The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
For specific doctrinal beliefs, refer to the “Baptist Faith and Message”.
- A Grace Life is a life that is marked by Worship.
- Worship may be defined by giving God your mind’s attention and your heart’s affection.
- Worship is the fuel of our mission.
- Worship is the goal of our mission.
As One Body we are called to:
- Love one another
- Be devoted to one another
- Honor one another
- Share with one another
- Rejoice with one another
- Weep with one another
- Pursue peace with one another
- Accept one another
- You were created to serve. (Ephesians 2:10)
- You were saved to serve. (Hebrews 9:14)
- You are called to serve. (Colossians 4:17)
When we say “Go” we are talking about “going into all the world and making disciples” of Jesus. Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47-49, John 20:21, and Acts 1:8 all tell us to do this. As long as there is one person in the world who does not know Christ, the Church has a mandate to keep going!
Having, as we trust, been brought, by Divine Grace, to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and to give up ourselves to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully renew our covenant with each other.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (John 13:34-35) We will walk together in brotherly love, as becomes the members of a Christian Church; exercise an affectionate care and watchfulness over each other and faithfully admonish in meekness and encourage one another, as occasion may require. (I Peter 1:22; Philippians 2:4; Hebrews 10:24) We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, nor neglect to pray for ourselves and others. (Hebrews 10:25)
We will strive to raise those under our care, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and by a pure and loving example to seek the salvation of our family and friends. (II Timothy 3:15; Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Ephesians 6:1-4; Acts 1:8; Matthew 4:19; Psalms 126:5-6; Proverbs 11:30)
We will rejoice at each other’s happiness, and endeavor, with tenderness and sympathy, to bear each other’s burdens and sorrows.(Romans 12:15; James 4:16; Galatians 6:2; James 2:14-17; I Peter 3:8-11)
We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the symbolic grave, so there is on us a special obligation now to live a new and holy life. (Ephesians 5:15-21; II Peter 3:11; Romans 12:17; Romans 13:8; Revelation 2:10; Romans 14:13; I John 2:10; Ephesians 5:18; I Thessalonians 5:22)
We will work together for the continuance of a faithful evangelical ministry in this church as we sustain its worship, ordinances, disciplines, and doctrines. We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church and the spread of the Gospel through all nations. We will humbly and earnestly seek to live to the glory of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. (II Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 1:27; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:23-26; Jude 3; I Corinthians 16:2; II Corinthians 8:6-7; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)
We will, when we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.(I Corinthians 4:2)
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen. (II Corinthians 13:14)
Confession of Faith
THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31-32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32)
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption. (Genesis 1:1,26; John 1:1,3; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24; Romans 1:19-20; Ephesians 4:5-6)
GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He infallibly foreknows all that shall come to pass, that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Luke 10:21-22; Matthew 23:9; John 3:16; 6:27; Romans 1:7; I Timothy 1:1-2; 2:5-6; I Peter 1:3; Revelation 1:6)
GOD THE SON (JESUS CHRIST)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John 1:1; 20:28; Romans 9:5; 8:46; II Corinthians 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30-31; Matthew 20:28; Ephesians 1:4; Acts 1:11; Romans 5:6-8; 6:9-10; Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:28; I Timothy 3:16)
GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 14:16-17,26; 15:26-27; John 16:9-14; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Galatians 5:22-26)
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and thereby incurred physical, spiritual, and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life. (Genesis 1:26; 5:2; 3; 2:17; 3:19; Ecclesiastes 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24-30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Romans 9:22; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 19:3,20; 20:10,14-15; 21:18; Psalm 51:7; Jeremiah 17:9; James 1:14; Romans 3:19; 5:19; Proverbs 28:13; I John 19; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1)
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, service and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world. (Ephesians 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:23-25)
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full measure of maturing in Christ, throughout life and unto death. (I Corinthians 10:31; Romans 12:1-3; Hebrews 12:1-2; John 14:15, 23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Corinthians 9:6-9; I Corinthians 4:2; Colossians 1:9-10)
MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY
We believe that marriage is ordained by God as the sacred union of one man and one woman. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His Church. We also believe that children are a blessing from the Lord. Thus all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24; Psalms 127, 128; 139:13-16; Matthew 19:1-10; I Corinthians 6:9-11; Ephesians 5:22-23; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God as a symbol of our union with Christ and His death, burial and resurrection. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death and the anticipation of His second coming. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered in obedience to Scripture until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-26)
We believe that Grace Life Baptist Church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore the Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other. (I Timothy 2:5; Romans 14:7-9, 12)
THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His Kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; I Thessalonians 4:15; II Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; I Corinthians 4:5; 15; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4-6, 11-15)
The Southern Baptist Convention is a network made up of over 45,000 churches and about 16 million members all over the world. It’s the largest network of Christian churches in America and includes many races, nationalities and ethnic groups. Worship services are held in over 110 languages. The SBC baptizes over 1,000 new Christians a day in the U.S., and starts nearly five new churches a day, making it one of the fastest growing denominations in the world. Each SBC church is completely independent with no denominational control or hierarchy. Each SBC church is self-governed, chooses its own pastor, owns its own assets, and determines its own programs. Grace Life voluntarily affiliates ourselves for the purpose of accomplishing the Great Commission and to identify ourselves with other Christians around the world who share our same beliefs and interpretation of the Bible. The SBC has no man-made creed. The Bible is our sole authority. Every year, over 100,000 Southern Baptists participate in short-term mission and disaster relief projects all over the world. The SBC trains over 12,000 vocational ministers each year through our six seminaries. Our “Cooperative Program,” supports over 9,000 career missionaries in 125 countries in the largest missionary organization in the world. Our affiliation with the SBC also allows us to be a part of LifeWay Christian Resources, the largest publisher of religious materials in the world, sending resources to over 70 countries.
The Alabama Baptist Convention is a network made up of over 28,00 Southern Baptist churches in the state of Alabama. Worship services are held in more than 30 languages.
The Bessemer Baptist Association is a network made up of about 47 Southern Baptist churches in our city of Bessemer.