Redemption Road Baptist Church is a Independent, Fundamental, King James Only, Bible Believing Baptist Church founded upon the Bible, and operating according to the Bible and its principles. Thus, we are Bible Baptists. A Bible Baptist is one who believes in a supernatural Bible, which tells of a supernatural Christ, Who had a supernatural birth, Who spoke supernatural words, Who performed supernatural miracles, Who lived a supernatural life, Who died a supernatural death, Who rose in supernatural splendor, Who intercedes as a supernatural priest and Who will one day return in supernatural glory to establish a supernatural kingdom on the earth.
Articles of Faith
Of the Scriptures: We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men inspired by God; that it has truth without any admixture of error for its matter; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man. By the Holy Bible we mean that collection of sixty-six books, from Genesis to Revelation, which as originally written and providentially preserved does not only contain and convey the Word of God, but is the very Word of God. We believe that the King James Bible or Authorized Version of 1611 and its successor editions is the preserved word of God for the English speaking world.
Of the True God: We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth; that in the unity of the Godhead, God eternally exists in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in Jesus Christ, God the Son, pre-existent with the Father, begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin named Mary. We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature.
Of Creation: We believe in the Genesis account of creation, and that it is to be accepted literally, and not allegorically or figuratively; that man was created directly in God’s own image and after His own likeness; that man’s creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly and God’s established law was that they should bring forth only “after their kind.”
Of Salvation: We believe that man was created in innocence, but by voluntary transgression fell from his sinless and happy state, in consequence of which, all mankind are now sinners, not by constraint, but of choice and therefore under just condemnation without defense or excuse. We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly of grace, through the gospel of Son of God, Who freely took upon Him our nature, yet without sin, and by His shed blood and His death, made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins, the Just for the unjust; that in rising from the dead He took that incorruptible shed blood and presented it in the very presence of God, where it is still speaking for us today. We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them through repentance and an obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his own voluntary rejection of the gospel, which rejection involves him in an aggravated condemnation.
Of the Church: We believe that a Baptist Church is a congregation of scripturally baptized believers associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel. A Baptist church is local, not universal, visible, not invisible, organized, not unorganized, separated from the world and to God, separated from ecclesiastical ties and hierarchy. We are independent, fundamental, Bible Believing
|What is baptism?
To baptize means to dip, to immerse. When we are talking about water baptism we are talking about being dipped in water, being immersed in water
Baptism is a command of God – Acts 2:37-38 “…Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.“
Baptism is a commission of the church – Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.“
Baptism is a picture of the gospel of Jesus Christ – Romans 6:4-5 ” Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:“
Being immersed in water pictures the death and burial of Jesus Christ. (that is why sprinkling or pouring would never be proper baptism — bible baptism always pictures a burial). When the person being baptized is brought back up out of the water, it pictures the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel, according to 1Corinthians 15:1-4 is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
There is only one proper candidate for Bible baptism. It is a person who has already received Jesus Christ into their heart by faith.
Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.“ Notice they first received his word, then were baptized.
Acts 8:36-38 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.“ Notice that Philip would not baptize the eunuch until that he had believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. Then, he was baptized.
Nowhere in the Bible do you find babies or small children being baptized. The reason is, they are too young to know the difference between good and bad and that they need Jesus Christ as their Saviour. If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, then you need to be baptized. If you were baptized before you were saved, then it was not Bible baptism. Bible baptism always follows salvation.
It shows we have confessed our sinful condition to God – Matthew 3:6: “And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.“
It fulfills all righteousness – Matthew 3:13-15 “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.“Righteousness is the condition of being pleasing or acceptable unto God. So, baptism is an act of faith, or pleasing God. Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him…“
It shows we have received the counsel of God and have not rejected it – Luke 7:29-30“And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.“
It shows that we have gladly received the Word Of God – Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.“
It adds us to the church – Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
It shows we agree with the preacher – Acts 8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.“
It shows we have believed with all our heart – Acts 8:36-38 “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.“
It shows we have opened our heart to the Lord – Acts 16:14-15 “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.“
It shows we have put on Christ – Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.“ A policeman is identified and recognized by his uniform. In the same sense, we are identified and recognized as Christ’s when we are baptized. In a sense, baptism puts on the uniform of Christianity. The uniform does not make the policeman a policeman, it only identifies him as such. Baptism does not make us a Christian, it only identifies us as such.
It pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Romans 6:3-5 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:“ Remember, a picture is not the real thing. It is only a likeness of the real thing.
We do not hold the name Baptist because we had to have some kind of name. We hold the name Baptist because Baptists stand for the absolute authority of the Word of God. Churches that do not have the name Baptist either do not believe as Baptists do, or they don’t like the name. We like the name Baptist and we are thankful for it!