Below are some brief explanations of our beliefs as a church. Our beliefs are consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. Click here for the text of the Baptist Faith and Message.
God is the Creator and the 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. As God of Love, He desires to show us grace by engaging us in a personal relationship.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; Genesis 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 30:18; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 John 4:8
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character, and to relate to Him in love. Man is the supreme object of God’s creation, having been crafted to intimately relate to God and others. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he has two basic problems: aloneness (Genesis 2) and sinfulness (Genesis 3). These problems separate man from a relationship with God and his fellow man.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; Isaiah 59:1,2; Matthew 22:33; Romans 3:23
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. Eternal separation from God will be in the place called hell. Eternal life begins on earth and continues in the place called heaven. Heaven and hell are literal places of eternal existence. God’s desire is that no one spends eternity apart from Him, but that all would come to Him in a personal love relationship.
Matthew 18:8; Matthew 25:41,46; John 2:25; John 3:16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11-13; Revelation 4:4; Revelation 20:15
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 men 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 to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus is the head of the church, and all believers are connected to one another and relate to one another through Him.
Isaiah 9:6 Matthew 1:22,23; John 1:1-5; John 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3,4; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Ephesians 4:15,16; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14,15
Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. The greatest benefit of salvation is a relationship with God that is both intimate and personal.
John 1:12; John 14:6; Romans 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5
About Eternal Security
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. Eternal life is knowing God through His Son, Jesus Christ, in an intimate relationship forever.
John 10:28,29; Hebrews 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son as 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, guidance in doing what is right, and encouragement for living in intimacy with God and others.
John 14:16,17; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 5:18
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It is written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. The Bible is to be read, studied, and personally experienced by believers as they live in relationship with God and fellow man.
Psalm 12:6; Psalm 119:11,160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21