We believe God created all things in heaven and earth and that they exist by His power. We believe humankind was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that it sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to humanity and its posterity. We believe humankind inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, can do nothing to merit God’s favor, and is, therefore, in need of salvation.
We believe that God created humanity in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually and biologically different, but with equal personal dignity. It is inconsistent with God’s design for a follower of Christ to in any way practically live or physically seek to change, alter, or disagree with their obvious biological sex which has been assigned by God.
Genesis 1:1, 1:26-28, 2:17; Romans 6:23, 5:12-14, 3:23, 3:10; Colossians 1:16-17
The sinless life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ provide the only basis for the salvation of all who believe. Only those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord, exercising repentance and faith, are children of God. We believe all true believers elect of God, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever.
1 Corinthians 15:3-6; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; John 1:12; Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39; John 10:27-30
BAPTISM & COMMUNION
Christian 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 Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer's faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.
Communion is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
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 10:16,21, 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.
We believe that marriage is a union ordained by God and intended as a lifelong commitment between one man and one woman. In keeping with the Bible’s clear teaching on marriage as a union between one man and one woman, we will not conduct nor host wedding ceremonies inconsistent with Scripture.
Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; 1 Corinthians 5:1, 6:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 19:4-9; Ephesians 5:31-33
Jesus will return bodily to the earth to complete our salvation and establish His kingdom. All the dead will experience a bodily resurrection, the believer to eternal life with the Lord and the unbeliever to judgment and eternal punishment.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 John 3:2; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 7:14
For a broader statement of our theology, see the Baptist Faith & Message (2000). You may also contact the church by calling 937.898.3801 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about our beliefs.