CORE BELIEFS

God—God the Father is the One Personal All-Knowing, Everywhere Present, All-Powerful Creator and Sustainer of the World, Sovereignly in Control.

Jesus—God the Son, Jesus Christ, fully God and fully Man; God in the Flesh; is all-knowing, everywhere present; and all-powerful. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, went to the cross, took our sin upon Him, shed His blood, died, rose from the dead, ascended to God the Father, and is coming again.

Holy Spirit—God the Holy Spirit, Who authored the Bible; created the world; convicts of sin; gives Spiritual Gifts; Directs; Empowers; Comforts and Creates Opportunities for Spiritual Impact.

Bible—God’s perfect, written Word that is the authority for belief and behavior.

Church—The Body of Christ made up of every true child of God throughout the world for all time and gifted to accomplish God’s mission in the world.

Sin—Man is a sinner by nature and by choice. Sin is anything that one does, says or thinks that separates him from God or anything one fails to do that is God’s will. Without the intervention of salvation, man remains separated from God.

Salvation—By grace only through faith in Jesus Christ. One cannot work for salvation or be good enough to inherit heaven. Jesus is the one and only way to eternal life and heaven.

Eternity and Last Things—The forever destiny of heaven for those who have received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; and hell, for those who have rejected or neglected to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Jesus Christ is going to return to earth for His people and usher in eternity.

Eternal Security—If one is saved, he/she remains saved. They are kept by Jesus Christ, sealed by the Holy Spirit and incapable of becoming lost again. This is a matter of God being responsible for keeping the relationship. If one is truly saved, he or she will give evidence of the presence of Jesus in his or her life.

John 10:28-29; Romans 8:38039; Ephesians 4:30; Jude 24

Marriage—The union between a man and woman until death. In the role of husband, God has given the man the task of leading his wife spiritually as he sacrificially and unconditionally loves her as Christ loved the Church.

Life—Sacred, beginning at conception and continuing to death.

Jeremiah 1:4-5; Genesis 1:27; Psalm 127:1; 139;13-16; Exodus 20:13; Job 31:15; Luke 1:41

Baptism—A command by Jesus to be immersed after salvation representing His death, burial and resurrection and your death to your old life and the beginning of a new life.

Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38; 41; 8:12; 16:33; Romans 6:3-4 

Lord’s Supper—One of two ordinances of the Church which symbolizes the body of Jesus Christ that He gave on the cross and the shed blood for the remission of sin.

Mark 14:22-25; Acts 2:42;46; I Corinthians 11:23-29

The World—The anti-God system that controls the culture and opposes God, the people of God and the things of God.

Mark 8:36; John 16:33; Romans 12:2; II Corinthians 4:4; James 4:4

*Scriptures are from the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.