What We Believe

BASIC beliefs

GOD

There is only one true God. He is the Creator, Sustainer, and Owner of all things. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is perfectly holy and without blemish. God reveals Himself, as the Trinity, in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three persons make up the Godhead, as one eternal being.

Genesis 1:1-2, 26, 27; Psalm 24:1; 50:10-12; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:10; 1 Peter: 1:16; 1 John 5:7.

A. GOD THE FATHER

God the Father reigns eternally from His throne in heaven. He is worthy to be praised. God is love, but he is also a righteous judge. God is truth, and He never lies. He is light and has no darkness in Him at all.

Exodus 6:2-3; 15:11-13; Numbers 23:19; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 7:11; 47:8; Isaiah 65:16; John 3:33; 4:24; 1 Peter: 1:17; 1 John 1:5; 4:8.

B. GOD THE SON

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is God in the flesh. Christ was born of the virgin Mary who became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Jesus completed God’s will on the earth. He is the only Mediator between God and man. He was sinless, and was crucified on a cross, which was the propitiation for the sins of mankind. Jesus was raised from the dead and appeared to the twelve disciples and many others after his resurrection. Jesus is fully divine as God and fully human.

Psalm 2:7; Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 1:18; Luke 24:24-35; John 1:1-4, 14; 4:34; 10:30; 17:4; 20:19; Romans 3:25; 1 Corinthians 15:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 2:19; 1 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 4:15; 12:22;  1 Peter 2:22; 3:22; 1 John 2:1-2.

C. GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is fully divine as God. He is one of the three persons of the Trinity. He is omnipresent. He indwells every believer from the time of their conversion. He convicts mankind of sin and is an active part of the regeneration of a believer and follower of Christ. He seals and confirms every true believer’s salvation until the day of redemption.  He is the Helper and guide of every believer. He teaches believers, comforts them, and provides them power to be witnesses.

Psalm 51:11; 139:7-10; Isaiah 61:1-3; John 3:3-7; 14:26; 16:7-11; Acts 1:8; 2:38; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; Titus 3:5.

BIBLE

The Holy Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the divinely inspired Word of God. It is the living, enduring Word of God that lasts forever. It was written by men moved by the Holy Spirit. It is inerrant, infallible, completely true, and reliable. Nothing should be added or taken away from it. All of its prophecies have been fulfilled in the past or will be fulfilled in the future. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. It reveals God’s plan of salvation and the principles by which God will judge mankind. It alone, is the ultimate authority of the Christian faith and is the standard by which everything else should be tested. The Holy Bible points to and testifies of Jesus Christ, the Word in the flesh.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 119:89, 140; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 1:14; 5:39; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15, 16-17; Hebrews 1:1; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:20-21.

HUMANITY

God created mankind in His own image. Man was created from dust of the ground, and God breathed the breath of life into him. From the male, God created the female. God commanded mankind to reproduce, fill the earth, and rule over it. In the beginning, man was given free will by God, with a choice to obey Him or disobey Him. Through the disobedience of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, sin entered the world and brought about death. Since then, all mankind has been born into sin, and all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Man is totally depraved and morally corrupt.

Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7, 16-17, 18-22; Psalm 8:3-6; 51:5; Romans 1:19-25; 3:10-12, 23; 5:12,19; 7:18; 8:8; Ephesians 2:1-2.

SALVATION

Salvation is a free gift of God available for anyone who places their faith and trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Christ has secured eternal redemption for every believer by His own blood. Personal faith in Jesus Christ is the only way by which someone can be saved. This salvation is also referred to as eternal life. The believer is saved by the grace of God, and not by his or her good works. However, true faith will produce good works as evidence in the believer’s life while he or she is living for Christ. The general process of salvation is the conviction of sin, repentance and turning away from sin, placing faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, confessing that faith, and living a surrendered life for Christ.

John 14:6; Matthew 4:17; 19:28-30; John 1:12; 3:16; 16:8; Acts 2:21; 3:19; 4:12; Romans 4:20-25; 5:1-2, 6-11; 14:8; Galatians 2:19-21; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:21; Colossians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-11; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 9:12; James 2:14-26.

CHURCH

According to the New Testament, the church as the general body of Christ, was founded by Jesus Christ himself, and Christ is the head of the church.

A New Testament church is a local group of believers who come together for faith, encouragement, fellowship, worship, prayer, and observing the Lord’s Supper and baptism. It operates under the Lordship of Christ. Its biblical officers are pastors, also called elders or overseers, and deacons. Although both men and women are used by God for service in the church, the office of pastor is to be held by men only as shown in the Bible.

The two ordinances of Jesus Christ are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism for believers is the complete immersion of a believer in water in the name of the God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is the outward act that symbolizes the believer’s inward faith and trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the death of the old life of sin, and the resurrection of the new life in Jesus Christ. Baptism is a requirement for becoming a member of the church.

The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance that symbolizes the remembrance and proclamation of Jesus’ death and the expectation of His second coming. This ordinance is taken by believers only and is administered by eating the elements of bread and wine, which symbolize Christ’s body and blood.

Matthew 3:13-17; 16:18; 22:19-21; 26:26-29; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; 5:29; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:21; 11:23-32; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18; 2:12; 1 Timothy 3:1-15; 5:1-4; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 10:24-25.

LAST THINGS

God will bring this world to an end according to his timing and by his own method. Jesus Christ will make His glorious return to the earth as He promised. No one knows or can predict the day that He will return. The dead believers in Christ will be raised, and Christ will justly judge every individual person. Those who do not know Jesus and did not believe and trust in Him will be sent to hell, a literal place of eternal punishment. The believers in Christ will receive resurrected, heavenly bodies. The believers will be rewarded and live eternally in heaven with the Lord.

Matthew 16:27; 24:27, 36, 44; 25:31-46; Luke 12:40; 17:22-37; John 3:36; 5:22, 29; 14:1-3; Acts 17:31; Romans 2:6-8; 14:10; 1 Corinthians 15:35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 3:18-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-12; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; 2 Peter 3:7-14; 1 John 3:2; Revelation 1:18; 20:1-22:13.

 We affirm the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.

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