Statement of Charlestown Missionary Baptist Church
the inspired word of God as written in the King James 1611 Version of the Holy Bible. Holy men under the
supervision, guidance, and inspiration of God wrote both old and new testaments. They are the final authoritative
words of God for doctrine, faith, salvation, teaching, learning, and guidance of the church and believers.
1:1 and II Timothy 3:16
in one God, the Creator of the heavens, earth, and all things
that are in the heavens, in the earth, and under the earth.
He is manifested in three separate and distinct persons, the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being perfect, infinite, and
equal in all things past, present, and future.
28:19-20 and II Corinthians 13:14
3. Jesus Christ:
believe the Lord Jesus Christ is God, manifest in the flesh,
conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.
He lived a sinless life in the flesh and was crucified on the
cross for atonement of sin. He died, was buried,
resurrected on the third day, and is now seated at the right
hand of God making intercession for all born again believers
and confessing sinners for salvation. We hold fast
the faith in His return to rapture the saints, set up His
throne and establish His Kingdom.
7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 28:6; John 14:3; I
Thessalonians 4:16-17; I Peter 2:22; and I Peter 3:18.
4. Holy Spirit:
believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead,
equal in power and authority with God the Father and the Son.
We believe the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, regenerates,
baptizes, indwells, seals, and sets the believer apart from
the world and works of Satan. The Holy Spirit
keeps, renews, comforts, teaches, and reveals the word and
will of God to the believer day by day.
14:16-17; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; and
I John 2:20-27
believe God created man from the dust of the earth in the
image and likeness of God. Through and by sin, man
was banished from the presence and Holy state of God unable to
make recompense for his sins except by the shedding of blood
of a perfect sacrifice. Therefore, God, by His
grace and mercy, supplied the perfect and final sacrifice, His
Son, Jesus Christ to be the substitute and propitiation for
man's sin, that if man would accept and believe the Lord Jesus
Christ he could have salvation and freedom from his sin.
Through salvation, man can attain justification,
sanctification, eternal life, and communion with God.
1:27; Romans 3:23-25; and Romans 5:12-21
believe salvation is by the grace of God through faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ, not of works that man has done, can do, or
will do. It is a free gift of God, freely given to
all who will accept and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.
All who believe to repentance are regenerated by the Holy
Spirit, made a new creature in Christ having escaped the
corruption that is in the world through lust, sealed and kept
by the power of God unto the day of redemption.
Salvation is the one and only way to attain eternal life with
See Romans Road to Salvation!
3:16-17; John 10:28-30; Romans 10:9-11; Ephesians 2:8-10; I
Peter 1:5,18-23; and II Peter 1:4
believe that justification is the showing to be just or
conformable to law. It is the remission of sin and
absolution for guilt and punishment. It is an act
of free grace by which God pardons the sinner and accepts him
as righteous because of the atonement of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ. We are justified by our faith in
2:4; Acts 13:39; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:1,16,18; and Galatians
believe Sanctification is purification from sin and making
free of the believer from the guilt of past sin.
It is the setting apart of the believer for a sacred purpose
or a holy work. We are sanctified by the word and
when we have purged ourselves of sins we are made fit for
God's use and prepared unto good works.
5:26; II Thessalonians 2:13; II Timothy 2:21; and I Peter 1:2
9. The Eternal State:
believe the soul is an eternal being that will live throughout
eternity with full use of all senses and knowledge of their
surroundings. Immediately after death or the
coming of Christ the believer will live with joy and happiness
in the presence of God and the unbeliever will live in pain,
agony, and torments in the depths of hell and the Lake of
25:46; John 5:28-29; John 14:13: II Corinthians 5:8; I
Thessalonians 4:16-17; and Revelation 20:11-15
10. The Ordinances:
the ordinances are set forth in God's Holy Word.
a. Baptism: We
believe in total immersion in water of the believer in the
name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
It is an outward showing of the believer's faith in Christ's
death, burial, and resurrection.
3:16; Acts 8:35-38; Romans 6:3-5; and I Peter 3:21
The Lord's Supper:
believe the Lord's supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ,
representing His body that was broken and His Blood that was
shed for the remission of sin. It is to be
observed by the church until the coming of Christ.
It is to be preceded by an earnest soul searching
self-examination and taken with a reverent attitude.
11. Local Assembly:
believe the local assembly is a group of born again believers
united together under the constitution for the spreading of
the gospel and the furtherance of God's kingdom.
Jesus Christ is the head of the church with all other officers
coming under Christ. We believe the local assembly is
self-sufficient, self-supporting, and able to govern itself
without interference from other local assemblies,
associations, or other outside groups or individuals.
We gather together at designated times in one mind and one
accord to worship and fellowship one with another in the love
2:41-42; II Corinthians 8:23-24; Ephesians 1:22; Ephesians
5:23-24; Colossians 1:18; and Hebrews 12:23
believe Satan is a fallen cherub, defeated by God and cast out
of Heaven before the beginning of time unto everlasting
punishment. He is the prince and power of air,
going about the earth seeking to destroy God's work and hinder
the working of the believer through temptation of evil.
28:14; Matthew 4:2-11, 25:41; II Corinthians 11:13-15;
Ephesians 2:2; I Peter 5:8; and Revelation 12:9, 20:10
We use only the time honored King James 1611
Version of the Holy Bible, rejecting all other revisions,
paraphrases, and translations. All references to
the King James Version in this Constitution and By-laws means
the 1611 edition.