What We Believe
The Scriptures found in the Old and New Testament are inspired by God. They are both inerrant and completely authoritative in all matters. It is the only sufficient means in which we may come to know God.
There is only one true God, who exists and has been revealed to us in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), yet is one in essence and being. Each fully-God and equal in every way.
God the Father
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience.
He is the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He is both fully God and fully human. He lived a perfect, sinless life, and voluntarily gave his life on the cross, where he took the punishment we deserve for the sins we have committed. As a result, satisfying the justice of God and accomplishing salvation for all who would alone trust in him. After he died, he was buried and physically rose three days later. He then physically ascended into heaven, where he sat down at the right hand of God. He alone mediates between God and man, and lives to make intercession for those who have come to him. He will again physically return to judge the living and the dead and establish his kingdom.
He has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and of judgment and brings about new life to those who trust in Christ. He indwells every believer in Christ and empowers them to live a life pleasing to God.
All humans were created by God, in his image, and were free from sin. Man chose to sin in the Garden of Eden, and thus separated himself from a perfect and holy God. As a result, all are born (Christ excluded) by birth, and action, a sinner, and incapable of pleasing God on their own. The penalty for sin is death, both physically and spiritually.
Salvation is a free gift of God not earned by our deeds, but by faith in the accomplished work of Christ on the cross alone.
Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is made up of all his true disciples. The church is fixed on the command to go and make disciples of all people, and to love as he has loved us. All true disciples should be committed and active in a local body, where they are engaging others with the hope of Christ, and serving one another.
Baptism is an ordinance given by Jesus, and commanded of every believer. It is by immersion in water, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is given as a sign of our union with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection, and it is a symbol of our dying to sin, being made new, and raising to walk in a new life.
The Lord’s Supper
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance given by Jesus, to share in the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine; reflecting on his death, and looking forward to his second coming.
The Last Things
Jesus will return in the last days as he has promised to establish his kingdom and to judge the living and the dead. Those who have rejected Christ on earth will be consigned to hell, and those who have trusted in Christ will be given new bodies and receive the reward of eternal life.
For an expanded view of our beliefs, please see “The Baptist Faith and Message.”