Central's Faith Statement
What We Believe

  • In Essential Beliefs - We Have Unity:  There is one Body and one Spirit...there is
    one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all..."   Ephesians 4: 4-6
    ...to prepare God's people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up.
    Acts 4:12
  • In Non-Essential Beliefs - We Have Liberty:  "Accept him whose faith is weak, without
    passing judgment on disputable matters...Who are you to judge someone else's servant? 
    To his own master he stands or falls...So then each of us will give an account of himself
    to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God." 
    Romans 14: 1,4,12,22
  • In All Our Beliefs - We Show Charity:  "...If I hold in my mind not only all human
    knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move
    mountains - but have no love, I amount to nothing at all."  1 Corinthians 13:2 (Ph)

WHAT WE BELIEVE

  1. We believe that the Holy Bible is God's Word to man and that it is the only sufficient
    authority as the rule of doctrine and practice.  It has God for its author, salvation for
    its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.  2 Timothy 3:16

  2. We believe salvation is the gift of God's grace and is received when one repents of sin
    and places his faith and trust in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior, through the power
    of the Holy Spirit.  Ephesians 2: 8-9; Luke 13:3; John 6:44

  3. We believe church membership is available to those  
                    a.  Who have repented and put their trust in Jesus and been baptized.
                    b.  Who have given evidence of repentance and faith publicly.
                    c.  Who have Submitted to baptism by immersion which symbolizes the heart
                         of the gospel message - death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. 
                         (Romans 10:9-10; Romans 4-6)
                    d.  Who have completed the New Member/Minister Orientation

  4. We believe in the New Testament order of Baptism and the Lord's Supper.  The Lord's
    Supper is to be observed by the members of this church, members of churches of like
    faith, and anyone who feels spiritually qualified.  These are the only ordinances in the
    New Testament and are symbols, and as such do not have any saving power. 
    Acts 2:41; Matthew 28: 1-12; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26

  5. We believe in the right of each member of the church to a voice in its governments,
    plans, and discipline.  A Baptist church is a true democracy at work and is self-governing
    under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, thus recognizing no earthly authority outside the
    local congregation.  Acts 6:25

  6. We believe that salvation is free to all who will accept the Gospel through repentence and faith.  John 3:16;  Romans 10:13

  7. We believe that all true born-again believers shall be kept by the power of God
    through faith unto salvation.  John 10:28-30; 1 Peter 1:5

  8. We believe in Church Discipline.  As the body ofChrst, we are accountable to one
    another.  Matthew 18: 15-17

For a more complete statement of faith, this church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of
The Baptist Faith and Message (click on title to read entire document) as adopted by the
Southern Baptist Convention in 1963.