Pastor Lloyd McCarroll Jr.
Worship Leader Ned Barnes
The Bible is the Word of God given to mankind.
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. For reasons of textual reliability, we believe that God has preserved His Word for the English speaking people in the King James Version of the Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21
God is one God, consisting of three persons that share one nature, that are equal in power, and participate in the same works. The Trinity is one that the human mind (in it’s temporal state) cannot fully comprehend. However, the Bible tells us that God is one who consists of three persons, namely, God the Father, God the Word, and God the Holy Spirit. (Is 44:6, Deut. 6:4, Matt 3:16-17; Matt 28:19;1 John 5:7; 28:19).
The Bible informs man that God the Word has always existed and that He took a human form inthe person of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully and literally God in human form (I Tim 3:16), He was conceived of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), and in the womb of a virgin named Mary (Isa 7:14) received a human body. He was tempted by Satan in all points like we are, yet without sin (Mat 4:1?11; Heb 4:15; 1 John 2:16). The sole purpose of God the Son taking on a human form was to provide the payment to redeem mankind from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death in Hell and the Lake of Fire. Jesus Christ allowed Himself to be crucified in order to pay the penalty deserved for all our sin (Rom 5:11?21), He literally and bodily rose again from the grave on the third day (1 Cor 15:3?4), and He now sits on the right hand of the Father in heaven and makes intercession on behalf of believers before the throne of God the Father.(1 Jn 1:1-2;Col 3:1).
God the Holy Spirit always existed and was active in creation( Heb 9:12, Gen 1:2)The Holy Spirit is fully God and the current, earthly manifestation of God through His indwelling of the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor 3:16; John 16:7), and that He seals the believer and baptizes (immerses) him into the body of Christ at the moment of salvation (1 Cor 12:13) with the goal of teaching God’s Word and conforming the believer to the very image of Christ (Eph 1:3?14; 1 Cor 2:9?16; 2 Cor 3:17?18). Like the Son, the Holy Spirit makes intercession for believers as they petition God the Father. (Rom 8:26)The Holy Spirit gives gifts to every believer as He (the Spirit) wills so the believer might effectively edify the Body of Christ as the local church and to communicate the love of Christ (1 Cor 12?13), and the modern tongues movement is not according to Scripture (1 Cor 14).
Angels are beings created by God. They reside in the spiritual realm, but operate on earth at times and though generally not visible to man, they can be seen by man if God ordains it. The Bible informs us that Angels were, like man, created to Glorify God. Angels not only Glorify God in Heaven, but also minister to Believers and intercede in the affairs of men when instructed by God. (Rev 5:11-13, Ps 91:10-12, Dan 10:5-15)The end of angels is to spend eternity in Heaven, Glorifying God.
At one point in time, the most beautiful angel created by God (Lucifer) rebelled against God and was cast out of Heaven, along with one third of the angels, who had also rebelled. Lucifer is commonly known as the Devil and the other rebel beings as devils or demons. (Is 14:12-15, Ez 28, 2 Pet 2:4, Jude 1:6, Gen 19:1-17, Ps 104:4, Ps 148:2)The Devil and his demons can indwell unbelievers and constantly interfere with and oppose God in the affairs of mankind.( Mark 5:3- 15, Matt 4:1-11, Rev 12:10, Job 1:7-12) The end of the Devil and his demons is to be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity.(Rev 21:12, Rev 20:10, Rev 12:7-9)
Adam and Eve
The Genesis account of creation is historical, not allegorical or figurative. Adam was a real person, created by the direct act of God and in His image (Gen 1?2). God created Eve from the rib of Adam (Gen 1:21-22)Though warned by God that they would surely die (Gen 3:3),Adam and Eve chose to sin against God through the free will God gave them and reaped the wages of death. As the originator of the human race, Adam passed his sinful nature to all mankind (Rom 5:12). All men are sinners by birth and then continue through sinful acts(Rom 3) for which the wages are death (Rom 6:23). Sinful men are “enemies of God”.(Rom 8:7-8, Rom 5:10)
Salvation from Hell is by God’s grace alone on the basis of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross where He shed His blood to cover our sins,(luke 22:20 Rom 3:5, Rom 5:9) and in His resurrection, appropriated by the faith of anyone who will personally believe in his heart and confess with his mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord (Eph 2:8?9; Rom 10:9?10). The act of salvation is just as definite and decisive as physical birth (John 3:1?7). The result of Salvation is eternal life, which starts from conversion and continues after death.( Rom 5:21, John 10:10).Salvation cannot be reversed or lost and believers are kept by the power of God (John 10:28?29; 1 John 2:19; Rom 8:35?39; 1 Pet 1:5).
The Church, (the Family of God or the Bride of Christ) consists of all believers who have been saved by God’s grace through faith. Baptism is not necessary to be a part of this Church.
The Local Church is a group of believers who are called out and meet together on a regular basis to worship God corporately, encourage one another for obedience to God, comfort one another in times of sorrow, and spread the Gospel through their local community individually and around the world by supporting and sending out missionaries.( I Thes 5:11-14, Heb 10:24- 25, Acts 1:8, Acts 2:42-47, Acts 4:32-34, Acts 13: 1-3) God has established two offices for the local church, Pastor and Deacons. Pastors are to protect the flock and feed by guiding them through God’s Word.(Acts 6:2, 1 Tim 3, 1 Tim 4:6-16, Acts 20:28, Titus 1) Deacons are to to also be spiritual leaders of the church and are to relieve the Pastor of responsibilities so that the Pastor give attention to prayer and can labor in God’s Word. There are also two ordinances that a local church has been commanded by the Lord to celebrate, Baptism and Communion. These are both to be done to be obedient and as a remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Return of Christ
Jesus Christ will physically return to the earth in judgment at what believers call the “Second Coming of Christ) (Acts 1:11; 2 The 1:7?10). Shortly before Christ’s Second Coming, all Born- Again believers will be Caught up or “raptured” to meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the air (1 The 4:13?18; 1 Cor 15:51?52) After the rapture will follow a seven year period of tribulation on earth during which time God will judge His people Israel and all without Christ (1 The 5:1?11; Mat 24). That period of tribulation will be ended by Christ’s personal return to rule for a thousand years or what believers refer to as the “millennium”(Rev 20:1?6; Mat 25:31?46).
All of mankind past and future will spend eternity either with Christ or eternally separated from Him in Hell and then eventually the Lake of Fire. The lost who die wait in Hell which is in the belly of the earth,( Matt 12:40)for the day of final judgment where they will be assigned to the proper degree of punishment in a literal lake of fire (Rev 20:11?15). I believe those who have accepted Christ as Savior will experience a bodily resurrection to everlasting life and eventually return with Christ at the second coming and be with him for ever more.(1 The 4:13?18).
Why We Are Baptist!
The Bible is the final authority in all matters of belief and practice because the Bible is inspired by God and bears the absolute authority of God Himself. Whatever the Bible affirms, Baptists accept as true. No human opinion or decree of any church group can override the Bible. Even creeds and confessions of faith, which attempt to articulate the theology of Scripture, do not carry Scriptures’s inherent authority.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20,21
AUTONOMY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
The local church is an independent body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ, the head of the church. All human authority for governing the local church resides within the local church itself. Thus the church is autonomous, or self-governing. No religious hierarchy outside of the local church may dictate a church’s beliefs or practices. Autonomy does not mean isolation. A Baptist church may fellowship with other churches around mutual interests and in associational tie, but a Baptist church cannot be a “member” of any other body.
Colossians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5,19,23
PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER
“Priest” is defined as “one authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and God.” Every believer today is a priest of God and may enter into His presence in prayer directly through our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. No other mediator is needed between God and people. As priests, we can study God’s Word, pray for others, and offer spiritual worship to God. We all have equal access to God — whether we are a preacher or not.
1 Peter 2:5,9; Revelation 5:9,10
The local church should practice two ordinances: (1)baptism of believers by immersion in water, identifying the individual with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, (2) the Lord’s Supper, or communion commemorating His death for our sins. Matthew 28:19,20; 1 Corinthians 11;23-32
INDIVIDUAL SOUL LIBERTY
Every individual whether a believer or an unbeliever, has the liberty to choose what he believes is right in the religious realm. No one should be forced to assent to any belief against his will. Baptists have always opposed religious persecution. However, this liberty does not exempt one from responsibility to the Word of God or from accountability to God Himself.
Romans 14:5,12; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Titus 1:9
SAVED, BAPTIZED CHURCH MEMBERSHIP
Local Church membership is restricted to individuals who give a believable testimony of personal faith in Christ and have publicly identified themselves with Him in believer’s baptism. When the members of a local church are believers, a oneness in Christ exists, and the members can endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 4:3
TWO OFFICES IN THE CHURCH
The Bible mandates only two offices in the church – pastor and deacon. The three terms – “pastor,” “elder,” and “bishop” or “overseer” – all refer to the same office. The two offices of pastor and deacon exist within the local church, not as heirarchy outside or over the local church.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
God established both the church and the civil government, and He gave each its own distinct sphere of operation. The government’s purposes are outlined in Romans 13:1-7 and the church’s purposes in Matthew 28:19 and 20. Neither should control the other, nor should there be an alliance between the two. Christians in a free society can properly influence government toward righteousness, which is not the same as a denomination group of churches controlling the government. Matthew 22:15-22; Acts 15:17-29