First Baptist Church of Landrum
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Devoted Hearts, Connecting Lives!
Who We Are
We are a body of believers committed to worshipping and serving Jesus Christ. As a Southern Baptist Church, we join with likeminded Christians in spreading the gospel around the world.
Christ reached out to people of all ages and backgrounds and at First Baptist Church Landrum we desire to do the same. That's why you'll discover here ministries geared to various life stages and needs. That's why we have a place for everyone to study the Scriptures, fellowship together, and minister to others through numerous service opportunities.
We want you to be a part of the blessings of God in the life of our church. We'll bring you updates often on just what's happening at First Baptist Church Landrum and share the stories of how Christ is making a difference in people's lives.
Articles of Faith
Believing that the Bible is the inspired word of God, (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:19-21), and therefore is the infallible guideline for the church in its faith and practice, we the members of First Baptist Church of Landrum adopt the following as our Articles of Faith:
1. We believe there is only one true and living God. He is Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has existed eternally in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. (John 1:1; Ephesians 4:4-6; II Corinthians 3:14; I Timothy 2:5)
2. We believe that people are made in the spiritual image of God and are the crowning achievement of His creation. People are sinners by nature and by choice, meaning that each person naturally desires to sin and chooses to sin. Sin separates people from God and causes many problems in life. (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 3:23, 5:12-19, 6:23)
3. We believe the following about salvation and eternal life:
a. That salvation is God's free gift of grace to every person, but each person must accept it personally through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. There is no other name or method by which any person may be saved. Eternal life begins the moment a person receives Jesus into his life through repentance and faith. (John 3:16-19; John 16:6, Ephesians 2:8-10)
b. That the doctrine of election teaches that, while God ordained the salvation of people before the foundation of the world and also the method by which salvation would be accomplished, each man still must exercise his free will in accepting that offer of salvation. (John 6:37-40; Romans 10:8-15; Ephesians 1:3-14)
c. That once a person is saved, that individual becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus. The process of conforming a person into the image of Christ is the work of the Holy Spirit. This process of sanctification reveals itself in repentance from sin, faith in Jesus, and in obedience to the commands of Christ, whereby the individual resists temptation to sin. (II Cor. 5:9-21; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 6:10-20)
d. That because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity, and it can never be lost. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God. One can know for certain in this life that he is saved, and that knowledge is essential for effective Christian living. (John 5:24; John 6:37; John 10:22-31; I John 5:13)
e. That people are created to exist forever. Individuals will exist eternally in one of two real places. After the judgment, the unsaved will exist separated from God in hell. The saved will exist with God in heaven. (Matthew 10:28; Matthew 25:31-46; II Thessalonians 1:9)
4. We believe that a New Testament church is the body of Christ, composed of a covenant fellowship of baptized individuals who are believers in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A church, governed by the Scriptures and charged with observing the ordinances of Christ, exists for the purpose of helping to extend God's Kingdom through evangelism and discipleship. The scriptural officers of a church are Pastor and Deacons. (Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 2:19-22; Philippians 1:27)
5. We believe that baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism, by scriptural example, is a prerequisite to church membership but in no way is necessary for salvation. Baptism and church membership are prerequisites for participation in the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:38-42; Acts 8:12-39)
6. We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord's Day and should be devoted to worship, spiritual matters, and rest. (John 20:19-26; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Hebrews 10:25)
7. We believe that civil government is established by God for the interest of society. Governmental leaders are to be prayed for and obeyed, except in matters which oppose the will of God. (Daniel 3:16-18; Daniel 6:7-10; Acts 4:18-20; Romans 13:1-7; I Timothy 2:1-3)
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and upon the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of God and this body of believers, seriously and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
Therefore, as we are guided by the Holy Spirit, we will walk together in Christian love, strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort, promote its prosperity and spirituality, sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines, and contribute cheerfully and generously in order to support the ministries of this church so that the gospel may be carried to all nations.
We pledge to instruct our families at home and church through the teaching of God's Holy Word, to educate our children as Christ leads, to seek the salvation of the lost, to live in our community in a God honoring way, to dedicate our lives in Christ's service, and to faithfully work for the unity of our fellowship so that Christ may be glorified.
We further pledge to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember one another in prayer, to aid one another in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech, to be slow to take offense, but always ready and eager for reconciliation.
Finally, we pledge that when we remove ourselves from this body, we will, as soon as possible, unite with another church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.