OUR BELIEFS

GOD
We believe in one God the Father, Creator of all. God is omniscient. God is holy, just, pure and worthy of all praise. We believe what the Bible says about God. God actively intervenes in the lives of men.

JESUS CHRIST
He is the Son of God and was with God from eternity. His virtues are the same as God the Father. He was sent to Earth in the form of man and was wholly God and wholly man. We believe in the virgin birth (conceived by the Holy Spirit). His death on the cross was the sacrifice for sin for all time. We believe in the resurrection of Christ (victory over death). He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God. He is the one and only head of the Church.  We believe that He will return!

HOLY SPIRIT
He is the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost to the first Christians. We believe the Spirit is received at our conversion. The Spirit guides, comforts and intercedes for Christians.

THE BIBLE AND ITS USE
All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that we may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  It is the one and only written source for the basis of our beliefs.

BAPTISM
We support "Believer's Baptism". We must believe in Christ and accept His gift to us and be willing to follow Him before being baptized. We believe it is an act of obedience, symbolizing the death to the old life and the resurrection to a new life in Christ.  We believe in baptism by immersion. To be received into membership of this church, you must be immersed.

THE LORD'S SUPPER
The Ordinance of the Communion (or the Lord's Supper) is done in remembrance of Christ's death on the cross for our sins  (symbolizing His broken body and shed blood). Traditionally, we have observed this once each month and on special occasions.  We offer this to anyone who has accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

HUMAN CONDITION
All humans are sinners. Sin separates us from God and we are therefore in need of a Savior.

THE PURPOSE, PLACE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH
The church is a gathering of Christian believers for worship, fellowship and mutual support of one another. It is a place where the gospel message is heard. The church should represent the Christian stand in the world. Christ is the Head of the Church and the Church is led by the Holy Spirit.

ROLE OF LAITY
The church is self-governed and selects its own laity for leadership and administration of its affairs through boards, committees and other groups. The members of the church fill the teaching roles required for Sunday School classes, Vacation Bible School and other Christian education programs.

ROLE OF MINISTER
The minister should be Spirit led and sensitive to the Spirit's direction in the church. His personal commitment to God should be evident in his everyday life. He is responsible for most worship services and special services of the church, which include weddings and funerals. Preaching the Word of God from the Scripture should be evident in all types of services. It is important for the minister to be able to work with a variety of people in the church who are involved with boards and committees.  Also, he will need to counsel, comfort and give spiritual guidance to people on an individual basis.  Being able to make all kinds of visits is important.

OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE ECUMENICAL WITNESS
In Matthew 28, it says we are to make disciples of all nations. We believe that it is necessary to have a Christian unity to accomplish this without compromises our believes. We support local, area, state, national and world-wide cooperation to achieve this goal.  Our church is involved on a number of different levels in this regard.



This statement was taken from the First Baptist Church of Clay Center, KS Profile of 2008.