Articles of Faith 

Friendship Baptist Church adheres to the Articles of Faith of the Baptist Denomination

    We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction;
    that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth witho9ut any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals
    the principles by which God will judge us, and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of
    Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions shall be tried.  

     We believe the Scriptures teach that there is one, and only one living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, whose 
     name is Jehovah, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness, and worthy of all
     possible honor confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and
     the Holy Ghost; equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of

       We believe the Scriptures teach that Man was created in holiness, under the law of his Maker; but by voluntary
       transgressions fell from that holy and happy state; in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners, not by
       constraint but choice; being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to 
       evil; and therefore under just condemnation to eternal ruin, without defense or excuse. 

       We believe that the Scriptures teach that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace; through the mediatorial offices of
       the Son of God; who by the appointment of the Father, freely took upon him our nature, yet without sin; honored the
       divine law by his personal obedience, and by his death made full atonement for our sins; that having risen from the
       dead, he is now enthroned in heaven; and uniting in his wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with divine
       perfections, he is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior. 

      We believe the Scriptures teach that the great Gospel blessing which Christ secures to such as believe in him is
      justification; that justification includes the pardon of sin, and the promise of eternal life on principles of righteousness;
      that it is bestowed, not  in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in
      the Redeemer’s blood;  by virtue of which faith his perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God ; that it brings 
      us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and

       We believe that the Scriptures teach that blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the
       immediate duty of all to accept them by cordial, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents salvation of 
       the greatest sinner on earth. But his own determined depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel; which rejection
       involves him in an aggravated condemnation. 

         We believe that the Scriptures teach that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated, or born again; that
         regeneration consists in giving a holy disposition to the mind that it is effected in a manner above our comprehension
         by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel,
         and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith, and newness of life. 

           We believe the Scriptures teach that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought
           in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God; whereby being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness
           and of the way of salvation by Christ, we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession and supplication for
           mercy; at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our prophet, priest and king and relying on him
           alone as the only and all-sufficient Savior. 

        We believe the Scriptures teach that election is the eternal purpose of God, according to which he graciously
        regenerates, sanctifies and saves sinners; that being perfectly consistent with the free agency of man, it comprehends
        all the means in connection with the end; that it is a most glorious display of God’s sovereign goodness, being infinitely
        free, wise, holy and unchangeable; that it utterly excludes boasting and promotes humility, love, prayer, praise, trust 
        in God, and active imitation of his free mercy; that it encourages the use of means in the highest degree; that it may 
        be ascertained by its effects in all who truly believe the Gospel; that it is the foundation of Christian assurance; and
        that to ascertain it with regard to ourselves demands and deserves the utmost diligence. 

      We believe the Scriptures teach that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made
      partakers of his holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the
      hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, the Sealer and Comforter, in the continual use of the
      appointed means especially the word of God, self-examination, self-denial, watchfulness, and prayer. 

        We believe the Scriptures teach that such only are real believes as endure to the end; that their persevering attachment
        to Christ is the grant mark which distinguishes them from superficial professors; that a special Providence watches
        over their welfare; and they are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 

          We believe the Scriptures teach that the Law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of his mortal government;
          that it is holy, just and good; and that the inability which the Scriptures ascribe to fallen men to fulfill its precepts,
          arise entirely from their love of sin; to deliver them from which, and restore them through a Mediator to unfeigned
          obedience to the holy Law, is one great end of the Gospel, and of the Means of Grace connected with the
          establishment of the visible church. 

          We believe the Scriptures teach that a visible church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, associated by
          covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the ordinances of Christ; governed by his laws; and
          exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by his Word; that its only scriptural officers are Bishops or
          Pastors, and Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus. 

           We believe the Scriptures teach that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the
           Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth in a solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried,
           and risen Savior, with its effect, in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the
           privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord's Supper, in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of
           bread and wine, are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self- examination.

           We believe the Scriptures teach that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day, or Christian Sabbath, and is to be kept
           sacred to religious purposes, by abstaining from all secular labor and sinful recreations, by the devout observance of
           all the means of grace, both private and public, and by preparation for that rest that remaineth for the people of God.

           We believe the Scriptures teach that civil government is of divine appointment, for the interest and good order of
           human society; and that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honored and obeyed; except only in things
           opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the Kings of 
           the earth.

            We believe the Scriptures teach that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked;             that such only as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and sanctified by the Spirit of our God, are
            truly righteous in his esteem; while all such as continue in impenitence and unbelief are in his sight wicked, and under
            the curse; and this distinction holds among men both in and after death. 

            We believe the Scriptures teach that the end of the world is approaching; that at the last day, Christ will descend
             from heaven, and raise the dead from the grave for final retribution; that a solemn separation will then take place;
             that the wicked will be adjudged to endless punishment, and the righteous to endless joy; and that this judgment 
             will fix forever the final state of men in heaven or hell, on principles of righteousness.

Friendship Baptist Church, 2912 Pleasant Grove Road, Lansing, Michigan, 48910, 517-394-6369

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