Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

What We Believe

 

We believe the Holy Bible is the Word of God.
We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God, wholly without error as originally given by God, and is sufficient as our final authority in all matters of doctrine, duty, and decisions as individuals. We accept fully the entire writings of the Old and New Testaments. We deny other books are inspired by God in the same way as the Bible. Psalm 119:89; 2Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13
 
We believe in the Godhead. 

We believe in the one true and living God, the creator and sustainer of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, and is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is the head of the Godhead, and into His hands the kingdom will be delivered. The Son is the promised messiah of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ, who was born of the Virgin Mary, hence the God-Man. He died on the cross to redeem man, rose again from the dead to justify the believer, ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes for us, and in the Father’s own time will return in visible, personal form to overthrow sin and judge the world. The Holy Spirit is the One sent from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment, and to regenerate and cleanse from sin. He is the resident guide, teacher, and strengthener of the believer.  Colossians 2:9; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 3:14-17

 
We believe Man is a sinner

We believe Adam (the first man) was created innocent; he was tempted by Satan and sinned which incurred not only physical death but spiritual death. Consequently, all men have been born in sin since that time and are by nature the children of wrath and in need of redemption. Psalm 51:1; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-4

 
We believe in Salvation

We believe Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin. He atoned for our sins with His shed blood on the cross and rose again for our justification. Apart from Jesus Christ there is no salvation. All men are under condemnation through personal sin, and escape from condemnation comes only through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This righteousness is imputed to the believer by grace through faith. The Holy Spirit regenerates the one who makes the life commitment to Jesus, and the life begun in regeneration is never lost. Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9, 10,13; Hebrews 9:22; Romans 5:1-19; Matthew 16:26

 
We believe in the Final Resurrection

This resurrection is for the just and the unjust. We believe that those who commit their lives to Jesus Christ during this life will be raised to everlasting life, but those who die outside of the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in hell where they will suffer physically, mentally, and spiritually. Luke 16:31; Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 13:42; Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-46

 

We believe in the Local Church

We believe a local New Testament church is a voluntary association of baptized believers in Christ who have covenanted together to follow the teaching of the New Testament in doctrine, worship, and practice. We believe the church is a God-governed body with the pastor serving as the spiritual leader of the body. We believe the members of the local body are united together in the Holy Spirit for the purpose of evangelizing the lost, building up the saved, and glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 3:21; Acts 2:41-47

 
We believe the only two church ordinances are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

We likewise believe only those who are committed to Jesus Christ as Lord are scriptural subjects for baptism and that immersion is the only proper mode of baptism. We believe baptism does not save, but is an act of obedience to the command of the Lord Jesus Christ and a testimony to the world. We believe the Lord’s Supper is a memorial to the Lord’s death. The bread symbolizes His body which was given for us. The fruit of the vine symbolizes His blood which was shed for us. We believe every born-again baptized believer should take the Lord’s Supper as an act of worship, praise, remembrance, and gratitude to Jesus Christ for what He has done for the sinner. Romans 6:1-5; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

 
We believe in giving. 
We believe every Christian should give at least 10% of his income to the Lord through the local church. We further believe every Christian should go beyond the tithe in his giving to Spirit-directed purposes. We believe the Christian’s time, spiritual ability, and money ought to be given back to God as an act of dedication and love to Jesus Christ and in order to fulfill the Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20; Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:10; Luke 6:38
 
We believe in World Evangelism

We believe it is the responsibility and privilege of every member of the local church to do everything he can to make the gospel of Jesus Christ available to as many people as possible. Hence, we believe evangelism begins at home as we lead people to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Then evangelism spreads to the community, the city, the state, the nation, and to the world. We believe the energies of the church ought to be totally directed to getting the gospel to the masses of the world. We believe it is our solemn responsibility as a church to do everything we can to fulfill the Great Commission. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:44-49; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:1

 
We believe in the Christian Life

We believe the greatest privilege of the Christian is to live for Jesus in this present age. We believe the Christian life is a supernatural life. It is Christ living His life in us and through us. We believe it is a spiritual life.  It is the Holy Spirit of God empowering and enabling us to be what God wants us to be. It is a warfare life; it is a constant struggle between the flesh and the spirit. It is a life of separation. We believe the Christian life is one of separation from the world. It is a life of faith, which is total commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is living by the promises of God in obedience to the commands of God. It is a life of progress, spiritual growth, and maturity, where we become more and more like Jesus. It is a life of fruitfulness where the fruit of the spirit is exhibited in our lives in the way we live and in the witness of our lives as we lead other people to saving faith in Jesus Christ. We believe witnessing is a normal part of Christian life. Galatians 2:20; 3:11; 3:23; 4:9; 5:17, 22-23; Ephesians 5:18; Acts 1:8; Titus 2:11-13