1. What we Believe about the Bible
We believe that the Holy Bible was written by individuals divinely inspired by God. It is a record of God’s revelation of God’s self to humanity. The Bible is God’s book of divine instruction with God as its author. God designed the Bible to communicate salvation for and truth. The Bible is without any mixture of error. The Bible reveals the principles by which God will judge us. It guides us in how we are to personally live our lives and is the supreme standard by which all human activities should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. What we Believe about God
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God. God is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and perfection. To God we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and human history. God the Father is all powerful, all loving, and all wise. God is Heavenly Father to those who become His children through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. What we Believe about Jesus
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus became a human being and identified Himself completely with humanity but was without sin. By His death on the cross, Jesus made the necessary provision for the redemption for humanity from its sins. Jesus was raised by God from the dead and appeared to His followers. Jesus ascended into heaven and is now at the right hand of God where He is the Mediator between God and humankind. One day, Jesus will return to judge the world. Jesus dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
4. What we Believe about the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. It was the Holy Spirit who inspired the holy people of old to write the Scriptures. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts individuals of their sins and enables people to understand the truths of God. The Holy Spirit is the One who calls people to the Lord Jesus Christ, who guides people in living the Christian life, who comforts believers, and who gives Christians their spirit gifts. It is the Holy Spirit who enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
5. What we Believe about Salvation
We believe that salvation is the redemption of the whole person and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. By His blood, Jesus obtained eternal redemption for all those who believe. Being “born again” is the work of God’s grace whereby a believer becomes a new creation. Salvation is a change of heart brought about by the Holy Spirit through the conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance to God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and the commitment of a person’s whole life to Him as Lord and Savior. For all who repent and believe in Christ, God saves and forgiveness.
6. What we Believe about the Christian Life
Every Christian is called to make the will of Christ supreme in their own life and in human society. The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness, and sin. He or she should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the elderly, the helpless, and the sick. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the influence of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all people of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.
7. What we Believe about the Church
We believe that a New Testament church is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship. As a Baptist church, we observe two ordinances of Christ; baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Through our commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ and the exercising of our spiritual gifts, we seek to share the gospel to the ends of the earth until our Lord’s return. We believe that this church is an autonomous body, operating through democratic processes under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. In our congregation, we believe that men and women are equally called to all aspects of God’s work in God’s church.
8. What we Believe about Baptism
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism represents the believer’s death to sin, the burial of their old life, and their symbolic resurrection to a new life in Christ Jesus. Baptism is a testimony to our faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Because baptism by immersion is a church ordinance, it is a requirement for church membership at Cedar Spring Baptist Church.
9. What we Believe about the Lord’s Supper
We believe that the Lord’s Supper (Communion) is a symbolic act of obedience and remembrance whereby believers, through partaking of the bread and juice, memorialize the death of our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, and anticipate His second coming. We as a church celebrate open communion. Individuals of other Christian denomination who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and have been baptized are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper.
10. What we Believe about Evangelism
We believe it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ to make disciples of all nations. It is the duty of every Christian to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal efforts and by all other methods that are in harmony with the gospel of Christ.