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While many Congregations have a denominational head, Baptists do not.   Because of this, no two Baptist churches are the same.   So we think it’s important for you to know some of the things we believe.


Baptists believe the Gospel.   The gospel is defined in I Corinthians 15:1-5. Christ died for our sins; He was buried; He rose again the third day according to the scriptures. We also believe that He is coming again, and soon!


Baptists believe that Salvation is Personal.   Salvation of the soul comes by repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ, and that God made this Salvation available to anyone and everyone.   No one is beyond salvation, and no one is excluded from God’s offer.  We do not believe that good works, church membership, baptism, etc., can save the soul and result in Salvation.    


Baptists believe in Assurance of Salvation.  The Bible teaches that you can know without any doubt that you have been redeemed and that Heaven is your Eternal Home.   There is a peace that Jesus gives when a person is born again; the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is what gives this peace to the soul.


Baptists believe in the Authority of the Scriptures.  The Bible is God's will revealed to man, and the bible alone is the absolute authority on all matters of faith and practice.


Baptists believe in the Authority of the Local Church.   Jesus Christ started the first Church during His earthly ministry; the purpose of the Local Church is to bring glory and honor unto Christ.    When Christ is lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself, and souls will be saved.  


Baptists believe in a scriptural pattern for a Church.  Each church is made up of born again scripturally baptized believers, meeting together to worship and server the Lord.  A church has two offices: Pastors and Deacons.  A church has two ordinances: scriptural baptism and closed communion. 

    


Baptists are not Protestants.  Baptist beliefs did not come into existence out of protest over Catholic beliefs, as all Protestant beliefs and denominations did.   We believe that Jesus Christ set the pattern of doctrine when He started His Church, and that this pattern has been followed by some group of believers since the time of Christ.   The names of those groups have changed, but the doctrine has stayed the same.


For a full doctrinal statement, please feel free to contact us.