what we believe

About God We believe God is the creator and ruler of all. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; each is co-equal because He is one God. We worship and adore Him as the only God. Gen 1:1; Deut6:4; Matt 28:19; John 1:1-3, 14; 10:30

About Jesus Christ We believe Jesus Christ is the only-begotten Son of God who is co-equal with God. As the Incarnate God, He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice by dying on the cross to make atonement for the sins of the world. Rising from the dead on the third day, Jesus demonstrated His power over sin and death. Ascending into Heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand, He intercedes for all who seek God. He will return and rule as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus is the only way of salvation. Luke 1:30-35; John 1:14, 18; John 3:16; Phil 2:5-8; 3:30-21; Col 2:3-9; Heb 10:5-14; 1 Pet 3:18; Rev 19:11-21; 21-22

About the Holy Spirit We believe the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son and is present in the world to convict men and women of their sins and enlighten them about Jesus Christ. As God, the Spirit is present and active in every believer’s life, providing power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in living righteous lives. The Spirit provides every believer with a spiritual gift at salvation and guides us daily. John 16:7-8; Rom 8:5-13; 12:3-8; 1 Cor 6:19; 12:13; Eph 1:13-14; 4:30

About the Bible We believe the Bible is God’s Word, the record of His self-revelation to mankind. It was written by human authors who were divinely inspired and directed by the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and the guide for righteous living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without error. Phil 2:16; Col 3:16; 2 Tim 3:15-16; Heb 4:12; Jas 1:21; 2 Pet 1:19-21

About Salvation We believe salvation is God’s gift to us. We can never repay God for our sin of rebellion by doing good works or attempting to improve ourselves. Only by repenting of sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s provision for salvation can a person be forgiven by Holy God and rescued from sin’s penalty. Salvation is the result of true repentance, which is turning away from a life of sin and turning to a life with God. Eternal life begins the moment a person places his or her faith in Jesus Christ. John 1:12-13; 3:1-7, 16-18; Acts 16:30-31; Rom 1:16; 10:9-13, 27-29; 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 1:7, 13-14; 1 Pet 1:3-5

About the Church We believe the church is the Body of Christ and that He is the Head of the Body. The church makes Jesus visible to the world by carrying out His directions, ministering to others, and fulfilling His final commission to reach the lost with the gospel of redemption. The church is comprised of individuals who have experienced a spiritual rebirth through faith in Jesus Christ. Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 12:12-27; Eph 4:1-6, 12-16; Col 1:24-29

About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Christian 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 Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience and communion whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming. Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.

About Missions and Evangelism It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness under-girded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ. Genesis 12:1-3; Exodus 19:5-6; Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 9:37-38; 10:5-15; 13:18-30, 37-43; 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17.

EBC ascribes to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000.