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What We Believe

 

            Here at First Baptist Church we believe in family: both the Family of God and our individual families. As a group of believers in Christ, we make up this local family of faith. We are committed to live together in covenant. Our Church Covenant is based on the “one another” passages in the New Testament.

 

CHURCH COVENANT

 

            God established a covenant relationship, first with His people Israel, and then a new covenant with His people, the church.1 Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and, on the profession of our faith, having been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and accepting the Bible as our authoritative standard regarding our belief and behavior, we do now in the presence of God and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

            We believe we exist to glorify God by attracting and winning people to faith in Jesus Christ,2 by nurturing them in our Christian family, by bringing them to Christ-like maturity,3 and by involving them in meaningful ministry.4

            Therefore, as members of God’s covenant family known as First Baptist Church of Blairsville, we commit ourselves to God and to one another to be Christ-like5 in our lives and relationships through the presence, guidance, and power of God’s Holy Spirit.

            We will love one another as Christ loved us,6 honor one another above ourselves,7 be kind and compassionate to one another,8 encourage and build up one another,9 comfort one another,10 and offer hospitality to one another.11

            We will have a spirit of unity based on our common bond in Christ,12 be united in mind and convictions,13 meet together regularly,14 have equal concern for each other, suffer when one suffers and rejoice when another is honored,15 and let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit.16

            We will use our God-given knowledge to instruct one another,17 use our spiritual gifts to bless one another,18 use the Word of Christ to teach and admonish one another,19 and nurture one another toward spiritual maturity measured by the life and ministry of Jesus.20

            We will not talk negatively about one another,21 not pass judgment on one another, not put any stumbling block in one another’s way,22 we will be morally pure in our thoughts, actions and language.23 We will be generous in our giving24 and we will be filled with the Spirit.25

            We will confess our sins to one another, pray for each other,26 warn those who are disruptive, encourage the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with one another,27 forgive one another as the Lord forgave us,28 and gently restore those who sin.29

            We will let the light of our godly lives shine together to bring glory to God.30

            If we move from this place, we will, as soon as possible, unite with a sister church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.


 

1. Hebrews 8:7-13; 9:15

2. Matthew 28:18-20

3. Ephesians 4:14-16

4. II Corinthians 5:18

5. 1 Peter 2:21

6. John 13:34

7. Romans 12:10

8. Ephesians 4:32

9. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

10. 2 Corinthians 1:4

11. 1 Peter 4:9

12. Ephesians 4:3-6

13. 1 Corinthians 1:10

14. Hebrews 10:25

15. 1 Corinthians 12:25-26

 

16. Philippians 2:3

17. Romans 15:14

18. 1 Corinthians 12:7

19. Colossians 3:6

20. Ephesians 4:13

21. James 4:11

22. Romans 14:13

23. Ephesians 5:3-4

24. 2 Corinthians 9:5

25. Ephesians 5:18

26. James 5:16

27. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

28. Colossians 3:13

29. Galatians 6:1

30. Matthew 5:16


 

DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

 

            We accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God and as the ultimate authority in matters of faith, doctrine and Christian living. The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

            The Bible is God’s instruction manual for followers of Jesus Christ, as well as leaders in His Church. It speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, and is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

            We are a Southern Baptist Church and accept The Baptist Faith and Message* statement as adopted by the SBC as our basic doctrinal statement. However, it does not exhaust the extent of our faith. For purposes of church doctrine, practice, policies, procedures, and discipline, our Senior Pastor and Active Deacons are the church’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.

            All functions of our church must be consistent with the authority of Scripture.

 

* http://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_PDF_BaptistFaithMesageSample.pdf

 

 

 

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