Statement of Belief

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God and the basis for our beliefs. This church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention on June 14, 2000. We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ, personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind. The Ordinances of the church are believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

1. The Old and New Testament scriptures were written by men divinely inspired, and are the only sufficient and perfect rule of faith and practice.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:19, 24:44; John 14:15, 21-26; John 17:17)

2. There is one God, and only one, who is self existent, eternal and infinite in every excellence, and who has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Ghost, the same in essence, though distinct in personality.

(Isaiah 45:21-22; Jeremiah 10:10; Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:4; John 1:1-13, 14:26; 1 Timothy 3:16; Revelation 1:8; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 12:11; Matthew 28:19)

3. Man was created innocent. By disobedience of the command of God, he fell, thereby losing his innocence, becoming subject to death and to the eternal displeasure of God.

(Genesis 1:27 & 31, 3:1-6; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Isaiah 53:6; Ezekiel 18: 19-20; Matthew 25:46; Romans 1:18 & 32, 2:1-16; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 1 John 1:8)

4. Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of man, came into the world to save men from the guilt and condemnation of sin, offering His blood as an atonement and making it available to all who exercise faith in Him.

(John 1:14 & 29, 3:14-16; John 6:53; Luke 1:26-35; Acts 4:12, 16:31; Romans 3:20-26; Galations 6:14; Matthew 26:28)

5. The result of the heart acceptance of Jesus Christ is justification, whereby pardon is secured and we are brought into a state of peace and favor with God.

(Ephesians 1:7; Romans 4:4-5, 5:1)

6. The human means by which this result is secured in repentance and faith whereby we turn unto God in sincere contrition and accept Jesus Christ as an all-sufficient Savior.

(Acts 2:38; Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 7:25)

7. God has His purposes of grace in the salvation of men. These purposes are made effectual by the giving of His Son, and in the constraining and regenerating influence of the Holy Ghost upon all who sincerely believe in Christ. But these purposes do not contravene the freedom of men’s will, nor render inoperative the Gospel to all.

(Ephesians 1:4, 2:10; John 1:12-13, 3:6-8, 5:40, 6:44, 16:7-11; 1 Peter 1:2, James 1:18; Philippians 2:12-13; Romans 10:13-16)

8. Nothing can separate true believers from the love of God, but they are kept by the power of God, through faith, unto salvation. The sure proof of this being their patient continuance and progress in righteousness and true holiness.

(Romans 8:35-39; 1 Peter 1:5; 2 Peter 1:3-4; John 10:27-29; Hebrews 3:14; Matthew 24:13)

9. The Ordinances of the Gospel are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in Christ “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost”, and symbolizes the fact of regeneration. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of His dying love, and symbolizes the fact that the believer is continually fed and nourished by Christ. In its observance the Supper is to be placed after Baptism, according to its symbolic and historic order and as required by the teaching of the New Testament.

(Matthew 3:6 & 13-17; Matthew 26:26-30, 28:19-20; Mark 1:5 & 9-11, 14:22-25, 16:16; Luke 22:19-20; John 3:5 & 23, 6:51-58; Acts 2:41-42, 8:36-38; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Colossions 2:12)

10. The Church Spiritual includes the whole company of believers of whatever name, age or country, and is know only to the eye of God. The Church Formal is a company of believers baptized in the Triune God, and observing the forms, ordinances and principals laid down in the New Testament.

(Romans 6:17, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 11:2, 12:27-28; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-21; Ephesians 5:27; 2 Timothy 1:13)

11. The first day of the week is to be observed as the Lord’s Day or Christian Sabbath.

(John 20:19 & 26; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2)

12. Civil government is of divine appointment in the interest and good order of human society, and magistrates are to be prayed for conscientiously honored, and obeyed, except only in things opposed to the will of Christ, who is the only Lord of the conscience, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.

(Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:18-20; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1-7)

13. Jesus Christ is to come again, judge the nations, and fill the earth with His glory and power.

(Matthew 24:25-51; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16 & 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8; Revelation 1:7, 10:1-6)

14. There will be a resurrection of the just and the unjust; the just blessedness and reward, the unjust for judgement and eternal doom.

(Daniel 12:2; Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 20:35-38; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 20; 1 Corinthians 15:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:10)