what we believe
The Basic Beliefs of the Free Will Baptists
1. The Authority of the Scriptures
A. Bible written by Holy Men as inspired by God.
B. The Bible is God's Infallible Word.
2 Tim 3:16 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful
for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2. The Priesthood of Believers
A. Laymen have the same access to God as do the clergy.
B. Christ makes intercession for us to God.
Romans 8:35 (NIV) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
3. The General Atonement of Christ
A. Christ died for all men.
B. All men can be saved.
John 3:16 (KJV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
4. Believers Baptism
A. The only persons who can be baptized are those
who have professed a faith in Christ Jesus.
B. Infants are not baptized, though they may be dedicated in
the church. Dedication does not make any attempt to "save" the child.
5. Separation of Church and State
6. Freedom of the Individual under God
7. Democratic Form of Church Government
Below is the Free Will Baptist Church Covenant to which our members
promise to abide by upon joining our church membership.
Having given ourselves to God, by faith in Christ, and adopted the word of
God as our rule of faith and practice, we now give ourselves to one
another by the will of God in this solemn covenant.
We promise by His grace to love and obey Him in all things, to avoid all
appearance of evil, to abstain from all sinful amusements and unholy
conformity to the world, from all sanction of the use and sale of intoxicating
beverages, the abuse of drugs, and to 'provide things honest in the sight of all men.'
We agree faithfully to discharge our obligations in reference to the
study of the Scriptures, secret prayer, family devotions, and public worship and
by self-denial, faith, and good words endeavor to 'grow in grace and in
the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together for church conference, public worship, and the observance of the ordinances of the gospel; nor fail to give according to our ability for the support of the church and all its benevolent work.
We agree to accept Christian admonition and reproof with meekness, and
to watch over one another in love, endeavoring to 'keep the unity of the Spirit in
the bond of peace', and to be careful of one another's happiness and reputation,
and seek to strengthen the weak, encourage the afflicted, admonish the erring
and as far as we are able promote the success of the church and of the Gospel.
We will everywhere hold Christian principles and obligations supreme, esteem it our chief business to make Christ known to the world, and constantly pray and toil that the Kingdom of God may come, and His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
To this end we agree to co-operate in the promotion of denominational
institutions and enterprises, the support of the work of the local
church, and the evangelization of the world.
May the God of peace sanctify us wholly, and preserve us
blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.