What we believe can be summed up in the word to the children’s song: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”
We believe “the Bible tells us so.” That means we believe that the Bible is our authority for life and faith. It tells the story of God’s incredible love for us.
In trying to live all this out we are guided by four basic principles that have helped Baptists through the years. Dr. Walter Shurden referred to them as “Four Fragile Freedoms”:
Bible Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation that the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, must be central in the life of the individual and church and that Christians, with the best and most scholarly tools of inquiry, are both free and obligated to study and obey the Scripture.
Soul Freedom is the historic affirmation of the inalienable right and responsibility of every person to deal with God without the imposition of creed, the interference of clergy, or the intervention of civil government.
These two Freedoms are often referred to together as the Priesthood of All Believers.
Church Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation that local churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whom they perceive as gifted for ministry, male or female, and to participate in the larger body of Christ, of whose unity and mission Baptists are proudly a part.
Religious Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation of freedom OF religion, freedom FOR religion, and freedom FROM religion insisting that Caesar is not Christ and Christ is not Caesar.
We believe that Jesus loves us all. Everyone. And so we welcome everyone that Jesus would welcome. We’re about trying to share that love in a variety of ways that you’ll find expressed in different parts of this website. But we particularly try to do this through three expressions outlined in our Church Covenant:
- We covenant to fulfill our Christian calling by SEARCHING for God’s will and God’s truth.
- We covenant to fulfill our Christian calling by SHARING more fully and deeply of ourselves and our goods in Christian fellowship.
- We covenant to fulfill our Christian calling by SERVING Christ in our community, nation and world.