Start Baptist Church
Who We Are & What We Believe
Who We Are:
Start Baptist Church is a body of Christ followers who fellowship, worship, and serve together. We are an autonomous (self governing) body of believers, under the headship of Christ. To better spread the gospel and advance God’s kingdom at home and throughout the world, we cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention and churches of like faith and order.
What We Believe:
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and it is God’s revelation of Himself to Man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
There is one and only one living and true God. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the world. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of god.
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of God’s amazing grace.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. Each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Baptism & The Lord’s Supper –
Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through the partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
*** Start Baptist Church’s beliefs are consistent with the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) of the Southern Baptist Convention. You can read more at www.sbc.org.