What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

 Victory Baptist Church is a Bible believing, mission-minded, independent Baptist church and our core beliefs are based on the foundational truths taught in God's word. All of our teaching
 and ministry is rooted in and flows out of the following Biblical doctrines:

Doctrine of the Scriptures

We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures. The Scriptures are the inspired Word of God and they are infallible and inerrant in all matters. The Bible was written by holy men of God, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit in such a way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error (2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Pet. 1:20-21). We believe the Bible, the collection of sixty six books from Genesis to Revelation, constitutes the complete and only authoritative revelation of God to man (1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Pet. 3:15-16); that it does not only contain and convey the Word of God but is the very Word of God (John 17:17); and that anyone who adds to or takes away from this completed revelation is cursed of God (Rev.22:18-19).God has preserved His Word down through the ages (Psa. 12:6-7, 119:140; Matt.5:18, 24:35; I Pet.1:23) in the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts which underlie the King James Version (the Masoretic text of the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus of the New Testament). We also believe that the King James Version of the Bible is the divinely preserved Word of God for the English speaking people and that it has enjoyed a miraculous manifestation of God’s approval all during its history and use and therefore, it shall be the official and only English translation of the Holy Scriptures used by this church and all of its ministries. We believe that the Bible is the absolute, authoritative standard of faith and practice, to be studied, proclaimed, obeyed, and defended (Deut. 6:69; Josh. 1:8; Psa. 19:7-11; John 17:17; Jude 34); that it is to be understood literally, historically, and grammatically (Matt. 12:39-41; II Pet. 1:16) unless the context clearly indicates otherwise (John 6:35,51-58; 10:7; 15:1); and that every portion is without exception profitable for doctrine and Christian growth (II Tim. 3:16).

Doctrine of God

We believe that there is one, and only one, true and living God (Deut. 6:4; Isa. 44:6, 45:21-22; Jer. 10:10; John 17:3; I Thes. 1:9), the Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth (Psa. 104; Prov. 21:1; Dan. 4:25,35; Matt. 6:26-30), whose existence is clearly evident from what He has created and innately recognized by the conscience of man (Rom. 1:19-20), who has always been and shall always be (Gen. 21:33; Deut. 33:27; Psa. 90:2,4; II Pet. 3:8;). We believe that God is a Spirit (John 4:24), and as such is an immaterial (Luke 24:39), invisible (John 1:18; Rom. 1:20; 1 Tim. 1:17, 6:16), living (Psa. 84:2; Matt. 16:16), and lifegiving (Psa. 36:9; John 5:26; 1 John 1:12) Person. We believe that God possesses the absolute attributes of holiness and immutability (Exod. 15:11; Psa. 99:9; 102:27; Isa. 6:3; Mal. 3:6; I Pet. 1:15-16; Jam. 1:17); omniscience (Prov. 15:3; Isa. 46:9- 10; Heb. 4:13); omnipotence (Job 42:2; Isa. 40; Matt. 19:26; Eph. 3:20;); and omnipresence (Psa. 139). In relation to His creation God reveals His attributes of trustworthiness (John 17:3; I John 5:20; Rom. 3:4); righteousness (II Chron. 12:6; Ezra 9:15; II Tim. 4:8), love (1 John 4:7-8), goodness (Psa. 100:5; Psa. 145:9; Matt. 5:45; Acts 14:17), mercy (Eph. 2:4; Jam. 5:11; 1 Peter 1:3), and grace (Rom. 5:21; II Cor. 12:9; Tit. 2:11).

Doctrine of the Godhead

We believe that in the unity of the Godhead there are three distinct Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, co-equal in every Divine perfection and fulfilling distinct yet harmonious functions within the Godhead (Matt. 28:19; John 10:30, 15:26; Acts 17:29; Rom.1:20; I Cor.12:4-6; 2 Cor. 13:14; Col.2:9; I John 5:7).

Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, co-equal with the Father and the Son, as demonstrated by His attributes (Psa. 139:7; I Cor. 2:10, Heb. 9:14), works (Luke 1:35; John 3:56, 16:8; Rom.8:26-27; II Thes. 2:13; Tit. 3:5; II Pet. 1:21), and association within the Trinity (Matt.28:19 II Cor.13:14; Eph. 4:30). We believe that the Holy Spirit is a distinct Person of the Godhead and as such possesses the attributes of personality (Matt. 12:31; Acts 5:3,9, 7:51; I Cor. 2:11; Eph.4:30; John 14:26, 15:26, 16:13-14). We believe that the Holy Spirit participated in the creation of the universe; that He empowered the writers of Scripture to write the Word of God; that He bears witness to the truth; and that He testifies of Christ and brings honour to Him (Gen.1:2; John 15:26, 16:13-15; II Pet. 1:19-21). We believe that the Holy Spirit is the agent of the new birth (John 3:5-7; 2 Cor. 5:17; Tit. 3:5); that He indwells true believers (John 14:16-17; I Cor. 3:16, 6:19), sealing them unto the day of full redemption (Rom. 8:16; II Cor. 1:22; Eph.1:13, 4:30); that He intercedes for and gives gifts to each believer (Rom. 8:26, 12:6- 8); empowering (Acts 4:31; Eph. 5:18), guiding (Rom. 8:14; Gal. 5:16,25), and teaching them (I Cor. 2:12-13). We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and that He restrains the evil one in the world until God’s purpose is fulfilled (Gen.6:3; John 16:7-11; II Thes. 2:6-7).

 Doctrine of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the unique, eternal Son of God (John 1:14,18; 3:16, 18; Heb.11:17; I John 4:9), one Person consisting of two natures, human and Divine. We believe that as God the Son, Jesus Christ is completely God, Possessor of Divine attributes and Agent of Divine works, to be worshipped and honoured as God Himself (Gen. 3:15; Psa.68:18, 102:2527; Isa.6:lff., 7:14, 9:6, 40:3, 42:5, 45:12, 2123; Micah 5:2; Matt. 3:3; John 1:3, 14,18; 3:1618, 12:41; Eph. 4:78; Phil. 2:1011; Heb. 1:8, 1012; I John 5:20). We believe that by virtue of His incarnation and virgin birth, Jesus Christ is completely man, yet without sin, able to function as both our mediating Advocate and sustaining Comforter (Isa. 7:14; Matt.1:1825; Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Rom. 8:34; Phil.2:68; Heb.7:25; 9:24; I John 2:1). We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in miraculous manner, being born of Mary, a virgin, as no other person has ever been born or ever will be born of woman. (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:3035). We believe that according to the will of the Father, Jesus Christ took upon Himself human nature, laying aside His glory (John 17:3-5); that He lived His earthly life without sin, and voluntarily sacrificed Himself on the cross through the shedding of His blood and His death once and for all on behalf of mankind, bearing the sins of the entire human race in His own body; that in so doing He paid sin’s penalty and appeased the wrath of God; that He rose again bodily from the grave to die no more and is exalted to the right hand of God the Father to reign forever; that only in Him, by virtue of His exalted Person and vicarious work, can man find salvation from sin and death and receive eternal life (Isa. 53; Matt.28; Mark 10:45, 16:1-14; Luke 24; John 5:39, 10:11, 14:6; John 20; Acts 4:12; Rom. 5:8; I Cor. 15:38; II Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:811; I Pet. 3:18; 1 John 2:2).

Doctrine of Angels

We believe that angels are spirit beings, created by God to serve as His ministers (Job 38:4,7; Psa. 104:4; Heb. 1:14); that although some rebelled against God and thus are forever wicked and doomed, they all were created sinless and pure (Gen. 1:31; Jude 6); that their ministries and ranks differ, but they are not to be worshipped (Rev. 19:10); that their strength, appearance, and travel are beyond human capabilities (II Thes. 1:7; II Pet. 2:11); that they are immortal and do not marry (Matt. 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:36); and that their proper abode is in heaven (Jude 6). We believe that the good angels (those that kept their first estate) are the spirit ministers of God: as such they proclaimed the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 1:2633; 2:13) and His resurrection (Matt. 28:2,6), as well as protecting and strengthening Him (Matt. 2:13; 4:11; 26:53; Luke 22:43); they take interest in Christians’ prayer and witnessing and give aid in danger and death (Luke 15:10, 16:22; Acts 12:7; I Cor. 4:9; I Tim. 5:21; Heb. 1:14); and they also execute God’s will toward and judgment on the nations (Gen.19:13; Dan. 10:21; Matt. 13:39; Acts 12:23; Rev. 8,9,16; 14:67).

Doctrine of Satan

We believe in one literal, personal Devil, once a holy angel with God, who, through pride and ambition, led the angelic rebellion against God; that the Devil is the accuser of the brethren, the destroyer of men’s souls, the god of this world who blinds “the minds of them which believe not,” whose network of devils (fallen angels) carry out his battle against God and man; that Satan is the author of all false religions, of apostasy, and the author of the powers of darkness; that just as he cannot exceed the prescribed limits of God on his activity, so he also will be ultimately defeated at the hands of God’s own Son; that he will be bound for the thousand years of the millennium and then will be freed to lead one final rebellion against Christ, after which he will be cast into the lake of fire to burn forever in utter torment (Job 1-2; Isa. 14:1214; Ezek.28:1217; Matt. 4:111, 25:41; Luke 10:18; John 8:44; II Cor. 4:4, 11:14-15; I Thes. 2:18; I Pet. 5:8; 1 John 3:8; Rev. 12:910, 20:110). We believe that when Satan rebelled against God, a great number of angels followed in his sin; that they are confirmed in unrighteousness, some chained in darkness awaiting their final judgment and others free to aid Satan in his efforts to thwart the purposes of God, inflicting disease and pain, possessing humans and animals, opposing God’s children, promoting immorality, and spreading false doctrine; and that their future doom in the lake of fire is certain (1 Sam. 16:14; Dan. 10:1014; Matt. 8:29, 9:33, 12:22, 25:41; Mark 5:814; Acts 8:7; II Cor. 4:3-4; 12:7; Eph. 6:1112; I Tim. 4:13; I Pet. 5:8; Rev.16:1316).

Doctrine of Salvation

We believe that the salvation of sinners is a gift of the grace of God; that it is received through repentance through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (John 1:12; Acts 20:21; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:89; Heb. 9:2425, 10:19, 12:24; I Pet. 1:1819; Rev. 1:5). We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again by the Spirit of God; that the new birth makes one that is dead in trespasses and sins a partaker of the divine nature and of eternal life, the gift of God; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and newness of life (John 3:18,33; Rom. 6:23; II Cor. 5:19; Eph. 2:19; Col. 2:13; Tit. 3:5; Jam. l:18; I Pet. 1:3). We believe that justification is the judicial act of God whereby He declares one to be righteous, thereby pardoning his sin and imputing to his account Christ’s righteousness (Acts 13:3, 9; Rom. 5:1, 811; II Cor. 5:1821; Eph. 1:7). We believe in the eternal security of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ; that when a person is born again, they have everlasting life which cannot be taken away from them; that God’s children are kept by the power of God through faith unto eternal salvation and sealed unto the day of redemption. (John 5:24; 10:2728; Eph.4:30; Rom.8:2839; Phil.1:6; 2 Tim.1:12; I Pet. 1:5). We believe that God sanctifies us (sets us apart) at the time of our salvation from the penalty of our sin (Rom. 5:8-9; I Cor. 6:11; Eph. 4:24); that sanctification continues as we yield to God and grow in wisdom, knowledge, experience, and grace, therefore having power over sin (II Cor. 6:7; Psa. 119:9,11; II Cor. 3:17-18); and that we will finally be set apart from the very presence of sin at Christ’s coming when we will be transformed in a moment into His likeness, our bodies being made immortal and incorruptible (Rom. 8:30; I Cor. 15:5154; Phil. 1:6, 3:20-21; I John 3:2).

Doctrine of the Church

We totally reject the false doctrine of the universal invisible church. We believe that each local New Testament church is the body of Christ; that it is composed of baptized believers associated together by a covenant of faith and fellowship in the Gospel, that meet together to worship God, to receive instruction, to observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper, and to do their part in making sure the Great Commission is carried out; and that each local church is a selfgoverning, independent body having Christ as the head, the Holy Spirit as its guide and the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice (Acts 2:41-42, 4:137; I Cor. 11:2334; 12:12-27; Eph.4:1116; I Tim. 3:14-15).

Church Ordinances

The New Testament teaches that there are only two ordinances for the church— baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that these ordinances are not sacraments, but are sacred commands, pointing to the Saviour. We believe that baptism is only for born-again believers; that it is to be done only by immersion; that it is to be administered in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; that it places a believer into the membership of a New Testament church; that it constitutes the public declaration of one’s faith in Christ; that it symbolizes the Gospel by identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection; and that it pictures the believer’s death to sin, the burial of his old nature, and his resurrection unto a new life (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:41; Rom. 6:3-10). We believe that the Lord’s Supper, consisting of unleavened bread and drink from the fruit of the vine (unfermented grape juice), symbolizes Christ’s broken body and shed blood sacrificed on our behalf to deliver us from sin and death; that it looks forward to His soon return for us; and that it is open to all baptized believers who are members of New Testament churches of like faith and practice who are in right relationship with God (Matt. 26:2628; Mark 14:2224; Luke 22:1720; 1 Cor. 11:2334).

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