Chewalla Baptist Church in Chewalla, TN

We Believe
We Believe…

• that the Bible is Verbally inspired by God, therefore it is infallible and inerrant.
• in the Virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
• in the Vicarious death of Jesus Christ on the cross for man’s sin.
• in the Victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
• in the Visible and imminent return of Jesus Christ.
• in a literal Heaven where the saved soul shall live eternally and in literal Hell where the lost shall be forever separated from God.
• that salvation is a gift from God based upon His Grace and extended to those who will repent of sin and place their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.


We believe that Jesus is the only way to salvation and eternal life. We believe a personal relationship must be established by each individual by repenting of sin and trusting Christ as Lord and Savior. It is an individual's decision to receive God's grace through faith. Jesus is the focus of everything we do or believe.

We believe the Bible is the absolute authority for the way we practice our faith in moral responsibility, theological beliefs, and relationships with God and our fellow man. The Bible, not the church, has the final say in the way we practice our faith as Christians. We believe all Christians should read and study the Bible. Our only creed is the Bible.
At Chewalla, we teach that the Bible is the "God-breathed, infallible Word of God." It is perfect truth from cover to cover, and all Scripture in the Old Testament through the New Testament points to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, the Ultimate Word of God.

Because Baptists are diverse, we allow for the freedom to disagree on many issues and still co-exist. Faithful and honest Christians can draw different conclusions on some of the "gray areas" of life. However, we do not "seek unity at any price." There are certain theological doctrines that we consider to be non-negotiable.
We believe that fundamental to our faith is the centrality of Jesus, who was born miraculously of a virgin. He lived a perfect, sinless life and died a sacrificial death. From actual death, He was literally resurrected and He is alive for eternity. He will one day return to claim the church and rule as Lord throughout eternity. All of these truths are affirmed through the Bible which is perfectly true.

We believe that every Christian has direct access to God through Jesus. We do not have to go through someone else to confess our sins to God or to pray to God. All Christians are ministers. We may have different roles of leadership in the church (such as pastor, teacher, etc.), but every Christian is called to be a minister. There is a place for you to join and serve the Lord.

We believe that each congregation is to determine its own doctrine and government according to the leading of the Holy Spirit in a way consistent with Scripture. Most, but not all Baptist churches, are congregational in government. The Southern Baptist Convention does not dictate doctrine and practice to local churches.

We believe that the Bible teaches that when a person makes a decision to become a Christian, baptism by immersion follows that decision as a public testimony of one's faith in Christ. In the early church, scholars of all denominations agreed, baptism was by immersion.
A theological misunderstanding of original sin greatly influenced the church to start baptizing infants, and the mode of baptism changed to sprinkling. Since we believe that salvation is a personal relationship with Jesus and not through association with a church, infant baptism and sprinkling would be unacceptable. We do not believe that baptism is required for salvation, but we believe that it is a symbolic testimony of our faith in Christ.

We observe two ordinances (not sacraments) in our congregation: The Lord's Supper and Baptism. We believe that observing the Lord's Supper reminds us symbolically of the great price Jesus paid for the forgiveness of our sins. This is a time when believers carefully examine their lives, confess sin, and remember the sacrifice of Jesus' life that makes salvation possible.
Baptism by immersion symbolically describes what occurs in salvation: 1) we are completely cleansed of all sin, and 2) we have died to sin and selfishness (a symbol of burial as one goes under the water), and we rise to a new life identifying with the Resurrected Lord Jesus (as we come up out of the water). Baptism by immersion dramatizes the new life of the Gospel.

We are certainly missions-minded at Chewalla. We feel it is our responsibility to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord. This means we are to go out into society and tell people about the gospel of Christ. For those who receive it, we are to teach them about God and His Word.
We voluntarily give to the "Cooperative Program," the joint fund that provides support for all our missionaries and seminaries around the world. We feel we can support more people and do more missions through a cooperative effort, though each church is free to support any Christian mission work as God leads, whether or not the work is Baptist.

In reading all of this, are you comfortable being a Christian in a Baptist church? You can see that with no creed but the Bible, belief in the priesthood of all believers, and the autonomy of the local church, Baptists are a diverse lot. Our ultimate goal is to introduce people to a personal relationship with Jesus, and help them to grow in Godliness and in obedience to the Scriptures. It is our desire that whenever any Baptist is asked "What faith are you?," he would first reply, "I'm a Christian," before he says "I'm a Baptist."

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