Statement of Faith

Castle Rock Baptist Church is an Independent, Bible believing church.

The Doctrine of Scripture:

We believe in the inerrant, verbal, plenary inspiration of the Bible as it was given in its original languages by the Holy Spirit. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:19-21)

We believe that the Scriptures are our only rule for faith and practice, and the standard by which all philosophy and teaching must be confirmed. (II Peter 1:3-4; I John 4:1)

We believe that the canon of Scripture, the 66 books of the Bible, is the complete Word of God. Nothing must be added or subtracted from the Word of God. (Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19)

The Doctrine of God:

We believe there is one true, living God. (Deuteronomy 6:4; I Corinthians 8:6)

We believe that God is the self-existent, eternal Creator who alone is worthy of worship and glory. (John 5:26; Isaiah 9:6; Genesis 1:1)

We believe that God is a Spirit, and that He exists, in unity of nature and attributes, in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (John 14:16-17)

The Doctrine of Jesus Christ:

We believe in the deity of the virgin-born Son of God, Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:1,14

We believe in the humanity of Jesus Christ. He was fully God and fully man. (Philippians 2:5-8)

We believe in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, (His death, burial, and resurrection) and salvation by grace alone through faith alone in His name. (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:8-9)

We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ for the Church, His body. (I Corinthians 15:51-58; I Thessalonians 4:13-18)

The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit:

We believe in the deity of the person of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 5:4)

We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer as He convicts, regenerates, indwells, seals, teaches, empowers, and guides the believer. (John 16:7-13; John 3:3-5; I Corinthians 6:19; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18; Acts 1:8)

The Doctrine of Man:

We believe that God created man in His image. (Genesis 1:26-27)

We believe that man was created sinless, yet through the temptation of Satan, he willfully transgressed the commandment of God and fell from his sinless state.(Genesis 3)

As a result of his fall, all mankind is born with an inherited sinful nature. (Romans 5:12)

Man is totally depraved, and without salvation he is eternally lost. (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-23; I Corinthians 15:21-22; Revelation 21:8)

The Doctrine of Salvation:

Because of Adam’s sin, all men are sinners deserving death and separation from God in Hell for eternity. (Romans 3:23; 6:23)

We believe that man can do nothing in and of himself to gain eternal life. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

Therefore, we believe that man’s greatest need is salvation. The Gospel is God’s plan of salvation for every man. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on a cross and rise from the dead in three days. By this act of love, Christ paid the penalty for our sin and purchased for us a home in Heaven which He offers as a free gift. (John 3:16; Romans 6:23)

We believe that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Faith is a gift from God, and is not mere mental assent, but a complete transfer of trust from self to Christ alone for eternal life. (John 1:12; Acts 16:31; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)

The act of truly receiving the gift of eternal life manifests repentance, which is a turning from sin to God. (Luke 13:3-5; Romans 10:9-10; II Corinthians 7:10; I Thessalonians 1:9)

The Doctrine of the Church:

We believe that the body of Christ is composed of those who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. (I Corinthians 12:12-31; II Corinthians 11:2)

We believe that the term “local church” refers to a local, organized, and baptized group of believers who have bound together for the purpose of glorifying God(Ephesians 1:4-6)

through worship (Acts 2:41-47)

evangelism and discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20)

and perfecting of the saints through the teaching and preaching of God’s Word.(Ephesians 4:11-12)

We believe that the Scriptural officers of the church are the Pastors (bishops or elders), and Deacons. (I Timothy 3:1-13)

We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two ordinances to be observed by the church. (Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:26)

We believe that members of the local church place themselves under the scriptural authority and discipline of the Church for the purpose of instruction, education, training, correction, and restitution, according to the Scriptures. (Proverbs 5:12-13; II Timothy 2:24-25, II Timothy 3:16)

The Doctrine of Satan:

We believe that Satan is a created being who rebelled against God and now seeks to pervert and destroy God’s creation. (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-18; I Timothy 3:6)

Satan seeks to keep men from the Lord and to destroy the testimony of the believer. (I Peter 5:8)

We believe that we must resist Satan, and that he will eventually be cast into the Lake of Fire to suffer eternal punishment. (James 4:7; Revelation 20:7-10)

The Doctrine of Last Things:

We believe that there will be a resurrection of all mankind – first, the just at the coming of Jesus Christ, and finally, the unjust after the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ. The saints (believers) are raised to be forever with the Lord, and the unsaved will be confined for eternity in the Lake of Fire.

We believe in the “blessed hope,” which is the personal, bodily, pretribulational, premillennial, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior for His Church (the Rapture), and His later return to the earth in power and glory with His saints to set up His Kingdom on earth, known as the Millennium. (John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:3-20; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 7:25; I John 2:1-2; Revelation 21:1-8)

The Doctrine of Separation:

We believe that God commands His children to be a separated people. (II Corinthians 6:17-18; II Corinthians 7:1)

Believers should maintain a standard of holiness in all areas of life This is acceptable to God and is a testimony to the world of the miraculous “new creation” of Christ in the life of the believer. (I Peter 1:15-16; II Corinthians 5:17)

We believe that God desires His church to be pure in doctrine and in function.(Ephesians 5:24-27)

Therefore we believe that the church must separate from all forms of apostasy and religious ecumenism while maintaining a spirit of Christlike humility. (Romans 16:17-18; I John 2:15-16; Galatians 6:1)