What We Believe

Statements of Faith

1.      God:    

         We believe there is only one true, living and eternal God and that the Godhead is revealed as 

         Father,  Son and Holy Spirit


(A) One True and Eternal God: Deut. 6:4; 33:27; Jer. 10:10; Matt. 3:15-16; 28:19; Mk. 12:29; Jn. 14:9-11; 10:30; Rom. 8:9- 11; I Cor. 8:4-6; II Cor. 3:17; I Thess. 1:9; I Tim. 1:17; 2:5; 6:17; Heb. 1:1-13; 3:12. (B) The Godhead: 1. God as Father: Gen. 1:1; Matt. 6:9; Eph. 4:6. 2. God as Son: Isa. 9:6; Matt. 16:16; Jn. 1:1; 3:14, 16; 14:28; I Cor. 15:28; Heb. 1:8. Virgin Birth of Jesus: Matt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:26-38. 3. God as Holy Spirit: Jn. 14:16, 26; Acts 1:5, 8; 2:1-4; Rom. 8:16. 




2.      The Bible:    

         We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the Old and New Testaments; the inspired and infallible 

         Word of God and therein is found the only reliable guide of Christian faith and conduct.


 (A) The Inspired Revelation: Lk. 24:44-46; Rom. 16:25-26; II Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 1:1-2; II Pet. 1:20-21. (B) The Infallible Word: Isa. 40:8; Lk. 21:33; Jn. 17:17; Titus 1:2; I Pet.1:25. (C) The Reliable Guide: Deut. 6:6-9; Ps. 19:7-10; 119:105, 140; Jn. 5:39; Acts 17:11-12; Rom. 10:14-15; 15:4; II Tim. 3:16-17. 

 



3.   Man:    

       We believe that God created man in His own image to bring Him honor through obedience, and        that  when man disobeyed; he became a fallen and sinful creature - unable to save himself.   We        believe  that infants are in the covenant of God’s grace and that all persons become accountable to        God  when they reach a state moral responsibility.


 (A) Man¹s Origin: Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; Ps. 8:5. (B) Man¹s Purpose: Gen. 1:28-31; 2:15-25; Isa. 43:7. (C) Man¹s Sin: Gen. 3:1-24; Ps. 51:5; Jer. 13:23; Rom. 1:18-3:23; 5:12-21; 7:1-25. (D) Man¹s Accountability: Matt. 19:13-15; Rom. 4:15; 5:13; 6:16; Heb. 11:24-26.  



4.    Salvation:     

        We believe that salvation (regeneration, sanctification, justification, and redemption) has been         provided for all mankind through the redemptive work (life, death,  resurrection, ascension) and         intercession of Jesus Christ - and that this salvation can be received only through repentance         toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Salvation: Heb. 5:9; I Thess. 5:9; I Pet. 1:9; Heb. 7:25. Regeneration: Jn. 3:3-8; 1:11-13; I Pet. 1:23; Eph. 2:1-10; II Cor. 5:17; II Pet. 1:4; Titus 3:5. Sanctification: I Cor. 1:30; Eph. 5:26; Heb. 10:9-10, 29; II Tim. 2:21; Heb. 13:12; Rom. 12:1-2; I Pet. 1:2. Justification: Rom. 3:20-24; 5:1-2, 18; 8:30-33; Acts 13:38-39; I Cor. 6:11; II Cor. 5:21. Redemption: Matt. 20:28; Isa. 53:6; Col. 1:14; Titus 2:14; I Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 5:9. Christ¹s Redemptive Work: Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; Heb. 2:9; Rev. 22:17; II Pet. 3:9; Jn 14:6; Acts 4:12; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9. Life and Death: Rom. 5:10; Heb. 9:12-15; Jn. 10:11; I Jn. 3:16. Resurrection: Rom. 4:25; I Pet. 1:3; I Cor. 15:14, 17. Ascension: Heb. 4:14-16, 6:19-20; 9:24; 10:11-12. Intercession: Rom. 8:34; Heb. 9:15; Isa. 53:12; I Tim. 2:5. Repentance: Isa. 55:6-7; Lk. 24:47; Lk. 13:3-5; Acts 2:38; I Thess. 1:9-10. Faith: Jn. 3:16-18; Heb. 11:1, 6; I Pet. 1:5. 



5.    Assurance and Endurance:      

        We believe that those who abide in Christ have the assurance of salvation. However, we believe         that  the Christian retains his/her freedom of choice.  Therefore, it is possible for him/her to turn 

        away from  God and be finally lost.


 (A) Assurance: Matt. 28:20; I Cor. 10:13; Heb. 5:9. (B) Endurance: Matt. 10:22; Lk. 9:62; Col. 1:23; Rev. 2:10-11; 3:3-5. (C) Warnings: Jn. 15:6; Rom. 11:20-23; Gal. 5:4; Heb. 3:12; 10:26-29; II Pet. 2:20-21. (D) Finally Lost: Jn. 15:6; I Cor. 9:27; Heb. 6:4-6.  



6.    Christian Duties:

         We believe that Christians should live faithfully by serving through the local church - praying 

        diligently; witnessing earnestly; practicing tolerance; showing loving kindness; giving as God 

        prospers; and conducting themselves in such a way as to bring glory to God.


 (A) Faithful Service: I Chron. 16:11; Ps. 101:6; Matt. 28:18-20; Jn. 15:7-14; Rom. 12:14; I Cor. 13; II Cor. 8, 9; Eph. 4, 6; Heb. 12:1. (B) Prayer: II Chron. 7:14; Dan. 6:10; Matt. 6:1-13; 26:41; Lk. 18:1; I Thess. 5:17. (C) Witnessing: Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8. (D) Tolerance: Matt. 18:15-17; Lk. 10:27; Gal. 5:22-23; II Pet. 1:5- 9. (E) Loving Kindness: Jn. 13:35; I Jn. 3:11; 4:7, 11-12. (F) Financial Stewardship: Matt. 23:23; I Cor. 16:2; II Cor. 9:6-7.  



7.   The Church:

        We believe that the Church Universal is the Body of Christ - the fellowship of all believers - and         that its members have been called out from the world to come under the dominion and authority         of  Christ, its Head. We believe that a local church is a fellowship of Christians - a part of the Body         of Christ - voluntarily banded together for worship, nurture and service. 


 (A) The Church Universal: Matt. 16:18; Jn. 10:10; I Cor. 3:16; 12:12-14, 27; Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18, 24; Heb. 12:23. (B) The Local Church: Matt. 18:17; Acts 2:38-47; 11:19-30; Rev. 1:4; 3:22. 1. Worship and Service: Rom. 12:1; I Cor. 14:12, 23-25; Heb. 10:25; Ja. 1:26-27. 2. Nurture: Eph. 4; II Pet. 1:2-8; 3:18.  



8.     Ordinances:

           We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances instituted by Christ to be           observed  only by Christians. We also believe that the biblical mode of Baptism is immersion and           that  participation in the Lord’s Supper should be open to all Christians. (Note: Several           Associations and local churches recognize feet washing as an ordinance. We believe that this           should be left to the individual and that neither the practice nor the non-practice of it should be           any bar to fellowship -  either in the church, the local association, the Presbytery, or the General           Association.


 Jn. 13; I Tim. 5:10.) (A) Baptism: 1. Instituted: Matt. 3:13-15; 28:19. 2. Subjects: Acts 2:41; 8:12, 37-38; 10:47-48; 16:30-33; 19:5. 3. Biblical Mode: Rom. 6:3-5; Col. 2:12. 4. Purpose: Matt. 3:14; I Pet. 3:21. (B) Communion: 1. Instituted: Matt. 26:26-29; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:19-20; I Cor. 11:23-25. 2. Subjects: I Cor. 11:27-29. 3. Purpose: I Cor. 11:26.  



9.    The Lord's Day:

         We believe in the sanctity of the Lord’s Day - the first day of the week - and that this day ought to          be  observed by worshiping God, witnessing for Christ and ministering to the needs of humanity.          We  believe that secular work on Sunday should be limited to cases of necessity or mercy.  


 (A) Sanctity: Ex. 20:8; Isa. 58:13-14. (B) Observance: Mk. 2:27:28; Lk. 4:1-16; 14:1-6; Acts 20:7; I Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10.  


  

10.    Last Things:

           We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ and in the bodily resurrection of the dead.   We 

            believe that God will judge all mankind by Jesus Christ; that He will reward the righteous with 

            eternal life in heaven and that He will banish the unrighteous to everlasting punishment in hell.



 (A) Return: Matt. 24, 25; Lk. 12:40; Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Jn. 3:2; Rev. 1:7. (B) Resurrection: Jn. 5:25, 28-29; 6:40; 11:24-25; Rom. 8:11; I Cor.15; Phil. 3:21; I Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20:4-6. (C) Judgment and Reward: Matt. 25:21; Mk. 9:43-48; Jn. 5:27; Acts 17:31; Rom. 2:16; 14:12; II Cor. 5:1, 10; Col. 3:24; II Thess. 1:7- 10; Heb. 9:27; II Pet. 3:8-13; Jude 21; Rev. 2:7; 14:13; 20:10-15; 22:12.  





Church Covenant

 

Having given ourselves to God, we now give ourselves to His church and covenant with it and with each other, as also with God:


1.     That we will forsake all unrighteousness, even the appearance of evil. We will abstain from all           questionable pursuits and pleasures; we will forego all hurtful habits; we will avoid all evil           associations.


2.       That we will follow earnestly after righteousness and true holiness in the fear and love of God. We             shall seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, trusting that all needful and helpful             things will be added to us; we will seek entire consecration to God; we will live a life of prayer; we             will seek the constant abiding of the Divine Life within us; we will be satisfied only when we have              evidence that we please God and are accepted of Him.


3.         That we will faithfully improve all the means of grace. We will attend and support services of the              church, the preaching, the social services, the business meetings; we will contribute freely of our               means for the advancement of the Gospel; and we will cooperate with our brethren in every               enterprise having for its end the glory of God and the salvation of men.


4.          That we will be Christ-like in our deportment. We will be tender and affectionate toward each               other; we will be careful of each other's reputation, thinking no evil, and backbiting not with our                tongues; we will return good for evil; we will be just and honest, truthful and honorable in all our                dealing; we will do unto others as we would be done by; we will be meek, loving and forgiving as                we desire and hope to be forgiven.


5.          That we will be faithful Christian workers. We will do whatever Christian work comes to hand,                shunning no cross, shirking no duty; we will even seek opportunities to do good, glorify God and                save souls; we will study to win our associates, our neighbors, our families, all whom we may                influence, to become Christians; we will count it more than our meat and drink, more than all                things else, to do the will of our Father in heaven, to lead souls from sin and death, and lead them                to God and heaven.


6.          That when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church                where we can continue to live by the spirit of this Covenant and the principles of the Bible. 




More Information

If you have more questions about what we believe, please stop by and reach out to our Pastor or one of our deacons.  You can also drop by the General Baptist national website to find out more about our denomination:  


http://generalbaptist.com/national-offices/about-us