What we Believe
We are in agreement with the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention. Read it for yourself and to help people in the congregation know what we believe.
THE SCRIPTURES: We believe that the entire Bible, all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings. Through the providence of God, His Word (our Bible) has been protected and preserved such that we can have absolute certainty that what we have been handed down is, in fact, true to the original. God's Word is the only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice. -2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:11, 89, 105.
THE GODHEAD: We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person is co-eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory, and they all have the same attributes and perfections. - Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14, John 14:10, 26.
GOD: We believe there is only One true, eternally existent God. He exists in three co-equal persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things and is worthy of all worship and obedience. -Deuteronomy. 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31, Luke 3:21-22; Matthew 28:18-20, Rev. 4:11.
JESUS CHRIST: We believe that Jesus Christ is God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, shed His blood on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power. -John 1:1-3,14; Matthew 1:18-25; Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11.
HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit’s role in creation consists of hovering over the waters preparing heaven and earth (Gen 1:2). The Spirit relates to general mankind by ministering to the people amid unbelief (2 Pet. 3:9, Gen. 6:3) and relates to the believer by sanctifying them in their walk, in obedience to Christ (1 Pet. 1:2) as well as other things (Matt. 4:1, Acts 8:29, 1 Jn 5:7, Jn 14:26). Finally, His role in connection to the Scriptures is that He inspired the authors of the Bible to write it (2 Tim. 3:16, Heb. 3:7). His relationship to the Trinity is that He is the third part, He is in His essence the same as the Father and the Son (Rom., 8:27, 1 Cor. 12:4), but he has a different role than each of them (1 Cor. 2:10). He is the power behind the Spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-6) which continue in the church for today to build up the church (1 Cor. 12:7, 12-13) and to glorify God.
SALVATION: We believe salvation is a free gift of God's grace apart from human works, based solely upon Christ's atoning death, received only through faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from death -Ephesians 2:8-10; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN: We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved, meaning that He is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. - Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-24; 5:12; 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-3, 4:17-19
ETERNAL SECURITY: We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and thus are secure in Christ forever. We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to continue in sin. - Colossians 3:1-4; Romans 8:1; 1 Cor. 1:4-8; 1 Peter 1:4-5.
THE CHURCH: The term universal church is the group of true believers that exist in all of time and all over the earth (Matt. 16:18). The local church, however, is a gathering of God’s people following the qualifications for a church as seen in Scripture (Acts 2:42-47, 1 Tim. 3). The work of the church includes discipleship of current believers, evangelism, baptism and teaching them all of Scripture (Matt. 28:18-20). Christ’s relationship to the church is that He is the one that the church worships (Col. 1:18, Eph. 5:18-21) and He founded the Church, and the elect are the church because of the work of Christ (Heb. 3:5-6). The two ordinances of the church are baptism (Rom. 6:3-4) and communion (1 Cor. 11:23) and are instituted by God and exemplified by Him (Heb. 2:14) to practice and were also done by the early church (Acts 2:42, 8:37).
EVANGELISM: We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek to make growing disciples - Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8.