Statement of Faith
Below is our statement of faith. Constitution of First Baptist Church of Tarkio, Missouri
We believe the Holy Bible is the divinely inspired written Word of God, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to man, to be accepted in its entirety as the final authority in matters of faith and practice. The Bible is the basis for this statement of faith.
We believe that every man is a sinner by nature, and sins of his own free will. He lives under the condemnation of sin and needs to be saved. God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Salvation is a work of grace, received when the unbeliever repents of his sins, believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, and accepts Him as his personal Savior. Salvation is a present and permanent possession of true believers.
We believe the ordinance of baptism is immersion in water of a professed believer in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and his own death to sin, the burial of his old life and his resurrection to a new life in Jesus Christ.
We believe God intends for 'marriage' to only mean the joining of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture; that sexual intimacy should only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other; and that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the divine second person of the trinity, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He lived in this world, yet without sin. He was crucified under Pontius Pilot, and in his death, bore the sins of all men of all time. He was buried and on the third day arose from the dead, thus establishing redemption for all men who accept him as Savior. He ascended unto God the Father and will come again to receive unto himself the redeemed, passing judgment on all who reject Him as Savior.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the divine third person of the trinity. He is ever present to convict the unbeliever and to comfort, strengthen and direct the believer.
We believe the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the Body of Christ, in obedience to His command, partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine, to commemorate the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ.