The following are the doctrinal statements of Palm View First Baptist Church:
We believe God inspired the Holy Scripture, all 66 books of the combined Old and New Testaments. We believe the Bible is inerrant in the original writings, and it is the Christian’s final authority in faith and conduct.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
We believe there is only one true, living sovereign, holy, and eternally existent God. God is infinitely perfect, and He exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence, and obedience. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31)
We believe, by the miracle of the virgin birth—that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, and that He became a man without ceasing to be God, to reveal God and to redeem mankind from sin.
We believe Christ died for the sins of all peoples as a substitutionary sacrifice.
We believe He arose bodily from the dead for our justification.
Finally, we believe He is now exalted at the right hand of God as Head of the Church. Christ is Lord of the individual believer, fulfilling His ministry as our Great High Priest and Advocate. (John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11)
We believe the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe He convicts the world of sin and regenerates the sinner, baptizing him into the Church (which is the Body of Christ).
We believe He indwells, guides, instructs and empowers believers for godly living and service.
We believe God gives all believers at least one spiritual gift so we can use these gifts for the strength and outreach of the Church. (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5)
We believe salvation is God’s free gift. Salvation is neither merited nor secured in part or in whole by any human virtue, work, ceremony, or effort. We receive God’s gift only through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Christ, all true believers have—as a present possession—eternal life, perfect righteousness, and membership in God’s family. Christians also enjoy every spiritual resource needed for life and godliness and have the divine guarantee that they shall never perish. God has delivered Christians from all condemnation, and we have eternal security in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
We believe God created man in His image. But man sinned, incurring not only physical death but also spiritual death (separation from God, which all people inherit from Adam). We believe man is subject to Satan’s power; and that man, within himself, has no means of recovery or salvation. (Genesis 1:17, 31)
We believe the true Church is composed of all who have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, through saving faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe that those who are thus members of the true Church are eligible for membership in the local Church.
Furthermore, we hold that the local church is comprised of a regular assembly of people who profess and give evidence that they have been saved by God’s grace alone, for His glory alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. This constitutes a local, living, and loving collection of people who are committed to Christ and committed to each other; resulting in a display of God’s wisdom and glory and a display of counter-cultural, Christ-like love.
(Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25, Ephesians 3:10; John 13:35)
We believe that membership in the local church reflects the organic community already existing in the true body of Christ. Membership is a public commitment to Christ and His people, which serves to hold one another accountable.
The membership of Palm View First Baptist Church shall be composed of individuals who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who affirm the tenets outlined in the Doctrinal Statements, and who offer evidence, by their confession and their conduct, that they are living in accord with their affirmations.
In presenting oneself for membership, individuals are offering themselves to one another to be encouraged, rebuked, corrected, and served. To enter church membership is to enter into a covenant with the other members and the pastors.
It is a commitment to being meaningfully involved in the lives of other members to do them good spiritually.
We believe there are three core responsibilities of a church member.
Attend regularly. Perfect attendance while desirable is not a reasonable expectation. However, attendance is critical in that without it the edification and shepherding processes become less effective.
Give regularly. Members also have a responsibility towards the giving of our time, talents, and treasures as an act of obedience in accordance with scripture. If we don’t give, the pastors can’t fully devote themselves to preaching and teaching, ministries go unmanned, the missionaries have to come home, and the lights will have to be turned off in the building.
Pray regularly. One of the most basic ways we can edify and encourage one another towards greater obedience, holiness, and joy is through prayer.
Finally, the Elders of the local church shall have final authority in all matters of church governance, as set forth and described in the Doctrinal Statements and Church Bylaws.
We believe God calls us—with a holy calling—to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. God wants us to live in the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit, so we will not fulfill the lusts of our physical bodies.
We believe the fallen, Adamic nature of the flesh cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore, keeping ourselves constantly in subjection to Christ, we must allow God’s Holy Spirit to live through us in a daily “walk” of faith. Otherwise, the flesh will certainly demonstrate its presence in our lives, to the Lord’s dishonor. It is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek and to make growing disciples. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
We believe the Bible teaches that there will be a bodily resurrection and judgment of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to eternal punishment. The souls of the unsaved at death are kept under punishment until the second resurrection when the soul and the resurrection body will be united; they shall then appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and be cast into the lake of fire.
After the tribulation period, Christ will come to earth to occupy the throne of David and establish His messianic kingdom for 1,000 years on the earth; during this time the resurrected saints will reign with Him over all the nations of the earth.
This reign will be preceded by the overthrow of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and by the removal of Satan from the world.
After the closing of the millennium, there will be a temporary release of Satan and the judgment of unbelievers. The saved will enter the eternal state of glory with God, after which the elements of this earth are to be dissolved by fire and replaced with a new earth, wherein only righteousness dwells.
Following this, the heavenly city (Zion) will come down out of heaven and will be the dwelling place of the saints, where they will forever enjoy fellowship with God and one another. (Daniel 12:2; Isaiah 26:19; Revelation 20:4-15; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-27; Matthew 24:29-31; 2 Peter 3:10)
We believe Satan is our spiritual adversary, a fallen angel, the author of the fall of man, and the god of this age. However, we also believe that he is the Christian’s defeated enemy. His destiny is eternal punishment. (Job 1:6-12; Mark 8:32)
We believe Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind. Therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to live for the glory of God. Mankind’s fall has incurred both physical and spiritual death on all until there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23)
In addition to these important beliefs, we also believe God has given the parents the responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6) We believe a consistent and whole education will occur when home, Church, and school work closely together and are in agreement on the basic concepts of life.
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between one man, one woman, and Himself, Palm View First Baptist Church will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman.
Further, the Pastors and staff of Palm View First Baptist Church shall only participate in weddings and solemnize marriages between one man and one woman. Couples seeking unity in marriage must complete a pre-marital counseling course facilitated by one of the Pastors at Palm View First Baptist Church.
Finally, the facilities and property of Palm View First Baptist Church shall only host weddings between one man and one woman.
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)
Jesus instructed His followers to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the Church two visible symbols (called “ordinances”) as reminders. These two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism by immersion is a one-time act of obedience and identification with Jesus as Lord. It serves as an outward sign of conscious confession of repentance and faith.
The Lord’s Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord’s death, burial, resurrection, and promised return. We observe an open table, the only restriction we place on it is the one found in scripture that one would not eat of it in an unworthy manner.
Each person must decide whether or not to be baptized or to participate in the Lord’s Supper. Regardless, we do not regard anyone’s participation in these practices as a means of salvation. (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 26: 26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Palm View First Baptist’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Pastor(s) of Palm View First Baptist Church will be the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.