We, the members of Baku International Fellowship, make the following statements in
regard to faith in God.
We believe that the Bible truthfully describes our need for forgiveness and reconciliation
with God, and that it faithfully records God’s answer—His Son, Jesus Christ. In
accordance with God’s Word, we summarize all that we do as a Christian fellowship in
four simple categories: Worship, Teaching, Fellowship, and Service (Acts 2:42).
We pledge ourselves to “bow down in worship and kneel before the Lord, our Maker, for
He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care.” (Psalm
95:6-7) We recognize that worship is the appropriate expression of our love and awe
with which we proclaim that God is the one, true God who made us, loves us, and, in His
infinite mercy, provided the way for salvation and eternal fellowship with Him.
We pledge ourselves to teach and study God’s word, observing His admonition to “do
your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need
to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). We
acknowledge that God, commanding us to “set apart Christ as Lord and always be
prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that
you have, doing so with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15), has called us to teach His
word to edify the body of believers and proclaim the good news of salvation.
We pledge ourselves to fellowship with God and, through Him, with our fellow believers,
because Jesus commands us to “love one another even as I have loved you” (John 13:34)
so that “all men will know that you are My disciples.” (John 13:35) Therefore, we
commit to fellowship willingly, “not forsaking assembling together…[and]…encouraging
one another” (Hebrews 10:25), for Jesus promised that “where two or three are gathered
in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20).
We pledge ourselves to faithfully serve one another and those around us with the gifts
that God has given us, remembering that our Lord Jesus Christ “came not to be served but to serve.” (Matthew 20:28) In doing so, we observe the Lord’s commandment to serve God (Luke 4:8) by serving His people, for His Word tells us that “as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (Matthew 25:40)
We hereby declare that our common faith is based solely on the Bible, because “all
scripture is inspired by God.” (2 Timothy 3:16). We interpret the teachings of the Bible
in accordance with the primary Christian creeds (Apostles and Nicene).
We believe in the one true, triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), Creator and
Sustainer of “the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), a personal God who has
committed Himself to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.
We believe that “God created man in His own image, male and female,” (Genesis 1:27)
with the choice to freely worship Him and enjoy eternal fellowship with Him.
We believe that all men and women instead choose to reject God (“all have sinned”—
Romans 3:23) and as a result are condemned to permanent separation from God (“the
wages of sin are death”—Romans 6:23).
We believe that God, however, “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever should believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
We believe that Jesus Christ, God incarnate, lived a perfect life, but took our sin upon
Himself and let Himself be crucified for our sake, and then rose from the dead to prove
God’s power over sin and death for all who accept Him (John 1).
We believe that all who repent of sin and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
are “born again” (John 3:3) and filled with the Holy Spirit, through Whom alone comes
eternal fellowship with God (John 14:3-6), and that all who do so become part of the
body of Christ, represented on earth by His church, dedicated to fulfilling His will (I