God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe.  He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. 

(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-5, I Peter 1:2, II Corinthians 13:14)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men 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 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, 1 John 2:2)

 

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to convict mankind of sin and to make us aware of our need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks 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)

 

Eternity

Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God, through forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in Heaven or Hell. Eternal separation from God happens in Hell. Eternal union with God occurs in Heaven. 

(John 3:16, I John 2:25; 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15)

 

 Salvation

Salvation is a gift from God to man that cannot be earned and cannot be lost. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. God's offer of salvation is for everyone because the penalty for mankind's sin was forgiven through the death of Jesus Christ. His resurrection demonstrates the promise of everlasting life available for all who believe in Him. Eternal life can only be received, and it begins the moment one believes in Jesus Christ for eternal life.

(John 1:12; 3:16: 5:24; 10:27-28; 14:6, Acts 16:31, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5-7, Galatians 3:26, Romans 5:1)

 

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all men.  It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.  

(II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, II Timothy 1:13, Psalm 119:105,160, Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 30:5)

 

Last Things/End Times

We await the personal, imminent, pre-millennial return of Jesus Christ in the air to miraculously receive His bride, the church. Following this glorious event, a series of prophetic events described in the Old and New Testaments will be fulfilled (The Tribulation Period, The Restoration of Israel, Millennial Kingdom, and Final Judgment). Lastly, God will usher in the New Heaven and the New Earth where the saints of God will dwell in His eternal presence forever to bring Him glory.

The anticipation of these events motivates the church to evangelism, holy living, committed service, and the studying of God’s word.

(Isaiah 2:12, 13:6-9, Jeremiah 30:7, Ezekiel 38-39, Daniel 12, Joel 1:5, 2:1-31, Zephaniah 1:15, Romans 8:18–25, 1 Corinthians 15:20–24, 51–57, Philippians 3:20–21; 4:5, 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; 5:2-9, Titus 2:11–14, James 5:7–8, 1 John 2:28, Revelation 1:7; 19:11-16; 20:1-6; 21:1-26; 22:12-13. 

 

We affirm the Baptist Faith and Message.

We are members of the Southern Baptist Convention.

We are aligned with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.

We are members of the Buckeye Central - Erie Baptist Association.