Our Faith

Statement of Faith:

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and the basis of our beliefs.  This church accepts the doctrinal statement of the Baptist Faith and Message, Revision of 2000.  We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the Good News of salvation to lost mankind.  The ordinances of the church are Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. 

Relationships:

The government of this church is vested in the body of believers who compose it.  This church is independent; in so far as it relates to its internal organization and the regulation of its members according to its own understanding of the Word of God.  The Bible shall continue to be the textbook of this church.  The ministry of the church, its teachings, preaching, and standards are based on the King James Version of the Holy Bible.  This church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist  Convention, the Tennessee Baptist Convention, and the Sullivan Baptist Association.

Church Covenant:

Having been led, as we believe, by the Holy Spirit to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into the covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage therefore by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and to spread the gospel through all nations.

 We also engage to maintain family devotions, to educate our children in Christian principles; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger.

 We further engage to watch over one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.