Refuge Baptist Church is a family of believers who hold dear the doctrine of our faith.
Our Beliefs (Doctrinal Statement) are listed in detail below this summary of Who we are & Who we are Not.
Who We Are & Who We Are Not
We are a Bible Believing Church - We are Not a worldly-based or worldly-structured church.
We are a Local, Indigenous, Autonomous (Independent) Church - We do Not answer to, nor abide to any rule of any association or organization. We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations & that Christ is the Head of the church.
We are Fundamental (foundational) in Doctrine, in which we base on the Bible (The Word of God) & We are Not aligned w/the so-called modern Fundamentalist (Legalists) of today.
We base the Church rule, order, & Spiritual Authority on the Word of God - We are Not Liberal, Nor Legalistic, & do our best not to be dogmatic, but confident in our convictions, as they are based on The Word of God.
We are a Biblical, True New Testament Church based on The Word of God & started by the Lord Jesus Christ during His ministry while on earth, & breathed-on (Inspired) His apostles & disciples to build & continue.
We are a "whosoever shall" Church - We are Not Calvinistic, Reformed Theology, Charismatic, nor Armenianistic; as All of those beliefs/religions are based on a man, or a group of men, starting around the 1500-1800's.
Romans 10:13 "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
We believe in the Majority Evidence/Textus Receptus as the source for our English Bible which is the Authorized Version (KJV).
We are a Missions minded church based on the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8) - We are Not an in-reach only, self-reliant, self-centered church.
We are a Refuge for All who need help getting closer to The Lord. We welcome & want as many who will accept The Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Saviour & any who are Saved, Born Again Believers who wants to grow in The Lord.
GOD – we believe there is one God who exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
JESUS – we believe that Jesus is the Son of God who was born of a virgin, was wholly God, and wholly man, lived a sinless life, died in our place as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended into Heaven.
THE RETURN OF CHRIST – we believe Jesus Christ will literally return to earth.
HOLY SPIRIT – we believe that God, the Holy Spirit, is active in convincing unbelievers of their need for salvation and is the Comforter and Guide who lives in every believer.
THE BIBLE – we believe in the Holy Scripture accepting fully the writings of the Old and New Testaments as the very word of God, verbally & fully inspired in all parts; the scriptures are infallible, inerrant, and authoritative rule for a life in faith. We hold to the Majority Evidence/Textus Receptus which in English, is the Authorized Version of the Bible (KJV).
MAN – we believe that man is a special creation of God made in His image but that through the sin of the first man, Adam, mankind fell so that all men are sinners in need of salvation.
SALVATION – we believe in salvation by grace through faith, that salvation is a free gift of God not by any virtue or works of man but received only by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that all true believers possess the gift of eternal life, a perfect righteousness, sonship in the family of God and the divine guarantee that they shall never perish.
ASSURANCE – we believe that every person who is truly saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost.
ETERNITY – we believe that those persons who die in their sins without Christ will spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven through Christ will spend eternity in Heaven.
SATAN – we believe in the existence of Satan, the deceiver and god of this present world; that he was defeated and judged at the cross and therefore, his final doom is certain.
BAPTISM – we believe that water baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation.
PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS – we believe in the priesthood of all believers; that Christ is our great High Priest and through Him every born-again person has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest, that the believer has the right and responsibility to personally study and interpret the Scripture guided by the Holy Spirit.
CHURCH – we believe that a New Testament church is an organized body of born-again, baptized believers practicing Scriptural ordinances and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission (See Refuge Baptist Leadership Structure below). We believe the Church is an Organism (It's Alive & Visible) & not an organization.
CHURCH ORDINANCES – we believe that the two Scriptural ordinances given to the local church are baptism by immersion of believers only and the Lord’s Supper to be partaken of by obedient Christians of like faith and order.
PRAYER – we believe that each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
GOVERNMENT – we believe in the separation of church and state but not in separation of God and government. Christians are salt and light in society.