What We Believe
We are Reformed, elder-led, complementarian Baptists, meaning the elders teach in line with all these beliefs and we require all of our members to submit to these teachings. We also affirm the current Baptist Faith and Message. In addition, we have our own church doctrinal statement below, for a more succinct summary of what binds us together.
Kailua Baptist values church membership as the primary means of making a commitment to the body of believers in their community. Each member is expected to love and care for one another in the Lord for the glory of Jesus Christ. Our Member Covenant can be found at the bottom of the page.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible is written by men inspired by God, is completely true and without error, and is the sole, final authority for mankind in all matters of what to believe and how to live. All Scripture ultimately points to Jesus Christ and His saving work.
Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 19:7-10; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:44-46; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
We believe God is the holy, all powerful, all knowing, all good Creator of all things. He has revealed Himself to us as one God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are in absolute unity, yet absolutely distinct, equal in essence, yet diverse in roles.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 19:1-3; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; John 14:6-13; Romans 8:14-15; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.
We believe man is made in the image of God. God created them male and female, equal in worth yet distinct in role. In the beginning man was innocent of sin, but through the temptation of Satan, disobeyed the command of God. Now all men are born sinners in the sight of God, justly deserving of His displeasure, and without hope. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship.
Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22.
Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He is fully God. He came to the earth, born of a virgin. He is fully man, and though tempted in every way, He had no sin. He died on the cross as a perfect substitute for sinners. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body, appeared to many disciples, and then went up to Heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. He is the One Mediator between God and man. He will return in power and majesty to judge the world, and will complete the work of salvation on that day.
Psalm 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; John 1:1-18,29; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8,24-28; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 2.5; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14.
We believe salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. Salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation without personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Genesis 3:15; Exodus 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; John 1:11-14; 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 1:16-18; 3:23-25; 8; 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; 1 Peter 1:2-23.
We believe a New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a congregation of baptized believers, who regularly sit under the preaching of the Word, and observe the two ordinances of Christ. The church’s scriptural officers are pastors and deacons, the office of pastor being reserved for men. The New Testament also describes the church as the Body of Christ, which is all the believers from Genesis to Revelation.
Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 20:28; Ephesians 1:22-23; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience, a picture of the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in a new life in Christ Jesus. It is entrance into church membership and required before taking the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper represents the body and blood of our Lord, celebrates his death, looks forward to His second coming, and displays the unity of our fellowship.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.
We believe Jesus Christ will return to earth in bodily form. On that day, the dead will be raised, and Christ will judge all men. The devil and his angels and all unbelievers will go to eternal, conscious punishment. All believers will go to eternal life with God.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; 66:17-20; Matthew 25:31-46; Mark 9:43-48; John 5:28-29; Acts 1:11; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28,35-58; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; Hebrews 9:27-28; 2 Peter 3:7ff
The Church upholding God’s Law
We believe all Christians have a responsibility to make the will of Christ first in their own lives and in the world. Therefore, we uphold the fact that all human beings, regardless of ethnicity, are made in the image of God from the point of conception, and all are worth protecting; we uphold the sacredness of marriage, in which God joins one man together with one woman; we uphold love for God and love for neighbor as the two greatest commandments, both of which are best fulfilled by the preaching of the gospel.
Genesis 1:26-30; Exodus 20:3-17; Leviticus 6:2-5; Matthew 5:13-16,43-48; 22:36-40; Mark 1:29-34; Romans 12–14; 1 Cor 2:2; Hebrews 13:4
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God, angels, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We commit, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge and holiness; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.
We also commit to maintain family and private devotion; to educate our children in our faith; to seek the salvation of our family and friends; to walk mindfully in the world; to avoid gossip, to be cautious with wine, and to be zealous in our efforts to proclaim the kingdom of our Savior.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves, in order that we may engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to be willing to confront sin, and ready to restore should a brother be won over; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and, mindful of the commands of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
We further submit that if God moves us from this fellowship, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.