OUR BELIEFS & PURPOSE
The following is a brief look at the beliefs that form the foundation of our faith family. Our beliefs are from the Holy Bible, the inspired, authoritative record of God's plan and purpose for us. We understand these beliefs more fully as we study life and teaching of Jesus Christ. If you would like a more complete description of our beliefs, please refer to the link at the bottom of this page.
What We Believe About God
The Trinity. There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent spiritual and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver and Ruler of the universe. To Him, we owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. The eternal God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit with distinct personal attributes but without division of nature, essence or being.
God, The Father. God the Father is the Giver and Sustainer of life, the seen and unseen. He is all-loving, all-just, all-wise and all-powerful. He is the true God and the One who judges righteously and tests the heart and mind. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ; however, He is fatherly toward all men.
God, The Son. God the Son is the perfect representation for the Father in human form. He is fully human and fully divine. He is equal with God the Father but humbled himself by taking on the form of a servant and became obedient to a death on a cross. He knew that only through the shedding of His blood would the sinless Lamb of God be able to secure forgiveness and remission of sins. He arose on the third day following his death as He declared and now lives and reigns with the Father in glory awaiting His final triumphant return. He lives in all believers as the living, ever-present Lord.
God, The Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin and righteousness, works in the life of each believer to produce godly character qualities and demonstrates Himself, in the life of the church, through special abilities given to each believer to carry out the work of the church. He is Comforter, Teacher, Wisdom and Counselor.
What We Believe About the Bible
The Bible is the historical record of God's activity written by men but inspired by God's Spirit and contains no error. It is truth provided for the believer as a tool to know the heart of God. It reveals the plan, purposes and will of God for all time.
What We Believe About Humanity
Man was created by a special work of God, in His image and is the finest of the creation - God said, "It is very good!" Man was created innocent but with a free choice whereby he sinned against God and fell from his original state. Because Christ died for all, every person is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Salvation is the gift of God for all humanity and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. It was obtained by the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross. He shed His own blood for our sin that we might be rightly related to God.
Grace is the unmerited favor of God and shows us His goodness. All who have accepted Christ and are set apart will never fall from grace but will endure the end. Believers may sin and grieve the Holy Spirit, but they will be kept by the power of God. When one becomes a believer, he is free from sin's penalty of death but not from sin's power. A battle rages within the believer between the carnal and spiritual natures. When the believer confesses sin, Christ forgives and cleanses from sin. Sinning grieves the Holy Spirit, brings shame on the cause of Christ, hinders a believer's relationship with God and others and causes the believer to endure the consequences of sin.
What We Believe About the Church
The church is a group of believers brought together by the Spirit of God to carry out the Great Commandment by practicing the Great Commission and observing the two ordinances of the church-baptism and the Lord's Supper. Each church is an autonomous body operating under the leadership for Christ as the Head of the Church.
Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change that has occurred in the life of the believer. It is an identification with Christ by picturing his death, burial and resurrection. It is the first commandment a new Christian is given from the Lord Jesus.
Communion is an opportunity for personal examination and reflection as we observe the "Lord's death until He comes." The bread and cup are symbols of His body and blood which were broken and spilled out for our salvation and is done in "remembrance" of Him until He comes again.
Worship is both adoration and service. Reverential adoration and committed service are both prominent expressions of the biblical concept of worship. True worship involves a willingness to serve and genuine service to God must be accompanied by a sense of reverence and adoration.
The Church at Trace Crossing a Southern Baptist Church by doctrine and denominational affiliation. The following link will take you to a site that communicates what Baptists' believe as a people of faith.
The Church at Trace Crossing exists: to help people find and follow the new life found in Jesus Christ.
The purpose statement of Trace Crossing expresses in simple terms the desire of our church. When broken down to its individual phrases, this statement shows who we are and the purpose of our ministry.
• The Church at Trace Crossing exists…
The Church is God’s idea and she is His instrument for carrying out his purposes in the world. Whether the name is “The Church at Trace Crossing” or “First Baptist Church” or “Faith Presbyterian”, God is using His Church to accomplish His will in the world.
• to help people…
People need God. They were created both by Him and for Him. God uses His people (the Church) to help all people know Him and love Him. The Church must actively minister to all people regardless of race, class, religion, lifestyle, or habitual behavior for the purpose of leading them out of their sin and toward the Savior.
• find and follow…
We are called to help people both find Christ and then follow Christ. This is the process of thorough evangelism and discipleship. We want people to discover and develop a passion for God through a personal relationship with Christ.
• the new life found in Jesus Christ.
He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; and no man will ever see God without knowing him. Our whole purpose and mission as a church is to point people towards Christ.