WHAT WE BELIEVE
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-19; I Corinthians 8:6; Isaiah 45:21-22).
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true Man (Luke 1:30-35; Colossians 2:9).
We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature. In the case of those who reach moral responsibility, they become sinners in thought, word, and deed (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all that believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8,9; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into Heaven and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate (John 20:20; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 7:25).
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become children of God (John 3:6-7; 2 Peter 1:3-4; John 1:13; Romans 8:9-16).
We believe that one who has experienced the New Birth has become a child of God and is eternally secure (John 3:16; John 10:27-29; Romans 8:29-39; I John 5:11-13).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost (Matthew 28:6-7; I Corinthians 15:35-58; Revelation 20).
We believe that the local Church is a body of baptized (immersed) believers organized for worship, work, and fellowship; that the two ordinances of the Church are Baptism and the Lord’s Supper; that the local Church is an independent and self-governing body, responsible alone to Christ who is its Savior and Lord (Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:3-5; I Corinthians 11:23-28; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 5:23-24).
We believe in “that blessed hope” – the bodily, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Titus 2:11-14; Acts 1:6-11).
Statement on Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Columbus Baptist Church’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, we believe that the Holy Spirit is our final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application. To the extent of the application of our faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline in specific regard to this constitution, how we govern ourselves, and in humble consideration of our civil governments, we do humbly consider the Elder Board of Columbus Baptist Church as the final earthly interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application after they have carefully sought guidance from the Holy Spirit.
Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is sacred (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17) and created by God in His image (Genesis 1:27-28). Human life, which is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, is under the direct supervision of God who is sovereign over life and death (I Samuel 2:6; II Kings 5:7). Therefore, pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death is under His sovereign rule, and He alone is the determiner of when that life shall begin or end. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. To do otherwise would be to supplant God from His rightful role (Leviticus 18:21; Leviticus 20:2-5; Deuteronomy 12:31; Psalm 8; Psalm 22:9-10; Psalm 139 and Hebrews 2:5-18).
Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as a biological male or a biological female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-28).
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:9-7:5; Hebrews 13:4) We believe that God has commanded that no sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality including but not limited to adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, polygamy, and the use of pornography is sinful and offensive to God (Leviticus 18; Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-7:5: Galatians 5:19-21).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:17-21; Romans 10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:27-36; Galatians 5:13-15). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the tenets of the Constitution of Columbus Baptist Church, and would require Church disciplinary action.