The Way of Jesus
Be with Jesus
Jesus was certainly more than just a 1st Century Rabbi, however, we want the blessing of being covered in the dust of our Rabbi Jesus
Become Like Jesus
The purpose of a disciple is to become like his/her Rabbi. As we spend relational time with Jesus through the indwelling Spirit we become like Jesus.
Do What Jesus did
Being with Jesus, and becoming like Jesus will result in doing what Jesus did which is not only walking in obedience, but also discipling others to walk the Way of Jesus.
We strive to sit under the Bible, rather than sit over it.
The rule of context is that context rules; therefore we strive to understand scripture through the lens of the authors. In other words, engage your inner Hebrew.
Jesus made it his custom to pray and as we walk in the dust of our Rabbi we pray.
We believe the Father is better than us in every way; therefore, we don't limit our prayer to small & ambiguous prayers. We entire his presence in prayer with faith and confidence.
"He who has ears let him hear" means obedience according to the Shema. James says, "be doers;" therefore we will teach in a manner that give actions to go do not just information to affirm.
We believe preaching/teaching is not finished until it is put in your shoes, in other words it must be clear how to walk it out.
"They will know you by your love" is Jesus' view of His Bride the Church. A community that compels the world to follow Jesus and become a part of His family.
As we live in a community united yet diverse we display to beauty and centrality of Jesus, for there is no other reason that we are united.
Jesus washed the Disciple's feet and said, "Go and do likewise." To lead is to serve others in such a way that we are creating environments where others can thrive.
True love is sacrificial love which is on display when we live according to Jesus answer to the greatest commandment - Love God & Love People.
Before Jesus ascends he tells the disciples to be His witness to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the Earth. Our mission is the mission that Jesus gives his Disciples to bring Heaven to earth through his people.
Southern Baptist Statement of Faith
We Believe that there is one God, manifested in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. ~ Genesis 1:26; Matt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 13:14
We Believe that Jesus is the begotten Son of God, was born of a virgin, is wholly God and wholly man, lived a sinless life, died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose from the grave and ascended into heaven. ~John 1:14; John 3:16; Matt. 4; Luke 4; Hebrews 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21
We Believe in the literal, bodily return of Jesus Christ to earth. ~ Revelation 19
We Believe that the Bible is the Word of God without any error; the sole authority for life. ~2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21
We Believe that man is a special creation of God, made in His image. ~Genesis 1:26-27
We Believe that mankind fell through the sin of the first man, Adam, and that all men are sinners in need of salvation. ~ Genesis 3:15; Romans 5:12-15
We Believe that salvation is a gift of grace from God, received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 6:23; Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:8-9
We Believe that every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ John 10:28-30; Eph. 1:13-14; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 10:10, 14
We Believe that those persons who die without faith in Jesus Christ spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven, through faith in Christ, spend eternity in Heaven. ~ John 3:16; Rev. 20:14-15
We Believe that water baptism is in obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation. ~ Romans 6:3-10
We Believe that the local church is the local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the head. ~ Eph. 1:22-23
We Believe that each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ and the Bible, God’s Word. ~1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 10:19-26
We Believe in the separation of church and state, but not in the separation of God and government. ~1 Peter 2:13-17
We Believe in God's Love and Provision for All People
A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation
Articles of Affirmation and Denial
Article One: The Gospel
We affirm that the Gospel is the good news that God has made a way of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ for any person. This is in keeping with God’s desire for every person to be saved.
We deny that only a select few are capable of responding to the Gospel while the rest are predestined to an eternity in hell.
Genesis 3:15; Psalm 2:1-12; Ezekiel 18:23, 32; Luke 19.10; Luke 24:45-49; John 1:1-18, 3:16; Romans 1:1-6, 5:8; 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Galatians 4:4-7; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-16; 2 Peter 3:9
Article Two: The Sinfulness of Man
We affirm that, because of the fall of Adam, every person inherits a nature and environment inclined toward sin and that every person who is capable of moral action will sin. Each person’s sin alone brings the wrath of a holy God, broken fellowship with Him, ever-worsening selfishness and destructiveness, death, and condemnation to an eternity in hell.
We deny that Adam’s sin resulted in the incapacitation of any person’s free will or rendered any person guilty before he has personally sinned. While no sinner is remotely capable of achieving salvation through his own effort, we deny that any sinner is saved apart from a free response to the Holy Spirit’s drawing through the Gospel.
Genesis 3:15-24; 6:5; Deuteronomy 1:39; Isaiah 6:5, 7:15-16;53:6; Jeremiah 17:5,9, 31:29-30; Ezekiel 18:19-20; Romans 1:18-32; 3:9-18, 5:12, 6:23; 7:9; Matthew 7:21-23; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 6:9-10;15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27-28; Revelation 20:11-15
Article Three: The Atonement of Christ
We affirm that the penal substitution of Christ is the only available and effective sacrifice for the sins of every person.
We deny that this atonement results in salvation without a person’s free response of repentance and faith. We deny that God imposes or withholds this atonement without respect to an act of the person’s free will. We deny that Christ died only for the sins of those who will be saved.
Psalm 22:1-31; Isaiah 53:1-12; John 12:32, 14:6; Acts 10:39-43; Acts 16:30-32; Romans 3:21-26; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:10-14; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-20; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 9:12-15, 24-28; 10:1-18; I John 1:7; 2:2
Article Four: The Grace of God
We affirm that grace is God's generous decision to provide salvation for any person by taking all of the initiative in providing atonement, in freely offering the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, and in uniting the believer to Christ through the Holy Spirit by faith.
We deny that grace negates the necessity of a free response of faith or that it cannot be resisted. We deny that the response of faith is in any way a meritorious work that earns salvation.
Ezra 9:8; Proverbs 3:34; Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 19:16-30, 23:37; Luke 10:1-12; Acts 15:11; 20:24; Romans 3:24, 27-28; 5:6, 8, 15-21; Galatians 1:6; 2:21; 5; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 3:2-9; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 4:16; 9:28; 1 John 4:19
Article Five: The Regeneration of the Sinner
We affirm that any person who responds to the Gospel with repentance and faith is born again through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is a new creation in Christ and enters, at the moment he believes, into eternal life.
We deny that any person is regenerated prior to or apart from hearing and responding to the Gospel.
Luke 15:24; John 3:3; 7:37-39; 10:10; 16:7-14; Acts 2:37-39; Romans 6:4-11; 10:14; 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20; 6:15; Colossians 2:13; 1 Peter 3:18
Article Six: The Election to Salvation
We affirm that, in reference to salvation, election speaks of God's eternal, gracious, and certain plan in Christ to have a people who are His by repentance and faith.
We deny that election means that, from eternity, God predestined certain people for salvation and others for condemnation.
Genesis 1:26-28; 12:1-3; Exodus 19:6; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Matthew 24:31; 25:34; John 6:70; 15:16; Romans 8:29- 30, 33;9:6-8; 11:7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; Ephesians 1:4-6; 2:11-22; 3:1-11; 4:4-13; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 1 Peter 1:1-2; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 3:9; Revelation 7:9-10
Article Seven: The Sovereignty of God
We affirm God’s eternal knowledge of and sovereignty over every person’s salvation or condemnation.
We deny that God’s sovereignty and knowledge require Him to cause a person’s acceptance or rejection of faith in Christ.
Genesis 1:1; 6:5-8; 18:16-33; 22; 2 Samuel 24:13-14; 1 Chronicles 29:10-20; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Joel 2:32; Psalm 23; 51:4; 139:1-6; Proverbs 15:3; John 6:44; Romans 11:3; Titus 3:3-7; James 1:13-15; Hebrews 11:6, 12:28; 1 Peter 1:17
Article Eight: The Free Will of Man
We affirm that God, as an expression of His sovereignty, endows each person with actual free will (the ability to choose between two options), which must be exercised in accepting or rejecting God’s gracious call to salvation by the Holy Spirit through the Gospel.
We deny that the decision of faith is an act of God rather than a response of the person. We deny that there is an “effectual call” for certain people that is different from a “general call” to any person who hears and understands the Gospel.
Genesis 1:26-28; Numbers 21:8-9; Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 8:1-22; 2 Samuel 24:13-14; Esther 3:12-14; Matthew 7:13-14; 11:20-24; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 9:23-24; 13:34; 15:17-20; Romans 10:9-10; Titus 2:12; Revelation 22:17
Article Nine: The Security of the Believer
We affirm that when a person responds in faith to the Gospel, God promises to complete the process of salvation in the believer into eternity. This process begins with justification, whereby the sinner is immediately acquitted of all sin and granted peace with God; continues in sanctification, whereby the saved are progressively conformed to the image of Christ by the indwelling Holy Spirit; and concludes in glorification, whereby the saint enjoys life with Christ in heaven forever.
We deny that this Holy Spirit-sealed relationship can ever be broken. We deny even the possibility of apostasy.
John 10:28-29; 14:1-4; 16:12-14; Philippians 1:6; Romans 3:21-26; 8:29,30; 35-39; 12:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Ephesians 1:13-14; Philippians 3:12; Colossians 1:21-22; 1 John 2:19; 3:2; 5:13-15; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 13:5; James 1:12; Jude 24-25
Article Ten: The Great Commission
We affirm that the Lord Jesus Christ commissioned His church to preach the good news of salvation to all people to the ends of the earth. We affirm that the proclamation of the Gospel is God's means of bringing any person to salvation.
We deny that salvation is possible outside of a faith response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 51:13; Proverbs 11:30; Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:6; Acts 1:8; 4:12; 10:42-43; Romans 1:16, 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 1:17-21; Ephesians 3:7-9; 6:19-20; Philippians 1:12-14; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Timothy 4:1-5