The following paragraphs are brief statements of the doctrinal positions of New England Shores Baptist Church. A full doctrinal statement is available upon request. We believe:
The Bible. We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration (1) of the Bible in the original manuscripts, composed of the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament. Through God’s providence, the Bible has been kept pure (2) and remains the authentic Word of God. The Bible is the inerrant, sufficient, and infallible authority in all manner of faith and practice (3). (1) 2 Tim. 3:16-17. (2) Prov. 30:5-6. (3) 2 Pet. 1:16-21.
Bible Translation: We happily teach and preach from the King James Version, but we do not identify with the "King James Only" movement. Any promises in the Bible of preservation are specifically made for Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words, and we believe there are no verses promising a perfect English translation.
God. We believe that there is only one God (1) consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (2). They are three persons in coequal and coeternal perfection (3). Each has His individual identity and is separate, (4) yet perfectly united as three Persons in One. (1) Deut. 6:4-5. (2) Matt. 3:16; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14. (3) John 10:30; 14:10; 17:5. (4) John 10:30; 15:26; Eph. 1:3-4, 6-7, 13-14.
Creation and the Fall. We believe God created all things in a time frame of 6 literal, 24-periods (days). We believe that man was originally created as a sinless being (1). By voluntary choice Adam fell from that sinless state (2), and, as a result, all who are born after him are sinners by nature (3). Now all men are under divine judgment (4). (1) Gen. 1:27, 31; 2:16-17; Ecc. 7:29. (2) Gen. 3:6-7; Rom. 5:12, 19. (3) Is. 53:6; Rom. 3:9-18, 23; 5:15-19. (4) John 3:36; Rom. 1:20.
Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God (1) who was incarnated into a physical body while being both truly God and truly man (2). He was conceived by the work of the Holy Spirit, and He was born of a human mother who was a virgin (3). After His birth, He lived a sinless life on earth, died on the cross as the substitutionary atonement for sin, and was raised bodily from the tomb (5). He now is in heaven as the great High Priest sitting at the right hand of the Father (6). He will return to rapture His bride (the church) prior to the tribulation period (7). Christ’s second physical return to the earth shall occur and institute the Millennium (8). (1) Heb. 1:1-2; Ps. 2. (2) Phil. 2:5-8. (3) Is. 7:14; Luke 1:26-38; Phil. 2:7-8. (5) Luke 24:1-6; 1 Pet. 2:21-24; 1 Cor. 15:1-7, 23-26. (6) Heb. 4:14. (7) 1 Thes. 4:16-17,Matt. 24:30-31; 1 Cor. 15:51-52. (8) Rev. 20:1-7.
Salvation. Salvation is a free gift to all who believe in the shed blood and bodily resurrection of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by faith alone (1). It is a work that was begun by God and is not dependent upon any type of human work (2). All who accept the Gospel receive new spiritual life, are made righteous immediately in the sight of God, and are forgiven of the sin nature received from Adam (3). All believers are eternally saved and can never be lost (4). Every believer bears the responsibility of pursuing personal holiness (5). Holiness requires separation from sin personally and ecclesiastically (6). (1) Rom. 5:1; 1 Tim. 2:4; John 3:16. (2) Eph. 2:8-9. (3) John 3:16; Acts 16:31; 2 Cor. 5:17. (4) John 10:27-30; Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:35-39. (5) 1 Pet. 1:15-16. (6) 2 Cor. 6:14-18; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 2 Thes. 3:6.
End Times. We believe in the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His church (Rapture); and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom (pre-millennialism) (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; Rev. 3:10; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; John 14:1-3).
Bible Interpretation. We believe the Bible should be interpreted in a dispensational understanding based upon the unfolding of the divine mysteries from God with a historical-grammatical method of interpretation (Heb. 1:1-3; Eph. 1:10).
Fellowship. We believe that God calls all Christians to live a life of holiness (1). For this reason, we choose to limit our participation and partnership with Ecumenism, the Charismatic Movement, New Evangelicalism, Post-Modernism, the Social Gospel, or other trends contrary to the doctrines of Scripture (2). (1) 1 Pet. 1:16; 2 Cor. 6:17; Rom. 16:17. (2) 2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15; Titus 3:10; Amos 3:3.