that the Bible is Verbally inspired by God, therefore it is infallible
in the Virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
in the Vicarious death of Jesus Christ on the cross for
in the Victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
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
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.
LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST
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.
AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE FOR FAITH AND PRACTICE
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.
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
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.
PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS
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.
AUTHORITY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
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.
BAPTISM BY IMMERSION
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.
VIEW OF THE ORDINANCES
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.
ON MISSIONS AND EVANGELISM
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.
here to read the Baptist Faith and Message.
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."