WHAT WE BELIEVE - OUR DOCTRINE
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22
I Peter 1:2
II Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God.
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness by salvation. To be eternally separated from God man will reside in Hell. To be eternally in union with God man will reside in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
I John 2:25
I John 5:11-13
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. 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.
John 1:1-5; 14:10-30
I Corinthians 15:3-4
I Timothy 6:14-15
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.
John 14:6; 1:12
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit lives in the believer. Man 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. It is the grace and the power of God that gives this security.
II Timothy 1:12
Hebrews 7:25; 10:10-14
I Peter 1:3-5
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is 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, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17
John 16:7-13; 14:16-17
I Corinthians 2:12; 3:16
The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was 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.
II Timothy 3:16-17
II Peter 1:20-21
II Timothy 1:13
Psalm 119:105,160; 12:6
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is 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 Jesus.
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20
Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26
Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20
Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7
I Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29
For more about what we believe go to: The Baptist Faith and Message 2000