WHAT WE BELIEVE

 

THE BIBLE

God is the author of the Bible. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for our beliefs, teaching, training, conduct, and creeds. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.

 

GOD

There is one and only one living and true God, there is no other besides him. God is the creator, ruler, and sustainer of all things, both in the physical and spiritual realm. He is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. He is all powerful and all knowing. His knowledge extends to all things past, present and future.

 

TRINITY

God eternally existed in three distinct persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit – with distinct attributes, yet are one God, without division in nature or being.

 

GOD THE FATHER

God the Father reigns, he is the source of all things, he cares over His heaven, His universe, His creation and the flow of History and Time. God the Father, who resides in heaven, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit into the world. He is all knowing, all powerful, all loving, all wise and His presence fills all creation. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is Father to those who come to faith in Christ.

 

JESUS CHRIST

The Son of God was with the Father in eternity. He is God and Lord. He glorifies the Father. He became flesh, a man like us, lived a sinless life in perfect obedience to His Father, offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a Roman cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is God. He glorifies Christ. He inspired holy men of old to write the Holy Scriptures. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.

 

MAN

Man is made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. Sin separates man from God, sin prevents man from having a relationship with God and prevents him from enjoying all the benefits that come with a relationship with God (i.e. heaven).

 

ETERNITY

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.To be eternally in union with Him is Eternal Life. To be eternally separated from God is Eternal Death. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

 

SALVATION

Salvation is a gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement, rituals or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Receiving Jesus means totally surrendering your life to Him – you fully trust Him as your Savior and follow Him as your Lord and King.

 

ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.

 

THE CHURCH

The church is the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed, true believers in Jesus Christ, of all the ages, past, present, future, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.

 

THE LOCAL CHURCH

A church is also an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ (baptism and the Lord’s supper), 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. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. It is led by pastors/elders. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.

 

MARRIAGE

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, becoming one flesh in the presence of God in a lifetime covenant commitment. We believe marriage is only between a man and woman. We believe marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman done in the presence of God because God is the author of marriage. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.

 

THE FAMILY

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people.

 

CHILDREN

Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.

 

CREATION

We believe God created all things from nothing, by His Word, and for His pleasure. God created heaven, the universe, and earth, he created man, male and female since the beginning in his image with the capacity to love and be creative. He created the animals according to their kind from the beginning.

 

BAPTISM

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 the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour. Being immersed in water symbolizes the burial of your old life and death to sin; while rising out of the water symbolizes the resurrection of your new life in Christ. The act of baptism does not save us, but it identifies us and marks us as a follower of Jesus and allows us to be obedient to him.

 

THE LORD’S SUPPER

The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, Remember the death of the Redeemer; Anticipate His second coming and Proclaim the gospel.

 

CREEDS

The word “creed” means “I believe”, comes directly from the Latin word “Credo”. Early Christians put together “I believe” statements to battle against false teachings and false teachers. It also helped Christians know what they believe and what they are in agreement with. It was not merely for Sunday morning recitation, reading or rituals but to deal with real issues and problems that threatened the early church (we are experiencing the same issues today).

One example of an early “I believe” statement was recited by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For what I received I passed on to you … that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day.”

“I believe” statements do NOT replace the Word of God, it is written by man and is prone to error. It merely summarizes and systematize the main teachings of the Bible and helps us remember (one of mans greatest weakness – memory).

Adapted from the Baptist Faith and Message