There is only one true God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Redeemer of all people, Preserver of His creation, and Ruler of the universe, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-18; John 16:5-15)
Salvation is a free gift of God and is received by individual people through personal faith in Jesus Christ by His sacrifice on the cross for sin. A person is justified by grace through faith apart from works and all true believers, once saved, are kept secure in Christ forever. (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 4:5, 6:23 8:1, 38-39; John 10:27-29; Ephesians 2:8-9)
All Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, is divinely inspired, is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and serves as the final authority in all matters of belief and behavior (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible, therefore, is the foundation for all of our preaching and teaching and all that we do.
A New Testament church is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 5:4, 12:12; Ephesians 5:22-23; Matthew 28:18-20)
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to live a new life in Christ. Baptism is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 3:13-17, 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; Acts 2:41-42; Colossians 2:12)
The Lord's supper
The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. (Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26; Acts 20:7)
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First Baptist Watauga is a Southern Baptist Church and subscribes to the beliefs as presented in the Baptist Faith & Message.