WHAT WE BELIEVE
God is the Almighty Creator who is worthy of our complete devotion.
The Bible is God’s perfect owner’s manual for living.
Jesus is God’s Son and the only way to Heaven.
God lives in and through followers of Christ, in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Repentance and faith are absolutely necessary to know God.
The church is God’s instrument on earth to reach people who do not know Him.
Jesus is coming back and it could be today.
We understand that some people want to know specifically what we believe and if you are one of those, we encourage you to read below for a more thorough statement of our beliefs.
ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES - The Bible is God’s word to all mankind. Human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote it. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because God inspires it, it is truth without any mixture of error (Psalm 12:6, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5-6; Romans 15:4; II Timothy 1:13, II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21).
ABOUT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD – God is a person, eternally existing as a Trinity in Unity-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-three Persons yet but one God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 26:19; I Corinthians 8:6).
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD – Jesus Christ, eternally existing is the only begotten. He is co-equal with the Father who became a man, totally apart from sin, being conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1-15; Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 1:15).. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1-5, John 14:10-30; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 1:3-4; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Colossians 1:15-18; I Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 4:14-15).
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT – The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily (John 14:16-17, John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12, I Corinthians 3:16; II Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 5:1).
ABOUT THE SACRIFICE – The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He arose from the dead in the body He was crucified; He ascended into heaven in the glorified body where He is seated on the right hand of God the Father as head of the church, making intercession for the saints as our High Priest (Luke 24; Acts1:9-11; Romans 5:8-10; Ephesians 1:22-23).
ABOUT SALVATION – Salvation is a gift from God to ALL mankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faitH. (John 1:12, John 14:6; Romans 5:1, Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).
ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY – Through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security (John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 10:10, Hebrews 10:14; I Peter 1:3-5).
ABOUT MANKIND – We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death. Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates us from God (Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:17; Romans 3:23; Psalm 8:3-6).
ABOUT THE CHURCH – All those who a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are united to Him by the Spirit and are members of His Church as the body of Christ. Christ gave the church two ordinances: water baptism as a special testimony of faith and communion as a memory of Christ’s work. Church members bear the responsibility of standing firm in one spirit, striving together for the sake of the gospel and building up one another in the faith. As the bride of Christ, the church waits with eager expectation for his return. The above beliefs summarize our faith (Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32).
ABOUT SERVICE – The local church is a group of believers baptized by water, banded together for edification, exhortation, and evangelism as commanded by Jesus Christ in the Great Commission (Mark16:15; I Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 1:22-23).
ABOUT SPIRITUAL GIFTS – Gifts like Evangelism, Teaching, Pastor/Teacher, Helps, Mercy, Giving, Exhorting, Faith, and Administering are still in operation. Several gifts, however, have ceased: Apostleship, Miracles/Healing, Speaking in Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues, and Prophecy.
ABOUT MARRIAGE – The Bible defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24, 1 Corinthians 7:2).
HOW OUR BELIEFS AFFECT OUR LIFE – Through relationships we grow in grace as we apply the truth of who God is, what He has done, and what He requires of us. Dalton Baptist Church strives to foster a culture of honest, transparent, authentic, Spirit-filled relationships. We desire to be a community of faith that accepts each other despite our shortcomings and struggles. This attitude of acceptance encourages spiritual growth in ways that reconcile and restore rather than judge and condemn. From this environment of God-honoring relationships will flow the worship of God from grateful hearts and the desire to reach people with the richness that is life in Jesus Christ.