What We Believe

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

Statement of Faith

Gospel, to put it in a single word! Our only hope and satisfaction is the glorious and unfathomable good news of who God is for us through the person and work of Jesus the Christ. Colossians 1:27

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1. The Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God, without any error, the all-sufficient and final authority in matters of faith, doctrine, and Christian living. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 17:17; Hebrews 6:18

2. One God. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 2 Thessalonians 1:2; John 1:1-5; John 10:30-33; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Deuteronomy 6:4; Exodus 20:2-3; Isaiah 43:10-11

3. Virgin Birth. We believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ, and that He is truly God and man; He died on the cross for our sins, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God the Father, and is now our High Priest and Advocate. Matthew 1:18-23; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Luke 24:50-51; Acts 1:9-10; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 4:14; 1 John 2:1

4. Man’s Creation. We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost. Only through belief in Jesus Christ and regeneration by the work of the Holy Spirit can man’s salvation from sin be obtained and a spiritual life achieved. Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:10-11; Romans 3:23; John 8:24; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5

5. Salvation. We believe that eternal salvation is the free gift of God, entirely apart from man’s works, and is possessed by any and all persons who have faith in and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Romans 6:23; Galatians 2:16; John 1:12; John 20:31; 1 John 5:11-13

6. Regeneration. We believe in a regenerated church membership, that is, persons who have demonstrated an understanding of their need for Jesus Christ and, of their own free will, accepted him as their personal Lord and Savior in accordance with 1 Corinthians 12:13; 15:1-4, and Romans 10:9-10.

7. Church Observances. We believe that baptism is by immersion, as demonstrated by the baptism of Christ, and that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial to his suffering and death on the cross. These ordinances will be observed with great reverence by the church in its present age. They do not, however, provide the means for man’s salvation. Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 22:14-23; Matthew 3:5-6; Mark 1:5

8. Christ’s Return. We believe in the personal, bodily, imminent, and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ and that his second coming inspires believers to dynamic and zealous lives and service for him while waiting for his return. Matthew 24:30; Luke 12:40; Revelation 22:12

9. Resurrection. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead, the everlasting blessedness of the saved with God in heaven, and the everlasting punishment and separation from God of the unsaved in hell. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-3; Matthew 13:43; Matthew 25:31-40; Matthew 13:41-42; Matthew 25:41-46

10. Church Autonomy. We believe in the autonomy of the local church. Open Door Baptist Church shall manage its own affairs and shall not be subject to any other religious body or organization. Ephesians 1:20-23; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Acts 14:23

11. Godly Lifestyle. We believe that God designed a lifestyle for men and women as described in the scriptures; we reject any lifestyle that is an abomination before the Lord. Philippians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:8-11

12. Marriage. We further believe marriage is established and ordained by God and is always and only between one man and one woman. God’s biblical design is the only way the ceremony of marriage may be performed, or the institution of marriage be celebrated, recognized or observed at Open Door Baptist Church. Genesis 2:18-25; 1 Corinthians 7:1-2; Ephesians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 3:1-7

13. Human Life. We believe that human life begins at conception and is granted and created by God, and that our Christian duty is to preserve life and to speak out against those who would take it in violation of God’s law, which violation includes elective abortion and euthanasia. Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 49:1

Open Door Baptist Church subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 of the Southern Baptist Convention as our larger statement of faith with scriptural references (read it here).

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