OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
The foundation of what we practice and teach is always in agreement with these basic yet profound biblical realities of faith.
The Bible is inspired by God—authoritative, infallible, and inerrant (without mixture of error). It is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.
There is one omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, eternal God, existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, fully God and fully man. Jesus lived a sinless life, died on the cross for sin, was resurrected from the dead, and has ascended to heaven.
Originally mankind was born in unbroken fellowship with God. Through the fall of Adam and Eve all humanity became sinful and separated from God and His heaven.
The only way to enter into fellowship with God is by faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning death and bodily resurrection alone, apart from any good works. At the moment of personal faith for salvation, the penalty our sin is removed through Jesus’ death for us. Consequently, we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit, resulting in our becoming a child of God and in possessing eternal life. We call this the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Christian Life
The Holy Spirit indwells the believer, sealing him or her to eternal life, enabling the believer to glorify the Father by living a holy life and to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ to bring Him glory.
All believers are united by the Holy Spirit to the body of Christ, the church. Christians should commit to fellowship with one another by joining and ministering through a local church.
Jesus Christ will return to earth to reign as King and Lord. Everyone will be resurrected—the saved to everlasting life and the unsaved to everlasting torment.
Christian baptism is the post-conversion immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, symbolizing the believer’s faith in Jesus Christ. Baptism also symbolizes our crucified, buried, and risen Savior and also the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.
The Lord’s Supper or Communion is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the body of Christ, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of our Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
A fuller explanation of our church’s beliefs (with biblical support) are found in: The Baptist Faith and Message