What We Believe

Basic Biblical Baptist Tenets of Faith

II Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The Scriptures
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain, and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience.
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver, and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself all perfection and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
The Trinity
God is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence of being.
God from eternity decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any wise to be the author or approver of sin, nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures.
Election is God's eternal choice of persons unto everlasting life -- not because of foreseen merit, but of His great mercy in Christ -- in consequence of which choice, they are called, justified, and glorified.
The Fall of Man
God created man in His own image, and free from sin; but through the temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his state of holiness; whereby his posterity inherits nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law.
The Mediator
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God is the divinely appointed Mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law, suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, Priest, and Head of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe.
Regeneration is of grace, wherein a person being, by the Holy Spirit made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it with Godly sorrow (repentance), detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk after God so as to please Him in all things.
Saving faith is the belief, on God's authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification, sanctification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness.
Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ as the accepted offering for sin, and that He has met God's requirement, and that through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith.
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God's Word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of the Divine Strength which all Saints seek to obtain, pressing after an heavenly life in cordial obedience to all of Christ commands.
Perseverance of the Saints
Those whom God hath accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally or finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end; and though they may fall, through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Holy Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.
The Church
The Lord Jesus is the Head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is, invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to associate themselves into particular societies or churches; and to each of these churches, He hath given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He hath appointed. The regular officers of the Church are Bishops, or Elders (Pastors), and Deacons.
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every Believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of his giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. Baptism is prerequisite to church fellowship and participation in the Lord's Supper and will only be omitted in special cases of health etc..
The Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and wine, and to be observed by His Church till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate Jesus’ death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge, and renewal of their communion with Him and of their church fellowship.
The Lord's Day
The Lord's Day (Sunday) is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, devoting ourselves in divine worship and praise of our Lord Jesus.
Liberty of Conscience
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrine and commandments of man. Each person is competent under God to make his own moral and religious decisions and is responsible to God in all matters of moral and religious duty. Each person has the right to embrace or reject religion and to witness to his religious beliefs, always with proper regard to the rights of others.
The Resurrection
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God--the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and the unjust will rise.
The Judgment
God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ; when everyone shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go away into everlasting punishment; the righteous into everlasting life.
The New Testament given on the foundation of the Old Testament is recognized as our standard of final appeal in matters of faith and practice.
The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it. It is subject to the control of no other ecclesiastical body but it recognizes and sustains the obligations of mutual counsel and cooperation which are common among Baptist Churches.