The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family. Bailey Road Baptist Church is an Independent Baptist Church that believes the Word of God and teach it to be perfectly true, and all of our teachings flow from the Bible.
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. For reasons of unity within the church and because of it's textual reliability, we use the King James Version of the Bible at Bailey Road Baptist Church.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21God
Father: We believe in one God; Who is eternal, self-existent, infinite, and immutable. We believe He has one nature, one essence, and one substance; yet manifests Himself to man in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 1 Timothy 1:17; James 1:17; 1 John 4:4
Son: We believe Jesus Christ to be the one and only Saviour of mankind. We believe Jesus Christ to be eternally God and to possess all the attributes of Deity. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ was virgin-born, that He was God incarnate, and that the purposes of the incarnation were to reveal God, to redeem men, and to rule over God's kingdom. We believe Jesus Christ never relinquished any attributes of His Deity, but merely veiled them. We believe He lived a perfect, sinless life, at the end of which He was offered for all mankind as a substitutionary sacrifice for man's sin. This sacrifice was a just payment to God for the forgiveness of all sin. It was activated by His death through the shedding of His blood on the cross and was accepted by God upon His resurrection. We believe He ascended into Heaven after His resurrection to be seated at the right hand of the Father and is now waiting for the time of receiving His church at the rapture, which is followed by His return seven years later to earth to rule and reign as King for 1000 years.
Psalm 2:7-9;Isaiah 7:14, 9:6. 43:11; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1, 1:3, 14, 18, 29; Romans 3:19-25, 5:6-15; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 2:5, 3:16; Titus 2:10-15; Hebrews 7:26, 9:24-28; 1 Peter 1:19, 2:2; 1 John 1:3, Revelation 20:1-6
Holy Spirit: We believe the Holy Spirit of God is a person who has personality and all the attributes of Deity. We believe the Holy Spirit has always been involved in the affairs of mankind; however, we believe He has a special ministry that began at Pentecost and will continue until the rapture. This ministry includes reproving the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The Holy Spirit was also sent to regenerate, sanctify, seal, and fill all who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:2; John 3:5-6, 14:16; Acts 1:5, 11:15; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20, 12:13The Devil, or Satan
We believe in the distinct personality of Satan, that he is the unholy god of this age, author of all powers of darkness and sin, and is destined to the judgment of an eternal justice in the lake of fire.
Matthew 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:10
Sin and Salvation
We believe all men were born with an inherited sin nature received from our common ancestor, Adam. We believe that because of his nature, man is a sinner by choice, and he is totally incapable of reforming himself or ceasing from his sin by his own power. We believe the only hope of deliverance for man is a total change of mind concerning his sinful condition and inability to change it, and a turning to Jesus Christ as the only Saviour. We believe that only through the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ on the cross can a man be delivered from his sin. We believe that all those who reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour are already condemned to an eternity in the lake of fire.
Genesis 5:1-5; Acts 4:19, 16:31; Romans 3:10-23, 5:6-12, 6:23, 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Revelation 20:11-14The Creation
We believe that God created the universe in six literal, 24-hour periods. We reject evolution, the gap theory, the day-age theory, theistic evolution, and intelligent design not attributed to God as unscriptural theories of origin.
Genesis 1:1-2:50; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16-17; John 1:1-3The Church
We believe that the church began with the calling out of the 12 apostles by Jesus Christ and was empowered on the day of Pentecost. We believe the local New Testament Church is composed of members who have been saved and baptized according to the command of Christ, and have voluntarily united together for the purposed of worship, fellowship, service, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe all true believers will be taken up at the rapture, just prior to the tribulation.
Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 1:15, 2:41-43, 11:15, 20:28; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Ephesians 1:12-14, 5:25-30; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Timothy 3:4-15The Ordinances
We believe that there are two ordinances that Christ established for the church.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water to show forth in solemn and beautiful emblem our faith in the crucified, buried and risen Saviour, with its effect in our death to sin and resurrection to a new life; that it is prerequisite to the privileges of a church relation.
Romans 6:1-4; Acts 2:38-41
We believe that the Lord's Supper is the commemoration of His death "until He come", and should be preceded always by solemn self‑examination.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 26:26-28Heaven
We believe in a real, literal heaven ‑ a place of bliss and blessedness to which the righteous (saved) go and in which they will forever consciously enjoy God and His presence.
John 14:2-14:3; 2 Cor 12:2; Col 1:5; Heb 11:16; Heb 12:22-12:23; 1 Peter 1:3-1:5; Rev 21:2.Hell
We believe in a real, literal hell ‑ a place of torment to which the wicked (unsaved) go and in which they will forever consciously experience punishment and banishment from the presence of the Lord.
Matthew 5:22; 10:28; 23:15, 23:33; 9:43, Mark 9:45, 9:47; Luke 12:5; James 3:6; Revelation 19:20; 20:10 , 14-15; 21:8.Separation
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Saviour and Lord. God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations; and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings.
Romans 12:1-2; 14:13; 2 Corinthians 6:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11; Leviticus 19:28; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Divorce and Remarriage
We believe that God disapproves of and forbids divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the spouses dies. Although divorced and remarried persons or divorced persons may hold positions of service int eh church and be greatly used of God for Christian service, they may not be considered for the offices of pastor or deacon or those administrative positions within the church that would consist of pastoral duties.
Malachi 2:14-17; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:1-3; 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6