Values + Beliefs

Values

Our values are the principles that direct the life of the church. They are the principles that we believe to be most worth our focus, energy, and resources.

  • Prayer

    We value prayer as a means of seeking God’s guidance and empowerment. We believe that God acts through the prayers of His church, so we value prayer as our greatest opportunity and responsibility.

  • The Bible

    We value the authority of the Bible in providing the standard of truth, and we value the application of its principles in all areas of our lives. It is through the application of Biblical principles that we learn to follow Jesus more closely.

  • Worship

    We value worshipping together as a means to deepen our relationships to God and to one another. We value our Sunday worship times as opportunities to experience God more deeply, and to help introduce others to our faith.

  • Compassion

    We value compassion, knowing that it is not enough to empathize with the hurting, but to also find a way to serve them. It is often through generosity of time and resources that we are able to share Jesus more effectively with others. Serving ot hers is an antidote to selfishness, and follows the ministry model of Jesus.

  • Adaptability

    We value adaptability, knowing that ministry methods and programs must change to continue being effective. We value truth more than methodology, and so we seek to discover better ways to carry out the mission of the church.

  • The Mission

    We value being mission-minded, which means that we are eager to find ways to effectively share Christ with others both locally and abroad. A missional perspective is an awareness that every Christ-follower is called to bring grace and truth to others.

  • Children

    We value ministry to children, knowing that it is better to lead a life in the right direction early, rather than rescue a life later.

  • Families

    We value ministry to families, knowing that the family unit is the first arena of learning to love one another. We seek to nurture and develop our relationships and our responsibilities to one another in the family.

  • Fellowship

    We value fellowship, knowing that God has called us to help bring out the best in one another. We recognize that we need what God offers through relationships, and so we seek to share Christ effectively with one another in a healthy sense of community and interdependence.

  • Unity

    We value unity, knowing that we can only carry out the mission of the church through cooperative vision, commitment, and effort. We seek to place the needs of the whole above the needs of one, all while realizing that each one is essential to the whole.

Beliefs

General Baptist Statements of Faith

  • God

    We believe that there is only one true, living, and eternal God and that the Godhead is revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • The Bible

    We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the Old and New Testaments; the inspired and infallible Word of God and therein is found the only reliable guide of Christian faith and conduct.

  • Man

    We believe that God created man in His own image to bring Him honor through obedience, and that when man disobeyed, he became a fallen and sinful creature, unable to save himself. We believe that infants are in the covenant of God’s grace and that all persons become accountable to God when they reach a state of moral responsibility.

  • Salvation

    We believe that salvation (regeneration, sanctification, justification, and redemption) has been provided for all mankind through the redemptive work (life, death, resurrection, ascension, and intercession) of Jesus Christ, and that this salvation can be received only through repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Assurance and Endurance

    We believe that those who abide in Christ have the assurance of salvation. However, we believe that the Christian retains his freedom of choice; therefore, it is possible for him to turn away from God and be finally lost.

  • Christian Duties

    We believe that Christians should live faithfully by serving in and through the local church, praying diligently, witnessing earnestly, practicing tolerance, showing loving kindness, giving as God prospers, and conducting themselves in such a way as to bring glory to God.

  • The Church

    We believe that the Church Universal is the Body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers, and that its members have been called out from the world to come under the dominion and authority of Christ, its Head. We believe that a local church is a fellowship of Christians, a part of the Body of Christ, voluntarily banded together for worship, nurture, and service.

  • Ordinances

    We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances instituted by Christ to be observed by Christians only. We also believe that the biblical mode of baptism is immersion and that participation in the Lord’s Supper should be open to all Christians. (Note: Several associations and local churches recognize feetwashing as an ordinance. We believe that this should be left to the individual, and that neither the practice nor the n on-practice of it should be any bar to fellowship, either in the church, the local association, the Presbytery, or the General Association.)

  • The Lord's Day

    We believe in the sanctity of the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, and that this day ought to
    be observed by worshiping God, witnessing for Christ, and ministering to the needs of humanity. We believe that secular work on Sunday should be limited to cases of necessity or mercy.

  • Last Things

    We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ, and in the bodily resurrection of the dead. We
    believe that God will judge all mankind by Jesus Christ; that He will reward the righteous with
    eternal life in heaven, and that He will banish the unrighteous to everlasting punishment in hell.