Along with First Baptist Church of Leland, we hold to The Baptist Faith and Message as our statement of doctrinal beliefs.
Here are the basics of what we believe:
The Bible is God's Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by
God, it is truth without any mixture of error. It is the source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are
co-equal and are one God.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless 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 physically return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He
also lives in every Christian 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.
Man is made in the image of God. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has potential for good, he is marred by sin. This
sin separates man from God.
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. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of literal,
Salvation is a free gift from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ
as God's offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the
grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.