What We Believe

Inherent in the worth of each person is also the ability of the soul to have direct access to God through Jesus Christ. Baptists believe that no group has the right to force others to believe or worship as it does. God has given all people freedom of choice and as such Baptists have championed the cause of religious liberty.

Baptists share many beliefs in common with other Christians, including the belief in one God who is represented in three personages.

God the Father

God the Father is characterized as a God of love, truth and justice.

God the Son

God the Son is found in the human and divine nature of Jesus Christ, who always existed and who’s death and resurrection makes a way of reconciliation between individuals and God the Father.

God the Holy Spirit

God the Holy Spirit, who is eternal, is currently at work convicting the hearts, and illuminates the minds of people to understand their sin and the forgiveness found in Jesus. He empowers Christians with gifts of service to build up the church of Christ.

New Testament Teaching

Baptists emerged historically out of a desire to follow New Testament teaching as they understood it. The following beliefs have come to be known as Baptist Distinctives:

  • The Lordship of Jesus Christ
  • The Authority of the Scriptures
  • The Priesthood of the Believer
  • Regenerate Church Membership
  • Baptism
  • Communion
  • Local Church Autonomy
  • The Separation of Church and State

Water Baptism

We practice believer’s baptism by immersion. It is one of the first significant acts through which the believer announces personal faith in Jesus Christ and is initiated into church life and ministry.

Baptism is:

  • An act of obedience: Jesus commands it (Matt 28:19).
  • An act of following Jesus’ example (Matt 3:13-17).
  • A Symbol of the death and resurrection of Jesus (Romans 6:1-4)
  • An act of following Jesus through death and resurrection (Romans 6:1-4)