What We Believe

 


Faith Baptist is a church that is passionate for the truths found in scripture. We preach strongly of the Savior, and we know that without his death, burial, and resurrection, humanity would be lost to sin.


 

We Believe:

  • the Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient.

  • there is only one God who exists in three distinct persons. The Father is God, the Son is God and the Holy Spirit is God.

  • all humanity (Christ excluded) is by birth and action a sinner.

  • the deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual.

  • Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin (being both fully God and fully man), and came to earth and died as my substitute to pay the penalty for my sin.

  • Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return.

  • there will be a future physical resurrection of the dead. Only those who trust in Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward. Those who do not trust in Christ will be raised to eternal punishment.

  • only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy.


WE BELIEVE IN THE RISEN KING JESUS!


 

Theological Distinctives

Biblical Man and Woman

We believe in the biblical position that marriage involves the union of only one person biologically born a man and only one person biologically born a woman in permanent sacred fidelity. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.

SaNCtity of Human Life

The phrase “sanctity of life” reflects the belief that, because people are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), human life has an inherently sacred attribute that should be protected and respected at all times. While God gave humanity the authority to kill and eat other forms of life (Genesis 9:3), the murdering of other human beings is expressly forbidden, with the penalty being death (Genesis 9:6).

In Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus says, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” In these commandments, we see that our actions are to be motivated by love for God and love for others. If we love God, we will value our own lives as part of God’s plan, to do His will until it comes about that His will is better served by our deaths. And we will love and care for His people (John 21:15-17). We will see to the needs of the elderly and sick. We will protect others from harm—whether from abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, or other abuses. While the sanctity of life can be the foundation, love must be the motivation.

Church Government

We believe in two biblical offices: Pastors/Overseers/Elders and Deacons.  Our pastor is recognized as the undershepherd of Jesus in the local church.  He coordinates the Pastor/Overseers and staff of the church, and is an ex-officio member of the deacons, all councils, committees, teams and organizations of the church. However, as leader of the Pastor/Overseers he holds only one vote in all matters decided by that Council, which will include at least one more congregation member than staff.

If you would like to see a more thorough description of our beliefs, you can find that in our Statement of Faith.