The following beliefs are excerpted from the Baptist Faith and Message. A complete version is available here.
1. About God
There is one and only one living and true God. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14.
2. About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; I Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13.
3. About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. …He exalts Christ. The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18.
4. About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us and is is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the only source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.
II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119: 105, 160; Proverbs 30:5.
5. About Human Beings
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People were created male and female as the crowning work of God’s creation. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6 ; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2.
6. About Salvation
Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty; When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1.
7. About Eternal Security
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that give us this security.
John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5.
8. About Eternity
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; John 12:44-46.
We are a growing Church that seeks to minister to man’s greatest need . . . a right relationship with Jesus Christ.
It is the vision of Main Street Baptist Church to enhance and enlarge the Kingdom of Christ through worship, instruction, fellowship, evangelism and planting new churches.
We seek to accomplish this by:
- Reaching out to people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Teaching them to live in a Christ-like manner.
- Equip them to be serving in the church.
- Send them out to impact their world with the Gospel.