WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that every word in the original writings of the Holy Scriptures is inspired by God and therefore without error. We accept the Holy Scriptures as the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21; Psa.19:1-7)
On this sure foundation we affirm these beliefs:
We believe there is one true God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality. He is Creator and Sustainer of all things. (Gen. 1:1; Psa. 90:2; Mat.28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Psa. 18:35)
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became fully Man without ceasing to be fully God through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and sinless life. He voluntarily paid for the sins of all people by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. The third day, He arose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. (Mat. 1:22-23; Isa. 9:6; John 1:1-5; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; Heb. 1:1-3; 1 Tim. 2:5)
We believe that the Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and apply the saving work of Christ to people. He convicts sinners of their need for Christ, baptizes them into the Body of Christ, imparts new life to them, imparts spiritual gifts to them, indwells them, and seals them until the day of redemption. Each believer is called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit and in so doing, his faith will be manifested in works pleasing to God. (John 16:5-14; 1 Thess. 1:5; Matt. 3:11; Gal. 5:22; Mark 1:8; 2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; 1 Cor. 12:1-7; Acts 1:8; Eph. 5:8-21; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 12:13)
We believe that man was originally created in the image of God but fell into sin through disobedience to a divine command and, therefore, brought all mankind under condemnation. Man's nature is, therefore, such that he is totally unable to please God for the acquisition of a right standing before Him. (Gen. 1:27; Gen. 3; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:9-18; Isa. 53:6; Rom. 3:23)
We believe that salvation is the gift of eternal life received only through a personal faith in Jesus Christ, Who was man's substitute for sin. This gift is given by the unmerited favor of God (grace) and is given without regard to any and all human works or goodness. All those who believe in the all-sufficient sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus are eternally secure in Him. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; John 10:28-30)
We believe that God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly in a local church for worship, for participation in ordinances, for evangelism, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement. (Heb. 10:25) Eternity We believe in the imminent return of Christ for His Church, the eternal state of punishment, called hell, for the unsaved and the eternal state of blessing, called heaven, for the saved. (Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15; John 3:16; 1 John 2:25)
Richland Creek also affirms the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.
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