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What We Believe

The core beliefs, function, and mission of Equip the Kingdom are taken from and aligned with the Bible.  The following statements outline our core beliefs for your reference.  They are not meant to be a complete, comprehensive, and exhaustive reference. We are in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000; however, we have outlined more specific beliefs here. We have done this so that pastors and congregations may have confidence in the message we proclaim, and so that they will know our theological foundation is solidly built upon our Savior Jesus Christ and the holy Scriptures.

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Equip the Kingdom Ministries is a cooperating ministry with the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and Southern Baptist Convention.


    1. The Scriptures

    We believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God.  God inspired the very words of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments to give mankind His authoritative revelation, wholly without error of any kind in the original manuscripts.  We believe that the Bible must be interpreted as language is normally used, recognizing the importance of dispensational distinctions. We also believe that all the Scriptures were designed for our practical instruction. (Ex 24:4; Deu 4:1-2; Ps 19:7-10; Ps 119:11, 89, 105, 140; Is 40:8; Rom 15:4; 1 Cor 10:11; 2 Tim 3:16; 1 Pet 1:25; 2 Pet 1:19-21)

    2. God

    We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom possess equally all the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality and with each having specific work to perform. We believe that God is a personal being who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. (Matt 3:16; Jn 10:30; 14:10: 14:26; 15:26; Eph 1:3-4, 6-7, 13-14)

    3. Jesus Christ

    We believe that Jesus Christ became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He is, therefore, perfect and complete deity and perfect humanity, these being united without mixture in one person forever. We believe that He lived a sinless life and voluntarily and vicariously paid for the sins of all mankind by dying on the cross. We believe in the resurrection of His crucified body, in His ascension to heaven, and in His present ministries in heaven. (Matt 1:18-23; 3:17; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16, 27; 28:1-6; Mk 1:1; 3:11; Lk 1:34-35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46-47; Jn 1:1-18, 29; 3:16-18; 10:28-30; 10:36-38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:28; 17:1-5; 17:21-23; 20:1-20, 28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5, 20; Rom 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3, 34; 10:4; 1 Cor 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8; 15:24-28; 2 Cor 5:19-21; 8:9; Gal 4:4-7; Eph 1:20-21; 3:11-12; 4:7-10; Phil 2:5-11; Col 1:13-22; 2:9-10; 1 Tim 2:5-6; 3:16; Tit 2:13-14; Heb 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-8:2; 9:12-15; 9:24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Pet 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 Jn 1:7-9; 4:13-15; 5:9; Rev 1:13-16; 19:16)

    4. The Holy Spirit

    We believe that the Holy Spirit is God and that He has come to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict and draw sinners to Christ, to regenerate, indwell, seal, and baptize believers into the body of Christ, to impart gifts to believers, to intercede on behalf of believers to the Father, and to enable them to live holy lives. (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 38; 4:31; 8:17; 10:44-45; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6-7; 19:1-6; Rom 8:9-11, 14-16, 26-27; 1 Cor 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-13; Gal 4:6; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30; 1Thes 5:19; 2 Tim 1:14; Heb 9:8, 14; 2 Pet 1:21; 1 Jn 4:13; 5:6-7)

    5. Creation

    We believe that the Genesis account of creation is to be understood historically and literally and not allegorically or figuratively. We believe that man was created in the image of God and that the first man, Adam sinned, bringing spiritual death to all, who, therefore, stand condemned and in need of Christ's salvation. (Gen 1:1-2:2; Gen 3:6-7; Rom 5:12; Rom 3:23; Rom 6:23; Jn 3:17-18)

    6. Salvation

    We believe that God saves by grace alone, apart from works, those who put their faith in Christ alone, imputing His righteousness to them and keeping them secure eternally. We believe a person can and should have assurance of their Eternal Life the moment he receives Christ based on the promises of God. (Jn 1:12; 3:16; 10:28-30; 11:25-26; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom 6:23; 10:9-13; Eph 2:8-9; 1 Jn 1:8)

    7. Christian Walk

    We believe that although sinless perfection is not possible in this life, all believers are called to live holy lives in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. (Matt 5:48, Rom 12:1-2; Eph 5:1-2; 1 Pet 1:16)

    8. The Church

    We believe that the church, the body of Christ, began on the day of Pentecost and is composed of all who receive Christ through faith. We believe God's program for the Church is distinguished from His program for Israel described in Daniel 9. We believe that all believers should assemble regularly in local churches for worship, for observing the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper, for mutual encouragement and discipline, and for carrying out God's purposes in this world. (Acts 2:1-4; 1 Cor 12:12-13)

    9. The Future

    We believe that the personal and imminent return of Christ to rapture His church will be followed by a period of tribulation on this earth. At the conclusion of this period, Christ will return triumphantly and inaugurate His millennial reign over this earth. We believe in the everlasting conscious blessedness of the saved in the New Jerusalem and the everlasting conscious punishment of the unsaved in the lake of fire. (1 Thes 4:14-18; 2 Thes 2:1-12; Rev 20:4; Rev 21:1-4; Rev 20:15)

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