The Baptist in Our Name

 

  ChristChurch Baptist is a Baptist church because of a few simple but defining Biblical distinctives. We feel it is important to uphold Biblical traits that help clarify what kind of church we are. The word BAPTIST simply means we believe in:

 

  Biblical authority in all matters of faith and practice. We hold high the Word of God and receive nothing extra Biblical to add to our faith and walk.

John 17:17; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Hebrew 4:12; 2 Peter 1:21

 

  Autonomy or self-governing power of the local church. Our church is completely self-governing outside of a denomination.

Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:15; Acts 20:19-30

 

  Priesthood of believers. Every believer has equal and instant access to God.

1 Timothy 2:5, 6; Hebrews 4:14-16

 

  Two offices within the church. These offices of leadership are Pastors and Deacons. It is the responsibility of the Pastors to serve the church by leading, teaching, and overseeing the church work. It is the responsibility of the Deacons to serve the church family through assisting with care and the provision of special needs.

Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4

 

  Individual soul liberty. Every man and woman must choose to come to Christ for salvation.

Romans 10:17; Romans 14:1-8, 12-23

 

  Security of the believer. Salvation is a free gift from God that cannot be taken away. A believer can live with full assurance of Heaven as his future home.

John 10:27, 28; 1 Peter 1:3-5

 

  Two ordinances. We practice baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These ordinances have no part in salvation, but serve as pictures of what Christ did for us.

Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-43; Acts 8:36-38; Romans 6:1-6;

1 Corinthians 11:23-24

 

  Separation of Church and State. The state should have no power to intervene in the free expression of religious liberty.

Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29-31; Romans 13:1-4

 

  To maintain a commitment to the clear teaching of God’s Word without compromise, ChristChurch Baptist does not support the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Charismatic movement (includes tongues movement, etc.), Ecumenical evangelism, Liberalism, or Modernism.

2 Thessalonians 3:6; Amos 3:3; Jude 3