Below is an overview of our beliefs as they pertain to core doctrines. For an expanded view of our beliefs, please see “The Baptist Faith and Message” which we hold to in its entirety as well as the “Constitution and Bylaws” of our church.
What we believe about the Bible:
We believe the Bible is the absolute Truth and God’s final authority. We believe both the Old and New Testament is the inerrant, verbally inspired, and infallible Word of God. God’s Word is timeless. God’s Word has the power to change lives. God’s Word must be heard.
(Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalm 19:7-10; 119:89; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
What we practice through the authority of the Bible:
We accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
(Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 17:19; Psalm 119:11, 105, 140; Jeremiah 15:16; Matthew 22:29; Acts 17:11; Romans 16:25-26; Hebrews 4:12)
What we believe about God and the Trinity:
We believe that there is only one true living God who is revealed to us as the Godhead existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and that these three are as one God. We believe that God the Father orders all things according to His own purpose for His own glory. We believe that God the Son is Jesus Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born without sin of the Virgin Mary to redeem man from sin. He lived a sinless life, died in our place as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose from the grave, and ascended into heaven. We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sent from God to convict of sin, the need for salvation, and righteousness, and to be an indwelling guide, teacher, and source of strength for the believer. We believe that all who receive Christ as Savior are born of the Holy Spirit.
(Genesis 1:1-2; Exodus 3:14; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Isaiah 43:3, 15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 1:18-23; 6:9; 7:11; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 1:1-18, 29; 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 3:23-26; 8:14-17; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 8:6; Galatians 4:4- 6; Ephesians 1:20; 4:6-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; Hebrews 11:6; 1 John 5:1-8)
What we believe about salvation of man through Jesus:
We believe salvation is through Jesus Christ alone and the atonement and forgiveness He extended to us on the cross. We believe man was created in the image of God, that man sinned (rebelled agains God) and because of the fall, incurred both a physical and spiritual death (eternal separation fro God). We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature. We believe all who call upon the name of the Lord as Savior will be saved and will spend eternity with God.
(Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14, 29; 3:3-21, 36; 5:24; 10:9, 28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18, 29-39; 10:9-10, 13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16, Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1- 12:8, 14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5)
What we practice through the ordinance of baptism:
We practice baptism by immersion under water—the way Jesus was baptized and the way the Bible commands.
(Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 3:23; Acts 2:41; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:12)
What we practice through the priesthood of the believer:
The Bible tells us that every believer is a minister. We encourage every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.
(John 15:5-8; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-28; Ephesians 4:7-12; 1 Peter 2:9)
What we practice through the Spirit-led life:
We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is through God’s power within us. We seek to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit leading and enabling us to follow God’s Word.
(Acts 1:8; Romans 8:4; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 3:14-21)
What we practice through the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper:
We observe the Lord’s Supper as a symbolic act of obedience. Believers remember the death of Jesus and anticipate His second coming through sharing in the Lord’s Supper
(Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 21; 11:23-29)
What we believe about the church and the believer:
We believe a New Testament church is an association of baptized believers. We come together through worship, community groups, and service. As the body of Christ, the church, we have diversity in our gifts and unity in our beliefs. We believe every believer is called to a holy life of service and should belong to a Bible-believing local church for fellowship and for the furtherance of the Gospel to every person at home and around the globe.
(Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-28; Ephesians 4:7-12; Hebrews 10:25)
What we practice through the autonomy of the local church:
Christ – not a person, group, or religious organization – is the recognized head of the church. We practice self-government and independence from any denominational control and team up with a network of like-minded churches for greater impact. Each congregation determines its own strategy, structure, and style under the authority of Scripture.
(Psalm 118:22; Matthew 16:18; 28:18-20; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; 4:12; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 5:1-22; 1 Peter 5:1-3)
What we practice through giving:
We practice tithing as an act of worship to our Savior and Lord. We recognize tithing 10% of our income is the starting point, and giving above and beyond that is our privilege.
(Genesis 14:20; Leviticus 27:30-32; Deuteronomy 8:18; Malachi 3:8-12; Matthew 6:1-4, 19-21; 19:21; 23:23; 25:14-29; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 12:16-21, 42; 16:1-13; Acts 2:44-75; 4:34-35; 5:1- 11; 17:24-25; 20:35; Romans 6:6-22; 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 6:19-20; 16:1-4; 2 Corinthians 8-9; 12:15; Philippians 4:10-19; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
What we practice through sharing the Gospel:
We practice sharing Christ personally as we exemplify the life of Christ and verbalize the Gospel. It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News of the Gospel with those whom God brings across our path. Of course, we also like to invite friends to church.
(Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8, 16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10)
How to have a relationship with the living God
Salvation refers to being rescued from the sin that separates us from God and establishing a life-long relationship with Him.
Salvation offers you fulfillment in life today and the assurance of ever-lasting life with God in heaven. Your forgiveness of sin and the assurance of eternal life are a gift received through repentance to God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“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. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” – Romans 10:9-10
Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus offers you right now? If it is your sincere desire to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, then tell Him in prayer.
A Prayer for Salvation: “Lord Jesus, I believe you alone are God. I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave. I know I’ve sinned against you and I’m sorry. Please come into my life right now and forgive me of all my sins. I give my life to you and you alone forever. Thank you Jesus for hearing my prayer, forgiving my sins, and coming into my life. I look forward to our life together.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually. If you have questions or concerns you would like help with, please call or write and let us know. We’re here to help you understand the love that Jesus is offering you for free, no matter who or where you are. E-mail us at wov.contact@GroveAve.net or call 1(800) 536-PRAY (7729).