What we believe
It has been jokingly said that wherever you have two Baptists together you have three opinions. We can be a very opinionated and divided people at times! However, there are some things we absolutely agree upon. You have chosen wisely to check out our common beliefs before either attending or becoming more involved. The following statements reflect our core convictions and are intended to help you better understand our perspective of God, His Kingdom and our relationship with Him. May Holy Spirit continue to guide you in your search for the perfect church . . . for you!
The Bible was written by men inspired by God and is the written record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity. It is the one perfect source of truth about the one true God. God is its author. It is completely trustworthy in all its content and is our only source of authority concerning matters of faith and its practice. It is intended to conform and guide our lives individually and corporately in all our daily decisions and relationships. (Exodus 24:4, Deuteronomy 4:1-2, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2-3, Matthew 5:17-18, Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21)
There is only one living and true God. He is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. He is without beginning and without end. He has always been God without ever needing to change. He is eternal God who is one divine being existing in and revealed as three Persons. He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This trinity or tri-unity consists of distinct personal attributes yet without division of nature, essence, or being. (Isaiah 43:10-11, Daniel 2:19-22, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-12, John 10:30, John 14:6-9, John 14:15-20, 1 Timothy 6:15-16)
God the Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all-powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 1 Chronicles 29:10-11, Psalm 19:1-3, Romans 8:14-17)
God the Son. Jesus Christ has always and will always exist as the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He perfectly did and revealed the will of God in the flesh without sin. By His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the complete redemption of men from sin. He was raised bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and now is exalted at the right hand of the Father. He will return visibly in great power and glory a second time to judge the world and bring to completion His bride, the church.(Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18-23, John 1:1-18, Romans 1:3-4, Galatians 4:4-5, Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:13-22, Hebrews 1:1-3, Revelation 1:5-7)
God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He inspired men to write the Bible. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ and convicts us of sin, righteousness and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals believers to the day of redemption and His presence in the Christian is the assurance that every believer will be brought to the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer to worship Christ, encourage fellow believers, engage the lost, and perform acts of service. (Genesis 1:2, Psalm 139:7, Isaiah 61:1-3, Matthew 1:18, Matthew 12:28-32, Mark 1:10, Acts 1:8, Acts 13:2, Romans 8:9-11, Romans 8:4-16, Romans 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 2:10-14, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, 1 Thessalonians 5:19, 1 Timothy 1:14, 2 Timothy 3:16, 1 John 4:13)
Man and woman were created by the special acts of God and are the crowning works of His creation. We were created in His image which means we possess unique qualities in the spiritual and moral realm that enable us to respond personally to God unlike the rest of creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by His Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan, man rebelled against the command of God, and fell from his original innocence; whereby his posterity inherits a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. As soon as they are capable of moral action, men and women become transgressors and come under condemnation. Only the grace of God alone, without any human works, can bring man and woman into God’s Holy fellowship and enable them to fulfill His creative purpose. (Genesis 1:26-30, Psalm 1, Jeremiah 17:5-10, Acts 17:26-31, Romans 1:19-32, 3:10-18&23, 5:6,12&19, 7:14-25, 8:14-18, Ephesians 2:1-22, Colossians 1:21-22, 3:9-11)
Salvation (spiritual rebirth) involves the redemption of the whole person and is offered to all who receive Jesus Christ as Lord, by grace, through faith alone. His substitutionary death on the cross and shedding of blood for our sins secures our completed salvation. It is accomplished without any effort on our part. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the receiving of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord. Our works and service are a response out of gratitude for what Jesus has done. The believer has confidence in what God has done for him and is secure for all eternity. Matthew 1:21, 4:17, 16:21-26, 27:22-28, Luke 1:68-69, John 1:11-14,29, 3:3-21, 10:28-30, 15:1-16, Acts 2:21, 4:12, 15:11, 16:30-31, Romans 1:16-18, 3:23-25, 5:8-10, 6:1-23, 8:1-18,28-39, 10:9-10, Galatians 2:20, 5:22-25, Ephesians 2:8-22, Philippians 2:12-13, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, 1 John 5:11-13)
A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. (Matthew 16:15-19, 18:15-20, Acts 2:1-47, 20:17-32, Romans 1:7, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 3:1-17, 5:1-13, Ephesians 1:1-23, 2:19-21, 3:14-21, 4:1-32, Revelation 2,3)
BAPTISM AND COMMUNION
Baptism and Communion are the two ordinances we affirm as special practices instituted by Christ for the local church. Baptism is by immersion and follows an individual’s commitment to Christ as Savior. The taking of bread and juice (Communion/Lord’s Supper) celebrates Christ’s substitutionary death for our sin and his promised return. Both Baptism and Communion are symbolic acts that picture and remind us of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A new believer will gladly follow Jesus in open baptism and communion to proclaim his identity with Jesus Christ and fellow believers. (Matthew 26:17-30, 28:16-20, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 22:7-22, Acts 2:41-42, 8:35-39, 16:30-33, 20:7, Romans 6:3-5, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. (Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Romans 14:10;; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13)
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents. (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:15-25, 3:1-20, Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Joshua 24:15, 1 Samuel 1:26-28, Psalms 51:5, 78:1-8, 127, 128, 139:13-16, Proverbs 1:8, 5:15-20, 29:15,17, 31:10-31, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 5:31-32, 18:2-5, 19:3-9, Mark 10:6-12, Romans 1:18-32, 1 Corinthians 7:1-16, Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4, Colossians 3:18-21, 1 Timothy 5:8, 14, 2 Timothy 1:3-5)
Significant portions of Our Beliefs come from "The Baptist Faith and Message," 2000. For further information regarding what Southern Baptists generally agree upon concerning matters of faith please visit: www.sbc.net/bfm/bfm2000.asp.
WHO WE ARE
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