God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1,26,27 and 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return to earth someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s.
Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5, John 14:10-30, Hebrews 4: 14, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11,
I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus. At the moment of salvation, He lives in every Christian. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding the Bible, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift at the moment of their salvation. As Christians, we seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit daily.
II Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12, I Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:18
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is the Word of God. It was written by human authors, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and is inspired by God. It contains no error and is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105 and 160, Proverbs 30:5
ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS
People are made in the image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. But every person has sinned. This is what separates people from God and causes many problems in life.
Genesis 1:27, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Romans 3:23, Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment we are saved.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12, John 14:6, Titus 3:5, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer cannot “lose it”. If you are genuinely saved, you are secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian.
John 10:29, II Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 10:10 and 14, I Peter 1:35
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separate from God is hell. To be eternally with God is heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
For further details/descriptions, see the Baptist Faith & Message provided by the Southern Baptist Convention.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BAPTISM
Baptism does not make you a believer or assure that you are going to Heaven. It shows that you already believe. Baptism is a lot like a wedding ring. Just like wearing a wedding ring does not make you married, baptism does not save you, only your faith in Christ does that. It is an outward symbol of the commitment you made in your heart. If you have questions about baptism or are interested in being baptized, please call the church office at (540) 473-2861.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” II Corinthians 5:17
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
HOW CAN I KNOW I AM GOING TO HEAVEN?
This is the most important question of life. Unfortunately, many people live their entire lives without 100% assurance of their eternal destiny. When most people are asked if they are going to heaven when they die, the normally respond with “I hope so, I think so, I am pretty sure, etc…” But the Bible is clear God wants us to “know that we have eternal life.” (I John 5:13)
Step #1: Realize that God loves you.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Step #2: Realize you are separated from God because of sin.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
People try to earn their way to heaven through good works, religion, morality, etc. but the Bible says that “there is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12
A relationship with Jesus Christ who died on the Cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin.
“…For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Step #3: Receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.
“If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
You can take these steps by praying a simple prayer of commitment to God:
“Dear Jesus, thank you for loving me. I realize I have sinned. I want you to forgive me of my sins. I believe you died on the cross for me, were buried and rose from the dead for me. I right now ask you to come into my heart and take me to heaven when I die. As much as I know how, I want to follow you from now on. In Jesus' Name, Amen!
If you prayed that prayer or have questions please call the church office at (540) 473-2861 and ask to speak to one of our pastors.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13