Beliefs


 

This Statement of Faith is in harmony with the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000.

About God,

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three

personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and

are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2)

 

About Jesus Christ,

Jesus is the Son of God. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the

perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the

dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to

Heaven’s glory, and is coming again soon as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to

redeem His bride, the church. (Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30;

Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy

6:14,15; Titus 2:13)

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About the Holy Spirit,

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. He is present in the world to

make man aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the

moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, enables

understanding of Biblical truth, and guides them in righteous living. He provides

every Christian with spiritual gifts for service at the moment of salvation. We seek to

live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I

Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)

 

About the Bible,

The Bible is God’s word to us. It was written by human authors who were under the

supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for

Christian beliefs and living. The 66 canonical books, as they were originally written,

are inspired by God; and are the truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:16;

2 Peter 1: 20-21, 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:150, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)

 

About Human Beings,

People are the supreme object of God’s creation, created in the image of God.

Although every person has potential for good, all of us are marred by our own

attitude and acts of disobedience against God, called “sin”. By one man (Adam), sin

entered into the world, and death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. This

separates people from God and causes spiritual death along with many other

problems in life. (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, 51: 1-8, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12,

Isaiah 59:1-2)

 

 

About Salvation,

Salvation is by grace through faith; and is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it.

We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement; or good works. Only by

trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s

penalty. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Eternal life begins the

moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. (Romans 6:23; Ephesians

2:8-9, John 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)

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About Eternal Security,

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in

that salvation for eternity. Once born again, you cannot lose your salvation. Salvation

is sustained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.

(John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

 

About Free Will

We believe that God, while still being Sovereign, gives each person actual free will (the ability to choose between two options), which must be exercised in either accepting or rejecting God’s invitation, through the Holy Spirit and the Gospel, to be saved.

 

About Eternity,

Heaven is a literal place where God will wipe away every tear and there will be no

more death, mourning, crying, or pain. Believers will live forever in God’s presence.

We also, believe in a literal hell, which is a place of physical and spiritual torment,

experienced as a result of eternal separation form God. There will be weeping and

gnashing of teeth. (John 3:16; John 14:7; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation

20:15, 1Thessalonians 4:16-17)

 

About the Church,

We believe that the true church is composed of all who have been saved through

faith in Jesus Christ. We also believe members of the true Church, which is the bride

of Christ, are eligible for membership in the local church. God primarily ministers on

earth through the local church. Christ is the head of the church, not any person,

group, or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and

cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe that the local church should

be independent, self-governing, and free from any denominational control. (Matthew

16:18; I Corinthians 12:12-14; Hebrews 10:25; Colossians 1:18)

 

About Church Planting,

We believe that the establishment of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament. Christ is the recognized head the church, not any person, group, or religious organization.  In relating to future “daughter churches” that we will sponsor, we encourage each congregation to determine its own strategy, structure, and style.

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About Marriage

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.

 

 

About the Christian Home,

We believe that God has given parents the responsibility to bring their children up in

the nurture and discipline of the Lord. We believe that it is the parents responsibility

to educate and disciple their children in the truth of God. We believe that the church

must work to compliment the parent’s efforts and facilitate Godly living within the

home. (Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 22:6, Dueteronomy 6:6-9, Joshua 24:15)

 

 

About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper,

Jesus instructed His disciple to remember His death and resurrection. He gave the

Church two visible symbols (called “ordinances”) as reminders. These two ordinances

are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. While we respect all acts of spiritual obedience

the Bible teaches that Baptism is to be done by immersion, following salvation, as a

one-time act of obedience and identification with Jesus Christ as Lord. The Lord’s

Supper is an ongoing symbol remembering our Lord’s death, burial, resurrection and

promised return. Each individual must decide their own participation in these

ordinances. Regardless, we do not regard anyone’s participation in these practices as

a means of salvation. (Matthew 28:18-20, 26:26-29; I Corinthians 11:23-32,

Colossians 2:12)

 

About the Christian Life,

We believe that God calls us – with a holy calling — to walk not after the flesh, but

after the Spirit. God wants us to live in the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit, so we

will not fulfill the lusts of our physical bodies. We believe that the fallen, Adamic

nature of the flesh cannot be eradicated in this life. Therefore, keeping ourselves

constantly in subjection to Christ, we must allow God’s Holy Spirit to live through us in

a daily “walk” of faith. Otherwise, the flesh will certainly demonstrate its presence in

our lives, to the Lord’s dishonor. It is the responsibility and privilege of every

Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek and to make growing

disciples. (Leviticus 26:30, Philippians 2:13, Ephesians 5:18, 1 Peter 3:15, Galatians

5:16)

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