STATEMENT OF FAITH

Pearce Baptist Church, being a church in good standing with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and the Tar River Baptist Association, affirms its own articles of faith, available here.

In accordance with this document, we affirm the following doctrines of the orthodox Christian faith:

God:

We believe that God is living, and His existence does not depend on any other being. He exists eternally and unchanging as one being and three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each of these persons of the Trinity carries the full essence of deity, and is united with each other in one essence.

Scriptures:

We believe that all Scripture is breathed out by God and is the sole infallible rule of faith for the church. Scripture contains no mixture of error, and is the revelation of God’s character, nature, and moral standards, as well as His redemptive plan for salvation for humanity in Jesus Christ. The Holy Scriptures are composed of 66 books, 39 books in the Old Testament, and 27 books in the New Testament.

Humanity:

We believe that humanity was created by God in His own image for the purpose of worship, and as such, every human being possesses value and dignity in the eyes of God. We recognize this inherent value in all humanity, and as such believe that all humans have a responsibility to preserve life whenever possible.

Sin:

We believe that upon eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, mankind - through their representatives Adam and Eve - disobeyed God’s command and was cursed with sin as a result. We believe that this original sin is the source of all evil in the world, and this sin has subjected humanity to divine judgment, which requires a penalty.

Jesus Christ:

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, that He is fully God and fully man, with neither mixture nor intermingling of the two natures, nor their total separation. We believe that He was born free of sin, by the virgin Mary, lived a life in accordance with God’s Law, was crucified by Pontius Pilate, was buried, was raised from the dead three days later, and ascended to the right hand of the Father.

Salvation:

We believe that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross served to satiate the wrath emerging from divine judgment. We believe that Jesus Christ’s death paid the penalty for everyone who believes and confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord and repents of their sin. We believe that faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin is the only path to salvation.

Last Things:

We believe that Jesus Christ will return again to judge the living and the dead, and His return will be real, personal, and physical. We believe that all humanity will be physically resurrected at this time to face judgment, and that this judgment will precede the establishment of a physical kingdom with Christ as the king, reigning over all creation.

The Church:

We believe that Jesus instituted the church as an organization of humans gathered together to worship God and to obey Christ’s commands, to encourage and to hold one another accountable, and to observe the two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s supper.

The Great Commission:

We believe in the command of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:18-20 for the gospel to be preached to all creation for the forgiveness of sins. We believe that every disciple of Jesus Christ has a responsibility to preach the gospel and disciple others, and teach what Christ’s commands are.