What We Believe
At South Canyon Baptist Church, we affirm the faith once for all delivered to God’s people and the truths that have united all Christ-followers since the beginning of the church. The following Statement of Faith further details the common beliefs we hold as a church and references the scriptural texts upon which these beliefs are grounded.
The Bible
We believe the Bible is God’s word given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity (II Timothy 3:16). It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error-the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct (I Peter 1:23-25; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16, 17). It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity (John 20:31; I John 5:9-12; Matthew 4:4; I Peter 2:2.)
One God
We believe in the one living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (I Timothy 1:17; Psalm 86:15: Deuteronomy 31: 3-4). He exists eternally in three co-equal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Genesis 1:26; I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-3).
The Father
The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe; he hears and answers prayer (I Chronicles 29:11-13; Matthew 7:11). He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is the Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Savior (I John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31).
The Son
The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18). Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching (John 14:9; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:23-25). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever present Lord (Romans 8:34; John 14:34).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (II Peter 1:21). Through this Word He convicts the individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Savior, and bears witness to their new birth (James 1:18; John 16:7-11; I Thessalonians 1:5-6; Romans 8:16). At regeneration and conversion, the believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13). The Spirit indwells, seals and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society (Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians I: 13-14; Romans 12:5-8; I Peter 4:10). He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies and produces the fruit of Christ-likeness in all who yield to him (Acts 4:31; Romans 8:14; I Corinthians 2:10-13; Ephesians 5:18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Galatians 5:16, 22-23).
Spiritual Beings
We believe God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and do His will (Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16). The holy angels are obedient spirits ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God (Hebrews 1:6, 7, 13-14). Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Revelation 12:7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God (I Timothy 4:1; 1 I Peter 5:8). Their destiny in hell has been sealed by Christ’s victory over sin and death (Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10).
We believe God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and be stewards over His creation (Genesis 1:26 -28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139:13-17). Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12 -21; 8:22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:9-18, 23). Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him (Ephesians 4:27; II Corinthians 2:11; Matthew 16:23). Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions and beliefs and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator (Romans 14:12; I Timothy 2:5).
We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (II Timothy 1:9-10; I Thessalonians 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27). As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace (Romans 5:1). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the word of God (II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15; I Thessalonians 3:12).
The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20). It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5). The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (I Corinthians 11:23 -26).
The Church and Government
We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience with ultimate accountability to God (Genesis 1:27; John 8:32; II Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21; Acts 5:29). Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, from control by the other (Matthew 22:21). Christians should pray for civil leaders, obey and support government in matters not contrary to Scripture (I Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13 -16). The state should guarantee religious liberty to all persons and groups regardless of their religious preferences, consistent with the common good.
The Role of Christians in Our Culture
We believe Christians; individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5:13 -16). In Christ-like spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice; they promote truth, justice and peace; they aid the needy and preserve the dignity of people of all races and conditions, born or unborn (Hebrews 15:5; Luke 9:23; Titus 2:12; Philippians 4:8,9; I John 3:16,17; James 2:1-4). We affirm the family, rooted in heterosexual marriage, as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability (Genesis 2:21 -25; Ephesians 6:1-4).
The Return of Christ
We believe God, in His own time and His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end (Ephesians 1:9, 10). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return suddenly, personally and visibly in glory to receive His bride, the church (John 14;1-3; I Corinthians 15;51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20-21; II Corinthians 5:10). Christ will return to establish His kingdom (Matthew 24:15-22; Daniel 2:44-45) when the earth will be full of the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:6-9). The Lord will conquer all human rebellion and bring the wicked to judgement, when the unrighteous will be assigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). The ultimate victory is the eternal state, the establishment of the new heavens and the new earth wherein dwells righteousness.
Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between one man and one woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb 13:4.) 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 sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that in order to preserve the purpose, function and integrity of SCBC as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the SCBC members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by SCBC in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.)
Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)
Church Governance
Church Governance-We believe the local church is to be governed by men whose character serves as an example to the flock (1 Peter 5:3) and who are able to teach (1 Tim. 3:2). Such men, affirmed by the church, oversee the church in the office of elder or pastor (1 Tim. 3:1). This office is to be held only by men, because God’s creation of the man before the woman (1 Tim. 2:12-13), indicates God’s intention for the man to lead in the home and church. (1 Tim. 3:4) The congregation also participates, at times, in decisions by giving their recommendations and affirmations (Acts 6:3; 15:22) and disciplines any Elder if there is the substantiation of an accusation against him. (1 Tim. 5:19) The administration of resources for the physical needs of the church is to be handled by men who serve in the office of deacon. Deacons care for such matters, under the general oversight of the Elders, so the Elders and Pastors can devote themselves to the spiritual care of the flock. (Acts 6:1-6)
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of the beliefs of SCBC. The Word of God itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For any doctrinal issue not specifically addressed in this Statement of Faith, final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application shall reside with the Council of Elders. For any doctrinal division over an issue contained within this Statement of Faith, Article VII of the church Constitution shall govern.