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UNION BAPTIST CHURCH

 
 
Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:28
We understand that the basic beliefs outlined here do not by any means exhaust the content of our faith, which is the whole Word of God, and they are not intended to set a limit beyond which faith cannot go within the Word; but, we do believe that insofar as these articles extend, they are a true presentation of the sound doctrine taught in the Scriptures, and therefore are binding upon us as Christian believers.

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What Is The Gospel?

The gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and consummation ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.


Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men can be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have in glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, church and ministries to proceed from and be related to the gospel.         

Basic Beliefs

We believe:


  • in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God and
           inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in
           faith and life.
           II Tim. 3:16,17; II Peter 1:21.

  • in ONE GOD, eternally existing in three "persons": Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
           Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 10:20; Acts 5:1-4.

  • that JESUS CHRIST was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is
           true God and true Man. Matt. 1:18-25; John 1:1-18.

  • God created the world in six days; that He created Man (human beings) in his own
           image as male and female; that he ordained marriage as only between one man
           (born a male) and one woman (born a female); and that all other sexual
           relationships and unions other than marriage between a man and a woman are
          contrary to God's Word and will.
          Gen. 1:1; Ex. 20:11; Gen. 1:26,27; 2:18-25; Mt. 19:4-6; Lev. 18:6-23;  20:10-21;    
          Rom. 1:24-27; I Cor. 6:9-11; 7:1,2; I Thess. 4:3-8; Heb. 13:4

  • that Man sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual      
          death  which leads to eternal separation from God; and that all human beings are  
          born with a sinful nature; in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become       sinners in  thought, word, and deed. Gen. 3:6-12; Rom. 5:12; Ps. 51:5; Ezek.18:4;  
          Rom. 3:19;  Gal. 3:22; Rom.7:14-25.

  • that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative
           and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who truly believe in Him are justified on the
           ground of His shed blood; and that justification includes the forgiveness of sins and
           the gift of eternal life, obtained on no other grounds but faith on the sinner's part.
           I Cor.15:1-4; Eph.1:7; Rom.3:23-28; Acts 20:20-21.

  • that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior are born again, and
           thereby become children of God, indwelt by His Holy Spirit as the seal of their
          salvation; and that the proper evidence thereof is a Holy life manifesting the fruits of
          righteousness. John 1:12; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 2:8-10.

  • in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven,
           and in His present life there for us as High Priest and advocate
    (Intercessor).
           I Cor. 15:12-20; Eph.1:20-23; Heb.7:24-25.

  • in the bodily resurrection and judgment of the just and bodily resurrection and
           judgment of the unjust; in the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the
           everlasting punishment of the lost.
           John 5:24-29; I Thess. 4:16-17; Matt. 25-46; II Thess.1:8-9; II Cor. 5:9-10.

  • in the personal, pretribulational, premillennial and imminent bodily return of our Lord
          and Savior, Jesus Christ, and in His millennial reign. John 14:13; Rev. 20:4-6,
          Acts 1:11; Matt. 24:42-44.

  • in the church of Christ as an elect company of believers, baptized by the Holy
          Spirit into one Body; kept secure unto the end, designed to be separated from the
          "course of this world". Its mission is to witness concerning it's Head, Jesus Christ,
           preaching the Gospel among all nations; and its destiny is to be caught up to meet          the Lord in the air at His coming.
           I Peter 2:9-10; Acts 15:14; I Cor.12:12-13; John 10:27- 29; I Peter 1:5;
          Titus 2:11-14; Matt. 28:19-20; I Thess. 4:16-18.

  • that every true believer should be baptized by immersion as the Scriptures teach.
           Matt. 28:19; Acts 8:36-39.

  • that every believer should regularly celebrate the Lord's Supper, as the Scriptures
           teach, as a testimony to his fellowship with Christ and with the members of His body.
           Acts 20:7.

  • in a personal adversary. Satan, the devil, who is to be resisted by faith and prayer
           and in the power of the blood of Christ. I Peter 5:8-9; Rev.12:9-11; Eph. 6:10-18.