We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired, infallible, sufficient and inerrant Word of God, and as the only authority for the basis and practice of Christian Faith. This Church accepts 'The Baptist Faith & Message 2000,’ as an affirmation of the Christian beliefs as taught in the Holy Bible.
Below you will find our beliefs in brief, but if you would like to see the full Baptist Faith & Message (2000), then click here.
IN ESSENTIAL BELIEFS WE HAVE UNITY
"There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all..." Ephesians 4:4-6
IN ALL OUR BELIEFS WE SHOW CHARITY
"...If I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:2
The ways of God lead to life and true joy. It is our desire to obey what He is asking of us. We seek to continue to grow as a church body as we covenant together to live for Him and His ways.
1) 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; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
2) About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 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; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
3) About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right, He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
4) About the Bible
The Bible is God's only word to all mankind. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is the supreme source of truth for Christian belief and living without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5 The Bible is the standard that provides the basis for faith and practice. If anything occurs in the church which does not have a clear-cut biblical basis, then members of the congregation should examine the practice in light of the Bible. By Scripture all other beliefs and practices shall be examined. If they do not measure up, they shall be called a "cult" or "sect" which teaches heresy. The sole and exclusive authority for faith and practice is The Holy Bible.
5) About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1,2
6) About Salvation
Salvation 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. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives/trusted Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26
7) About Eternal Security
Because God gives eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot "lose" it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. John 10:27-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14: 1 Peter 1:3-5
8) About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8; Matthew 2:44,46.
9) About the Church
This Church is a fellowship of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, committed to His teachings as found in the Holy Bible to carry out the purpose of the Church. This purpose is expressed in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission:
The Great Commandment:
“Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.’" (Matthew 22:37-39)
The Great Commission:
“Therefore as you go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Purpose of the Church:
1. To “Love the Lord your God” is Worship.
2. To “Love your neighbor as yourself” is Ministry.
3. To “Go and make disciples” is Evangelism.
4. To “Baptize them” is to embrace them in Fellowship.
5. To “Teach them... everything” is Discipleship.