The purpose of Pawtuxet Baptist Church shall be to glorify God, the body of Christ, through the preaching, study, and application of God’s Word[1], in Worship[2], Prayer[3], Evangelism[4], Fellowship[5], Discipleship[6], and Ministry[7].

Statement of Faith

THE WORD OF GOD[8]

We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments (The Bible) are the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that they have supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

THE TRINITY[9]

We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.    

GOD THE FATHER[10]

We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.    

JESUS CHRIST[11]

We believe in Jesus Christ, the pre-existent and eternal Son of God.  Through Him all things were created.  He is God in the flesh, co-equal with the Father.  God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

THE HOLY SPIRIT[12]

We believe the Holy Spirit is eternally existent and equal with God the Father and the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  His purpose is to convict the world of Sin, make people aware of their need for Christ, and lead them to an understanding of the Truth.  He resides with believers from the moment of salvation and is the sign and seal of their redemption and adoption as children of God.  He produces spiritual fruit in the lives of believers, which results in godly living; He empowers and gifts them for ministry; and He works to continually grow Christians through the process of sanctification – making holy those who have been made holy by the justification of Christ’s work.

REGENERATION[13]

We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with an inherent sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who are regenerated by the Holy Spirit to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, become new creatures, repenting and forsaking sin, and are delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life with God.

THE CHURCH[14]

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT[15]

We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

THE ORDINANCES[16]

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.


RELIGIOUS LIBERTY[17]

We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

MARRIAGE

We believe that the term ‘marriage’ refers to the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and God.       

CHURCH COOPERATION[18]

We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Denominational cooperation is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.  This church is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and the American Baptist Churches of RI and may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.

THE LAST THINGS[19]

We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.


[1] 2 Timothy 3:16-17           
[2] 1 Chronicles 16:29; John 4:23-24
[3] 1 Timothy 2:1-5; Matthew 6:5-13
[4] Acts 26:17-18; Acts 1:8
[5] Acts 2L42; Hebrews 10:25
[6] Matthew 28:18-20
[7] 2 Timothy 3:17; 2 Corinthians 4:5-6; Ephesians 2:10, 4:11-15
[8] II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32
[9] Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19,20; Ephesians 4:5,6
[10] Luke 10:21,22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1,2; 2:5,6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6
[11] Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30, 31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16
[12] Genesis 1:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18; John 16:8, 13-14, 15; 1 Corinthians 2:13; John 14:16-17; Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Romans 8:1,5-16; Galatians 5:22-23; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:4,7,11; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Hebrews 10:14
[13] Genesis. 1:26; 5:2; Genesis 3; Genesis 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Rev. 19:3,20; 20:10;14,15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13;
I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1
[14] Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25
[15] I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9;
 I Corinthians 4:2; Col. 1:9-10
[16] Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26
[17] I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9,12
[18] Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Corinthians 16:1; Galatians 1:1-3; Revelations 1:4,10,11.
[19] Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13;
I Corinthians 4:5; I Corinthians 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6,11-15Type your paragraph here.