@2016 by Central Baptist Church of Lowesville, VA. Novus Ordo

God Is…


We believe there is only one true and living God. God is love. He is infinite, all-knowing, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each equally deserving of man’s worship and obedience.


Jesus is God and Savior


We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ. We believe in His virgin birth, and in His sinless life. As God’s Son on earth, He was both fully God and fully human. We also believe in His miracles and His substitutionary and atoning death on the cross. Christ rose from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father and will return in power and glory.


The Holy Spirit is God, The Presence and Power


We believe the Holy Spirit is supernatural and sovereign, baptizing all believers into the Body of Christ. He lives within every Christian beginning at the moment of salvation, and then empowers them for effective service, as they yield to Him. The Holy Spirit convicts individuals of sin, uses God’s Word to mature believers into Christ-likeness, and secures them until Christ returns.

The Bible is God’s Word


We believe that the Bible is God’s written revelation to people, divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is truth without any mixture of error. God is the Bible’s author. The goal of His word is the restoration of mankind into His image. We affirm that the Bible is totally sufficient, and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith.


People are God’s Treasure


Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By this free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can bring men and women into His holy fellowship and enable them to fulfill the creative purposes of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.


Salvation is by Faith


We believe that people were created in the image of God and willfully disobeyed Him, bringing physical and spiritual death. This disobedience is known as sin. All human beings are born with a sin nature, separated from God, and in need of a savior. That salvation comes only through a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior, as a person repents of sin and receives Christ’s forgiveness and the promise of eternal life. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works. Those who are saved are secure in Christ forever.

Baptism 


Christian baptism is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead.


The Church 


We believe that all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head. The primary physical expression of the Church on earth are autonomous local congregations of believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by taking the Gospel to the entire world and by building its members up in Christ-likeness through the instruction of God’s Word, fellowship, service, worship, and prayer.


God Holds the Future


We believe that God will bring the world to its appropriate end in His own time and in His own way. Those who have received Christ will, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, receive their reward and dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord. The certain return of Christ is the hope that motivates believers to be faithful in their daily lives.


Stewardship


God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the Gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.