Souls Harbor Baptist Church

What We Believe

Luke 1:1
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

the following are our Core Beliefs, based upon the authority of the holy bible. 

The Bible

We believe the Old and New Testament of the Bible to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Bible is inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore the final authority for faith and life. The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Bible shall be interpreted according to its normal grammatical-historical meaning. The Authorized King James Version of the Bible is the official and only translation we use.
(2Tim. 3:16-17, 2Pet. 1:20-21).


We believe that there is but one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4, 2Cor. 13:14, John 14:16-17, Eph. 2:18).

the person and work of christ

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, in order that he might reveal God and redeem sinful men (John 1:1,2 and 14, Luke 1:35).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
(Rom. 3:24-25, 1Pet. 2:24, Eph. 1:7, 1Pet 1:3-5).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where as our Great High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate
(Acts 1:9-10, Heb. 9:24 and 7:25, Rom. 8:34, 1John 2:1-2).

the person and work of the holy spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and, that He is the supernatural agent in the regeneration; baptizing all believers into the body of Christ (this is the “baptism of the Holy Spirit”), indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11, 2Cor. 3:6, 1Cor. 12:12-14, Rom. 8:9, Eph. 1:13-14).
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
 (John 16:13, 1John 2:20, Eph. 5:18).
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry, and that God has done away with apostles and prophets as the need was complete with the completion of scriptures with the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. (Rom. 12:3-8, 1Cor. 12:4-11 and 28, Eph. 4:7-11).
We believe that the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues and the gift of healing were temporary. We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing in accordance with his own will (John 115:7, 1John 5:14-15, 1Cor. 1:22, 1Cor. 12:4-11, 1Cor. 13:8, 1Cor. 14:21-22, 1Cor. 12:12, Eph. 4:7-12).


We believe that God created the universe in six literal 24 hour days. We reject evolution, the Gap Theory, the Day-age Theory, and Theistic Evolution as unscriptural theories of origin (Gen. 1&2, Ex. 20:11).

Interpretation and Dispensations

We believe that the Bible is to interpreted in its natural, literal sense and reveals divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man’s responsibilities in successive ages. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but rather are divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these dispensations (the law, the church, and the kingdom) are subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture (Gen. 1:28, 1Cor. 9:17, 2Cor. 3:9-18, Gal. 3:13-25, Eph. 1:10, Col 1:24-27, Rev. 20:2-6).


We believe that men and women where created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam’s sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and that all mankind is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition except for the redeeming work of God in Christ Jesus. (Gen. 1:26-27, Rom. 3:22-23, Eph. 2:1-3, Eph. 2:12, Eph. 4:17-19).


We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to mankind by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day; that repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. Salvation is available to all people if they will choose to believe the gospel. Eph. 2:8-10, John 1:12, Acts 20:21, Eph. 1:7, 1Pet. 1:18-19).

eternal security

We believe that the believers, regenerated by the grace of God, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40, John 10:27-30, Rom. 8:1, Rom. 8:38-39, 1Cor. 1:4-8, 1Pet. 1:5, Eph. 1:13, Eph. 4:30).
We believe that it is the privilege of the believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh (Rom 13:13-14, Gal 5:13, Titus 2:11-15)

The Church

We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is solely made up of born-again persons of this present age (Eph. 1:22-23, Eph. 5:25-27, 1Cor. 12:12-14, 2Cor. 11:2).
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures (Acts 14-27, Acts 20:17, Acts 20:28-32, 1Tim 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-11)
We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control (Acts 13:1-4, Acts 15:19-31, Acts 20:28, Rom. 16:1, Rom. 1:4, 1Pet. 5:1-4).
We recognize water baptism by immersion and the Lord’s Supper as the only Scriptural ordinances of obedience for the church in this age;  the scriptures teach baptism is for believers only and that the Lord’s Supper is only for the redeemed who must judge and examine themselves prior to partaking. (Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42, Acts 18:18, 1Cor. 11:23-26).
We believe that God has given the church a great commission to proclaim the Gospel to all nations so that there might be a great multitude from every nation, tribe, ethnic group, and language group who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. As ambassadors for Christ we must use all available means to go to the foreign nations and not wait for them to come to us. (2Cor 8&9, Matt. 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8, 2Cor. 5:20).


We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations is commanded of God (2Tim. 3:1-5, Rom. 12:1-2, Rom. 14:13, 1John 2:15-17, 2John 9-11, 2Cor. 6:14, 2Cor. 7:1).

Rapture and second coming

We believe in the “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent return of Christ who will rapture His saints prior to the seven year tribulation period. At the end of the Tribulation, Christ will personally and visibly return with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom, which is a literal kingdom on earth (1Thes. 4:13-18, Zech. 14:4-11, Rev. 19:11-16, Rev. 20:1-6, Thess. 1:10, Rev. 3:10).

the eternal state

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Matt. 25:46, John 5:28-29, John 11:25-26, Rev. 20:5-6, Rev. 20:12-13).
We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord; and that every believer will stand before the Judgment seat of Christ to receive those things done in their bodies, for rewards or suffering loss of rewards (Luke 23:43, Rev. 20:4-6, 2Cor. 5:8, Phil. 1:23, Phil 3:21, 1Thess. 4:16-17).
We believe that the souls of the unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery in hell until the second resurrection, where with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment and torment (Luke 16:19-26, Matt 25:41-46, 2Thess. 1:7-9, Jude 6-7, Mark 9:43, Rev 20:11-15)

Civil Government

We believe that God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three basic institutions: the home, the church, and the state. Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed by His Word. God has given each institution specific, biblical responsibilities and has balanced those responsibilities with the understanding that no institution has the right to infringe upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal and sovereign in their respective, biblically assigned spheres of responsibility under God (Rom. 13:1-7, Eph. 5:22-24, Heb. 13:17, 1Pet. 2:13-14).

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