What We Believe

The Gospel

 

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  God created man in His own image, placed him in the garden of Eden and gave him one rule, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Adam and Eve disobeyed God which is called sin.  They were cast from the garden and with sin came death.  Sin caused the perfect relationship man and God had with each other to be broken.

 

God later called Abraham to be a chosen people through whom God would bless the world.  Abraham's descendants became the nation of Israel and were given the 10 commandments, Gods law, through Moses.

 

God said that if they broke His law there must be a blood sacrifice.  Israel consistently disobeyed God throughout the Old Testament.  Israel lifted their hands up to God, covered in blood from their sacrifices, expecting God to be pleased.  God rebuked them saying He desired that they obey, rather than continue to sin.  No amount of blood sacrifices would ever be enough to pay the just penalty for sinning against a holy God.

 

Numerous prophesies were given about a coming messiah and king who would bring salvation to Israel.  Jesus was born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem.  He lived a perfect life though having been tempted in every way.  For about three years He traveled preaching, healing, and training his disciples. 

 

Jesus was crucified, died, was buried and on the third day rose from the dead.  He gave His disciples the commission to go make disciples of all nations. 

 

As Jesus taught, He showed us that no one could ever be perfect according to the law and therefore righteous enough to enter heaven after death.  Neither could our good works outweigh the wrong we have done or be enough to earn us a place in heaven.

 

Therefore, Jesus said we must repent.  Repentance is acknowledging that we have broken God's perfect law and are hopeless on our own to achieve righteousness necessary to enter God's kingdom.  By repenting, turning from our sin, and trusting alone and fully in Jesus' work on the cross to take the punishment we deserve, we are saved. 

 

Baptism is the first act of obedience a believer is commanded to do.  Being baptized is a public expression of an inward rebirth in Christ.  We die to the old self and now live through Christ.

 

Once we are saved, we are given the Holy Spirit and live a life in full surrender and submission to Christ.  We continue to mature day by day in our newly restored relationship with God.  Local bodies of believers are where we find encouragement, fellowship, and accountability to walk in obedience with Christ.

 

We are also given the command to go make disciples of every nation (people group) always watching and anticipating the second coming of Christ.

 

We encourage you to search the Bible to see if these things are true, and we are confident that they are.  If you have any questions about the Gospel, the Bible or Jesus please contact us, we would be overjoyed to help you.

Other Statements:

 

We at Central Baptist Church adhear

to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.