What We Believe
Learn About Our Beliefs,
Distinctives, and Faith
Who is God?
Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father.
Jesus was both fully God and fully human, lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (see Matthew 1:22–23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1–5, 8:58, 14:10–30; Hebrews 4:14–15; 1 Corinthians 15:3–4; Romans 1:3–4; Acts 1:9–11; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Timothy 6:14–15; Titus 2:13).
Jesus, the Son of God, sacrificed Himself so you could have a relationship with God.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ.
He also lives in every Christian with power for living, understanding for spiritual truths, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily (see 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7–13, 14:16–17; Acts 1:8, Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25).
As a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit working in you and through you.
What is the Bible?
Who are people?
Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life (see Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3–6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:6; Romans 3:23).
What is salvation?
Sin separates us from God, but God has provided a way, through Jesus Christ, for us to have a restored relationship with Him.
What is eternal security?
If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” your salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-efforts of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security (see John 10:28–30; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:14; 1 Peter 1:3–5).
What about eternity?
God created people to exist forever in eternity.
We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation through Christ. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence (see John 3:16, 5:11–13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 1:8, 2:44, 46).
The choices you make now will have eternal significance for you personally.
People are baptized after they trust Jesus Christ with their lives.
Believer’s 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 a person’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior; death to sin; the burial of the old life; and the resurrection to walk in a new life under the lordship of Jesus Christ. It is visible evidence of a person’s faith in God and His promises, including the final resurrection of the dead.
Baptism by immersion is a requirement for church membership.
The Lord's Supper
During the Lord’s Supper, Christian believers remember the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming by eating bread and drinking the fruit of the vine (see Matthew 3:13–17, 26:26–30, 28:19–20; Mark 1:9–11, 14:22–26; Luke 3:21–22, 22:19–20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41–42, 8:35-39, 16:30–33, 20:7; Romans 6:3–5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 10:21, 11:23–29; Colossians 2:12).
A New Testament Christian church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by a common faith in and community centered on the gospel. A local church observes Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper and is governed by the principles found in Scripture.
A local church is also responsible for exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges with which God has empowered its members through His Word. A local church always looks for ways to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ, which includes all believers from every time and place (see Matthew 16:15–19, 18:15–20; Acts 2:41–42, 2:47, 5:11–14, 6:3–6, 13:1–3, 14:23, 14:27, 15:1–30, 16:5, 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 3:16, 5:4–5, 7:17, 9:13–14, 9:12; Ephesians 1:22–23, 2:19–22, 3:8–11, 3:21, 5:22–32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9–14, 3:1–15, 4:14; Hebrews 11:39–40; 1 Peter 5:1–4; Revelation 2–3, 21:2–3).
As believers in Christ, we are called and privileged to worship both individually in our everyday lives and collectively as the Body of Christ.
We gather weekly as a church to focus our minds’ attention and hearts’ affection on Christ. Worship is central to our lives as believers.
About Our Faith Tradition
Learn more about the beliefs and doctrines we hold as essential to the Baptist tradition of faith and practice.