What We Believe
We believe the Holy Bible (consisting in its entirety as the 66 books of Genesis through Revelation) was written by men divinely inspired by God the Holy Spirit and is the inerrant, infallible Word of God. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man, to be accepted in its entirety as the final authority in matters of faith and practice. It is truth without any mixture of error, and is absolutely trustworthy to build one's life upon. It is, in its essence, the Word of God and therefore has His authority in our lives. Interaction with and obedience to the Word of God and the God of the Word changes our lives and strengthens our souls (Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 1:1-3; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 19:7). The Bible is the basis for this statement of faith (Psalm 119; Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).
We believe the eternal triune God exists coequally as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the Father to those who are born again into His family through faith in Jesus Christ (Jn 1:12; 1 Jn 3:1), and He sovereignly reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and human history, according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful (Ps. 115:3; Dan. 4:35-37), all knowing (1 Jn 3:20; Isaiah 45:21; Isaiah 46:46:9-10; Isaiah 55:8-9; Ps. 147:5; Heb. 4:13; Romans 11:34), all loving (Jn 3:16; 1 Jn 4:7-8, 19; Romans 8:22-31), all wise (Isaiah 40:28-29; Romans 11:33; Ephesians 1:11-12), and unchanging in nature (Mal. 3:6; James 1:17; Heb. 6:17). He is also present everywhere at once (not as a life force - but as a relational Person - Jeremiah 23:23-24; Psalm 139:7-11; Isaiah 66:1-2; 1 Kings 8:27). These unchanging truths of God's character should encourage believers as they can rely on a God that sees all, knows all, is all wise, and is all powerful to intervene in their lives! A great God that is good watches over us and lovingly seeks to relate to us.
We believe Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, fully God and fully man (Jn 1:1-3, 14; Hebrews 2:9-18), conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23). He lived in this world without sin (1 Peter 2:21; Heb. 4:15), was crucified (Matthew 27:32-44; Mark 15:21-39; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-37), and in His death bore the sins of all mankind as our substitute, bearing God's wrath in our place and freely offering us His perfection (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 Jn 2:2). He was buried and on the third day physically, bodily rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4), overcoming and conquering sin and death, thereby obtaining redemption for all who receive Him as Savior and Lord. He ascended to the right hand of God the Father (Mk. 16:19) and will come again bodily to receive to Himself the redeemed (Matt. 24:30-31; 1 Thess. 4:14-18) and pass judgment on all who reject Him as Savior and Lord (Romans 14:10-12; Heb. 14:13).
We believe the Holy Spirit is fully divine and the third Person of the Trinity, not some force, convicting unbelievers of sin (Jn 16:8), calling them to the Savior, effecting regeneration, indwelling (1 Cor 6:19) and sealing every believer (Eph. 1:13), and baptizing each into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). The Holy Spirit works in the believer’s life by glorifying Christ (Jn 16:14); by cultivating Christian character (Gal. 5:22-23); by comforting, empowering (Zech 4:6), filling (Eph. 5:18), and guiding the believer into all truth (Jn 16:7-15). God the Holy Spirit sovereignly bestows spiritual gifts on His followers with which the believer serves God through His church (Romans 12: 3-8; 1 Cor. 12-14; Eph. 4:7-16).
We believe every person is a sinner by nature and also sins of his or her own free will (Eccls. 7:20; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8), and he or she lives under God's righteous judgment of sin and needs to be saved from the penalty of their sin. Sin is simply our rebellion against our Creator God and disobeying His benevolent commands and demands on our life as His creation. He created and made us and our universe, and keeps it completely under His providential order and care despite its corruption under the fall. Yet, our sin separates us from God (Isa. 59:2). Salvation for all is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to God's glory alone (Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Jn 5:11-12; Titus 3:4-7), whereby, through regeneration, the sinner is given the free gifts of faith and repentance (Acts 2:38). We choose to accept the free gift of salvation from our sins. Those whom God has accepted in Christ have been sealed by His Holy Spirit and will persevere in their faith and will never lose their salvation (Jn 10:27-30; Jude 24; Romans 8:38-39; Phil. 1:6).
We believe a New Testament church is an autonomous local body of baptized believers associated by agreement in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38, Acts 2:42-47). We are self governing, self funding, elder led, and congregationally accountable. We voluntarily associate with fellow Southern Baptist churches towards the goal of the spread of the Gospel and making disciples in all the world. The New Testament also speaks of the universal church consisting of believers from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. In Christ, all who choose Him are included in the family of God (Revelation 5:6-10). Therefore, there is no room for xenophobia, racism, or prejudice against differing people groups due to race, cultural, or gender differences. Our only opposition is against sin!
We believe the ordinance of baptism is the immersion in water of professed believers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior, and symbolizing his or her own death to sin, the burial of his or her old life, and his or her resurrection to live a new life in Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Col. 2:11-12; 2 Cor. 5:17). Baptism is a symbolic representation of a spiritual reality of being "in Christ". Historically, baptism is the initiatory ordinance of new believers into the church.
We believe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper (Communion) is an act of obedience to Christ’s command, whereby members of His body regularly partake of the bread and the fruit of the vine remembering, commemorating, and proclaiming the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ until His return. We believe the elements of the Lord’s Supper symbolize Christ’s body and blood, broken and shed for us to pay the penalty for our sins and redeem us to Himself (Matt. 26:26-30; Luke 22:14-23; 1 Cor. 11:17-34). We further believe that the church regularly partaking in the Lord's Supper lends itself to unity out of our diversity. As we regularly gather as a body of Christ around the Lord's Table we are truly God's people, His church, just as when we gather around His Word. As in all obedience to Christ's commands, the Holy Spirit ministers to our souls in the Lord's Supper, as in other means of God's grace like prayer, the reading and study of the Bible, baptism, fellowship,or praising God in music and song.
We believe that Jesus Christ our Lord is coming again, bodily, a second time to earth with His angels as King and Judge (1 Thess. 4:14-18; Matthew 24:27, 30-31; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; 2 Timothy 4:1, 6-8). In the end, He will judge the righteous and unrighteous, the just and unjust (Acts 17:31; Ecclesiastes 12:14). He will reward each person according to their faith and deeds (1 Corinthians 3:8-15). Those that are His children by turning from their sins and trusting in Jesus Christ to forgive their personal sins and make Him Lord of their lives will inherit eternal life and pleasure with God in heaven forever (Ps. 16:11; Jn 14:1-6). He will resurrect the righteous to eternal life with Him in heaven forevermore (1 Corinthians 2:9-10); He will resurrect the unrighteous to everlasting punishment that will shut them out of His Presence forever (Jn 5:27-29; 2 Thess. 1:7-9). In the end, God's enemy Satan and his minions will be cast into everlasting punishment for their rebellion against God and sin will be no more (Matthew 25:41; Rev. 20:10). In heaven, sin, pain, and sorrow are no more (Rev. 21:1-7).