We Believe… The Bible is the Word of God - In accordance with II Timothy 3:16 and II Peter 1:21, the Bible was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as a supernatural revelation of God. The Scriptures as originally given are “God-breathed” and contain no mixture of error.
Salvation is by Grace Alone - In accordance with Ephesians 2:8-9, we are saved by God’s grace at the point of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Man is sinful and does not have the ability to save himself. Good works do not contribute to salvation. However, in accordance with James 2:14-17, our faith will be evidenced by good works, obedience, and the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
The Believer is Eternally Secure - In accordance with John 10:27-29 and Romans 8:38-39, individuals who have been truly saved can never lose their salvation. When saved people sin, their fellowship with God is interrupted, but never broken (I John 1:9). Likewise, those who do not trust Christ in this lifetime will spend eternity in hell (Revelation 21:8).
In the Priesthood of the Believer - In accordance with I John 2:1 and Hebrews 4:14-16, Christ Himself is our Advocate and High Priest. We have no need for human intermediaries because the blood of Christ has made each believer a child in God’s own family. Therefore, we have direct access to God in confession, prayer, worship, and through His Word.
Baptism is by Immersion for the Believer - In accordance with Matthew 28:19-20 and Romans 6:3-5, baptism is done in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is not a means of salvation, but it is the believer’s symbolic identification with the death and resurrection of Christ. True baptism is by immersion as an act of obedience, and it is reserved for persons who personally express faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.
Church Government is Congregational - In accordance with Colossians 1:18 and Acts 13 and 15, Christ is the Head of the church. Under His direction, First Baptist Church of Gray is Pastor-led, Deacon-served, Committee-functioned, and Congregationally-approved. The congregation, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, is the most basic unit of church government.