ROYAL HEIGHTS

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Beliefs of The Royal Heights Baptist Church

We believe that there is only one true and living God, who exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and that He is worthy of all honour, praise, and worship as the Creator, Sustainer, and Beginning and End of all things.

We believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. We believe that He came to destroy the works of Satan, that He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public display of them having triumphed over them.

We believe that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth, and that He is the Head over all rule and authority. We believe that Satan and his demons are subject to us, in Christ, because we are members of Christ's body. Therefore, we obey the command to resist the devil.

We believe that God has proven His love for us because when we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We believe that He delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to His kingdom, and in Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. We have become children of Light.

We believe that we are now children of God and that we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies. We believe that we were saved by the grace of God through faith, that it was a gift and not the result of any works on our part.

We believe that apart from Christ we can do nothing, so we declare our dependence on Him. We freely choose to abide in Christ in order to bear much fruit and glorify the Lord. Jesus is our Lord.

We believe that the Bible is the only authoritative standard and by the wisdom of God we desire to speak the truth in love. The Scripture is the record of God's revelation of Himself to us. God is the Author, revealing to us how we may once again have a relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is the only way, the truth, and the life.

We choose to present our bodies as instruments of righteousness, and living and holy sacrifices. We renew our mind by the living Word of God in order that we may prove that the will of God is good, acceptable, and perfect.

We ask our Heavenly Father to fill us with His Holy Spirit, to lead us into all truth, and to empower our lives so that we may live above sin and not carry out the desires of the flesh. We desire to obey from the heart the greatest commandment, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind and the second, to love our neighbor as ourselves.

We believe that we can grieve our God by carrying out the deeds of the flesh. He has made provision for us to renew our fellowship. By confession of our sins, in the flesh, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In this like manner when brother hurts brother fellowship is restored.

We believe that Jesus is the Head of His body, the local church. We are a part of His church because we believe that it is by the local church Jesus is today working. A mature body of believers working under the power of the Holy Spirit, who gifts and empowers His church, will represent Christ to a dying and hurting world.

We believe and have submitted to the first act of obedience symbolizing our faith in Jesus, our crucified, buried and risen Lord and Savior, immersion known as baptism. This displayed to all who witnessed, our death to sin, our burial of the old life, and the resurrection of the new life in Christ which was given to us when we first accepted Him.

We believe and partake in the Lord's Supper, the second ordinance, which is a symbolic act of obedience, given to us by our Lord on the night of His crucifixion. With a sense of humbleness and great joy we remember the love of our Saviour, how He was broken for us and brought us into a new covenant with Him. We will celebrate the Lord's Supper with God's people until He returns to bring us to His Great Marriage Supper in eternity.

The message we speak about and teach is the Kingdom of God or Heaven. This we proclaim because it includes God's sovereign rule over the whole universe and life in general. But particularly the Kingdom is the realm of salvation into which we enter by trustful, childlike commitment to Him. His glorious kingdom or reign has come to believers and is coming in all those who invite Him in. We await with anticipation the final return of Jesus at the end of the Messianic age when His last enemy, Death, is destroyed, for His Kingdom is without end.

We believe our Lord Jesus is going to bodily return, at the time His Father has declared before the foundation of the world. No one knows the day of His arrival, when He comes in glory and honour. The dead will arise. Christ will judge, and those in Christ will receive their rewards and forever dwell with Him, those who do not know Him will be judged with an everlasting judgment and assigned to the place of everlasting torment where the Devil and all his demons will be cast.

We are in love with Jesus. He is our God and our Lord. We pray that we will always, by His grace which works within us, seek His face and desire to know His heart. We seek, we pray, with all the saints, what is the width and length and depth and height and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge. We praise Him! We worship Him!

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THE SCRIPTURES. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.

GOD. There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.

THE TRINITY. God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

PROVIDENCE. God, from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet not in any way as to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.

ELECTION. Election is God's eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life-- not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ-- in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified.

THE FALL OF MAN. God originally created man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity [i.e. descendants] inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors.

THE MEDIATOR. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, rose again on the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He lives forever to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest, and King of the church, and Sovereign of the Universe.

REGENERATION. Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who makes alive those who are dead in trespasses and sins, enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God's free and special grace alone.

REPENTANCE. Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein the Holy Spirit makes a person aware of the manifold evil of his sin, so that he humbles himself with godly sorrow, detesting sin, and abhorring [i.e., hating] self, with a purpose and endeavour to walk before God so as to please Him in all things.

FAITH. Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving grace, and leads to a desired life of holiness.

JUSTIFICATION. Justification, under the old covenant of God, was when a man was “declared righteous” before God because of his belief in his God. Man offered sacrificial lamb's blood to cover his sin before His holy God as a sign of his dependence on the blood of the lamb. In the new covenant, man as been “made righteous” by the death and blood of the Son of God. Man is now not just declared righteous but has become a new creature and has been made righteous before his holy God, by Christ. All of his sin has been removed. Man, in Christ, is walking in the very righteousness of Christ. God does not look through Christ when he sees man. God looks at the man because he has become completely new, in Christ. To be justified means being made righteous, just, holy, and acceptable before God.

SANCTIFICATION. Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is instant by God's divine election of the saved and progressive through the supply of divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in cordial [i.e., willing] obedience to all Christ's commands.

PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS. Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

THE CHURCH. The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering the order, discipline and worship which He has appointed. The regular officers of a church are Bishops (or Elders) and Deacons.

BAPTISM. Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life.

THE LORD'S SUPPER. The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with bread and fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship.

THE LORD'S DAY. The New Testament Church gives the example of assembling on the Lord's Day (i.e. Sunday) for the reading and teaching of the Word of God, worship, prayer, and mutual encouragement - stimulating one another to love and good deeds. It is fitting to view the Lord's Day as a celebration of Christ's resurrection and the redemption of His people.

LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE. God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

THE RESURRECTION. The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God - the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised.

THE JUDGMENT. God has appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds: the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life.