Core Beliefs
Our Core Beliefs represent the most simple and foundational beliefs of Christian orthodoxy. They capture the basic contours of Christian theology. Anyone pursuing membership and baptism at Franklin Lakes Baptist Church must agree with these beliefs.
While we as pastor and leaders of Franklin Lakes Baptist Church hold studied opinions on many other biblical and theological issues, we do believe that there are both open-handed issues and closed-handed issues in matters of theology. We affirm the eloquent words of the German theologian Rupertus Meldenius, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty; in all things love.”
The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient — Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160 • Proverbs 30:5-6 • 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16 • 2 Peter 1:20-21
God - Father, Son & Holy Spirit
There is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit — Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22 • Deuteronomy 6:4 • Psalm 90:2 • Isaiah 61:1 • Matthew 28:19 • Mark 1:9-11 • Luke 1:35 • John 5:21-23; 14:10, 16 • Romans 8:9-11 • 2 Corinthians 13:14 • Hebrews 1:8-10 • James 2:19 • 1 Peter 1:2
All things exist for the glory of God — Romans 1:20; 11:36 • Jeremiah 10:12 • Psalm 104:24 • Colossians 1:16 • Isaiah 43:1-7 • Revelation 4:11
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human. Jesus died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin and then, three days later, physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return — Isaiah 9:6 • Matthew 1:21-23 • John 1:1-5; 14:10-30 • Acts 1:9-11 • Romans 1:3-4  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 • 1 Timothy 6:14-15 • Titus 2:13 • Hebrews 4:14-15
Sin & Grace
All humanity—Christ excluded—is sinful by both birth and action — Genesis 1:27 • Psalm 8:3-6 • Isaiah 53:6; 59:1-2 • Romans 3:23
The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death — Romans 2:15; 3:9,19; 6:23; 8:20 • Ephesians 2:3; 4:18 • Galatians 3:10 • Matthew 25:41
There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment — Acts 17:31 • John 5:27 • 1 Corinthians 6:3 • 2 Corinthians 5:10 • Ecclesiastes 12:14 • Romans 2:16; 14:10-12 • Matthew 12:36,37
Only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy — John 14:6 • Romans 5:1; 6:23; 10:9-10 • Galatians 3:26 • Ephesians 2:8 • Titus 3:5
Theological Distinctives
Our Theological Distinctives mark our convictions on areas that are debated even among Bible-believing, gospel-centered churches. Though agreement with these distinctives isn’t necessary for membership, we will preach, teach and counsel on the basis of them.
Divine Sovereignty
God is sovereign over all things such that there is no aspect of reality outside of His ultimate control. Though God’s rule extends to all things, it is particularly His sovereignty over the work of salvation that is a theological distinctive. We believe that it is exceedingly good and glorious news that salvation is not dependent on the desires and deeds of man, but is grounded instead in God’s eternal decree of election. Though man is responsible for his sin, God is ultimately and entirely responsible for drawing those He would save unto Himself and overcoming their natural resistance to the gospel — Job 42:2 • Psalm 115:3 • Daniel 4:25, 34-35 • Ephesians 1:11 • James 4:15
Believer’s Baptism by Immersion
Baptism is intended only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ and can give sufficient testimony to the basics of Christian beliefs. Also, we baptize by immersion because it is not only the original significance of the word, but also best symbolizes the reality to which baptism points—our death and resurrection in Christ. — Matthew 28:19-20 • Acts 2:41 • Ephesians 2:8-9 • Colossians 2:12
The Work/Responsibility of the Local Church
The church is the primary means by which God chooses to establish His kingdom on earth. We are called to make Christ known through the gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring his lordship to bear on every dimension of life. This mission is not an optional program in the church but an essential element in the identity of the church. We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ — Isaiah 52:7 •  Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20 • Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47 • Acts 28:31 • Romans 10:14-15 • 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 • Galatians 2:10 • Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16 • 2 Timothy 4:1-5 • Hebrews 10:23-25 • 1 Peter 2:4-5; 9-10
The Complementary Roles of Men and Women
Men and women are absolutely equal in essence, dignity and value but are different by divine design. As part of God’s good created order, men and women are to have different yet complementary roles and responsibilities in the home and church, especially as it comes to teaching and authority. These role distinctions are God’s grace to man and woman and are to be protected, preserved and practiced for His glory and our joy — 1 Corinthians 14:33-35 • 1 Timothy 2:11-12 • Genesis 1-3