Adhere to the Doctrinal Statement of the Baptist Missionary Association of Texas
There is one
living and true God, the creator of the universe. 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.
the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe. He providentially directs
the affairs of history according to the purposes of His grace.
the Son is the Savior of the world.
Born of the virgin Mary, He declared His deity among men,
died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin,
arose bodily from the grave, and ascended back to the Father. He
is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers until He returns to rapture them from the world.
the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity. He convicts of sin,
teaches spiritual truths according to the written Word,
permanently indwells believers, and confers on every believer
at conversion the ability to render effective spiritual service.
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.
Those men wrote not in words of human wisdom but in words taught by the Holy Spirit.
B. The Scriptures
provide the standard for the believer's faith and practice, reveal the principles
by which God will judge all, and express the true basis of Christian
A. The World--God created all things for His own pleasure and glory,
as revealed in the biblical account of creation.
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.
created man in His own image. As the crowning work of creation,
every person is of dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons.
is a person rather than a personification of evil, and he with his demons
opposes all that is true and Godly
by blinding the world to the gospel, tempting saints to do evil,
and warring against the Son of God.
Although man was created in the
image of God, he fell through sin and that image was marred.
In his unregenerate state, he is void of spiritual life, is under the influence of the devil,
and lacks any power to save himself. The sin nature has
been transmitted to every member of the human race, the man Jesus Christ
alone being excepted. Because of the sin nature, man possesses no divine life and is essentially
and unchangeably depraved apart from divine grace.
A. The Meaning of Salvation--Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He
delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results.
In justification He declares righteous all who put faith in
Christ as Savior, giving them freedom from condemnation,
peace with God, and full assurance of future glorification.
B. The Way of Salvation--Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works.
Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
will be saved.
C. The Provision of
Salvation--Christ died for the sins of the whole world.
Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of
persons. Any sinner can be saved by this gracious provision.
D. Divine Sovereignty
and Human Freedom--God's sovereignty and man's freedom are two
inseparable factors in the salvation experience. The two Bible
truths are in no way contradictory in the great salvation
so freely provided. God, in His sovereignty purposed,
planned, and executed salvation in eternity while man's freedom enables him to make a personal
choice in time, either to receive this salvation and be saved,
or to reject it and be damned.
are set apart unto God at the time of their regeneration. They should grow in
grace by allowing the Holy Spirit to apply God's
Word to their lives, conforming them to the principles of divine righteousness and making them partakers of the
holiness of God.
VIII. ETERNAL SECURITY
are eternally secure in Jesus Christ. They are born again,
made new creatures in Christ, and indwelt by the Holy Spirit,
assuring their perseverance in good works. A special providence watches over them, and they are kept by the power of God.
IX. THE CHURCH
Nature of the Church--A New Testament Church is a local congregation of baptized
believers in Jesus Christ who are united by covenant in
belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what
He has commanded.
Autonomy of the Church--She acknowledges Jesus as her only Head
and the Holy Bible as her only rule of faith and practice,
governing herself by democratic principles under the oversight of her pastors.
Perpetuity of the Church--Instituted by Jesus during His
personal ministry on earth, true churches have continued to the present and will continue until Jesus
Ordinances of the Church--Her two ordinances are Baptism and the Lord's Supper.
is the immersion in water of a believer as a confession of
his faith in Jesus Christ and is prerequisite to church
membership and participation in the Lord's Supper.
Supper is the sacred sharing of the bread of communion and the cup of blessing by the assembled church as a
memorial to the crucified body and shed blood of Jesus Christ.
must be administered by the authority of a New Testament church.
Officers of the Church--Pastors and Deacons
are the permanent officers divinely ordained in a New Testament church. Each church may
select men of her choice to fill those offices under the leading of the Holy Spirit according
to the divinely given qualifications.
(elders, bishops) are authorized to oversee and teach the churches under the Lordship
of Jesus Christ. Each church is responsible to follow them as they follow Christ
and to provide a livelihood for them that they might fulfill their ministries.
are equal in the service of God.
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.
Ministry of the Church--Her mission is evangelizing sinners
by preaching the gospel, baptizing those who believe,
and maturing them by instruction and discipline.
Fellowship of the Church--She is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith
but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to Holy Scripture.
In association with other churches, each church is equal and is the sole judge of the measure and method of her cooperation.
In all matters of polity and practice, the will of each church is final.
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.
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. They should vote, hold office, and exercise influence to direct the
nation after the principles of Holy Scripture.
authority is not to interfere in matters of conscience or disturb the institutions of religion, but it should
preserve for every citizen the free exercise of his religious convictions.
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
risen Lord will return personally in bodily form to receive
His redeemed unto Himself.
His return is imminent.
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
to the eternal state, God will judge everyone to confer
rewards or to consign to punishment.
is the eternal home of the redeemed, who, in their glorified bodies, will live in the presence of God
forever in ultimate blessing.
Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering
for the devil, his angels, and the unredeemed
Pleasant Oaks Missionary Baptist Church
412 N. Masters Dr.
Dallas, Texas, 75217