We believe there is only one eternal, living and true God who reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. We believe in God the Father, the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, true God from true God, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. Jesus descended into the grave and on the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from which He shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired by God and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. The sixty six books of the Old and New Testament are sacred and authoritative for determining beliefs and practices of the church. The Bible has God for its author and salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, beliefs, and opinions should be reformed.
Mankind and Sin
We believe that humans were created by the special act of God in His own image, both male and female. In the beginning mankind was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By free choice humankind sinned against God and brought sin into the world and bondage to sin for the human race. Only the grace of God can bring humans into His holy fellowship, reconcile mankind to God, and redeem His purposes. Every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
We believe salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained forgiveness of sin and eternal redemption for the believer. Salvation includes justification, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification. We believe that election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He justifies, regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners and is consistent with the free choice of people. Those whom God has accepted in Jesus Christ and sanctified by His Holy Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.
We believe the church is both a universal body and a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel observing the two ordinances of Christ – Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The local church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the lordship of Jesus Christ. Its scriptural offices are pastors and deacons. The church consists of all believers from of all the ages who have placed trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We believe it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Jesus Christ and of every local church of the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill the Great Commission and endeavor to make disciples of all nations.
Baptism and The Lord’s Supper
We believe 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 the 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 Jesus Christ. Baptism is a prerequisite to church membership and the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is likewise a symbolic act of obedience that the church observes regularly by partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine which symbolizes the death of Jesus Christ and the proclamation of the His resurrection.
We believe God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual and all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a responsibility to be good stewards of their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions, and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. We believe every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. We believe it is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men on principles of righteousness. We believe God in His own time and in His own way will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth, the dead will be raised, and Jesus Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to a place of everlasting punishment while the righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in heaven with God.
Church and State
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
Other Statements of Faith:
The Baptist Faith and Message (This will open to another site)
Nicene Creed (This will open to another site)