What We Believe

God - The one living and true God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Righteous Ruler of the universe. He has revealed Himself in nature, and in the Scriptures as the trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: yet as one God, infinitely wise and good, and whom all intelligent creatures are supremely to love, adore and obey.

Jesus Christ - The "one and only begotten Son" crucified for the sins of the whole world. Christ is God in the flesh. In His Divine nature He is truly God and in His human nature truly man. He is now risen and glorified and acts as a mediator between God. No one can come to the Father except through Him.

Holy Spirit - The living spirit that comes to dwell in the heart of man upon conversion; convicting and convincing man of his sin, as well as opening man’s understanding of the hidden truths within the Scripture. All of the attributes of God are ascribed to the Holy Spirit.

The Bible - God used holy men to write the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments. It is without a shadow of doubt the inerrant, infallible words of God given for our profit and in instruction in right living.

Man - God created man in a state of innocence, yet after being tempted by Satan, willfully disobeyed God, becoming a sinner and incurring God’s judgment upon sin. All of Adam’s descendants inherit his fallen nature and thus have a natural inclination to sin. When one comes to an age of accountability, he is guilty of sinning before God and in need of salvation.

God’s Relationship to His Creatures and Creation - God exercises a wise and benevolent providence over all beings and things. He maintains the laws of nature and performs special acts, as the highest welfare of mankind and His created order of things require.

Salvation - Man receives pardon and forgiveness for his sins when he admits to God that he is a sinner. In true godly sorrow man turns and trusts in the work of Christ as redemption for his sin. This acceptance of God’s great salvation involves belief in Christ’s death on the cross as man’s substitute and the fact of God’s raising Him from the dead as predicted. It is a salvation by grace alone and not of works.

Who Can be Saved? - It is God’s will that all be saved, but since man has the power of choice, God saves only those who repent of their sin and believe in the work of Christ on the cross. Those who refuse in this life to repent and believe have no later chance to be saved and thus condemn themselves to eternal damnation by their unbelief.

Man has a Free Will. -The human will is free and self-controlled, having power to yield to the influence of the truth and the Spirit, or to resist them and persevere.

Perseverance - all believers in Christ, who persevere in holiness to the end, are promised eternal life.

Gospel Ordinances - We believe the Bible teaches three ordinances for the church to practice: Baptism in water by immersion, the Lord’s Supper, to be perpetuated until His return, and the Washing of the Saints’ feet, an ordinance teaching humility.

Resurrection - We believe the Scriptures teach the resurrection of the bodies of all men, each in its own order; they that have done good will come forth to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil to the resurrection of damnation.

Church Government - Free Will Baptist churches enjoy local church autonomy (self-governing). The local church is the highest authority in the denomination. Local churches voluntarily organize themselves into quarterly meetings, district, state, and national associations for the purpose of promoting the cause of Christ on the local, state, district, national, and worldwide level.

Christ’s Second Coming - The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, who ascended on high and sits at the right hand of God, will come again to close the Gospel dispensation, glorify His saints, and judge the world.

Missions -Jesus commanded the church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.