In today’s society, the distinction between the “world” and Christians is becoming less distinguishable every day. Among those who call themselves Christians, there is a great diversity of doctrines, convictions, standards and practices; many of which do not adhere to the Word of God. Hence, I believe that a person should be well grounded in God’s Word and possess a strong knowledge of his beliefs. The information below serves as a brief summary of our beliefs regarding the following topics.
I believe that there is one God, and He is the LORD Jehovah. I also believe that God is a Trinity; having three Persons in one — God the FATHER, God the SON, and God the HOLY SPIRIT. God is omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (all present), omnipotent (all powerful). God is the supreme Creator and Controller of our universe.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God the Son (John 1:14) who was born of a virgin (Matthew 1:18-25), lived a sinless life while on the Earth (II Corinthians 5:21), and willingly gave His life on the cross to be the propitiation for our sins (I John 4:10). Three days after His death, He physically resurrected, was seen of His disciples, and physically and visibly ascended into Heaven. Jesus Christ is the only Savior of the souls of mankind (John 14:6) and the only mediator between a Holy God and His sinful creation (I Timothy 2:5). I believe that Jesus Christ will return physically, just like He ascended, to take the saved to Heaven before the Tribulation.
I believe that God in His great mercy and love has preserved His Word (Psalms 119:89). I believe that the Bible was verbally inspired of God, who worked through men to deliver His Word unto us. The Bible, being God’s Word, is as perfect, holy, and inerrant as the Author is Himself. The Bible is living, powerful, and utterly life changing (Heb 4:12). I believe that God’s Word has been preserved for English speaking people in the King James Version of the Bible.
Salvation, according to the Bible, is by grace through faith in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). This faith is a choice that results from the sinner repenting of his sin, acknowledging his need for a Savior, choosing to accept Christ as that all-sufficient Savior (Romans 5:8-9), and putting his trust in Christ. Our good works are unable to obtain salvation for us, but rather are an outward expression of an inward change that has taken place (II Corinthians 5:17). This includes baptism by immersion which, according to the Bible is an outward testimony of the inward salvation.
The Local New Testament Church:
I believe that Jesus Christ established the Local New Testament Church on the Rock, Himself. Thus, faith in Christ should be the foundation of the Church. Members of the church are to have a clear salvation testimony and have had been baptized in the church or by a church of like faith and practice. In addition, the Local New Testament Church is to be governed by the Pastor; under who all members, including missionaries sent out from that church, are to be under authority.
The Baptist Distinctives:
I am a Baptist, not because I was raised a Baptist, but because the teachings and principles of the Bible are adhered to by Baptist doctrines. I believe in the distinctive doctrines of the Baptist church: indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the priesthood of the believer, the vicarious blood atonement of Christ, the only ordinances of the church, baptism and the Lord’s supper, the established offices of the church, pastor and deacon. In addition, I believe that the Bible teaches that we are to live a separated life unto God, apart from the world.