What We Believe

@ Locust Grove

Our Purpose

We are a covenant community of Baptist Christians committed to sharing the love and encouragement of Christ in ways that lead people to a personal relationship with Christ and build believers into fully devoted followers that joyfully give their lives to serve Christ and His cause.

Our Core Convictions

The Lordship of Christ

We acknowledge the tie that binds us is our common faith in Jesus Christ. The preamble of our constitution as a church reads: “We band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind.”

The Authority of the Bible

We believe in the authority of the scripture. We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central in the life of the individual and church. We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Again, in the preamble of our constitution, this simple yet profound statement is found: “The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and is the basis for any statement of faith.”

Salvation By Grace

As Baptists we believe that scripture clearly teaches that salvation comes not by works but only by grace and that grace is received by those who believe in Christ by faith. The result of this conviction is our insistence on believers’ baptism.

The Priesthood of the Believer

We affirm the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without imposition of creed or the control of clergy or government.

The Autonomy of the Local Church

We believe Baptist churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whomever they perceive as gifted and called for ministry, and to participate as they deem appropriate in the larger Body of Christ.

Separation of Church and State

We believe in freedom of religion, freedom for religion, and freedom from religion. We support the separation of church and state.

Our Core Values

We value spirit empowered preaching and teaching as the primary catalyst for the transformation in the lives of individuals and the church. (Romans 10:14-15 and Romans 12)

We value each person as one created and loved by God. We believe people are important and strive to reach out and share Christ in love. This approach respects the value and uniqueness of each person and seeks to build a relationship that reaches out in love and integrity.
(Luke 15)

We value spiritual growth that leads to fully devoted followers. (Philippians 2:1-11)

We value the spiritual giftedness of each believer and recognize that each one of us has responsibility to use his/her gift in ways that build each other up and strengthens the church. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)

We value the diversity of the body of Christ. We recognize and respect our differences and find our unity as a body in Christ. (Romans 12:3-5)

We value the spiritual gift of love and recognize love as the most important gift. We believe that love should permeate every aspect of church life and ministry. (Matthew 22:36-40, I Corinthians 13)

We value small groups as essential for relationship building, ministry and spiritual development. (Luke 6:12-13, Acts 2:44-47)

We value excellence that honors God and inspires people. (Colossians 3:23)

We value the gift of leadership and believe that churches should be led by men and women with leadership gifts. (Romans 12:8, Acts 6:2-5)

We value our Baptist heritage as a part of the larger family of God and strive to live out our Baptist distinctives with conviction and integrity. (Galatians 5:1)