what we believe
We Hold to the SBC Faith Message of 2000: To read this please visit Baptist Faith & Message 2000 – The Baptist Faith and Message (sbc.net)
We believe in one God eternally existing in three equally divine persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect in His love, justice, and holiness. He is the creator and sustainer of all things and is therefore worthy of worship and adoration. He perfectly and exhaustively knows the beginning from the end, sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for Himself and restore His fallen creation, to the praise of His glorious grace.
God the Father:
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.
God the Son-Jesus Christ:
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sinners by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22-23 – Isaiah 9:6 – John 1:1-5 – John 14:10-30 Hebrews 4:14-15 – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – Romans 1:3-4 – Acts 1:9-11 – 1 Timothy 6:14-15 – Titus 2:13
God the Holy Spirit:
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17, John 16:7-13, John 14:16-17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:1
We believe that mankind (male and female) was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but through Adam’s & Eve’s disobedience, the entire human race was separated from God. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort alone. Mankind has since the fall of Adam and Eve are born in sin, and have a heart not to treasure God but follow the cravings of sin’s leading in them and be in rebellion toward God in their heart and actions.
Romans 2:2-5, Ephesians 2:8-9, Genesis 1:27, Genesis 9:6, Psalm 51:5, Genesis 58:3, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-3
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, the only means to salvation is belief in Christ’s substitutionary death and resurrection. We are saved by faith in God’s work on the cross and believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and God raised Him from the dead.
Acts 4:12, Acts 13:38-39, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Romans 4:4-5, Romans 5:1, Romans 10:9-10, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 1:4-5
We believe justification is the means by which the believer’s sins are completely forgiven in Christ. To be justified is to be made righteous. It is a divine act where God declares the sinner to be innocent of his or her sins. It is not that the sinner is now sinless, but is declared sinless. This justification is a gift of grace, by faith, and because Jesus took upon Himself our guilt.
Romans 5:9, Hebrews 9:22, Romans 5:18
We believe sanctification is the on going process by which the Holy Spirit makes us more like Christ in every aspect of living. God has set the Christian apart for the purpose of sanctification. True sanctification is impossible apart from the atoning work of Christ on the cross because only after our sins are forgiven can we begin to lead a holy life.
1 Thessalonians 4:7, Ephesians 2:10
We believe grace is unmerited favor. It is God’s free gift for the benefit of His people. Grace is not the result of human effort. Grace is freely given, because of who God is, not because of who we are or what we do or don’t do. It is the means of our salvation.
Ephesians 2:8-9, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Romans 6:14
We believe that every word in the original writings is inspired by God and without error. It is accurate in all matters of which it speaks: spiritual, historical, and scientific. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice of Redemption Church Lexington.
2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21
The Christian Life:
We believe that every Christian is called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit, which service includes the propagation of the gospel message to the whole world. A reward in heaven is promised for faithfulness in such service.
1 Peter 1:15-16, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 3:12-17, John 14:1-3
We believe that because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 10:10-14, 1 Peter 1:3-5
We believe that man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, John 2:25, John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:15, 1 John 5:11-12, Matthew 25:31-46
We believe that the Church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the Church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world.
Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:24-30, 1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 27
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:
We believe that the Bible sets two ordinances: the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross and in expectation of His return. Water baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ. Immersion is the means set forth in Scripture.
Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:12, Acts 8:36-38, Acts 9:18, Acts 10:47, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
We believe that marriage is created by God as the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
We believe that the husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship is meant to model the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. As the church does with Christ, the wife is to lovingly submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7.