Metropolitan Baptist Church

Reaching Australia for Jesus Christ

We, Metropolitan Baptist Church, believe the Holy Bible to be the only source of truth. We therefore gladly turn to it as the source of our faith and practice as bible believing Christians. Herein is a brief summary of our faith in a topical format – 2 Timothy 3:15-17.

DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE

We believe the Holy Scriptures, being the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament from Genesis to Revelation, to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. The Scriptures are without error, infallible and God breathed, and therefore are the complete and divine revelation of God to man, the centre of Christian Union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We furthermore believe the translation of the Authorized King James Version (1611) of the Bible (from the O.T Masoretic Text & N.T Textus Receptus Text) is the only authoritative and preserved Word of God in the English language. We reject all other modern versions including the New King James Version. The Authorized King James Version (1611) is the only bible, which we will provide, use, promote & carry out all ministries within Metropolitan Baptist Church. 2 Samuel 23:2; Joshua 1:8; Psalms 119:105; Proverbs 30:5,6; 2 Peter 1:1921; 2 Timothy 3:1517; Psalms 12:67; 19:714; Jude v.3.

DOCTRINE OF THE TRIUNE GOD

We believe that God is one in essence and nature and yet composed of three persons; thus there is one and only one true God and that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that they are equal and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; Genesis 17:1; II Corinthians 3:17; 1 John 5:7; Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 13:14.

DOCTRINE OF JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is the second Person of the Triune God and therefore He has always been and was never created. He is eternal God, one with God the Father and God the Holy Ghost. He is creator. Without giving up His deity He became man by the miracle of the virgin birth in that He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin. As the perfect Lamb of God He gave Himself in death upon the cross, arose bodily and ascended into Heaven where He is our High Priest and advocate with the Father. John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:6-8; I Corinthians 15:1-7; Luke 24:2-8, 51; Hebrews 1:8; 4:14-16

DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

  1. The Holy Spirit — We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God who convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He indwells and seals all who become children of God through Christ; that He empowers, teaches, sanctifies, and fills believers daily as they surrender to Him. John 16:8-11, 14:16, 17; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:13; Acts 1:8; John 14:26; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 5:18
  2. The Charismatic Movement — We believe the current Charismatic/Pentecostal movement is not a scriptural movement. The gifts of tongues, healing, drinking poison, and handling snakes were “sign-gifts” confirming the truth of God’s Word which the apostles were preaching. Once the Scriptures were complete from Matthew to Revelation (New Testament) the confirming signs were no longer necessary and thus ended. Biblical Tongues within the N.T era were known spoken languages; each one heard the Word of God in their native tongue. Tongues had a deeper meaning regarding the destruction of Israel by a foreign power and ended when the Romans conquered Israel and the City of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Mark 16:15-20; Luke 16:27-31; Acts 2: 4-13; I Corinthians 13:8, 14:21,22

DOCTRINE OF ANGELS

  1. Holy Angels — We believe that God created a host of angelic beings. Their ministry to the Christian is to protect and to guide. Psalm 148:1-5; Hebrews 1:13,14; Psalm 91:10-12; Acts 27:23, 24; Luke 16:22
  2. Satan — We believe that Satan is a created angel, and not an imaginary influence; that he is an arch deceiver and the father of all lies. We believe in the personality of Satan; that he was an exalted angel which rebelled against God; that he is now the unholy god of this age and is destined for eternal punishment in the lake of fire. Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28: 13-15; John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10
  3. Unholy Angels — We believe that Satan led 1/3 of the angels in his rebellion against God and they are now the demons, which aid him in his efforts to destroy that which is godly. Revelation 12:4; Ephesians 6:12

DOCTRINE OF MAN

  1. Creation — We believe the Genesis account of creation as being neither allegory nor myth, but a literal account of the direct creative acts of God. No evolution was employed. God personally created the heaven and the earth in six 24-hour days; He finally formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became immediately a living soul; that He created man in the image and likeness of God. All of mankind is descendants of the historical Adam and Eve. Genesis 1&2; Psalm 19:1-6; John 1:3; Romans 1:20
  2. Fall — We believe that when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in Eden, they brought about the ruin of the entire human race causing it to fall into sin, which brought spiritual, physical, and eternal death upon all. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 5:12-19
  3. Destination — We believe that man’s destination is hell without faith in Jesus Christ; that this comes as a result of his rebellion against God and alignment with Satan. Romans 6:23a; II Thessalonians 1:7b-9; Revelation 20, 21:8
  4. Family — We believe that the family is the basic unit of society. God gives children to families with the responsibility to train them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Such responsibility includes their education. We believe that the family is a man and a woman covenanted together for life and that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful perversions of God’s gift of marital intimacy. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4). Genesis 2:1-25; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 127 & 128; Ephesians 6:1-4.
  5. Abortion — We believe that human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a living human being. Abortion constitutes the unjustified, without excuse taking of unborn human life. Abortion is murder. We reject any teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth defects, gender selection, birth or population control, or the mental wellbeing of the mother are acceptable Job 3:16; Psalm 51:5; 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; 20:15-18; Luke 1:44).
  6. Suicide and Euthanasia – We believe that God alone, the divine creator has the right to terminate life. Everyman has an appointed time with death and then He will face God the judge. Therefore no individual has the right to terminate neither his or her life nor the life of another. Any form of mercy killing or assistance to another in death, no matter the circumstances is contrary to God’s Will as the giver of life. Exodus 20:13; Hebrews 9:27; Ecclesiastes 3; 7:17; Psalm 90:10-12
  7. Civil Government — We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of human society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, and obeyed (except in things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ); that the church and state are to be separate (no state established church), each having definite and distinct spheres of responsibility. Neither the church nor the state has the right to infringe upon the God-ordained responsibilities of the other. We believe that Christians are prohibited from bringing civil lawsuits against other Christians or the Church to resolve personal disputes. We believe the Church possesses all the resources necessary to resolve personal disputes between members. Matthew 18:15-17; 22:21; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Ephesians 4:3132; Romans 13:1-7; II Samuel 23:3; Exodus 18:21, 22; Acts 5:29, 4:19, 20; Daniel 3:17, 18

DOCTRINE OF SIN

  1. Nature of Sin — We believe that sin is the transgression of the law, will and desire of God; that sin is disobedience, lawlessness, “a missing the mark” of God’s revealed will; that man was created in innocence and that by voluntary choice man transgressed God’s law, and all men sinned in him, therefore all men are totally depraved being sinners by nature and by conduct. Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:10-19, 5:12, 19; I John 3:4.
  2. Penalty of Sin — We believe that the penalty of sin is death—spiritual death, physical death and eternal death in hell. Genesis 2:17; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15

DOCTRINE OF SALVATION

  1. Meaning of Salvation — We believe the Gospel is the personal and visible death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is in the gospel we are saved from sin. The doctrine of salvation deals with God rescuing (saving) man from the results of sin. God rescues man from the power of sin, enabling a rescued man to live a holy life; from the penalty of sin, giving a rescued man a release from hell; and from the presence of sin one day when taken to heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 ; Romans 6-8; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:24-27
  2. Death of Jesus Christ — We believe Jesus’ death made a full and vicarious (in our place) payment for our sin; that His death consisted not in merely setting an example for us as a martyr, but was a voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner’s place, the Just dying for the unjust, bearing our sin in His own body on the tree. There could be NO salvation without His death through the shedding of His blood. Romans 3:24, 25; Hebrews 2:14, 9:22; Isaiah 53; I Peter 1:18-21, 2:24; 1 John 1:7-9
  3. Salvation By Grace — We believe that our salvation is a free gift from God, not merited in any way or works, therefore is wholly by grace. Salvation is received by the placing of one’s faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ. We reject the doctrine of Calvinism that teaches God elects some to salvation and others not. We believe salvation is available to all, for Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:5; 10:11-13; John 3:16; Revelation 22:17
  4. Repentance — We believe that repentance is a change of mind and purpose from sin toward God; that it is characterized by godly sorrow for sin that separates man from God, and that true repentance is inseparably related to true faith. Acts 20:21.
  5. Remission — We believe that remission (forgiveness) of sins is only received through and because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:22; I John 1:7-9
  6. New Birth — We believe that salvation is a spiritual birth whereby one enters the family of God and becomes partaker of God’s nature. John 3:1-8, 1:12, 13; Ephesians 3:15; I John 2:29, 3:9, 4:7, 5:1,4, 18; II Peter 1:4
  7. Atonement — We believe that salvation involves atonement (“to cover over”), which deals with the covering and removal of our sin. Lev. 6:1, 2, 6, 7; Psalm 103:10-12; Micah 7:19b
  8. Propitiation — We believe that salvation involves the satisfying of God’s holy wrath against sin. I John 4:10; Romans 3:24-26
  9. Reconciliation — We believe that salvation involves our being restored to God’s fellowship. Romans 5:9, 10; Colossians 1:21-23
  10. Redemption — We believe that salvation involves our being purchased from the slave market of sin by the blood of Jesus Christ and being set free from the power of sin. I Peter 1:18, 19; Titus 2:13, 14; I Corinthians 6:19, 20
  11. Justification — We believe salvation involves the judicial act of God by which He declares the believing sinner to be righteous and acceptable before Him because Christ has borne the sinner’s sin on the cross, and has been made unto him righteousness. Romans 3:24, 28, 5:1;Galatians 2:16; I Corinthians 1:30
  12. Sanctification — We believe that salvation involves the act of setting apart a sinner unto God, the process of daily becoming more set apart unto God, and the future event of being completely set apart unto God. Sanctification has to do with holiness or separation from sin unto God. We believe that God’s people should live according to biblical standards/ principals that are grounded in the Word of God. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost therefore we must keep it holy by abstaining from alcohol, drugs, smoking, gambling, Pubs and such Clubs, worldly entertainment and anything else that will pollute our testimony and render us powerless as children of God. Matthew 5:13-16; I Corinthians 6:11,18-19; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 15:51-54; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 10:10-14; II Peter 3:18; I John 3:2
  13. Righteous and Wicked — We believe only those who are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ are righteous in the sight of God. Those who continue in unbelief are, in God’s sight, wicked and under the curse of the law and face everlasting conscious suffering. Malachi 3:18; Romans 6:17, 18; Proverbs 14:32; Galatians 3:10
  14. Security of the Saints — We believe that those who are truly saved are kept by the power of God, and sealed by the spirit of God, therefore making it impossible to be lost once saved. John 10:28-30; I Peter 1:5; Romans 8:35-39; Ephesians 1:13; 1 John 5:11-13
  15. Priesthood of the Believers — We believe that through Jesus Christ every believer has direct access into God’s presence without the need of a human priest; that every believer has the right and responsibility to study the Scriptures guided by the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 4:16; II Timothy 2:15; I Peter 2:9
  16. Holiness (Separation) — We believe those who have been saved, as God’s children, should live holy lives and thus separate themselves from worldliness, ungodliness, worldly music (rock music, including Christian Contemporary Music) false teaching, neo-evangelicalism, heresies and ecclesiastical apostasy unto God. Leviticus 11:41-44; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; I Thessalonians 1:9; I Timothy 6:3-5; Romans 16:17; II John 1:9- 11; I Jn. 2:15-17; Titus 2:11-13; Ephesians 5:19; James 4:4

DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

  1. The Church — We believe that a church is an organized assembly of saved, baptized believers meeting for worship, prayer, fellowship, teaching, to practice the ordinances, and to carry out the Great Commission; this assembly is independent and free to govern itself without ecclesiastical interference and that this assembly is accountable directly to it’s Head (Jesus Christ) through His under-shepherd, the Pastor . We reject the notion that the church is ‘invisible’. The church is a local assembly likened to a body. Each member of the body is given at least one service gift of the Spirit for the edification of the body of Christ. The church is financially supported by the tithes of God’s people and free will offerings. The missions program of the church is supported with ‘faith Promise missions giving’. Church discipline, when needed will be carried-out within the commands and guidelines of the Word of God. 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; Malachi 3:10; Matthew 28:19, 20; I Corinthians 11:2; 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8 & 9; Acts 2:41, 42; Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 15; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Romans 12:1-8; Ephesians 3:15
  2. Pastors and Deacons — We believe that God established the offices of the church to minister to it and enable it to carry out it’s function effectively. The office of pastor (terms bishop, elder, pastor are used interchangeably) designates the overseer who provides spiritual leadership to the church. The office of deacon designates men who are yielded to serving the church in ways that enable the pastor to be more effective in the ministry of the Word of God through preaching, teaching and praying. We also recognize the office of the Evangelist whose focus is the preaching of the gospel and the edification of the local church. Philippians 1:1; Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5-7; I Peter 5:1-4; Acts 6; I Timothy 3; Hebrews 13:7,17; Ephesians 4:11-12
  3. Baptism and Lord’s Supper — We believe that only two ordinances were given to the church — baptism and the Lord’s Supper; that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water under the authority of a New Testament church, portraying the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we died to sin and rose to a new life; that Christian baptism is the door into church membership. We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ observed by the church and should be preceded by solemn selfexamination. We use ‘unleavened bread’ & ‘pure grape juice’ picturing the spotless & pure body & blood of Christ that was broken and shed for our sin. Matthew 28:19, 20; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12; Acts 2:41, 42; Matthew 26:26-30; I Corinthians 11:23-34
  4. The New Testament Baptist Church — We believe that God established one kind of church and that through sin, division and different doctrinal belief many different kinds of churches have been established. We believe that the distinctive beliefs of the Baptists are those of the New Testament church and that we have an historic and doctrinal continuity, which stretches back to Jesus Christ, a heritage stained with the blood of our Baptist forefathers. Matthew 3:1, 2, 13, 16:18; Acts 20:28-30; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Tim 3:15-16; II Timothy 4:1-5

DOCTRINE OF FUTURE THINGS

  1. Rapture — We believe Jesus Christ is coming again, bodily, personally and visibly as He promised. We believe in the imminent, pre-tribulation catching away (Rapture) of the saints. The dead in Christ shall be raised first in glorified bodies, and then the living in Christ shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with Him. John 14:1-6; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54; Philippians 3:20, 21; Titus 2:13; 1 John 2:1-3; Revelation 3:10
  2. Tribulation and Millennium — We believe that the seven year Tribulation Period, which follows the Rapture of the saints, will be culminated by the revelation of Christ (Second Coming of Christ with His Saints) in power and great glory to sit upon the Throne of David and to establish a literal millennial (1000years) reign on the earth. Daniel 9:25-27; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6, 7, 11:1-9; Acts 2:29, 30; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:1-4, 6
  3. Final Events — We believe that following a 1000 year reign on earth, Satan will be loosed for a season, a final battle fought, the heaven and earth renovated by fire, the Great White Throne Judgment held and the New Jerusalem City entered by the saints of all ages. 2 Peter 3:9-14; Revelation 20:7-22:5