ARTICLE IV – OUR STATEMENTS OF FAITH
Section 4.01 About God. God is self-existent, the creator, and by nature He is eternal, all-knowing, all-powerful, righteous, and omnipresent. God exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. The Godhead is in agreement with the role of each. These three are co-equal and are one God, and therefore, God is by nature a relational God who enjoys loving fellowship within the Godhead, and who extends a loving relationship to us through faith in Jesus Christ and in unity with the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 3:22-24; Deuteronomy 6:4; Job 38-40; Psalm 50:6; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 139:1-4; Psalm 139:7-10; Isaiah 40:13-17; Isaiah 45:18; Matthew 19:26; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2)
Section 4.02 About the Father. Jesus Christ did not have a biological human father. God is His Father, and Jesus was born of a virgin mother by the power of the Holy Spirit, yet still, all three exist as one God. The Fatherhood of God is eternal; therefore, Father and Son have always existed in a love relationship. God revealed Himself as Father in both Old and New Testaments. God adopts believers in Jesus Christ into a relationship with Him as their Father. Through Christ, believers have the privilege of being heirs to God’s glory. As Father God actively prunes and disciplines believers they may grow in character, wisdom, and knowledge of Him and bear the fruit of Christlikeness. (Deuteronomy 32:6; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 63:16; John 15:1-4; John 20:17; Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:6)
Section 4.03 About the Son. Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days, according to the Scriptures, to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to claim His church. (Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5; John 8:58; John 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 1:15-23; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15; Revelation 1:8)
Section 4.04 About the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make all people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He inspired and guided the Prophets and Apostles with the revelation of Scripture. He also dwells in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides Christians with power to grow in Christlikeness, to understand spiritual truth, and to serve the church through the use of their spiritual gifts. As Christians, we seek to live under the Holy Spirit’s control daily. (Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 51:10-12; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-15; John 16:17; Acts 1:8; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 12; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:13-14; Ephesians 5:18; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
Section 4.05 About Mankind. We believe that man was created in the image of God by a direct act of God and did not come into being as the result of evolution. Man was created to glorify God, worship and serve Him, and have fellowship with Him. Man fell through sin by disobeying God, thus incurring both physical and spiritual death, which alienated him from God. Man’s nature was thus corrupted and he is utterly lost, “dead in trespasses and sins,” and totally incapable of saving himself and coming back into right relationship with God by his own merit or effort. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 2:5-17; Genesis 3:17-24; Isaiah 59:1-2; Luke 18:26-27; Romans 3:9-19; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 2)
Section 4.06 About Salvation. Salvation in Christ Jesus is the remedy for the sin of humankind. Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone. Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it and trust in Him. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. There is no way we can earn God’s forgiveness. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s provision for forgiveness of sin can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty of eternal death. Believe in and on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ and His forgiveness by faith. Everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved! (John 1:12-13; John 6:47; John 11:25-26; John 14:6; Romans 5:1; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:13; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7)
Section 4.07 About the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The 66 canonical books are inspired by God, and is the truth without any mixture or error. The Bible is infallible, inerrant, and absolute truth. Where it speaks, we listen and obey. (Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Section 4.15 About Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female in His image. Rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual
expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual behavior, transgenderism, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Bitterroot Family Church as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a Biblical role model to Bitterroot Family Church’s members and to the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Bitterroot Family Church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by Bitterroot Family Church Doctrinal Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 15:18-20; Matthew 5:16; Acts 3:19-21; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-20; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22)
These are the core beliefs of the membership of Bitterroot Family Church. This statement of faith is not all inclusive of every belief of every member, but outlines important beliefs which unite us as a faith family. This Statement of Faith is in harmony with the “Baptist Faith and Message” adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention June 14, 2000.