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What We Believe
We believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God; it was written by Holy men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. II Peter 1:1-21.
The Holy Trinity
We believe Scripture reveals one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triune nature of God is foundational to New Zion Baptist Church doctrine. I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6; II Cor. 3:17, 5:19.
We believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God, second Person of the Trinity, God manifest in the flesh for our salvation. We believe Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, fully man and fully God. St. Matt. 1:23, 1 Tim. 3:16.
His Sacrificial Love
We believe Jesus is Lord of all, worthy of worship, honor, and reverence, and that He is the prophesied Savior of humanity. He died for our sins, was raised from the dead, and ascended to heaven, from where He mediates between human beings and God. We believe He will come again to reign as King of kings over all nations in the fullness of the Kingdom of God. St. John 3:16; Acts 1:11; Acts 24:15; Acts 25: 31-34.
We believe the gospel is the good news of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of humans. Jesus said it is necessary to believe the gospel to be saved. His parting commission to his apostles, being sent out as his ministers to build his church was this: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV).
Born Again Through Repentance and Faith
We believe as a result of sin, humans were separated from God. This separation has been the condition of mankind ever since the Garden of Eden. Paul tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23, NIV). The “good news,” or gospel, is that we have a Redeemer who has paid the death penalty our sins have incurred. Jesus’ saving work enables us, through repentance and faith in him, to receive the gift of eternal life. St. John 3:3; 2 Cor. 5:17; St. John 3:8; 1 Peter 1:22-25; Romans 10:9.
Baptism and Communion
We believe that Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer, into the name of the Father, and Son, and Holy Ghost; to show forth, in solemn and beautiful emblem, our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is a prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation; and to the Lord’s Supper; in which the members of the church, by the sacred use of bread and wine are to commemorate together the dying love of Christ; preceded always by solemn self-examination. Matt. 28:20, 42:1; Acts 8: 36-39; Acts 2:38; Acts 2:41; Cor. 11: 26-28.
Second Coming of Christ
We believe at his second coming, Jesus will establish his throne over all nations of the world. In the fullness of his kingdom, there will be “…no more death or mourning or crying or pain…” (Revelation 21:4, NIV). Rev. 1:7; 1 Cor. 15:50-54.