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Locust Grove Baptist Church
What We Believe

1.         The Scriptures.  We believe men wrote the bible, both Old and New Testament Scriptures, as the Holy Ghost moved them.  Therefore, in the original text, it is completely error free, being the final and complete revelation of the will of God to man, and is the authority by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinion should be tried.

2.         The True God.  We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

a.         God the Father.  We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, bound-less in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power.  We believe that he concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His son.

b.         God the Son. We believe in Jesus Christ, God the Son, pre-existent with the Father, begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary sinless in His nature and life, infallible in His teachings, making atonement for the sins of the world by His substitution death at the cross.  We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people and his glorious second advent according to promise.  We believe that the promise of his second coming includes: first, “The Blessed Hope” of the believer, namely the personal, pre-millennial and pre-tribulation return of our Lord Jesus Christ to rapture His Church according to I Thess. 4: 12-18 and second, His return later to earth with His saints to set up His millennial reign.

c.         God the Holy Spirit.  We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit.  We believe that He came from God to convince and convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, indwell, empower and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ.

3.         Humanity. We believe the human race was created in the image of God; that Adam and Eve voluntarily sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God.  We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.

4.         Satan.  We believe in the reality and personality of Satan.

5.         Salvation.  We believe salvation of sinners is wholly of grace through the mediatorial office of the Son of God who died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who by faith receive Him as their personal Savior are justified on the ground of His blood shed on Calvary and his resurrection from the dead and are born again of the holy Spirit, thereby becoming the children of God.  We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to whosoever will by the Gospel.

6.         The Church.  We believe in the visible Church, which is an assembly of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship.  We believe that to this visible church were committed for perpetual observance until the Lord’s return, two ordinances: the baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord’s Supper.  We believe that God has given the Church the responsibility of preaching the Gospel to every creature and the edification of the individual members of the Body of Christ.

a.                  We believe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper should be observed once during each quarter of the year, and whenever else it is deemed necessary.  We celebrate open communion; that meaning that any person who has received Jesus Christ as personal Savior is welcome to participate in our observance of the Lord’s Supper.

b.                  We believe water baptism by immersion to be an ordinance instituted by Jesus as a symbol of His death and resurrection and the cleansing nature of the blood He shed for our sins on Calvary. As believers, we are to follow His example in our spiritual journey.  We further believe the obedience of water baptism to be a decision of conscience, a symbolic step of further obedience in our walk with and maturity in Jesus Christ  

7.         Last Things. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, the unsaved to eternal, conscious suffering and woe in Hell and the saved to eternal life and blessedness in Heaven.

8.       Christian Living. We believe that every saved person should manifest the Christian life in a consistent walk in the Holy Spirit, fully and constantly yielding to the indwelling Christ, so the saved soul may always in life and word show forth the praises of Him who has called it out of darkness into His marvelous light.