Smith River Baptist Church | Our Beliefs
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Our Beliefs

What we believe:

The Bible is the inspired word of God, is without error, and is the authority on all of life (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 1 Thess. 2:13; Matt. 5:18; 24:35; John 17:17).

 

There is one God who exists as three distinct individuals – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with total and complete unity to accomplish distinct functions of the deity (Matt. 28:19; John 12:44-45; 14:25-26; 15:26; 2 Cor. 13:14; Col. 2:9-10; 1 John 5:6-8).

 

God created all things, but created humans alone in His image to have fellowship with Him (Gen. 1:1; 1:26-31; Psalms 33:6-9; 102:25; John 1:3).

 

Because of our choosing to disobey God, we lost this relationship (Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Eph. 2:3; 1 John 1:8-10).

 

God provided a means to restore our relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. This restoration comes only by His grace, through faith in Jesus Christ and not by anything we do (John 1:12; 3:16-17; 5:24; 20:31; Rom. 5:1-10; Eph. 2:8-9, 13; 1 Cor. 1:26-31; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:3-8).

 

Once a person is saved through faith in Jesus Christ, that person can never lose their salvation because our eternal security does not depend on us but on God (John 10:27-29; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:30; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Rom 8:35-39; 1 Thes. 5:23-24; 2 Tim. 1:12; 1 John 5:13).

 

It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, (22) being separated from sin and the world and fully devoted to the will of God. The Holy Spirit is in the world to convict humans of their sinfulness and their need for God’s salvation. He also encourages and guides those whose lives have been changed (I Thess. 5:23, Acts 1:8, Romans 6:1-14, 1 Cor. 6:19, Eph. 1:13-14).

 

Jesus Christ is God who came to earth in human form, born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and died on a cross as a sacrifice to pay for our sin. He rose again in three days to give us the gift of salvation and eternal life. He is the only way to God (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:14; 14:6-11; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:21-22; 1 John 3:5; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Eph. 1:7; Acts 4:12; John 3:16).