CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH BELIEFS

1) The Bible - It was written by men inspired by God and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. The salvation of man is the reason that it was written. We test all of our conduct, and religious opinions by what the Bible says. The Bible is interpreted in light of Jesus Christ. It should be studied on a daily basis.

2) God - We believe that there is only one true and living God. His is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal being. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is love. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

a) As Father, He is all powerful, loving and wise. We become His children through faith in Jesus Christ.

b) As Son, He is revealed to us as Christ Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins. He perfectly revealed and did the will of God. He is God with us.

c) As Holy Spirit, He inspired the writing of the Bible, convicts us of our sins, calls us to the Savior, cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, bestows spiritual gifts on us, and fills each believer's heart on their acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior.

3) Man - Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image. Man has a freedom of choice; God does not make us do anything. We sin because of the choices that we make to do so. Man is born into an environment and with a nature inclined toward sin, but is not born a sinner. As soon as we are capable of knowing right from wrong, we become transgressors when we do wrong. Man cannot earn his salvation; it is a gift from God.

4) Salvation - It is the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. It is not based on how good a person is, it is based on the belief and confession that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead so that we might have eternal life (Romans 10:9, 10; John 3:16; Acts 4:12). There are two sides to salvation: a) Grace, which is God's gift to man; and b) Faith, which is man's response to God's grace (Faith is believing and acting out what you believe through your lifestyle). There are three stages of salvation: Past, Present and Future.

a) Past event (Regeneration) - The day that you asked Jesus to come into your life. It involves repentance from sin, acceptance of Jesus as Savior, and receiving God's forgiveness and acceptance.

b) Present process (Sanctification) - You are continuing to work out your salvation. It is an ongoing process in which we strive to become the person God intended us to be.

c) Future completion (Glorification) - Our salvation will be made complete on the day Jesus Christ returns to earth to take the children of God (us) home.

5) God's Purpose of Grace - It was to save all who would accept His offer. It is to keep all true believers as His own until the end of time. Believers can fall into sin, but will not fall away from the state of grace.

6) The Church - It is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by having a like faith and fellowship of the gospel. The church observes two ordinances: Baptism and the Lord's Supper. It is committed to the teachings of Jesus, and exercising the gifts God has given to its members. It seeks to extend the Gospel to everyone. Each church makes its own decisions based on the leadership of Jesus. The church is the body of Christ. Its officers are the pastor and deacons.

7) Baptism - It is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It is a testimony to one's faith. It is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper.

8) The Lord's Supper - It is a symbolic act of obedience whereby we remember the death of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and anticipate His Second Coming.

9) The Lord's Day - It is the first day of the week commemorating the resurrection of Jesus. It should be a day of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.

10) The Kingdom of God - The whole universe is God's Kingdom, but the New Testament refers more particularly to God's kingship over persons who willingly acknowledge Him as King. The kingdom will be made complete when Christ returns.

11) Last Things - God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus will return personally and visibly at the end. The dead shall be raised. Those who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will live eternally in Heaven with God, and those who rejected Jesus will live eternally in hell separated from God.

12) Evangelism and Missions - We are to try to make disciples of all people and have the love of God for everyone. It is up to each individual Christian to win the world to Christ.