Our Church Doctrine
(What we believe)
The Baptists in the world share with other Evangelical Christians the great doctrines of the church, such as, belief in the Triune God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ for sinners, the hope of the believers’ resurrection made possible by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the ultimate triumph of our Lord over sin and death. In addition to these great truths, Baptist hold the following distinctive beliefs:
The Lordship of Jesus Christ. He alone is the high priest and ultimate authority in all matters of life and faith for the believer.
The Supremacy of the Scriptures. The Bible, which can be read and understood by all believers, is supreme over all man-made creeds.
The Priesthood of Believers. Every person can approach God directly through Christ without the aid of human priests.
Believers’ Baptism. Baptism is only for believers and the mode is immersion, as taught in the New Testament.
Regenerate Church Membership. Church membership is only for baptized believers.
Separation of Church and State. The state should protect all religious groups, but favor none.
Religious Freedom. Every person is responsible only to God for his religious beliefs and practices, he therefore should have the right to worship God as his own convictions and conscience dictate.
The Autonomy of the Local Church. Each local church is self-governing, choosing its own pastor and managing its own affairs.
The Evangelization of the World. Baptist take seriously the Great Commission of Christ, therefore, they endeavor to win people to Christ at home and abroad.
This church accepts the old and new testament as an all-sufficient basis of doctrine and practice, and as a summary of principles for Christian conduct among its members. In order to realize its purpose, we make the following covenant:
Pastor:We have been led by the Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our faith we have been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Spirit. Congregation:In the presence of God and this assembly, we most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant as one body in Christ. Pastor:The scripture states that Christ loved the church and gave himself for it. He died for all, that those who live, might live no longer for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised. Congregation:By the aid of the Holy Spirit we will walk together in Christian love, strive for the advancement of the church in holiness, wisdom and service. Pastor:Therefore, we will sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines, contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations. Congregation:We will strive to be worthy of the purpose to which we are called. We will neither eat anything, drink anything, or do anything that will cause our brother to stumble, to be offended or to be make weak. (Romans 14: 21) We will maintain family and personal devotions, educate our children concerning Jesus Christ, seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances, be just in our dealings, exemplary in our conduct, and zealous on our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior. Pastor:And because we are one body in Christ, we will watch over one another in brotherly love, remember each other in prayer, and aid each other in sickness and distress. Congregation:We will cultivate Christian compassion with feeling, and courtesy in speech; being slow to take offense, and always ready for reconciliation. Pastor:And inasmuch as we are urged to remain steadfast, ever abounding in the work of the Lord. Congregation:We promise that if we remove from this church we will promptly unite with some other church, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word. In Unison:Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.