We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. In addition, we believe God to be an infinite Spirit, the Maker and Supreme Ruler of Heaven and Earth: inexpressible in glory, holiness and worthy of all honor, confidence and love. We believe that the Members of the Godhead execute distinct but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption. (Exodus 20:2-3; I Corinthians 8:6; Revelation 4:11; I John 5:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; II Corintians 13:14; John 14:10,26)
(1) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Ghost and born to the virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-2; II Corinthians 5:19-21; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-8)
(2) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death and shed blood on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Acts 2:18-36; Romans 3:24-25; I Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5)
(3) We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2)
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally and plenary inspired Word of God. The Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and God-breathed, and therefore, are the Final Authority for faith and life. These sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and divine revelation of God to man. The Scriptures shall be interpreted according to their literal, grammatical, and historical meaning. The King James Version of the Bible shall be the official and only translation used by the church. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21.
(1) We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:18-19; Romans 10:9-13)
(2) We believe that faith is the condition for salvation. Saving faith is when one turns to the Saviour for eternal life. Saving faith is not a meritorious work wherein to boast, but rather a humbling acknowledgment of sin and a simple accepting of the gift of salvation made possible by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. (Luke 24:47; I Peter 1:3; Hebrews 9:22; Romans 6:23)
(3) We believe that salvation is instantaneous and not a process and that in the new birth the one who was dead in trespasses and sin is made a partaker of the Divine Nature and receives eternal life, which is a free gift from God. The Holy Spirit seals each believer at the moment he receives Christ as personal Saviour. (John 3:3; II Corinthians 5:16; I John 5:1; John 3:6-7; II Peter 1:4; Colossians 2:13)
(1) We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement; and that He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indewelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13-14)
(2) We believe that He is the Divine Teacher Who assists believers to understand and appropiate the Scriptures and that it is the privilege and duty of all saved people to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 1:17-18; 5:17; I John 2:20-27)
(3) We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every believer. God uniquely uses evangelists, pastors, and teachers to equip believers in the assembly in order that they can do the work of the ministry. (Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; Ephesians 4:7-12)
(4) We believe that speaking in tongues was never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling of the Holy Spirit and that ultimate deliverance of the body from sickness or death awaits the consummation of our salvation in the resurrection, though God frequently chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical healing. (I Corinthians 13:8; 14: 21-22)
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as an outward expression of the person's belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Savior. We believe that baptism has no part in the salvation of any person but is done in obedience to the command of Jesus Christ, and that it is prerequisite to the privilege of membership in the church. We also believe that a person should be baptized after they receive Christ as Saviour. (Acts 8:26-39; Acts 2:41; John 3:22-23; Romans 6:3-5; Matthew 3:13-17; Colossians 2:12; Matthew 28:18-20)
We believe that the Lord's Supper, which is sometimes called communion, is the commemoration of Christ's death until He comes again, and should be preceded always by solemn self-examination. We believe that the elements of the Lord's Supper are symbolic of Christ's shed blood and broken body and have no saving power. (I Corinthians 11:23-31; Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:19-20)
(1) We believe that all which are truly born-again are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:4-5)
(2) We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word which, however; clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)
(1) Pleasantville Baptist Church is an autonomous, sovereign, independent Baptist church governed by and with the consent of its members under the leadership of the pastor. The policy and practice of this church are patterned after the churches of the New Testament. (See the Books of Acts and Revelation)
(2) We believe that the local church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is to be solely made up of born-again persons.
(I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27)
(3) We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures.
(Acts 14:27; 20:17; 20:28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)
(4) We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4; 15:19-31; 20:28; Romans 16:1-4; I Corinthians 3: 9-16; 5:4-7; I Peter 5:1-4)
(5) We recognize baptism in water by immersion and the Lord's Supper as the Scriptual ordinances of obediences of the local church.
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 18:8; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the pre-tribulation, pre-millennial, physical, and visual return of Jesus Christ. At the moment that Christ returns, the dead shall be raised and the living shall be caught up to meet our blessed Saviour in the air. We believe that the tribulation, which follows the rapture of the saved, will culminate when Christ personally and visibly returns with the saints, puts down the Antichrist to establish His earthly Messianic Kingdom on the throne of David. (Psalms 89:3-4; Daniel 2:31-45; Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; Titus 2:13; Revelations 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6)
We believe that every Christian, as a steward of that portion of God's wealth entrusted to him, is obligated to support his local church financially. We believe that God has established the tithe (10% of all increase) as a basis for giving, but that every Christian should give other offerings sacrificially and cheerfully to the support of the church, the relief of those in need, and the spread of the Gospel. (Genesis 14:20; Proverbs 3:9-10; Acts 4:34-37; I Corinthians 9:6-7; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 4:28; I Timothy 5:17-18; I John 3:17)
We believe that all saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour & Lord; and that separation from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and associations is commanded of God. (Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; II Timothy 3:1-5; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11)