The Holy Scriptures 

We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority for faith and life.

 

God – The Trinity

We believe that God exists eternally in three persons–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  We believe these three are equally God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfection.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ 

We believe that Jesus is the eternal Son of God.  We believe that He was born of the Virgin Mary and that He lived a sinless life.  We believe He died as the Lamb of God to make a substitutionary atonement for sin.  We believe that He arose bodily from the dead.  We believe that He ascended to the Father in heaven where He now intercedes for His people.  We believe that He will return to claim His Church, raise the dead, overthrow sin, and judge the world.

 

The Holy Spirit 

We believe the Holy Spirit is God.  We believe He convicts people of sin.  We believe He regenerates, indwells, seals and sets apart believers unto a holy life.  We believe He keeps and empowers believers.  We believe He is the teacher of God’s Word and the guide for daily life.

 

Mankind 

We believe that God created Adam and Eve innocent and pure.  We believe they sinned against God.  As a result, all people inherit a sinful nature and are lost sinners in need of salvation.


 

Satan  

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan.  He is the tempter, the deceiver of the world, and the enemy of every believer.

 

Salvation   

We believe that salvation is entirely by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that all people must repent of their sins (turn from sin) and trust Christ as Lord and Savior.  We believe that all people who are truly saved are eternally secure in Jesus Christ.  Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  Good works are the evidence of salvation, not the cause of it.

 

The Church 

We believe that the local church is composed of regenerated (born again) baptized believers, voluntarily united together for the purpose of worship, edification, fellowship, spiritual growth, and service.

 

The Ordinances 

We believe that Christ gave two ordinances–the Lord’s Supper and baptism.  Both of these are memorials of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.  We believe the proper mode of baptism is immersion.  There is no saving power in baptism, but it is merely a matter of obedience and a symbol of the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

 

The Believer’s Lifestyle 

We believe that God requires His people to abstain from worldly and sinful practices.  Believers should be entirely devoted to the Lord and live in the light of His Holy Word.


 

The Future 

We believe in the personal pre-millennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will come for His people to gather them unto Himself, and He will come with His people to judge the nations.  We believe in the bodily resurrection of the unsaved unto judgment and everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Hell).  We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved unto glory and everlasting blessedness with Christ in Heaven.

 

Evangelism and Missions 

Because all people everywhere without Christ are lost and bound for eternal punishment, we believe that we have the responsibility of giving them the Gospel.  Our Lord Jesus commanded us to be witnesses for Him and to take the good news of the Gospel to all people everywhere. We also believe that we must pray for and offer financial support to missionaries throughout the United States and the world.  We are grateful to be affiliated with the Holston Baptist Association, the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention.