What is the Gospel?
The Gospel is the good news of God’s great love entering into a dark and hopeless world. God made a way to conquer sin for us. He sent his son to us as a man so that sin could destroyed by a man – the perfect man! “For Christ died for sins once for all the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” (1 Peter 3:18a).
The gospel is the good news of God’s grace invading the darkness of this world. It is the grand narrative of creation, fall, redemption and consummation ordained by God and orchestrated through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel. His resurrection is the power of the gospel. His ascension is the glory of the gospel.
It was by his death and resurrection that death is defeated. “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification” (Romans 4:25). Our only hope of ever standing justified before God is to believe what Jesus has done through his death and resurrection and to trust him with our life. Without him we would have no hope of meaningful life now or an eternal life with God forever.
We believe the Bible to be the verbally inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, as well as, the supreme and final authority in doctrine and practice. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21; John 17:17
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each has the same nature and attributes, but is distinct in office and activity. Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. We believe He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. John 1:1, 14, 18; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-26; 4:25
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God where, as High Priest to His people, He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy. Hebrews 1:3; 3:1; 7:23-25; I John 2:1-2
Creation and the Human Race
We believe God created all things in heaven and earth and that they exist by His power. Genesis 1:1; Colossians 1:16-17. We believe man was created innocent and in the image and likeness of God but that he sinned, bringing both physical and spiritual death to himself and his posterity. We believe man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God and is in need of salvation. Genesis 1:27; 2:17; 3:19; Ephesians 2:1-3
Salvation Faith By Faith Alone in Christ Alone
We believe salvation is a sovereign gift of God and is received through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for our sin. We believe man is justified by grace through faith apart from works. Acts 13:38-39; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:4-5 2:8-10. We believe all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever. Romans 8:1, 29-30, 38-39; John 10:27-30
The Physical Return of Christ
We believe in the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for the Church. This event, commonly called the rapture, will be followed by great tribulation on earth and will culminate in the return of Christ to earth to set up His millennial kingdom. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Philippians 3:20; Matthew 24:15-31; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 20:1-6
As Baptists, we believe that any person who, through faith in Christ Jesus, has been regenerated into new life with him is a part of God’s family – the Church. We ask anyone who has made such a commitment and also has a desire to join in fellowship with our church to make it known publicly so that every member of the fellowship may affirm them and welcome them. Of course, if someone becomes a new believer in Christ we encourage them to follow Jesus in baptism and connect with a local body of believers if they are not led to connect with our fellowship.
Since our church is directed by the members of the fellowship and not one person or board, formal “membership” is a means of participating, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, in the process of directing church life. However, we welcome all believers and seekers to participate in the life of South Walker Baptist Church.