What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of South Baton Rouge Church of Christ based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
We use the term “core beliefs” to designate those beliefs that we consider essential Christian beliefs that we as a church unite around. They are not simply what we affirm, but are the foundation for how we live our individual and corporate lives, a framework for how we interpret Scripture, and express a shared faith that binds us together in unity.

God

There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise.  God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom,  justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:28-30; Ephesians 4:4-6

God the Father

God is Creator of the universe, in particular our world, and by His power sustains and rules over it. Central to His character is His great redemptive love for us, which has been most clearly and importantly demonstrated in the coming, death, and resurrection of His eternal Son, Jesus, an event that lies at the heart of the biblical story and the Christian faith.
John 3:16; Acts 17:24-28; I Corinthians 8:6; Romans 1:19-20; I John 4:8

Jesus

Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. Although co-equal with the Father, he humbly came to earth and fully became a man. He demonstrated God's love toward us and made His grace available to us by dying a sacrificial death on a cross, voluntarily suffering in our place the penalty that our sins deserve. After three days He rose from the grave, conquering death and offering forgiveness, a new relationship as a child of God, and eternal life for everyone who believes in Him and becomes his follower (disciple). His desire is for everyone to enter that relationship. He now reigns as Lord and as High Priest intercedes for his people.
Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1,14,18; Acts 10:37-43; Romans 5:5-10; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Ephesians 2:4-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-21; Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-16



The Holy Spirit

Through the Holy Spirit God dwells within God’s people. The Holy Spirit comes to us as a gift at the time of our salvation to be a Helper and Guide. He gives assurance that we are God’s children, unifies us together in Christ, and equips us with spiritual gifts for Christian service. He instructs, guides, molds, and comforts us, and produces godly virtues in our lives.
Matthew 3:11; John 14:16-17; John 16:7-13; Acts 2:38; Romans 8:13-17; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 3:16; Ephesians 4:3-4

Us

Genesis 1:27; Genesis 3:1-19; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:4-6; John 4:24; Romans 3:23;
Ephesians 2:1-5

Salvation

When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the price for our sin. When he rose again, he conquered death for us as well. When we believe in Jesus, turn from our old way of living (repent), confess our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, and are baptized into Christ, we receive, through the grace of God, the gifts of forgiveness, salvation, and the Holy Spirit. We are adopted into God’s family as His children and know Him henceforth as our Heavenly Father. We are blessed with the abundant life Jesus brought and the great hope of sharing in the resurrection of Jesus at the end of time and live our lives in light of that hope. All this is possible only through the gracious work of God through Jesus.
John 3:5, 3:16, 10:10;14:6; Acts 2:37-39, 16:29-33; Romans 6:3-4; I Corinthians 6:11, 15:1-4; Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 2:1-10; Philippians 3:20-21; Titus 3:3-8;
I John 3:1-3

The Church

The church was founded by and belongs to Jesus and consists of those who have accepted this salvation and become followers of Jesus. It is the Body of Christ on the earth. We gather regularly to worship and fellowship and to remember, celebrate and proclaim the death and resurrection of Jesus, primarily through the Lord’s Supper. But beyond that our whole lives are to be a worship of devoted service to God. We are to live together in Christian unity, to love and encourage one another, and to use our gifts in service to God and one another. And we are to be molded with the help of God’s Spirit to be people who reflect more and more the character of Jesus, those moral and spiritual qualities that please and honor God.
Matthew 16:15-18; John 13:34-35; John 17:20-23; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:1-2;I Corinthians 12:12-27; Galatians 5:22-26; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 4:2-4,15-16; I Peter 2:4-10; I John 4:9-11

Christian Mission and Life

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the church as well as individual Christians continues the task of reaching out to and sharing the good news of Jesus with non-believers. Those already believers need to be encouraged and instructed, so that they can mature in the faith, become fully devoted followers of Christ, and be transformed more and more into his image. Believers are also called to be a loving community and to follow the example of Christ in serving and helping those in all kinds of need or distress and encouraging a good and just society. In short, the church seeks to establish God’s Kingdom on earth.
Matthew 5:13-16, 6:10, 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:11-13; James 1:27



The Bible


The Bible is the inspired word of God written by men guided by the Holy Spirit to whom God had revealed Himself. It is our trustworthy guide for truth, faith, and life. It records the story of God’s redemptive love to win a lost world back to Him. It tells us who God is, why He loves us, what He has done for us, and what His plans are for us. Through Scripture God reveals to us the truths He wants us to know and equips us for living fruitful lives of service to Him.
Psalm 19:7-11; John 13:34-35, 14:26, 17:17; I Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21

Last Things

At the close of his ministry and resurrection appearances, Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father, where he reigns as Lord. At the end of time He will return in power and glory. There will be a resurrection and a final judgment of all, with faithful believers and followers of Jesus being welcomed into God’s presence and eternal kingdom.
Matthew 7:21-23, 25:31-46; John 14:1-6; I Corinthians 15:22-28,52-57; Philippians 3:18-21, I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Each of the preceding paragraphs should be carefully considered in the light of the accompanying scriptures. The scriptural references root the texts in scripture and amplify on them. Conversely the texts identify and focus on key ideas from the scriptures and attempt to express them clearly. Paragraphs and texts should be read and studied together.

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