Our Church Beliefs
The Bible is our authority. We believe in the Articles of Faith.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe in praise and worship
The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father seeketh such to worship Him. (John 4:23)
And he gave some apostles: and some prophets, and some evangelists' and some pastors and teachers. (Ephesians 4:11)
Gifts of the Church
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps; governments, diversities of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12: 28)
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
BAPTIST STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in the Baptist confession, or as they are more commonly called, "The Articles of Faith."
"We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
"And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
"Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
"Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
"Was crucified, dead and buried,
"He descended into hell:
"The third day He rose again from the dead."
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
"We believe in the Holy Ghost: The communion of the Saints; The forgiveness of sin; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen."
What is the Church of Jesus Christ?
The Church is comprised of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have been called out of the world to belong exclusively to Him.
The Church is an organized body of baptized believers, equal in rank and privilege - one body, many members (Romans 12:4, 5) conducting its affairs under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:18-23) united together by one Spirit and faith (Ephesians 4:4-6) who have entered into a covenant together to do what He has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:45-49; Acts 1:8) and fellowship with other members of the body of Christ.
The Church of Jesus Christ is the greatest institution the world has ever known. Christ established it and He is its Head and Lord (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 5:2, 3).
The Church is the only institution of God and is purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, whose ultimate purpose is to bring humanity into the kingdom of God, and prepared them for eternal life (Ephesians 5:25-27; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
The Church has been given the task of completing the work the Lord Jesus Christ began when He was on the earth (John 14:12). The greatest task ever assigned to any group in the history of the world; that is, to carry the gospel to the entire world.
The Church also has been hated and constantly under attack more than any other institution in the world (John 15:18-21; Ephesians 6:10-18).
The foundation of the Church is the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).
The standard and guidelines of the Church is the Word of God (James 1:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:16).
The Administrator of the Church is the Holy Spirit, who imparts gifts and ministries of the Church (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
As a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, you have renounced the world and its lifestyle, you have been born of the Holy Spirit of God; and have become a new creation in Christ Jesus, and fully committed and devoted to Him (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17).
The world is the organized system of which Satan is the head, demons are his agents, unregenerate men are its subjects with the plans, purposes, ambitions and activities in opposition to God and His righteousness. (John 8:38-47)
Now that you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ This is a Church that is filled with love, a Church that is active in the building of the kingdom of God here on the earth; you are a member of a growing and exiting Church that had its beginning in Matthew 16:18.
What We Believe
We are a Bible-centered, Bible-teaching Church. (Colossians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
We are a Christian Church that fellowship and welcome all people of every nationality and or culture. (Acts 10:34, 35; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Colossians 3:10, 11).
We are a Church that believes in holy living and victory over sin. (Romans 6:12-14; Colossians 3:5).
We are a Baptist Church that fellowship with all Christians. (1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 4:4-6).
We are a Spirit-filled Church that believes in a definite Baptism of the Holy Spirit upon conversion, or the "New Birth." (Acts 1:8; 2:2-4; 10:44-48; 19:1-7).
We are a Church that believes each member must have a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 1:12, 13; 3:3, 4; 3:16-18).
We are a consecrated Church that believes we are to be sanctified in habits, moral in character and godly in behavior. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
We are a Church that believes that our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit, so we do not defile them with tobacco, alcohol, drugs or sexual immorality. We do not believe in common-law marriage. (1 Corinthians 6:18-20; Romans 6:12, 13).
We are a Christ-centered Church that lifts Him up above all creeds of men. (Luke 24:46, 47; Philippians 2"5-11; Acts 4:12).
We are a Spirit-control Church that lives in the power of the Holy Spirit and operates through the exercise of the Spiritual Gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 13:1, 2; 14:1)
We are an evangelistic Church, a Soul winning Church. (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15).
We are a giving Church, because the Bible teaches that "it is better to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35; 2 Corinthians 9; Malachi 3:10).
We give to God ourselves, material blessings that He has blessed us with; as well our time, talents and gifts, because He is entitled to it and we love and desire to serve Him. (Romans 12:1, 2; Psalm 24:1; Proverbs 3:9).
We are a tithing Church, because we refuse to rob God. (Malachi 3:7-10).
We are a Church that strives to love our neighbor as we do ourselves, for we know that we cannot be truly Christians unless we love one another. (1 Corinthians 13; John 13:34-35; 1 John 2:7-10).
We are an expectant Church, for Jesus is coming again. (Matthew 24:42-44).
We are a joyful and praising Church. (Philippians 3:1)
WHAT BAPTISTS BELIEVE
“God--We believe that God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself in nature, and in the Scriptures of the Holy Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: yet as one God.
“Jesus Christ-He is God's unique Son; the only one of a kind. The Scripture teaches that He is God revealed in flesh. In His Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man. He is the One once crucified for man's sin, the now risen and glorified Savior and Lord who mediate between God and man and who gives us access to the Father through His intercession. None can come to the Father unless they come through Him.
“Holy Spirit--All of the attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit by the Scriptures. It is He who convicts and convinces men of their sin. He also convinces man of that which is right, and that a final day of judgment will come. He, it is, who comes to live in us at conversion, to open our understanding to the Scripture, and to lead us into the truth.
“The Bible--God used holy men to write the Scriptures. They are, in both the Old and New Testaments, the very words God intended us to have. They are, as given by God, without error and are our only rule of faith and practice. We profit from them by learning the truth about many things: they also speak to us about wrong doing; they even correct us and get us back on course as well as instructing us in right living.
“Man--God created man in a state of innocence. Man, being tempted by Satan, yielded and willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner and incurring God's judgment upon sin. All of Adam's descendants inherit his fallen nature and thus have a natural inclination to sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and in need of salvation.
“God’s Relationship to His Creatures and Creation-God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things. He maintains the laws of nature and performs special acts as the highest welfare of mankind and His created order of things require.
“Salvation--Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner, when in godly sorrow he turns from them and trusts in the work of Christ as redemption for his sin. This acceptance of God's great salvation involves belief in Christ's death on the cross as man's substitute and the fact of God's raising Him from the dead as predicted. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works.
“Who Can be Saved?--It is God's will that all be saved, but since man has the power of choice, God saves only those who repent of their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the cross. Those who refuse in this life to repent and believe have no later chance to be saved and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation by their unbelief.
“Perseverance--We believe that there are strong grounds to hope that the saved will persevere unto the end and be saved because of the power of divine grace pledged for their support. We believe that any saved person who has sinned (whether we call him a backslider or sinner), but has a desire to repent, may do so and be restored to God's favor and fellowship. Since man, however, continues to have free choice, it is possible because of temptations and the weakness of human flesh for him to fall into the practice of sin and to make shipwreck of his faith and be lost.
“Gospel Ordinances--Baptists believe the Bible teaches two ordinances for the church to practice: Baptism in water by immersion, the Lord's Supper, to be perpetuated until His return.
“Resurrection--Baptists believe the Scriptures teach the resurrection of the bodies of all men, each in its own order; they that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation.
“Church Government--Baptist churches enjoy local church autonomy (self-governing). The local church is the highest authority in the denomination. Local churches voluntarily organize themselves into quarterly meetings, district, state, and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ on the local, state, district, national, and world-wide level.
“Christ’s Second Coming--The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, who ascended on high and sits at the right hand of God, will come again to close the Gospel dispensation, glorify His saints, and judge the world.
“Missions--Baptists believe that Jesus commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:19-20)