Forward Baptist Church, Toronto
Glorify God. Grow in Christ. Go with the Gospel.
BIBLE: We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.
GOD: We believe in One God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
CHRIST: We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in preincarnate glory, in His essential humanity, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.
HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, Who convinces of sin, of righteousness, and of judgement; who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates, comforts and gives gifts to those who believe in Jesus Christ.
SATAN: We believe that Satan is a spirit being who is an evil personality, the originator of sin, the archenemy of God and man, whose eternal destiny in hell is certain.
MAN: We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, resulting in the fact that every aspect of his total being is depraved. Man thereby incurred the condemnation of God, resulting in physical, spiritual and eternal death.
SALVATION: We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that Christ voluntarily suffered a substitutionary death for sinners that completely satisfied God’s righteous demands; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has saved shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.
FUTURE THINGS: We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the resurrection of the just and unjust; in the eternal blessedness in heaven of the redeemed and in the judgement and conscious, eternal punishment in hell of the wicked.
THE LOCAL CHURCH: We believe that the church is a company of immersed believers, voluntarily associated for worship, instruction, fellowship, edification, evangelism and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is an autonomous, independent body, under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. Its pastors and officers are elected by the membership.
ORDINANCES: We believe there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament and commanded by Christ:
1. Baptism which is the immersion in water, whereby a person publicly identifies with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.
2. The Lord’s Supper which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, the bread and the cup, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.
THE CHURCH AND STATE: We believe in the entire separation of church and state.
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.
THE LORD’S DAY: We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s Day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.
CIVIL GOVERNMENT: We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the Kings of the earth.