Who We Are: Doctrine & Theology
Baptists are a people of deep beliefs and cherished doctrines. Throughout our history we have been a confessional people, adopting statements of faith as a witness to our beliefs and a pledge of our faithfulness to the doctrines revealed in Holy Scripture.
As members of the Southern Baptist Convention, we hold to The Baptist Faith and Message.
Who We Are: mISSION
To glorify, love, and obey God by making disciples of Jesus through gospel ministry, service, and Christ-centered relationships.
Who We Are: VALUES
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (1 Chronicles 16:29)
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! (Psalm 150:1-6)
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. (Hebrews 13:15)
We value worship because God values worship and he is worthy of all worship, all glory, all honor, and all praise. We worship God for who he is, his greatness, his power, his love, his mighty deeds, and what he has done for us, his people. We worship in spirit and in truth. Through Christ our mediator, we continually offer up everything we have as a sacrifice of praise to God.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28)
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
We value Scripture because it is God’s perfect and complete revelation of himself to humanity. All of it is God breathed and profitable in the life of believers. Scripture is truth straight from God’s mouth and is living and active in the hearts and minds of people. We meditate on it, speak it, teach it, and obey it. It instructs us in the way of God and shows us actively how to know God and how to live. Salvation comes from faith, and faith comes from hearing the word of Christ in Scripture.
For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? (Deuteronomy 4:7)
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:9-13)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 4:2)
We value prayer because God values prayer, for it is part of the foundation of our relationship with him. We seek to be continually in prayer and calling upon the name of our Lord. We come humbly before him to seek his face so that we might know him and he might reveal himself to us. Jesus Christ told his disciples that they should pray as well as how to pray. In all that we do, we will seek God’s face through prayer.
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (Deuteronomy 15:11)
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another.
(1 Peter 4:9)
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)
We value Service because God himself came not to be served, but to serve. Therefore we also will serve. We serve God with everything that we have. We serve other people because they are made in God’s image and when we serve people, we serve God. God has revealed to his people what he requires: to do justice to all, to be kind and caring for all, and to walk humbly as we serve. We will serve the poor, the sick, the needy, as well as the saints. We will serve the Lord joyfully, willingly, humbly, and tirelessly.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! …So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:13-17)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2)
But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. (Titus 2:1)
We value Gospel Proclamation because God wants all people of all nations to know him. We preach the Gospel because it was Jesus Christ’s final commission to his disciples. We teach Scripture because it is God’s complete revelation of himself to humanity. We preach the word always because it convicts people of sin, leads them to repentance and a changed life, sanctification, equips people for good works, and brings men into a mature relationship with God. We carefully preach and teach sound doctrine only, so that God might be glorified and people might be saved.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35)
Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. (Ephesians 5:22-28)
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)
We value Relationships because God values relationships. God himself demonstrates perfect love in relationship within himself, the Trinity. He also demonstrates perfect love in relationship with humanity. To know God and love God is to be in relationship with him. He calls his people to be in relationship with and love one another as well. Our loving relationships will set us apart as Jesus’ disciples. Through relationships with one another, we bear each other’s burdens, are unified in mind, encourage, admonish, help, guide, and sharpen one another.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-17)
And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2)
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. (1 Peter 5:1-3)
We value Discipleship because God values the discipleship of people. Jesus first sought out disciples and then commissioned his disciples to go and make more disciples of Jesus from all nations. Discipleship is modeling and teaching others to follow and obey Jesus and baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We seek to mentor and teach all people to follow Jesus. God has equipped his people with his Word, his Spirit, and his power to equip others for ministry so that we may become mature in Christ. We are to shepherd the flock of God and bring new sheep into the flock.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? (Luke 16:11)
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
(1 Peter 4:10)
We value Stewardship because all of creation and all that we have belongs to God and he has ordained that humanity be stewards of the earth. God is the Master who has entrusted both unrighteous and righteous wealth to his people. Nothing we have is ours and we are to use all that we have for the service of the Lord, which includes serving one another. We acknowledge that we have received many gifts from God and we seek to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share, so that we may store up treasure in heaven.