New Haven Baptist Church
Statement of Faith and Covenant
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally and fully inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible, and god-breathed, and therefore are the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their normal grammatical- historical meaning (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
Dispensationalism
We believe that the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose (Heb. 1:1-2).
The Trinity
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons — FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT — each coeternal, coidentical, coequal, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Corin. 13:14; John 14:10, 26).

God the Father

  1. We believe that God the Father, the first person of the trinity, is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. We believe that God is spirit, immaterial, incorporeal, invisible, alive, a person, self-existent, infinite, and eternal.
  3. We believe His attributes include: omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence, immutability, holiness, righteousness, justice, goodness, love, benevolence, mercy, graciousness, and truth.

The Person and Work of Christ

  1. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1;1-2, 14; 2 Corin. 5:19-21; Gal. 4:4-5; Phil. 2:5-8).
  2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:18-36; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5).
  3. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven to prepare a place for those who are saved, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 9:24; 7:25; 1John 2;1-2; John 14:1-3)

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

  1. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them until the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; 1 Corin. 12:12-14; 2 Corin. 3:6; Eph. 1:13-14).
  2. We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who assists believers to understand and appropriate the scriptures (1Corin. 2:10-12).
  3. We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip the believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Corin. 12:4-11, 28; Eph. 4:7-12).
  4. We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing, were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit. We will not allow the exercising of any so-called gift of speaking in tongues, extra-Biblical prophesying, or healing. Such individuals will be asked by the pastor to cease and desist. If individual(s) continue, they will be forcibly removed by the usher(s) (1 Corin. 1:22; 13:8; 14:21-22).
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved, and of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Gen. 1:26-27; Rom. 3:22-23; 5:12; 6:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 4:17-19).
Salvation
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins and that He was raised for our justification and His righteousness is imputed to our account (John 1:12; Eph. 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Pet. 1:18-19; Rom. 4:25; 2 Corin. 5:21).

The Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers

  1. We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Rom. 8:1, 38-39; 1 Corin. 1:4-8; 1 Pet. 1:4-5).
  2. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom. 13:13-14; Gal. 5:14; Titus 2:11-15).

The Church

  1. We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born- again persons, who have been scripturally baptized (1 Corin. 12:12-14; 2 Corin. 11:2; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:25-27; Acts 4:12).
  2. We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14:27; 20:17, 28-32; 1 Tim. 3:1-3; Titus 1:5-11).
  3. We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Rom. 16:1; 1 Corin. 3:9, 16; 5:4-7, 13; 1 Pet. 5:1-4).
  4. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that it sets forth in picture the essential facts in redemption — the death and resurrection of Christ, the essential facts in the experience of the believer — death to sin and resurrection to walk in newness of life, and the essential facts in the hope of the believer — that should he experience physical death, he will be raised from the dead to participate in the eternal glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:4).
  5. We believe that the Lord's Supper is a commemoration of the Lord's death to be observed till He comes; that the elements — the bread and the fruit of the vine — are only symbols of His broken body and shed blood, and that our observance of it is a pictorial testimony of the believer's fellowship with the crucified Savior and should be preceded by solemn heart-searching and self-judgment (Matt. 26:26-30; 1 Corin. 10:16-21; 11:17-34).
Separation
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all ungodly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God (Rom. 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Corin. 6:14-7:1; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).
The Second Advent of Christ
We believe in that "blessed hope", the personal, imminent return of Christ who will rapture His Church prior to the seven-year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom which was promised to the nation of Israel (Ps. 89:3-4; Dan. 2:31-45; Zech. 14:4-11; 1 Thes. 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6).

The Eternal State

  1. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28, 29; 11:25-26; Rev. 20:5-6, 12-13).
  2. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the rapture, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord (Luke 23:43; 2 Corin. 5:8; Phil. 1:23; 3:21; 1 Thes. 4:16-17; 1 Corin. 15:51-52).
  3. We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment and torment until the last resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Matt. 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16: 19-26; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Rev. 20:11-15).

The Personality of Satan
We believe that Satan was created a holy and perfect being, but fell through pride and ambition in rebellion against God, thus becoming the author of sin; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and men; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire (Job 1:6-7; Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-15; Matt. 4:2-11; 25:41; Rev. 20:10).

Civil Government
We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: 1) the family, 2) the church, and 3) the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The family, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7; Eph 5:22-24; Heb. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14).
Human Sexuality
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 homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex (Gen. 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom. 1:26-29; 1 Corin. 5:1; 6:9; 1 Thes. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one spouse dies. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery. Divorced believers may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon (Mal. 2:14-17; Matt. 19:3-12; Rom. 7:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6).
Abortion
We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, unexcused taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental well-being of the mother are acceptable (Job 3:16; Ps. 51:5; 139:14-16; Isa. 44:24; 49:1,5; Jer. 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
Missions
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors of Christ we must use all scriptural means available to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us (Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2 Corin. 5:20).
Lawsuits Between Believers
We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the church to resolve personal disputes. We believe, however, that a Christian may seek compensation for injuries from another Christian's insurance company as long as the claim is pursued without malice or slander (1 Corin. 6:1-8; Eph. 4:31-32).
Giving
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is instructed in the scriptures to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should also give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. We believe that an individual relinquishes all rights to direct the use of the tithe or offering once the gift has been made (Gen 14:20; Prov. 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; 1 Corin. 16:2; 2 Corin 9:6-7; Gal. 6:6; Eph. 4:28; 1 Tim. 5:17-18; I John 3:17).

The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of faith accurately represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding upon all members.