate state, he is void of spiritual life, is under the influence of the devil, and lacks any power to save himself (Ephesians 2:1-
A. The Meaning of Salvation — Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results (Matthew 1:21; Ephesians 2:8-
B. The Way of Salvation — Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-
C. The Provision of Salvation — Christ died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:29; 3:16; 1 John 2:1-
D. Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom — God’s sovereignty and man’s freedom are two inseparable factors in the salvation experience (Ephesians 2:4-
All believers are set apart unto God (Hebrews 10:12-
All believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:24-
A. The Nature of the Church — A New Testament church is a local congregation (Acts 16:5; 1 Corinthians 4:17) of baptized believers in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41) who are united by covenant in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded (Acts 2:41-
B. The Autonomy of the Church — She acknowledges Jesus as her only Head (Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18) and the Holy Bible as her only rule of faith and practice (Isaiah 8:20; 2 Timothy 3:16-
C. The Perpetuity of the Church — Instituted by Jesus during His personal ministry on earth (Matthew 16:18; Mark 3:13-
D. The Ordinances of the Church — Her two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer as a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4) and is prerequisite to church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41, 42). The Lord’s Supper is the sacred sharing of the bread of communion and the cup of blessing by the assembled church (Acts 20:7) as a memorial to the crucified body and shed blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19-
E. The Officers of the Church — Pastors and deacons are the permanent officers divinely ordained in a New Testament church (Philippians 1:1). Each church may select men of her choice to fill those offices under the leading of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:1-
Pastors (elders, bishops) are authorized to oversee and teach the churches under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24; 1 Peter 5:1-
Deacons (ministers, servants) are servants of the churches and assistants to the pastors, particularly in benevolent ministries. Each church may select her own deacons according to her needs, and no church is bound by the act of another church in that selection (Acts 6:1-
[On April 26, 2006 the BMA of America adopted the following resolution, included here for clarification: Whereas the Doctrinal Statement of the BMA of America, Section X, Item E, implies that the offices of ordained Pastor and Deacon are limited to men only and the majority of churches agree with that position, be it resolved that the messengers of the BMA of America, meeting in Mobile, Alabama, on April 24-
F. The Ministry of the Church — Her mission is evangelizing sinners by preaching the gospel (Matthew 28:19; Luke 24:45-
G. The Fellowship of the Church — She is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith (2 Corinthians 11:8; Philippians 4:10, 15-
X. Civil Authority
Human government was instituted by God to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. It is separate from the church, though both church and state exercise complementary ministries for the benefit of society (Matthew 22:21). Christians should submit to the authority of the government under which they live, obeying all laws which do not contradict the laws of God, respecting officers of government, paying taxes, rendering military service, and praying for the welfare of the nation and its leaders (Romans 13:1-
Churches should receive no subsidy from the government, but they should be exempt from taxation on property and money used for the common good through worship, education, or benevolence.
XI. Last Things
A. Return — Our risen Lord will return personally in bodily form to receive His redeemed unto Himself. His return is imminent (1 Thessalonians 4:13-
B. Resurrections — After Jesus returns, all of the dead will be raised bodily, each in his own order: the righteous dead in ‘‘the resurrection of life’’ and the wicked dead in ‘‘the resurrection of damnation’’ (John 5:24-
C. Judgments — Prior to the eternal state, God will judge everyone to confer rewards or to consign to punishment (Matthew 25:31-
D. Eternal States — Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed (John 14:1-
NOTE: The following statements are not to be binding upon the churches already affiliated with this association, or to require adoption by churches petitioning this body for privilege of cooperation, or to be a test of fellowship between brethren or churches. However, they do express the preponderance of opinion among the churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of America.
1. We believe in the premillennial return of Christ to earth, after which He shall reign in peace upon the earth for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4-
2. We believe the Scriptures to teach two resurrections: the first of the righteous at Christ’s coming; the second of the wicked at the close of the thousand-
We endorse the New Hampshire Confession of Faith as a representative compendium of what Baptists have historically believed through the centuries. This confession was consulted and provided a pattern and guide for the formulation of these doctrinal statements. As there are several versions and editions, we refer particularly to the edition in J. E. Cobb’s Church Manual (third edition), published by the Baptist Publications Committee of Texarkana, Texas.