About Portland Church
Established in 1866, Portland Missionary Baptist Church has a rich spiritual and historical legacy. While we wear the title Baptist we are unapologetically Followers of Jesus Christ.
We believe in both; the Old and New Testament Scriptures - as being verbally inspired of God, inerrant in the original writings. We believe that the Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters of life and faith.
(2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21)
We believe in one true God, eternally existing in three Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - equal in every divine perfection and executing distinct but harmonious offices in the work of redemption. We believe that God is the Maker and Supreme Ruler of heaven and earth and that in His glory He is worthy of all worship and honor.
(Gen. 1:1; Ex, 20:2,3; Matt. 3:16, 17; Matt. 28:19,20; 2 Cor. 13:14)
GOD THE SON
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, God incarnate. We believe that He was miraculously begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary - true God and true man. We believe that He was therefore born without a sinful nature and perfectly obeyed the law of God in His life. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ vicariously died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that the shedding of His blood was necessary for the redemption of man. We believe that His death paid the price for the sins of all men. We believe in His heath paid the price for the sins of all men. We believe in His bodily and glorious resurrection from the grave and in his present ministry in heaven as our Advocate and great High Priest
(Isa. 7:14, 9:6-7; Matt. 1:23; Jn. 1:1,2; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15, 9:14; 1 Pet. 2:24, 3:18; Matt. 28:5-7;1 Cor. 15:4;1 Jn. 2:1,2; Heb. 4:14)
THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person equal with God the Father and God the Son. We believe that He convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; that He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled; and that He bears witness to the truth of the gospel in preaching and testimony. We believe that the Holy Spirit regenerates, indwells, seals and sets apart the believer to a holy life. At the moment of regeneration He once and for all baptizes the believer into the body of Christ. We believe that the “gifts” are given by the Holy Spirit and “divided to the believers severally as He wills.” The believer, “baptized” with the Holy Spirit, is called to be “filled” (controlled) by the Spirit and to “exercise” the gifts in love else the gifts become self serving and counter productive.
(Jn. 16:8-11; 2 Thess. 2:6,7; Acts 5:32, Jn. 3:3-6, 14:17; Eph. 4:30; Eph. 5:18, 1 Cor. 6:19,20; 1 Cor. 12:13, 1 Cor. 13:1-2)