FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

OF MARYVILLE

 A Community of Believers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our beliefs are based on Christian doctrines held throughout church history since antiquity. These ancient beliefs are common to most Christians. Our beliefs also stand in solidarity with the historic character and trajectory of our local church. This statement of faith is not intended to be an exhaustive description of all Christian doctrines, but a comprehensive overview of our essential beliefs and core values.

 

 

The Doctrine of the Bible

 
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God written by human authors under the supernatural direction of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is an essential library of divinely inspired books that bear witness to the centrality and lordship of Christ. We do not devalue Scripture by interpreting it as a textbook, legal contract, or self-help manual. Instead, Scripture serves as the timeless spiritual guide to encourage and correct our lives of faith as we seek to follow Christ in our love for God and others.
 
 

 

The Doctrine of God

 
We believe in one loving God who has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
 
  • God the Father: We believe the eternal Father is the creator and sustainer of the universe and is perfect in holiness and love.
 
  • God the Son: We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who is co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. All things were created by Jesus and for Jesus. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He lived, died, rose again, and ascended into heaven to demonstrate His Lordship and the fulfillment of the Scriptures. Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of all who believe, repent, and follow his call of love in faith. He will return again to reign as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
 
  • God the Spirit: We believe that the eternal Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is present in the world to draw people to God and to restrain evil. The Holy Spirit indwells and bestows spiritual gifts to every follower of Christ. The Holy Spirit is our comforter. The Holy Spirit continues to give comfort and strength to those suffering loss of loved ones through death or divorce, and to those exposed to the many forms of abuse, prejudice or persecution. We seek to live under guidance of the Holy Spirit daily.
 

Though God cannot be fully comprehended by anyone but Himself, He has revealed Himself both generally through the natural world and specially through the Bible and Jesus Christ. We are blessed to live in one of the most obvious examples of God’s general revelation – the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

 
 
 

 

The Doctrine of Humanity

 

We believe that all people on earth, regardless of sex, race, age, or origin are made in the image of God and have been given inherent dignity. God has mandated for human beings to fill the earth with His glory. God gave human beings the responsibility to care and the capacity to create for the common good of all. As such, creation is not just a historical event, but continues even today. Through prideful rebellion (what we call sin), human beings are separated from God, self, and one another. All people are indeed in need of salvation in Christ.

 
 
 
 

The Doctrine of Salvation

 

God saves! We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in Christ, and not through personal human effort. The Good News is that Jesus is Lord. As the only mediator between God and humankind, Christ offers righteousness and justification to all who profess faith in him. Salvation is brought about by the work of the Holy Spirit.

 
 
 
 

The Doctrine of the Church

 
We believe the church is the current fellowship of Christ. The church exists to make disciples of Christ in all nations (the Great Commission) in order that we may be faithful in our love for God and neighbor (the Great Commandments). All humans are important to God, and the church is called to proclaim this to the world. We believe this includes men and women serving in all areas of Christian service. As we anticipate the return of Christ, the church shall be the salt and light of the earth, bearing witness to the world of the loving God.
 
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What We Believe: Being Baptist
Sermon Notes

From the book,
The Baptist Identity: The Four Fragile Freedoms
by Walter Shurden

Bible Freedom – The historic Baptist affirmation that the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, must be central in the life of the individual and church and that Christians, with the best and most scholarly tools of inquiry, are both free and obligated to study and obey the Scripture. 

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV2011) – For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Soul Freedom – The historic affirmation of the inalienable right and responsibility of every person to deal with God without the imposition of creed, the interference of clergy, or the intervention of civil government.  

Matthew 16:13-15 (NIV2011) – 
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Church Freedom – Church Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation that local churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whom they perceive as gifted for ministry, male or female, and to participate in the larger body of Christ, of whose unity and mission Baptists are proudly a part.  

Ordinances:  Baptism and  Lord’s Supper

Religious Freedom – Religious Freedom is the historic Baptist affirmation of freedom OF religion, freedom FOR religion, and freedom FROM religion insisting that Caesar is not Christ and Christ is not Caesar.  

Matthew 22:15-22 (NIV2011) 
- Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FBCM Identity Statement
 
 
 
 
 
FBCM By-Laws