Old town Creek Baptist

                                                      Love God, Love Others, Serve Both




Old Town Creek Baptist Church

Statement of Faith

The Essentials of What We Believe


 About The Bible

We believe both the Old and New Testaments are a divine revelation and constitute the complete Word of God to us.  The Bible was recorded by selected men who wrote under the inspiration and superintendence of The Holy Spirit.  The Bible is fully inspired in every word, as originally given.  The Bible is our only authority in all matters of faith and practice, and should be preached with confidence and authority.  (II Timothy 3: 1-17, II Peter 3: 15-16; Revelation 22:19)


 About The Godhead

We believe in one living and true God.  God is spirit, light, and love.  Theologically, God is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His wisdom, power, presence, unity, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and love.  Thus God is sovereign.  God is revealed as self-existent and self-revealing in three distinct Persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who share the same attributes and are worthy of the same worship, confidence and obedience, each one having a distinct place in the execution of divine purpose.  (Genesis 1:1; Deut. 4:35, Deut. 6:4, John 4:24, I John 1:5, Psalm 94: 9-10, Hebrews 1:8)


 About The Father

We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power.  We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and the He saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ.  (II Samuel 7:14; Deut. 32:6; Matt. 23:9; John 4: 21, 23)


 About The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe the second Person of the Trinity is the Son whose name is the Lord Jesus Christ.  He existed eternally with the Father, and at the time of His birth, without change in His Deity, became man through the miracle of His divine conception and virgin birth.  He lived a sinless, impeccable life, died a substitutionary death for all men, was buried and physically arose from the grave on the third day.  He ascended into Heaven, is presently performing His intercessory and mediatorial ministry, and has promised to return to rapture the church, prior to the Tribulation, at the conclusion of which He will institute His Davidic reign over Israel and the nations.  (John 3:16; Isaiah 53: 4,5; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:1; Matt. 18:11)


 About The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead and is the divine agent in Creation, revelation, and redemption.  He convicts the world of sin, calls, brings the New Birth, seals places the believer into the Body of Christ.  He indwells all who are born again and empowers and gifts them for service, illumines their understanding of the truth and promotes sanctification in all who become children of God through faith in Christ.  (John 14: 16.17; 16:6-15; I Corinthians 2:12; Acts 1:8; Romans 8: 9,30)


 About The Creation

We believe in the Genesis account of creation and this is to be accepted literally, not figuratively.  Man was created directly from God’s own image and after His own likeness and did not evolve from any lower form of life; that all animal and vegetable life was made directly by God and His established law is that they bring forth only “after their kind.”  (Genesis 1:1, 2:25; Hebrews 11:3)


 About The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God immediately and apart from any process of evolution.  Because of Adam’s personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became sinful and subject to the power of the devil.  The sinful nature of Adam has been transmitted to the entire human race so that man is not only a sinner by nature, choice and practice, but guilty before God and possesses within himself no means of recovery or salvation.  (Genesis 1: 27-31; Genesis 3: 6-7; Romans 3: 9-18, 23; John 1:12)


 About The Way of Salvation

Salvation is by the grace of God through a free gift that is neither merited (deserved) nor secured in whole or in part by any virtue or work of man.  The single ground or basis of salvation is the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and the single condition is faith imparted through Biblical gospel truth and thus enabling man by free choice to receive Christ as personal Savior.  (Ephesians 2: 8-10; I John 4:10; Acts 15:11; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:19; Romans 10:17; John 5:24; Romans 10: 9-10; John 1:12)


 About Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is presented in three phases in Scripture:  that believers have been made partakers of Christ’s holiness the moment they are born again, that they will be completely sanctified at their glorification, and that there is no complete removal of the old nature here on earth in progressive sanctification.  Progressive or gradual sanctification begins at salvation and continues throughout life.  Sanctification is the point of life when a believer renounces the desire to live for self and desires to live totally for the glory of God. (Hebrews 10:10; I Corinthians 1:30; II Corinthians 3:18; John 17:17; Philippians 3: 12-16; Galatians 5:17)


About The Local Church

We believe there is a spiritual body of Christ called the Church, into which all true believers of this dispensation have been baptized by the Holy Spirit.  Its only officer is its Head, the Lord Jesus Christ.  We believe that a local, visible church is a congregation of baptized believers associated together by a common faith and fellowship in the Gospel; observing the ordinance of Christ and governed by His Word; seeking to extend the Gospel to the ends of the earth; that its only Scriptural officers are Pastors (or Bishops), Elders / Deacons, whose qualifications, claims and duties are defined in the Epistles to Timothy and Titus.  Old Town Creek Baptist Church is an autonomous local church that voluntarily partners with the Southern Baptist Convention for the purposes of unity and effectiveness in reaching the world for Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 18:17; Acts 5:11; Acts 8:1; Acts 2: 41-42; I Corinthians 11: 23-24; II Timothy 3: 15-16; I Timothy 3: 1-6; Titus 1: 5-9)


 About Baptism and The Lord’s Supper

We believe that God ordained two ordinances of the Church:  Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.  Each are a memorial, a symbol and a prophecy.  Christian Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer in the name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is a testimonial, a solemn and beautiful emblem of our faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior.  Baptism pictures our death to sin, and resurrection to new life.  Christian Baptism by immersion is a prerequisite to the membership into the local church.  The Lord’s Supper is receive in remembrance of Christ’s death for our sins – the bread representing His body and the fruit of the vine representing His blood.  It is in remembrance of God’s love and grace toward us, and the love we must share with one another, preceded always by solemn self-examination.  (Romans 6: 3-4; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:28; I Corinthians 5: 1, 8; I Corinthians 11: 17-32)


 About Eternity

People were created to exist forever.  We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.  To be eternally separated from God is eternal death.  To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life.  Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.  (John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8: 17-18; Revelation 20: 15; I Corinthians 2: 7-9)







Our Mission 


Love God, Love Others, Serve Both.