Our Faith

To learn more about the beliefs and teachings of Free Will Baptists, please click the link to the Treatise of the Faith and Practices of the National Association of Free Will Baptists below: (Full Statement of faith may be found in part II.)

http://nafwb.org/files/images/treatise09.pdf 

The Acticles of Faith from Part III of the Treatise are as follows:

The Bible.  The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and are our infallible rule of faith and practice.

2. God. There is one living and true God, revealed in nature as the Creator, Preserver and Righteous Governor of the universe; yet as one God, infinitely wise and good, who all intelligent creatures are to love, adore and obey supremely.

3. Christ.  Christ is God manifest in the flesh in His divine nature truly God, in His human nature truly man. The mediator between God and man, once crucified, He is now risen and glorified and is our ever-present Saviour and Lord.

4. The Holy Spirit. The Scriptures assign to the Holy Spirit all the attributes of God.

5. The Government of God.  God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things by maintaining the constitution and laws of nature.  He also performs special acts, not otherwise provided for, as the highest welfare of men requires.

6. The Sinfulness of Man.  Man was created innocent but by disobedience fell into a state of sin and condemnation.  His posterity therefore, inherit a fallen nature of such tendencies that all who come to years of accountability, sin and became guilty before God.

7. The Work of Christ.  The Son of God by His incarnation, life, suffering, death and resurrection affected for all a redemption from sin that is full and free and is the ground of salvation by faith.

8. The Terms of Salvation. The conditions of salvation are: (a) Repentance or sincere sorrow for sin and hearty renunciation of it.  (b) Faith or the unreserved committal of one’s self to Christ as Saviour and Lord with purpose to love and obey Him in all things.  In the exercise of saving faith the soul is renewed by the Holy Spirit, freed from the dominion of sin, and becomes a child of God.  ( c ) Continuance in faith and obedience until death.

9. Election.  God determined from the beginning to save all who should comply with the conditions of salvation. Hence by faith in Christ, men become His elect.

10.  Freedom of the Will.  The human will is free and self-controlled having power to yield to the influence of the truth and the Spirit or to resist them and perish.

11. Salvation Free.  God desires the salvation of all; the Gospel invites all; the Holy Spirit strives with all; and whosoever will may come and take the water of life freely.

12. Perseverance. All believers in Christ, who through grace persevere in holiness to the end of life, have promise of eternal salvation.

13. Gospel Ordinances. Baptism, or immersion of believers in water, and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be perpetuated under the Gospel.  Feet Washing, an ordinance which teaches humility and reminds the believers of the necessity of a daily cleansing from all sin, is to be ministered to all true believers.

14. Tithing. God commanded tithes and offerings in the Old Testament;  Jesus Christ endorsed it in the Gospel (Matthew 23:23); and the apostle Paul said “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him.” (I Corinthians 16:2).

15. The Christian Sabbath.  The divine law requires that one day in seven be set apart from secular employments and amusements for rest, worship, holy works and activities, and for personal communion with God.

16. Resurrection, Judgment, and Final Retribution.  The Scriptures teach the resurrection of all men at the last day.  They that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil into the resurrection of   damnation; then the wicked will “go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into the eternal life.”

(We at Surgoinsville Free Will Baptist Church believe that God not only inspired the Holy Scriptures, but that in His Providence He has also preserved them. We believe that God has so preserved the Holy Scriptures for the English speaking peoples in the Authorized King James Version of the Holy Bible, and we utilize the King James Version of the Bible exclusively.)