As Creator and Ruler of the whole universe, God deserves all of our love and obedience:
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created (Revelation 4:11).
Sadly, instead of loving and obeying God, each of us has turned to the wrong, sinful way.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:6).
Instead of leading us to a better life, our sinful choices lead to physical and spiritual death.
For the wages of sin is death… (Romans 6:23).
But there is still hope! God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and endure the judgment that we deserve for our sins.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
Jesus Christ rose again after three days. God now commands all men everywhere to repent and turn from their sins to God. Those who continue to reject Him still face certain judgment and death.
…but now [God] commandeth all men everywhere to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead (Acts 17:30b-31).
God promises that if you will turn from the wrong, sinful way and believe that Jesus Christ died to forgive you, you will be saved.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).
If you would like to know Christ as your Savior, we invite you to read more from our Pastor on how to have your sins forgiven, and to watch or download the following resources, which will guide your understanding of God and will show you how you can personally receive the free gift of salvation. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.
We carefully emphasize faithfulness to Scripture in our thinking about God, Jesus, the Bible, and humanity; and we strive to be unified in adhering to these crucial doctrines across the ministry.
God “breathed out” the very words of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, so that in the original writings they are inerrant and of supreme and final authority.
God is one, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The second Person of the Trinity is the eternal Son of God. He had no beginning but became man by being conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, died an atoning death, rose from the dead, and physically ascended into Heaven, where He maintains a bodily presence for us as High Priest and Advocate.
The third Person of the Trinity convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He is the Supernatural Agent in the new birth, baptizes all believers into the body of Christ, indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption. He gives spiritual gifts to all believers whereby they edify the body of Christ. The “sign gifts,” or miracles wrought to authenticate Christ’s apostles, have run their course, and therefore ceased with the completion of the New Testament canon.
God made man in His own image on the sixth day of creation. Then man sinned and incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death – separation from God. All humans are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by both birth and choice. They are therefore without excuse and under the just condemnation of God to eternal ruin.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. All who believe in Him are declared righteous on the ground of His shed blood. They are born again by the agency of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, and are thereby children of God and eternally saved.
Believers share in the “blessed hope” – the personal, physical, pre-tribulational, and premillennial return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There will be a bodily resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. The just will enter into eternal joy. The unjust will experience everlasting conscious punishment in the lake of fire.
As a fundamental, independent, Baptist church, the following practices also influence how Friendship operates.
Fundamental: We believe in the great historic doctrines of the Christian faith, as found in God’s perfect Book, the Bible. We also believe that we should separate ourselves from worldliness and apostasy.
Independent: We do not take orders from any denominational hierarchy or convention. We have loose fellowship with other like-minded believers.
Baptist: The following acrostic concisely summarizes the important Baptist distinctives:
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