Our Beliefs

Below you can find a brief summary of our beliefs. The scriptures listed are a representation and not meant to be an exhaustive list. You can find a more extensive explanation of each topic including additional Bible references in "Baptist Faith & Message".

If you have any questions, please stop by the Connections Room on Sunday or email  to request a conversation with a pastor.

 

God: We believe there is one living and true God. God is a person, spiritual being, the creator of all things. As such, he is the ruler of the universe. We believe God exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet is one in nature and essence. He is our redeemer, seeking to reconcile humanity to Himself. (Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; John 14:9; Acts 5:4,9)

 

Jesus: We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. Jesus is the eternal Son of God, always having existed with the Father. He was sent from God, born to a virgin, lived a sinless life in obedience; obedience that would lead to death on a cross. His death on the cross, as a substitute for us, was God’s means of offering humanity a way back into fellowship with Himself. We believe Jesus was raised from the dead, returned bodily to the right hand of God, and that he will physically return one day to this earth to complete his redemptive mission. (John 1:1,14; Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-38; 1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

 

Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the trinity. He was sent by God and Jesus to convict the world of sin, to counsel and comfort the church and to draw people into a renewed relationship with God. The Holy Spirit lives within all believers. Through the gifts the Holy Spirit offers to the church, believers are strengthened to love, serve, and obey God. (John 14:15-17, 16:8-11; Matthew 28:18; I Corinthians 12:4-11)

 

Bible: We believe the Bible is God’s revelation to us. Sometimes called the “scripture”, the Bible is the inerrant, inspired revelation of God to humanity. Though written by human hands, God is the author, inspiring those human hands in all that was written. In the Bible, we have the story of Creation, the fall, God’s redemptive plan and the final end of human history as we know it. All scripture is a testimony to Jesus, with the Old Testament looking forward to the coming of Messiah and the New Testament both, looking back to how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament, and forward to the age of the church and the final consummation of history. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

 

Salvation: We believe that salvation is offered freely to any individual who believes that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah. However, this is more than just intellectual assent; the person must personally trust Jesus as the Lord of their life. We believe that those whom God as accepted in Christ and made holy through the ongoing work of the Spirit will persevere to the end. (Romans 10:9-10; 8:35-39; Ephesians 2:4-10)

 

The Church: We believe the Church is to represent Jesus Christ to the community in which it exists and around the world. As the Church, we are also called the “bride of Christ”, in intimate relationship with Jesus, and thus with God. Therefore the church includes all people who have trusted Christ as Savior and Lord. As a Southern Baptist church we believe the local church is made up of baptized believers, seeking to live out the gospel of Christ as a community of faith. (Acts 4:32-35, 20-28)

 

Ordinances: We practice two ordinances of the church (sometimes referred to as sacraments): believers baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We see baptism as an act of obedience, symbolizing a believer's faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we practice baptism by full immersion in water by a person professing Jesus as Savior and Lord. The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of remembrance, whereby believers remember Jesus’ death on the cross and look forward to his second coming. The table is open to anyone who has trusted Christ as Savior, regardless of church affiliation.