most important question you can ask a church as you consider
committing yourself to its ministry and membership is: "What do you
believe?" Our congregation identifies with the Biblical beliefs
that were recovered and given renewed expression during the 16th
century Protestant Reformation. We believe these doctrines are most clearly
set forth in the
1689 LONDON BAPTIST CONFESSION OF
Some of the important tenets of this confession are summarized as
1. We believe
that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only
absolute truth. The Bible is the only authoritative rule of faith,
worship, and Christian obedience. (1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2
2. We believe
that God is one God in three persons -God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Holy Spirit, all fully God, equal in power and glory. (Mat.
28:18-20; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gal. 4:6; 1 John 5:7).
3. We believe
that all men are sinners both by their nature and by their acts,
deserving God's wrath and condemnation. All men are wholly unable to
save themselves by good works and are unable to change themselves
without God's work. (Jer. 13:23; 17:9-10; Rom. 3:10-19, 23; 1 Cor.
4. We believe
that God saves men from beginning to end by His Sovereign Grace, none
deserving His mercy more than any other. Even faith and repentance are
gifts that God must bring through His Spirit in regeneration before we
can confess our sins and believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and be saved. (John 1:12-13; Rom. 9:14-23; Eph. 2:1-10).
5. We believe
that Jesus Christ died to save His people from their sins and He will
not lose any of those for whom He has shed His blood. (Isa. 53:4-12;
Mat. 1:21; John 10:11-15).
6. We believe
that God has chosen, before the foundation of the world, a people for
Himself, not because of any good which He foresaw in them, but of His
own free grace and love. (Acts 13:48; Eph. 1:4-14; 2 Thess. 2:13).
7. We believe
that God elects and saves men from every tribe, tongue, people, and
nation. We are commanded to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ and invite all to come to Him for salvation, trusting that God
will accomplish His own will. His Word will not return to Him void. (Isa.
55:11; 2 Cor. 2:12-17; Rev. 5:9-10).
8. We believe
that God calls each one He saves, sending His Spirit in regeneration
to draw them unto Himself and give them the gifts of faith and
repentance. (Jer. 31:3; John 6:44; 2 Cor. 4:6; 2 Thess. 2:14).
9. We believe
that God will preserve to the end all whom He has elected, called and
saved. Also, all whom God preserves will persevere in Christ to the
end, bearing the fruits of repentance and faith with a godly life.
(John 6:37-40; 10:27-29; Rom. 8:28-30; 1 Pet. 1:5).
10. We believe man's
chief purpose is to glorify God and enjoy a relationship with Him
forever. We see worshipping God and the pursuit of holiness as
priorities in fulfilling this purpose. (Jer. 9:24; 1 Cor. 1:26-31;
10:31; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:13-21).
For further study, read about
BAPTISM & CHURCH MEMBERSHIP