What We Believe

The First Baptist Church of Glenarden is a Bible-believing, Bible teaching church.

The Scriptures

(2 Timothy 3:15-17)
  • We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction.

The True God

(John 4:23-24; Matthew 28:19)
  • We believe that there is only one true God.
  • He is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature. 

The Fall of Man

(Genesis 1:27, 3:6-24; Romans 5:19)
  • We believe that man was created by God in a state of holiness but through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God by free choice and fell from his original state.

The Way of Salvation

(Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 3:16)
  • We believe that salvation involves the redemption of the whole man and is offered to all through the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  • Salvation includes regeneration, sanctification and glorification. 

Justification

(Romans 5:1, 2; Acts 13:38-39)
  • We believe that justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of righteousness of all sinners who believe in Christ.       

The Freeness of Salvation

(Romans 1:16, 3:24, 6:23, 10:13; Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all.

Grace in Regeneration

(John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • We believe that regeneration or the new birth is a change of heart brought by the Holy Spirit.

Repentance and Faith

(Mark 1:14-15; John 16:18)
  • We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, wrought in our souls by the Spirit of God. 

Sanctification

(1 Peter 1:2; I Thessalonians 5:23-24)
  • We believe that sanctification is the process by which we are made partakers of His holiness; that it is a progressive work; that it is begun in regeneration; and that it is carried on in the hearts of believers by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

The Perseverance of the Saints

(John 8:31; I John 2:19; John 6:39, 10:28-29; Ephesians 4:30)
  • We believe that such only are real believers as endure until the end. 
  • They are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. 

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

(Acts 8:36-39; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
  • We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion in water of a believer.  
  • The Lord's Supper is the commemoration of the death of the Lord Jesus, preceded by solemn self-examination.

The Resurrection

(Matthew 20:17-19, 28:6-7; John 5:28-29)
  • We believe that the Scriptures clearly teach that Jesus rose from the dead. He now exists in His glorified body at God's right hand.
  • There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. 
  • The bodies of the righteous will conform to the glorious spiritual body of Jesus Christ.