We Accept the Bible as the very word of God to man. Therefore we allow the Bible, literally interpreted, to govern our beliefs and practices, both as individuals and as a local New Testament church body. This doctrinal statement is a listing of the Bible teachings on major doctrinal issues, and is an affirmation of the beliefs and teachings of the church concerning these doctrines.
Kitchener Baptist Church is:
Independent – Not part of any convention, or national organization
Fundamental – Believe the entire Bible literally
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. For reasons of unity within the church and textual reliability we choose to use the King James version of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
God is a Person, eternally existing, as a Trinity in unity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, – three Persons and yet one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 26:19; 1 Corinthians 8:60).
Jesus Christ, eternally existing, is the only begotten Son of God, who became a sinless man in order to redeem us. He was born of a virgin, and is true God and true man (Luke 1:30-55; John 1:1-15 Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15)
Man was created in the image of God but fell through sin, bringing not only physical death, but also spiritual death or eternal separation from God. Now all of mankind exists as a fallen race, with an inherited sinful nature (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:16; Genesis 3:16-19; Romans 3:10-23; Romans 6:23).
Sacrifice of Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary payment for the sins of the whole world. He physically arose from the dead and then ascended into Heaven. A simple faith in this sacrifice is the only way of salvation for mankind (Luke 24; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Ephesians 1:20-23; 1 Peter 3:18).
The local church is a group of believers baptized by water, banded together for edification, exhortation, and evangelism as commanded by Christ in the Great Commission; preaching the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15; 1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 1:22-23).
Jesus Christ Himself will soon come again in the air to catch up His Church and to reward their service: the unbelievers left behind will go through a period called the Tribulation, after which Christ will return to the earth to set up His Kingdom of one thousand years of righteous rule; after this the unbelievers of all ages will stand at the Great White Throne to be judged and cast into the Lake of Fire, separated from God forever, while the believers spend eternity in the fullness of joy in Heaven with the Lord (Matthew 24:29-42; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 ; Revelation 19:11- 20:13).
We reject the following movements as being unscriptural: the charismatic movement, the ecumenical movement, Calvinism (particularly the doctrines of unconditional election, limited atonement, and irresistible grace), and neo-evangelicalism.