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Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

These statements are summaries from the Baptist Faith and Message©. The full text is available in booklet form from the church office.

The Trinity

We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:1, 2:7; John 1:1-18, 29; 14:16-17, 26

The Deity and Lordship of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God and the second part of the triune Godhead. Philippians 2:5-11

The Necessity of the New Birth

All men are sinners and are in need of God's forgiveness. The new birth gives spiritual life to the spiritually dead. It redeems a soul from hell, initiates a personal relationship with God and is simultaneous with the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. 
John 3:3; 5; 7

Regenerated Church Membership

A new birth experience is a prerequisite to church membership. Acts 2:47

Salvation by Grace Through Faith Alone

Salvation comes by God's grace, through faith. It is a gift of God and cannot be earned. 
Ephesians 2:8-9

Priesthood of the Believer

There is only one mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ. All persons are equal before God, have direct access to God through prayer and are directly responsible to God for their actions.  
1 Timothy 2:5; Revelation 1:5-6

Autonomy of the Local Church

The head of the church is Jesus Christ and the local church is independent of any outside control. Matthew 18:15-17; Acts 13:1-3; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Corinthians 8 & 9

Believer's Baptism by Immersion

Baptism is the first of two ordinances of the church and follows salvation. A church of Biblical doctrine administers it with immersion being the only Biblical and acceptable mode. It is a step of obedience, an external symbol of an inward reality and a public statement of faith. Romans 6:4

The Lord's Supper

The Lord's Supper, or communion of the Saints, is the second ordinance of the church. Its practice and elements symbolize the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We observe it in remembrance of Christ's sacrifice for us. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings and is the owner of all things. Christians, in accordance with the Scripture, are to support the ongoing work of the local church and missions through their regular tithes and offerings. Malachi 3:8-12; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20

Separation of Church and State

The state will not exercise any control over the church nor will the church assert any legislative control over government. Matthew 22:15-22

Evangelism of the World is the Supreme Task of the Church

It is the responsibility of every Christian and church to spread the gospel of Christ. Matthew 28:19-20

The Eternal Security of All Believers

Once received, there is nothing that can rescind the gift of salvation. 1 Peter 1:5; John 10:28-29

The Bible

The Bible is the sole authority and supreme standard for all human conduct, creeds and religious opinions. The Bible is the complete, inerrant and infallible word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17