What We Believe

God

There is only one living and true God. He is all-knowing, all-powerful and everywhere. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Isaiah 45:5; Isaiah 57:15; 1 John 4:9

Father

As Father, He provides, loves, disciplines and freely offers grace to us through faith in Jesus Christ.  Psalm 19:1-3; John 4:24; Ephesians 4:6

SON

Jesus Christ is the perfect representation of the Father in human form, both fully human and fully divine. He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. In death, He was the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people. He rose from the dead after three days and, a short time later, ascended to Heaven where He reigns. He will return one day and, in the meantime, lives in the lives of all Christians.  Mark 1:1; John 1:1-18; John 1:29; Romans 1:3-4; Romans 3:23-26; 1 Peter 3:22

HOLY SPIRIT

He lives within each Christian to inspire, guide, convict of sin and give abilities and spiritual gifts for carrying out the work of the church.  John 14:16-17; John 4:26; Acts 1:8; Acts 4:31

MAN

Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. … The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.  Genesis 1:26-28; Romans 5:6; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-22

SALVATION

God reconciling humanity to Himself. The solution to overcoming the death penalty of sin is to acknowledge the need for God, turn from sin, believe that Christ is Savior and publicly confess Jesus as Lord. There is no other way to mend your relationship with God. Once salvation occurs, it can never be taken away or lost.  Romans 5:8-10; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:8-22; 1 John 1:6-2:11

BAPTISM

An outward expression of an inward change and commitment that has occurred in the life of a believer. Baptism pictures Christ's death and resurrection through immersion into water. It is not a means of salvation.  Matthew 3:13-17; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:41-42; Acts 8:35-39; 

The Lord's Supper

A symbolic remembrance of Christ's sacrifice. The bread and cup represent the body and blood of Christ. Those who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord participate in the Lord's Supper during periodic observances.  Matthew 26:26-30; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel, observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.  Acts 2:41-42; Acts 2:47; Acts 6:3-6; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 14:23; Acts 14:27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Colossians 1:18 

For a more comprehensive and in-depth look into our beliefs, please visit the Southern Baptist Convention website at http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp.