Doctrinal Statement

First Baptist Church of Milltown, WI
Doctrinal Statement

1. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word; that it was written by men who were uniquely inspired by God; that it is absolutely trustworthy; and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth in six literal days without the process of evolution, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from the penalty of sin (spiritual death) all who come to Him through the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sin of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His literal resurrection from death and the grave, in His ascension into heaven, in His high priestly intercession for his people, in His imminent pretribulational return to take believers off the earth to meet Him in the air, and in His personal visible return to the earth according to His promise.

4. We believe in the Holy Spirit; that He came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; to regenerate, sanctify, spiritually empower, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit endues believers with service gifts but that sign gifts such as speaking in “tongues” (and others listed in I Corinthians 12) were temporary aids to the ministry of the early servants of the Lord who did not have the benefit of the authority of the written New Testament to authenticate their message.

5. We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We therefore also believe that those who accept Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord will rejoice forever in God’s presence and those who refuse to receive Him will be forever separated from God in (literal) hell.

6. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; that heaven is the everlasting abode of the saved, a place of everlasting blessedness in personal association with God; and that hell is the everlasting abode of the unsaved, a place of everlasting conscious punishment for sin.

7. We believe in the Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated (saved) persons are members. We believe that a local church is a visible representation of the spiritual body. We believe that the local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with Him in baptism, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that the Lord Jesus committed to these local churches two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s supper; and two primary tasks: to glorify God and to evangelize a lost world with a view to persuading sinners to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and enthrone Him as Lord and Master of their lives. We believe that human betterment and social improvement are the result of the power of the gospel.

8. We believe that each local church is independent and autonomous, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. We believe, therefore, that church and state must be kept separate in function, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation and/or patronage of the other. We further believe that each independent, autonomous local church must refrain from participation in interdenominational and/or ecumenical (universal or catholic) religious assemblies or programs.

Our World View in Regards to Israel

Our church passed unanimously a statement of support for the nation of Israel and opposition to Replacement Theology at our annual administration meeting on February 7, 2016. The church does not replace the nation of Israel as is clear in the Scriptures. Romans 11:22-26 is one passage that teaches this truth. Our church teaches a Dispensational view of history as opposed to Covenant Theology which replaces Israel with the church.