We believe and hold to the statements in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.
We believe in the Scriptures.
We believe the Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. We believe the entire Bible—both the Old and New Testaments—point to Jesus.
We believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God 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: He reigns with providential care over His creation. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving and all wise. Those who have faith in Jesus Christ become children of God, and God is fatherly in His attitude toward His children.
- We believe in God the Son: Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly did the will of God and lived obediently without sin. In His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. We believe He was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven. We believe He is now exalted at the right hand of God where He acts as our mediator. We believe He will one day return in power and glory to judge the world and consummate His redemptive mission.
- We believe in God the Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. We believe He inspired holy men to write the Scriptures. We believe He exalts Christ, and enables men to understand truth. We believe He convicts us of our sin and self-righteousness. We believe that at the exact moment of regeneration, He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ.
We believe in the fall of man.
We believe mankind is the special creation of God, and we believe we were created in His own image. We believe the gift of gender is part of the goodness of God’s creation. We believe that man was originally innocent of sin and given freedom of choice by the Creator. We believe that by this free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin to all mankind. We believe that all people inherit a sinful nature and that only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship.
We also believe in the dignity of all human life: God created man (and woman) in His own image, and in that Christ died for all—therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
We believe in salvation.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace.
Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Saviour.
B. Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person’s life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
We believe in the church.
We believe the church is important Jesus Christ, and should therefore be important to all believers.
We believe in 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. We believe baptism is an act of obedience and a symbol of the believer’s faith.
We believe the Lord’s Supper is also 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.
For more information about what we believe, contact Pastor Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org.