ABOUT US

Pastor DeSantis

Deacons: Dan Lynch, Paul Girard & Brandon Hamman

DOCTRINE

The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible, as originally written, was verbally inspired and the product of Spirit-controlled men; and, therefore, is truth without error. We believe that it is the true center of Christian union and the only infallible rule for all human conduct, creeds, and opinions. (2 Timothy3:16;  2 Peter 1:19-21)

The True God

We believe that there is only one living and true God, infinite in every excellence; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; yet one in essence and equal in every divine perfection. (Exodus 20:2,3; 1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:7)

We believe in the absolute deity of the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; that He is divine, being Very God, existing from all eternity co-equal with the Father and the Spirit; that He never ceased to be God for one instant and that His humiliation did not consist in laying aside His deity; that as man, He was miraculously begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.(John 1:1,2; John 5:20; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:26-38)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Divine Person, equal with the Father and Son and of the same substance and nature; that He convicts of sin, righteousnes, and judgment, bears witness to the truth, is the Agent of the New Birth and that He seals, endues, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, and helps the believer, indwelling every true child of God.(2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16, 17;  Romans 8:14-17,26-27)                   



The Devil, or Satan

We believe in the distinct reality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the Lake of Fire. (Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Cor. 4:4; Revelation 20:10)

The Creation

We believe that God created the heavens and the earth (in 6 literal, 24 hr. days), including all life, "each after its own kind", by direct act, and not by the process of evolution. (Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16, 17; John 1:3)

The Fall of Man

We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression fell into sin, thus plunging the whole race into condemnation and death, so that now all mankind is born in sin and shapen in iniquity and is without excuse before God.(Genesis 3; Romans 5:10-19; 1:20)

Redemption from Sin

We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ, when He voluntarily took upon Himself a human body and nature, yet without sin, and by His suffering, death, and resurrection made full satisfaction to the justice of God for the sin of man; that the blessings of this salvation are given on the grounds of grace to all who repent and believe, and that it is the immediate duty of all to so. (John 1:1-3,14; John 3:1-7; Hebrews 10:4-14; Acts 16:30-33)

Salvation by Grace

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth, the one dead in trespasses and sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and recieves eternal life, the free gift of God, that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life. (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:6,7; Acts 16:30-33; Romans 6:23; 2 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 2:13; John 3:8)

The Church

We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers; associated by covenant of faith and the fellowship of the Gospel; observing the Ordinances of Christ; governed by His laws; and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His work; that its officers are pastors and deacons whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures.

We believe the true mission of the church is making disciples all men as we have the opportunity.

We hold that the local church has the absolute right of self-government, free from the interferences of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations;and that the one and only superintendent is Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit; that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the Gospel; that each local church is the sole judge of the measure and method of its cooperation; that on all matters of membership, of policy, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church is final.

We believe in the universal church, the Body of Christ, consisting of all who accept Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior. (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:2;   Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:11; Acts 20:17-28; 1 Timothy 3:17; Colossians 1:18;     Ephesians 5:23-24; Acts 15:13-18)

Church Ordinances

We believe that there are two church ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water and is properly called "Believer's Baptism". It sets forth in a beautiful and solemn way our faith in a crucified, buried and risen Savior, with the effects of that faith in our lives as it produces death to sin and resurrection to a new life. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation. The Lord's Supper is the commemoration of our Lord's death until He comes and our continual fellowship with Him.  It should be preceded by baptism and participants should always be careful to practice self-examination. (Acts 8:36-38; Romans 6:3-5;  1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

The Righteous and the Wicked

We believe that there is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and the wicked; that only such as through faith are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and sanctified by the Spirit of God, are truly righteous in God's esteem; while all such who continue in impenitence and unbelief are in His sight wicked, and under the curse; and that this distinction holds among men both during life and after death in the everlasting conscious happiness of the saved and the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost. (Romans 6:17-23; Malachi 3:18; Matthew 25:34-41; Luke 6:25)

The Return of Christ

We believe in the bodily, personal, imminent, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ; that He will come in the air, before the seven-year tribulation period, to catch-away His church,  and that He will come with His church at the close of the tribulation to judge the living nations and to set up His kingdom on earth. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18;   Matthew 25:31; Revelation 19:11-21)

The Resurrection

We believe in the resurrection of the bodies of the dead; that believers who 'sleep' in Jesus will be raised at the coming of Christ for His church and caught up with transformed living saints to meet the Lord in the air, and that the wicked dead will be raised at the close of the Millennial Kingdom and stand in their bodies at the Great White Throne of judgment to receive their final doom. (John 5:21-30; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 7:9-17; 20:11-15)

PRINCIPLES

Biblical Authority

 

We believe that the Bible is the only and the sufficient authority for what to believe and what to practice.  (2 Timothy 3:16)

Autonomy of the Local Church

Each local church is sovereign in itself and cannot be controlled by any board, hierarchical system or another church.   (1 Corinthians 5)

Priesthood of Believers

Every "born again" believer may pray directly to God through Jesus Christ, our High Priest, without a human intercessor. (1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 1:5-6; Hebrews 4:15-16)

Two Ordinances (Baptism and The Lord's Table) 

Believer's baptism is for identification with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Lord's Table is a memorial service involving worship, fellowship and self examination. The elements of the service (bread and cup) are only symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. (Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34)                                                                                              
 

Individual Soul Liberty 

Every man has the right to interpret the Scriptures, to hold and to profess and to worship as he believes the Bible teaches. These things are not to be forced upon any man. (1 John 2:27)

Saved Church Membership

The membership of a New Testament local church consists of only those who have openly confessed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and demonstrated a willingness to obey the teachings of the Bible and agree to the doctrine and standards of the local church. (Acts 2:42,47)

Two Offices (Pastor and Deacons)

The offices of pastor and deacon are the only Biblical offices recognized in the local church. Both are chosen by the congregation. Other extra-biblical church offices are necessary but must not be equated with these two.(Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-13)

Separation of Church and State

Every believer should respect, sustain and obey civil authority so long as it does not cause a violation to conscience or Scriptural convictions.There should be no organic union of church and state, but the state should protect, not dominate or interfere with, the affairs of the church. (Matthew 22:21)

Sunday Service Times

9:30 AM    Morning Service

11:00 AM    Sunday School

1:00 PM    Afternoon Service

ADDRESS

540-635-4212

 

1200 John Marshall Hwy.

Front Royal, Virginia 22630

 

Skylinebaptistfrv@gmail.com

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