"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" Mt. 28:19
Upon a new believer's public profession of faith, the new child of God is baptized according to Scripture by immersion "In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
Baptism does not save. It is the outward portrayal of a newness of life in Jesus Christ.
"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, ,you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes." I Corinthians 11:26
We observe the Lord's Supper the first Sunday of each quarter. We believe the elements of the bread and drink to be symbolic of the tremendous sacrifice our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, paid on the Cross to atone for the sins of any who will call upon His name. The Lord's Supper is a looking back upon His sacrifice as well as a looking forward to the glorious hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man o f God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." II Timothy 3:16-17
We believe the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant Word of God. It is God's message to His people. "The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man" (2007 Baptist Faith & Message).
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life" John 3:16.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast" Ephesians 2:8-9.
We believe that salvation cannot be obtained apart from a personal belief and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. No work of man, including baptism, affects salvation in one's life (Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation includes regeneration (repentance and new birth), justification (righteousness and relationship with God because of Jesus Christ), sanctification (set apart and progressing toward spiritual maturity through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God), and glorification (the culmination of salvation and the final blessed state of the believer in Heaven).
The Church and Worship
"He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything" (Colossians 1:18).
We believe the local church is an autonomous body of baptized believers joined in like faith and beliefs and with Jesus Christ as both the head and foundation. As such, each member of the congregation is accountable to Jesus Christ.
We believe the two scriptural offices of the church are the pastor and deacons, both of which are to be held by men of good faith and qualified according to Scripture (I Timothy 3).
We believe in the importance of regular worship attendance and participation (Hebrews 10:23-25), service (Ephesians 2:10), fellowship, missions, discipleship, and evangelism (Matthew 22:37-40; 28: 18-20).
"You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3).
"There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe" (2007 Baptist Faith & Message).
We believe in the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
We believe that God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnipresent (ever present). He is self-existent, self-sufficient, and all eternal. He is the only uncreated being and Creator of all. He is unchanging, sovereign, and holy.
We believe that all believers owe God complete obedience, submission, reverence, and pure worship.