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Our Beliefs

We hold to the historic Baptist doctrines expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and in the following articles of faith:

 

  1.  The Holy Bible was written by men as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit and therefore is without error of any kind in its original manuscripts. It is God’s revelation of Himself and His plan for the salvation of His people. As such it is the final and sufficient authority for all Christian belief. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21, John 5:39, 17:17, Matthew 5:17-18, Psalm 19:7-10)

  2. There is one God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1-2, John 1:1-18, Acts 5:3-4, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 1:23, 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14)

  3. God chose to create the physical universe, especially mankind, in order to display His glory. (Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 19:1, Ephesians 1:5-14, 2:7, Romans 1:20, 9:22-24)

  4. God knew before creating anything that humanity would rebel against Him, and was able to prevent it, but chose not to in order that His plan of salvation and self-revelation might come to fruition. (Jeremiah 32:17, Job 42:2, Isaiah 45:7, 46:10, Romans 11:33-36)

  5. God’s plan centered upon the entrance of God the Son into creation where he took on a human nature without relinquishing His deity. At this point that He was given the name Jesus. (Ephesians 1:9-10, 1 Peter 1:20, Matthew 1:21, Luke 1:31)

  6. Jesus lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death, was buried, and on the third day He was raised from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Hebrews 4:15)

  7. He did this in order to achieve for us the righteousness we failed to achieve and to bear the wrath of God toward sin for all who would trust in Him so that God might be both just and the justifier of the unrighteous. (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:21-26, Isaiah 53)

  8. After appearing to over five-hundred witnesses over the course of forty-five days, Jesus ascended to the Father, where He is building His Church, interceding on behalf of His people, and preparing their eternal home. (1 Corinthians 15:5-8, Romans 8:34, John 14:1-3, Matthew 16:18)

  9. At the appointed time He will come again to conquer His enemies, save His people, and establish His kingdom on this Earth for one thousand years. After this, God will do away with the existing universe in order to create a new heavens and earth untouched by the curse of sin. (2 Peter 3:10-13, Revelation 19:11-21, 20:11, 21:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-8)

  10. All of those people throughout history who did not turn from their sin to trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord (this includes those who lived before Jesus and did not trust in God and His promise of salvation) will be raised from the dead to suffer eternally the appropriate punishment for their sins in the Lake of Fire.  (2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:12-15, John 3:36)

  11. All of those people throughout history who did turn from their sin to trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord (this includes those who lived before Jesus and trusted in God and His plan of salvation) will be raised from the dead to enjoy the reward that Jesus earned on their behalf: eternal life with God in His new creation. (Matthew 25:31-46, John 3:16, Revelation 21:9-27)

In addition to the general articles above, we believe the Bible teaches the following distinctive truths:

  1. The life-changing nature of saving faith. (2 Corinthians 5:17, James 2:14-26, Luke 19:1-10)

  2. The sovereignty of God in all things, including salvation. (Jonah 2:9, Psalm 3:8, 115:3, 135:6, Isaiah 46:10, Daniel 4:35, Romans 9-11)

  3. The cessation of the sign gifts of tongues, healing, miracles, and prophecy (in the sense of receiving new revelation from God). (1 Corinthians 13:8-13, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Ephesians 2:20, Hebrews 2:3-4)

  4. The responsibility of elders/pastors/overseers to shepherd the local church with the senior pastor serving as a leader among equals. (1 Peter 5:2, Acts 14:23, 20:28, Hebrews 13:17, 1 Timothy 5:17)

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