Statement of Faith

 

Church on Boll Weevil Circle
Statement of Faith

    All people are welcome to worship with us. Our pastor and all leaders will teach in concert with these ideas.

The Bible:
We believe the Bible was written by writers inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. It is the perfect treasure of God’s instructions. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. The Bible reveals God’s principles and shall always remain relevant and true. The Good News of Jesus is the central message and the criterion for interpretation. 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21, Hebrews 4:12, 1 Peter 1:25, Psalm 119:11, 89, 105, 140. Psalm 107:20, Isaiah 55:11.

About God:
We believe in one and only one living and true God who is known in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but without division of nature, essence or being. We believe that the Father Almighty, Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer, is the Maker of heaven and earth and is Ruler over all the universe. God is the ultimate judge of all people, but now, His basic attitude and posture towards mankind is love, reconciliation, and relationship. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to be the Savior of the lost world. We believe that the Holy Spirit, who convicts of sin, is the Comforter promised by Jesus to enlighten the believer and encourage, comfort, and enable the church in worship, evangelism and service. Genesis 1:1-2, Exodus3;14, Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43;10, 44:6-8, 45:5, John 1:1, Hebrews 1:1-8, 2 Peter 1:1, John 10:30-33, Revelation 1:13-16, John 14:16-17, 26, John 15:26, John 16:7-14.

About Humanity:
We believe that all people, men and women, were created by God in His own image to have fellowship with Him, but became separated from God because all human beings have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Therefore, people cannot gain a right relationship with God through their own efforts. We believe that God has given each individual the free will to choose to respond to God through repentance and belief or to choose to reject God’s offer of love and forgiveness. We believe God desires and provided for the salvation of all people. We reject the reformed concepts of predestination, such as limited atonement and irresistible grace. Each individual person can and must make his or her own choice. We believe each person is responsible to God as a steward of his life, abilities, possessions, and influence. Genesis 1:26-28, John 1:3, Isaiah 59:2, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:15-16, John 3:16-18, John 3:36.

About Salvation:
We believe that Jesus Christ, by his own blood, shed on the cross, has provided the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, God, by His grace, freely offers salvation to all people. He saves those who repent of their sins, believe in their hearts and trust Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Salvation comes solely by the grace of God and no one has the opportunity to boast in their own works or efforts toward salvation. Jesus gave the Great Commission, which is the authority to evangelize and disciple all people. Hebrews 9:1-28, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:21-25, Romans 10:9-10, John 14:6, Hebrews 12:2, Matthew 28:19, Matthew 23:37F, Matthew 18:14, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John2:1-2.

About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: The Two Ordinances of the Church
We believe that Believer’s Baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing a person’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism is a public testimony of one’s belief that God has raised Jesus from the dead. As a public confession, Baptism expresses publicly what a person has already experienced personally when that person committed his/her life to Jesus Christ. Baptism follows the example set by Jesus. Therefore, we believe that Baptism is best expressed by immersion. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic reminder of Christ’s death on the cross for us. Mark 1:9, Mathew 28:18-20, Acts2:38, Acts 18:8, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 16:25-34, Romans 6:1-4, Luke 23:40-43, Ephesians 4:20-24, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 3:7.

About the Priesthood of the Believer and Competence of the Individual Soul:
We believe that as individuals created by God in His own image, God has chosen that all of us who would believe in Him through Jesus would be built into a spiritual house and a holy priesthood. We believe that as a royal priesthood all believers have access to God through the One Mediator Jesus Christ. As priests, we also have the responsibility of helping God bring mankind to Himself.  We are all called to serve Him as priests through praise and service. 1 Peter 2:4-10, 1 Timothy 2:5, Hebrews 12:22-24, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 8:1-2.

Baptist Faith and Message:
We are in general agreement with the three versions of The Baptist Faith and Message, but underscore the remarks regarding statements of faith in the 1963 preamble about freedom and Baptist heritage.

“(1) That they constitute a consensus of opinion of some Baptist body, large or small, for the general instruction and guidance of our own people and others concerning those articles of the Christian faith which are most surely held among us. They are not intended to add anything to the simple conditions of salvation revealed in the New Testament, viz., repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

“(2) That we do not regard them as complete statements of our faith, having any quality of finality or infallibility. As in the past so in the future, Baptists should hold themselves free to revise their statements of faith as may seem to them wise and expedient at any time.

“(3) That any group of Baptists, large or small, have the inherent right to draw up for themselves and publish to the world a confession of their faith whenever they may think it advisable to do so.

“(4) That the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptists is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Confessions are only guides in interpretation, having no authority over the conscience.

“(5) That they are statements of religious convictions, drawn from the Scriptures, and are not to be used to hamper freedom of thought or investigation in other realms of life.”

Baptists are a people who profess a living faith. This faith is rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ who is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Therefore, the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptists is Jesus Christ whose will is revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

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