What We Believe
OUR CORE VALUES - THE THINGS WE HOLD DEAR
What We Believe & Proclaim:
About Love, The Bible. & Spiritual Matters
*Love is the great commandment of the LORD Jesus Christ upon which all others are dependent.
Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-31, John 13:34-35
*The Bible is the inspired collection of God’s holy scriptures.
A. * The infallible, verbal, plenary inspiration of the whole Bible given to specific prophets and apostles.
Psalm 119:160, 2nd Timothy 3:16-17, 2nd Peter 1:20-21
B. * The Bible is the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 15:4
*The one and only personal triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, distinct in persons, equal in divine perfection, a mystery accepted by faith alone through grace alone.
Matthew 28:19, 2nd Corinthians 13:14
*Satan is a fallen angel, the archenemy of God and man, the unholy and defeated “god of this world,” whose destiny is the eternal lake of fire. Isaiah 14:12-15, Ezekiel 28:11-19, Matthew 25:41, Matthew 4:1-11, 2nd Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 6:10-17, Revelation 20:10
*The virgin birth and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 1:18-20, 2nd Corinthians 5:21, 1st Peter 2:22
*The deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus is God
John 1:1-5, John 10:30, Colossians 1:15-18
*The Holy Spirit is the Divine Administrator for Jesus Christ in His churches.
John 14:15-17; 16:5-15, Acts 1:1-8
*The apostolic manifestations of spiritual gifts and the divine, verbal, plenary revelation they received to write scripture, ceased on the earth when the apostles’ mortal lives ended. Faith, hope, and love remain along with the power of the gospel, the work of the church, and the inspired instruction of the Bible.
1 Corinthians 13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
About Creation. Humanity. & Family
*The Biblical, Genesis account of creation.
Genesis 1 & 2, Job 37-40, Psalm 33 & 148, Matthew 19:4, Mark 13:19, John 1:1-3; 5:45-47
*God is the Father of all nations; He has made of “one blood” all people of every tribe, tongue and nation and desires that they all know Him & worship Him.
Genesis 1:28; 9:1, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Ephesians 3:14; Matthew 6:10; Acts 17:26-29; Revelation 7:9
*God is the source of all life. Life begins at conception; every human life is sacred and God is intimately concerned with each unborn child and we are as well.
Isaiah 44:24, Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 127:3; 139:13-16, Luke 1:41-44; 2:6-7, Ephesians 1-3
*Gender is an important aspect of God’s design as He wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and these distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
Genesis 1:26-28; Matthew 19, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
*Marriage will forever be defined as the life-long union of one man to one woman. God established and set apart the institution of marriage to bring together one man and one woman, the two distinct halves of humanity (male and female, which He created as complementary partners) in a one-flesh union.
Genesis 2:18-24, 5:1-2, Matthew 19:3-6, Ephesians 5:22-33, Hebrews 13:4
*The family was the first institution ordained by God and is sacred and to be protected, nurtured and, strengthened through every ministry of the church as we endeavor to assist families in having healthy, loving relationships and assist parents to raise up godly offspring.
Genesis 1:28, Deuteronomy 6:4-8, Ephesians 6:1-4
*Any form of sexual immorality, which includes any type of sexual activity outside of the confines of biblical marriage, (see #13) is sinful and offensive to God.
Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18, Matthew 5:27-28, Romans 1, 1st Corinthians 6:9-20, Galatians 5:19-21, Jude 1”7
*Man was created in the image of God and fell by voluntary transgression from his sinless state, the result being that all mankind are sinners.
Genesis 1:26, 3:6-24; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 15:19; Mark 12:7, Romans 5:12-21, Ephesians 2
About Salvation & Church
*Jesus Christ suffered and died as a substitute for mankind so that our sin debt would be paid. We are saved by grace through faith the moment we believe in Him as Savior and Lord.
Isaiah 53:6, John 3:16, 2nd Corinthians 5:18-19, 1st Peter 3:18, 1st John 2:2, John 3:1618, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5
*That the Holy Spirit convinces and convicts sinners, saves, transforms, regenerates, seals, secures, sanctifies, and indwells every believer.
John 16:8-11, Romans 8:9-11, 1st Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30, Titus 3:4-7
*That all who trust Jesus Christ for salvation are eternally secure in Him and shall not perish.
John 3:36; 5:24; 10:27-30; 14:16, Romans 8:35-39, 1st Peter 1:3-7
*The bodily resurrection and ascension of Christ and the bodily resurrection of His saints.
1st Corinthians 15:42-58, 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18
*The personal, bodily return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the sole Creator, Sustained, and Ruler of all creation.
John 14:1-6, Acts 1:11, 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2nd Thessalonians 2, Revelation 19, 20, & 21
*That God relates with believers as His children, that He corrects disobedience through grace and discipline, and He honors obedience with grace and peace.
Isaiah 26:3; John 1:12, Philippians 4; Hebrews 12:5-11, Revelation 22:12
*Men are called of God to serve the church as Pastors & Deacons. The church recognizes those chosen by God to do this work through the process of licensing and ordination. Licensed ministers can perform scriptural weddings and minister through funerals and memorials. Ordained ministers represent the church as delegates to administer the ordinances of the church. There are two ordinances of the church: scriptural baptism, and the observation of the Lord’s Supper.
A*Scriptural baptism, is a discipleship ordinance commanded by Jesus our Savior, administered by the church, is the complete immersion of a penitent believer, in water, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as a public profession of faith and is a picture, symbolic of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.
Matthew 28:18-20; Romans 6; Colossians 2:12
B*The Lord’s Supper is a memorial ordinance commanded by Jesus our Lord to be done in remembrance of Him and is restricted to our church family.
Luke 22:14-22; 1st Corinthians 11:17-27
*Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations. Discipleship is a lifelong covenant relationship, between believers, that raises up leaders in the church and the community who will proclaim the gospel, edify the church, and equip the saints for every good work. Older men should teach the younger men. Older women should teach the younger women. Discipleship is to be the overriding culture of the church.
Matthew 28:16-20, John 8:31-32, John 13:34-35, 2 Timothy 2, Titus
*The great commandment of Jesus to love God and others is to be carried out through good works as well as good teaching. The truth of God’s Word is immutable regardless of the opinions of men and we believe it is our responsibility to proclaim the truth in love without wavering.
Luke 10:25-27, Romans 1:16, Romans 10:14
Additional Information About Our Practices:
Jesus Christ is the source of all authority in all matters of life, faith, and practices involved therein as He is the Creator of all things as well as the Author and Finisher of our faith. Thus, the word of God, The Holy Bible, will be our source of truth in all matters. That He has set us free and intends for us to worship freely without the interference of government or carnal constructs. Jesus teaches us to be submissive to Him as well as to governmental authorities so long as they do not contradict the clear commands of our Lord Jesus Christ as instructed by The Holy Bible.
Mathew 28; Acts 5:29; Romans 13; Hebrews 12; Revelation 11;11-15
The pastor, as God’s under shepherd for Johntown Missionary Baptist Church, is responsible for rightly dividing the word of truth and responsible to preach The Bible, guide the church in sound doctrine, to promote unity, and to protect the church from incorrect and divisive intrusions. In the public arena he will be the final human interpreter of the Bible for our church and is authorized by Johntown Missionary Baptist Church to state our beliefs and practices on any issue or legal dispute.
2nd Timothy 3:16-17, 4:1-5; Titus 1:1-9; Hebrews 13
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Johntown Missionary Baptist Church as the local body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the members of Johntown Missionary Baptist Church and the community, it is imperative that all employees of Johntown Missionary Baptist Church and all volunteers serving in any capacity agree to abide by this statement of faith and practice. In accordance with this policy, no Minister or Pastor of Johntown Missionary Baptist Church will participate in any wedding or celebration that He feels is in defiance of God’s design.
Matthew 5:16, Romans 1:16-27
The facilities of Johntown Missionary Baptist Church were provided by God’s benevolence and by the sacrificial generosity of church members. Our facilities are not generally open to the public; we occasionally make our facilities available to non-members in the spirit of Christian love. In all cases, the church desires that all facilities are used for the fellowship of the Body of Christ and to bring glory to God. Facility use will not be permitted to persons or groups holding, advancing, or advocating beliefs or practices that conflict with Johntown Missionary Baptist Church’s faith, teachings, or practices as described in our Doctrinal Statement and Our Core Values – The Things We Hold Dear. Colossians 3:23
WHAT ARE THE BAPTIST DISTINCTIVES?
Often people wonder what the differences between the Baptist faith and other denominations are. Here are eight distinctives of our faith that connect us with our rich Baptist heritage.
Bible = Our Sole Authority on Faith & Practice. (2 Tim. 3, 2 Thess. 2, 2 Peter 1)
Autonomy of The Local Church. (1 Cor., 2 Cor. 8, Rev. 1-3)
Priesthood of ALL Believers. (1 Peter 2, Rev. 5)
Two Church Offices = Pastors & Deacons. (1 Tim. 3, Acts 20, Phil. 1)
Individual Soul Liberty & Responsibility, AKA, Liberty Of Conscious. (Jhn. 3, Rom. 1, Titus 1)
Separation of Church and State. (Matt. 22, Acts 5, Acts 16)
Two Ordinances Believer’s Baptism & Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28, 1 Cor. 11)
Securely Saved, Baptized, and Actively Serving Members (Matt. 18, John 13-17, Acts 1-2)
We actively associate with the American Baptist Association
Doctrinal Statement of the ABA.