Lee Creek Baptist Church holds to the Philadelphia Confession of Faith of 1742 as a general summary of our doctrine and practices. Below is a brief summary of our doctrine that is more fully expressed in the Philadelphia Confession.
Scripture is the written revelation of God, complete and sufficient in all respects. We believe the Scriptures to be “God-breathed” and therefore fully authoritative in and of themselves; they rely for their authority upon no church, council, or creed, but are authoritative simply because they are the Word of God. The Scriptures, as they embody the very speaking of God, partake of His authority and His power.
God, who in one essence subsists in three coequal and coeternal persons—namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit--is without mixture and without division a holy, absolute, infinite, immutable, personal, spiritual, omnipotent, omniscient, and righteous being, who in His own eternal and independent counsel, ordained all that transpires in time, created all that has and will exist in space, and sovereignly governs them providentially to their final, predestinated purposes and destinations.
Man & Sin
Man was created morally upright in the image of God to glorify and enjoy Him forever within the covenant of works by taking dominion and filling the earth with the children of God, yet has fallen from this original state by Adam’s transgression, which has brought universal death and depravity to the human race, consequently disenabling any person from properly fulfilling their divine purpose, which in return ensures the universal wrath and judgment of God.
Jesus Christ, who is one in essence with God, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin in His incarnation, having without mixture or confusion a divine and human nature in one person. He is the only Savior of the world, and the Redeemer and Head of the Church--anointed by the Spirit as Prophet, Priest, and King in His baptism, establishing righteousness by obeying the covenant of works in His life, legally propitiating for the sins of His people in His death, bringing forth life in His resurrection (establishing the gospel of the covenant of grace), and being exalted by God with all power, authority, and honor in His ascension, where He continues to mediate and reign in heaven until He subdues all of God’s enemies underneath His footstool.
Holy Spirit & Salvation
Salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit (who has been sent by Christ into the world to testify of Christ Jesus, and to convict the world of sin) whereby He graciously and effectually applies the redemptive benefits of the cross to the elect by imparting faith through the power of the gospel (which legally unites believers to the imputed righteousness of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and brings them into the adoption as children of God) in regenerating and indwelling them (which establishes a holy nature that leads to the mortification of the flesh and progressive sanctification) as He continues to strengthen them in the knowledge of the Lord so they persevere in repentance, faith, and good works with the assurance of future glorification and life eternal with God.
The visible church is a local called-out assembly of baptized believers who have committed to being accountable to one another under the headship of Christ by collectively submitting, instructing, admonishing, and caring for one another under the oversight of their ordained leaders; as they have been spiritually united together in Christ Jesus to uphold the truth in holiness by worshiping God through preaching and teaching, singing, praying, giving, reading the Word, observing the ordinances, carrying out its discipline, and seeking to make disciples and reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The church as seen in a future heavenly sense consists of all the elect throughout history redeemed by Christ gathered unto Himself in one body.
Though Christ Jesus has already fulfilled many of the Old Testament prophecies when He engrafted believing Gentiles with believing Jews into the Kingdom of God at His First Coming, the church still awaits the consummation of the Kingdom, the general resurrection of the dead, the Day of Judgment, and the creation of the New Earth which will occur at the Second Coming of Christ. Until His return, believers are to live lives that bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. The Church is to be busy advancing the kingdom of God on earth by doing the work of evangelism and discipleship, proclaiming the pure, uncompromised Gospel of Christ by teaching the Word of God to all people.