What We Believe

(Adapted from the Baptist Faith & Message, 2000)
I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is divine instruction with God as its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy, and is a testimony to Christ.
II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:19-21

II. God

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

A. God the Father

God as 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.
Genesis 1:1, Matthew 6:9, Matthew 28:19

B. God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature yet without sin. In His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body, appeared to His disciples, ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator. John 1:1-18, 29, I Corinthians 15:1-8, II Corinthians 5:19-21, Philippians 2:5-11

C. God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine.He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration whereby He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. Acts 1:8,
I Corinthians 2:10-14, 2 Peter 1:21

III. Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Since the Fall, humanity now inherits a nature and environment inclined toward sin. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. Genesis 1:26-30, Ephesians 2:1-22, Romans 5:12

IV. Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who believe on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. John 3:3-21, 36 Romans 3:23-25, Romans 5:8-10

V. God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, justifies, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. It is consistent with the free agency of man. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Ephesians 1:4-23, II Thessalonians 2:13-14

VI. The Church

A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. 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. Ephesians 1:22-23, Colossians 1:18

VII. Baptism and the Lord's Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water as an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ. The Lord's Supper is an act of obedience whereby believers memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His coming. Matthew 28:19-20, II Corinthians 11:23-29, Romans 6:4

VIII. The Kingdom

The Kingdom of God includes both His general sovereignty over the universe and His particular kingship over men who willfully acknowledge Him as King. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age. Mark 1:14-15, John 3:3, 18:36

IX. Last Things

God, in His own time will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will righteously judge all men. 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. Colossians 1:5 ,3:4, I Thessalonians 4:14-18

X. Evangelism and Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle. Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8

XI. Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer's cause on earth. II Corinthians 9:7

XII. The Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-4, Psalm 127:3

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