Statement of Beliefs

This general statement of the ministry’s doctrinal beliefs represents our understanding of what the Bible teaches and reflects our conservative, evangelical, and Baptist point of view. Some of the phrasings are borrowed or adapted from historic Baptist confessions, and this ministry is in full agreement with The Baptist Faith and Message (2000) and the Doctrinal Statement of the Baptist Missionary Association of America (1989).

1. God

There is one living and true God, Yahweh, Who is the Creator of the Universe. He reveals Himself to mankind in the Trinity: one God in three eternally distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, Who share the same essence, personality, and will. Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 45:11; Jeremiah 27:5; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14

2. The Father

God the Father is the supreme Ruler of the Universe. He sovereignly directs the affairs of human history, according to the purposes of His grace. Genesis 1:1-31; Psalm 19:1; 104:1-35; Hebrews 1:1-3

3. The Son

God the Son, Jesus Christ, is the Savior of the world. He was born of the virgin Mary, declared His deity, died on the cross as the only and once-for-all sacrifice for sin, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended back to the Father. He sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers until He returns. Matthew 1:18; 9:6; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:26-35; 24:6-7,24-26; John 1:14,18; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 8:34; I Corinthians 15:3-6; Philippians 2:6-11; I Thessalonians 4:16-18; Hebrews 7:25

4. The Holy Spirit

God the Holy Spirit is the recognizable presence of God on Earth today. He convicts people of sin and permanently resides within believers. He gives to every believer, at the moment of conversion, the ability to live and serve as a Christian. John 14:16-23; 16:12-15; Acts 5:32; I Peter 4:10-11

5. The Nature of the Bible

The Bible is God’s Word, His unique, inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments. It was written by divinely inspired men, who did not write not in words of human wisdom, but in words taught by the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 2:13; II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21

6. The Authority of the Bible

The Bible provides the absolute, authoritative standard for all areas of believers’ faith and practice. It reveals the principles by which God will judge all and it expresses the truth upon which genuine Christian fellowship is based. John 12:48; Galatians 1:8-9; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; II John 9-11

7. Creation

God created all things, for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation. This includes an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels: holy angels which worship God and execute His will; and fallen angels which serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purposes. God also created man in His own image; as the crowning work of creation, every person has dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons. Genesis 1:1-31; 2:7; Psalm 8:1-9; 103:20; Matthew 10:28-31; 22:29-30; Luke 20:35-36; John 1:2-3; Colossians 1:16; Jude 6; Revelation 4:11

8. Satan

Satan is a real spirit being, rather than a mere symbol of evil. Along with his demons, he opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the Gospel, tempting saints to do evil, and warring against the Son of God. Genesis 3:15; John 8:44; II Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians 6:11; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:1-10

9. Man’s Depravity

Although man was created in God’s image, he fell through sin—disobedience toward God—and that image was marred. The sin nature has been passed down from Adam to every member of the human race, except for Jesus Christ. In his unconverted state, man is spiritually dead, under the influence of Satan, and unable to save himself. Because of this sin nature, man is essentially and unchangeably wicked apart from God’s grace. Genesis 1:26; 2:17; Jeremiah 17:9; John 1:13; Romans 3:10-19,23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 3:9; I Peter 2:22

10. Salvation

Salvation is the gracious work of God, in which He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results. Salvation is based entirely on the grace of God, instead of man’s good works. Christ died for the sins of the whole world, and through His blood, atonement is made available to all, without partiality. Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved. God forgives the sins of all who put their faith in Christ as Savior, declaring them righteous and giving them freedom from condemnation, peace with God, and full assurance of future glorification. Matthew 1:21; Luke 24:47; John 1:29; 3:16,18; Acts 16:30-32; Romans 3:20-26; 10:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; I Timothy 2:4-6; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 2:9; I John 2:1-2

11. Election

God has sovereignly chosen to bestow His mercy in Jesus Christ upon those who would trust entirely in Christ for their salvation. It is God’s prerogative to offer salvation on His terms, and, within our finite limits of understanding, man’s prerogative to accept or reject God’s offered mercy. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 1:11-12; Ephesians 1:3-5,11-14; I Peter 1:1-2

12. Sanctification

All believers are set apart unto God at the time of their conversion. They should grow in God’s grace by allowing the Holy Spirit to apply God’s Word in their lives, thereby conforming them to the principles of godliness. Romans 12:1-2; I Corinthians 6:11; II Corinthians 7:1; I Thessalonians 4:3-7; Hebrews 10:12-14; I Peter 1:15-16; 2:2; II Peter 1:5-8

13. Security

All born-again believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ. They are made new creatures in Christ, and the Holy Spirit resides within them, assuring that they will continue in good works. A special providence watches over them and they are upheld by the power of God. John 3:3-5; 10:24-30; Romans 8:9,28,35-39; I Corinthians 10:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 1:6; 2:12-13; Hebrews 13:5; I Peter 1:3-5,23; II Peter 1:4; I John 4:4; 5:1

14. The Church

A New Testament church is a local congregation of baptized believers in Jesus Christ who are called out from the world and united by a covenant, believing what God has revealed and obeying what He has commanded. She acknowledges Jesus as her only head and the Holy Bible as her only rule of faith and practice, governing herself independently of all other bodies, under the oversight of her elders. Instituted by Jesus during his personal ministry on earth, true churches have continued to the present and will continue until Jesus returns. Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 16:18; 28:20; Mark 3:13-19; John 1:35-51; Acts 2:41-42; 6:1-6; 16:5; 20:28; I Corinthians 4:17; 5:1-5; Ephesians 5:23; Colossians 1:18; II Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 13:7,17,24

15. The Mission of the Church

The mission of the church is to make disciples. This is done by evangelizing sinners by proclaiming the Gospel; baptizing those who believe; and maturing them by instruction, training, discipline, and fellowship. Matthew 18:7,18; 28:19-20; Luke 24:45-47; Acts 2:41-42; 8:12,35-38; I Corinthians 5:1-5

16. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

The two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism means immersing a believer in water as a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ and is required for church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper. The Lord’s Supper is the sacred sharing of the bread of communion and the cup of blessing by the church in remembrance of the crucified body and shed blood of Jesus Christ. Both ordinances must be administered by the authority of a New Testament church. Matthew 28:18-20,29; Luke 22:19,20; Acts 2:7,41-42; Romans 6:4; I Corinthians 11:23-26

17. Pastors and Deacons

Pastors (elders, bishops) are authorized to oversee and teach the churches, under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Each church is responsible for following them as they follow Christ and to provide for them, that they might fulfill their ministries. Deacons are servants of the churches and assistants to the elders, particularly in benevolent ministries. Each church may select men of her choice to fill these offices under the leading of the Holy Spirit according to the divinely given qualifications. Matthew 23:8-12; Acts 6:1-6; 20:28; 29:17-18; I Corinthians 11:1; I Thessalonians 1:6; I Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17, 18; Hebrews 13:7,17,24; I Peter 5:1-4

18. Autonomy of the Church

The local church is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith but is responsible for keeping herself from those who hold doctrines or practices contrary to Holy Scripture. In association with other churches, each church is equal and is the sole judge of the measure and method of her cooperation. In all matters of polity and practice, the will of each church is final. Matthew 18:18; 20:25-28; II Corinthians 11:8; Galatians 1:8-9; Philippians 4:10,15-16; I John 2:19

19. Christ’s Return

Our risen Lord will personally return, in bodily form, to receive His redeemed unto Himself; His return could come at any time. After Jesus returns, all of the dead will be raised in bodily form: the righteous dead in the resurrection of Life, and the wicked dead in the resurrection of damnation. John 5:24-29; I Corinthians 15:20-28; I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Revelation 22:20

20. Eternity

At the end of time, God will judge everyone to confer rewards or to consign to punishment. Heaven is the eternal home of those who accept God’s forgiveness; they will live forever in the presence of God, in their glorified bodies, experiencing ultimate blessing. Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering for Satan, his angels, and those who reject God’s offer of forgiveness through Christ. Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 16:19-31; John 14:1-3; I Corinthians 15:51-58; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:17; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:1-22:21

21. Marriage and Family

The family was the first institution created by God for the benefit of human society, with marriage as its foundation. Biblical marriage is the life-long union of one man and one woman, designed for the following purposes: to represent the bond between Christ and His church, to provide intimate companionship, to establish the only acceptable channel for sexual relations, to secure the means for the procreation of the human race, and to bring glory to God. No individual or group has the right to tamper with, redefine, or redesign marriage, and no Scriptural church can recognize, solemnize, or otherwise approve any counterfeit of God’s design. Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18-22,24; 9:1; Leviticus 18:3-5,30; Malachi 2:10-12; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:18-32; 7:1-2; I Corinthians 7:1-2; Ephesians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:17-24; Hebrews 13:4

From the moment of conception, all children are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. It is foremost the responsibility of the family to raise future generations in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, protecting them, praying for them, sharing the Gospel, training them in the Scriptures, and exemplifying for them a consistent Christian lifestyle. Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; Psalm 78:1-8; 127:1-128:6; 139:1-18; Proverbs 17:6; Ephesians 6:4

Additional Statements

  1. Believing in the sanctity of human life, the sanctity of marriage, and the necessity of religious liberty, we affirm the principles (if not necessarily the ecumenical sentiments) of the Manhattan Declaration (2009).
  2. Believing in the inspiration, inerrancy, infallibility, and authority of the Holy Bible as the Word of God, we affirm the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978).
  3. Recognizing our Calvinist and Arminian friends to be brothers and sisters in Christ, but realizing that neither soteriological view fully represents our understanding of Scripture, we affirm instead the Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation (2012).
  4. Believing that the Bible speaks with clarity amid the confusion of modern society and outlines God’s design for marriage, sexuality, and gender roles, we affirm the Nashville Statement (2017) as an expression of Biblical truth tempered by Christian love.
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