God

  • Triquetra-VesicaWe believe in one and only one living and true God.
  • We believe God to be totally self-giving, loving, and personal — revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    • All life is created, sustained and given by God.
    • Abundant and eternal life is freely offered to all people in Jesus Christ.
    • The Holy Spirit gifts and empowers all believers for ministry in the world.
  • Anything we know of God now, we know “as through a glass darkly,” but one day we shall know God and be known by God fully (1 Corinthians 13:12).

The Bible

  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Bible is true and trustworthy, the word of God written by men divinely inspired.
  • The Bible is the true center of Christian union and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible should be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
  • True to our Baptist heritage, we maintain that no one should be bound by narrow human interpretations of Scripture; rather, all are free to follow the divine Voice which summons us from Scripture.

The Church

  • water2In view of the New Testament, a church is a local body of believers who covenant in faith together and fellowship in the Gospel for the sake of the world.
  • Jesus is now and forever the only head of the church, meaning each congregation is free to follow him as the Spirit leads.
  • Though we are firmly and freely Baptist, denominational lines do not limit or define the Church.
  • “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.”

Being Baptist

Though our members come from many different backgrounds, together we are proud to be Baptist in that we uphold traditional Baptist values.

  • baptismSoul Freedom – Because genuine faith is voluntary and never coerced, we uphold the freedom of every person in matters of faith. God has made our souls free, and each person can relate to God without the intervention or approval of any church, state, or earthly authority.
  • Bible Freedom – The Bible is our book, and the Spirit is our guide. Each individual is free to read and interpret the Scriptures without being bent into believing certain human interpretations and traditions.
  • Church Freedom – If freedom is best for individuals, then it is also best for churches. Each local church governs its own affairs, seeking to follow the will of Christ and not the directions of a denomination.
  • Religious Freedom – Baptists have long been champions of the separation of church and state, believing that both benefit when they are free.

We Believe in Something Bigger than “Our Beliefs!”

We believe in God! The above is a summary of our faith, not a comprehensive or timeless creed. Our only authority in matters of faith is the Bible, understood in light of God’s gracious self-revelation in Jesus Christ.

For an expanded discussion of basic Baptist belief, you may want to consult the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message. Some of the terminology above is adapted from that confession. Or even better, let’s begin a conversation together!