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Our Beliefs

Our Beliefs

STATEMENT OF FAITH

The Bible:
We believe the Bible, as contained in the Old and New Testament, was written by men who were inspired by God. The Bible is infallible and without error. It reveals God’s character, His salvation for all people, and the principles by which God directs them to live. It is the full and final authority on matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.

God:
We believe in the only living and true God. He is the Creator of the universe and is personal, spiritual, infinitely holy, absolute and exists in three persons of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. All three persons are eternal, equal in power and glory, and one without division of nature or essence.

God the Father is all-powerful, all-loving and all-wise as He reigns with sovereign care and justice over His universe and all that it contains according to the purposes of His grace.

God the Son laid aside the glory of His divinity to take the form of a man in Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by receiving their punishment in dying on the cross. He arose from the dead with a glorified body after three days. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for those belonging to Him. He will return again to earth to judge and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and to consummate His redemptive plan.

God the Holy Spirit convicts men of sin, righteousness, and judgment He lives in those who believe in Jesus Christ from the moment of their salvation and provides the Christian with power for godly living and understanding of spiritual truth. He intercedes for us in our prayers and provides guidance in knowing and doing the will of God. He bestows spiritual gifts on every believer to equip them for ministry and to build up the church.

Man and Salvation:
We believe that man was created in the image of God. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and endowed by His Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. We believe that people are born with an inclination toward sin. All people sin in failing to do all that God desires which separates them from God. A person cannot exist in this world without sin because it is a spiritual characteristic of all mankind. Man by his own effort cannot produce righteousness or earn his own salvation before God. Through repentance and faith, drawn by the Holy Spirit, man may accept the grace of God provided through the redemptive death of Christ. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life, at which time the Holy Spirit causes spiritual rebirth and lives in the believer. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God and is therefore secure for the believer for all eternity. The process of sanctification whereby the believer grows in grace toward conformity with Jesus Christ continues until the person comes into the presence of God in Heaven.

Human Destiny:
We believe that people were created to exist forever. Everyone will either exist eternally separated from God by sin in Hell or eternally with God in Heave by forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. Death seals the eternal destiny for each person. For all mankind there will be a resurrection of the body into the spirit world and judgment that will determine where each one will spend eternity.

The Church:
We believe there is one true church universal comprised of all those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. A local expression of the church, as described in the New Testament, is a body of believers who meet together. They devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching the Word, observance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, fellowship, service according to their gifts, and taking the gospel to the world. Its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying God.

Baptism and The Lord’s Supper:
We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though not a requirement for salvation, baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to a new life of obedience and faithfulness to God. Salvation followed by baptism precedes membership at Magnolia Creek Baptist Church.

We believe that participation in The Lord’s Supper is an act of obedience whereby members of His universal church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, remember and commemorate Christ’s death on the cross for the sins of men and anticipate His second coming.