who we are
What we believe
We believe in God. Not just that He exists, but that He is the creator of all that is. We believe He is in control and that He is committed to the salvation and ultimate deliverance of His people. He is to be loved, (Luke 10:27), feared, (Proverbs 1:7; Hebrews 12:28-29), worshipped, (John 4:23), honored, (Proverbs 3:9-10), and obeyed (1 John 5:3).
We believe in God’s Word, that God Himself inspired every word in the Bible (1 Timothy 3:16-17), and oversaw the process to ensure accuracy from the original to present day. Furthermore, to quote our Lord, “it is finished.” It is the full revelation of God to man and as such is not to be added to or subtracted from (Revelation 22:18-19). God’s Word, like God Himself, is the same yesterday, today and forever (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8).
We believe in grace. We believe that our only hope of salvation is to receive by faith God’s gift of eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9). It’s not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, He saved us (Titus 3:5).
We believe in the gospel, a.k.a “the good news.” Which is that God became man in the person of Jesus Christ, lived a perfect life, offered Himself on the cross as payment for our sins, died, was buried, and rose from the dead victoriously on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). We believe unapologetically that in light of this reality there aren’t many ways to God, but rather according to His Word, there is one way, one truth, one life, and Jesus is that one (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
We believe in the Great Commission. Not just that Jesus said it, but that He actually meant for His followers in every generation to carry it out. We understand that we personally are to go into the world and baptize people from every place and race in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Additionally we are to teach them all that Jesus commanded, confident of His presence and power in light of His promise, I am with you, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
We believe in the Great Commandment. In Mark 12:28-31 Jesus answered the question, “which is the greatest commandment?” by saying that first and foremost we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. But He didn’t stop there. He added that the second greatest commandment was to love our neighbors as ourselves. We believe that every man is our neighbor, regardless of race, or class, and we believe that by loving people, we demonstrate the reality of our love for God (1 John 3:16-18; 4:20-21).
For more details regarding church doctrine, see The Baptist Faith and Message.