What  We  Believe

“In essentials, unity.  In non-essentials, liberty.  In all things, charity.”

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of Open Door Baptist Church based on the foundational truths taught in the Scriptures.  All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical beliefs.  God’s Word lovingly reveals clear direction and purpose to his people, and when we align ourselves with God's truth, our church-family experiences great unity and joy.

What We Believe About...

The Trinity

It is the testimony of the Old and New Testaments that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God- The Father

God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.

Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 3:22, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, John 1:14, John 4:24, Acts 5:3-4, Acts 17:32, II Corinthians 13:14, Philippians 2:6-8, I Timothy 3:16, I Peter1:2, I Peter 1:12-16, I John 4:8

Jesus Christ- God The Son

Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men 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 and will return again to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 53, Matthew 1:22-23, Luke 1:35, John 1:1-5 & 14, John 14:10-30, Acts 4:12, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Corinthians 15:3-4, II Corinthians 5:19-21, Galatians 4:4-5, Philippians 2:6-8, I Timothy 3:16; I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 4:14-15

God- The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. His presence in our live is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

John 14:16-17, John 16:7-13, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 2:12, I Corinthians 3:16, II Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 5:18

Humanity

Humanity is made God’s Spiritual, Moral and Personal Image, created distinctively as male or female. Although God designed us to have fellowship with Him, we became alienated from God through disobedience. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and choose to sin against God. We are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts.

Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 53:6, Isaiah 59:1-2, Psalm 8:3-6, Luke 13:1-4, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:1-5 & 12, Colossians 1:21

Salvation

Salvation is God’s gift to you if you’ll accept it. We can never make up for our sin with self-improvement or good works. It is only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness that you can be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment you receive Jesus Christ into your life by faith.

John 1:12, John 14:6, Romans 5:1, Romans 6:23, Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5

Eternity

You were created to exist forever. We believe that forever is spent in one of two places: eternally separated from God because of sin or in union with God because of His forgiveness and salvation. When you die, you will either spend eternity in heaven or hell. Eternal separation from God happens in hell. Eternal union with God occurs in heaven.

John 3:16, John 5:11-13, Romans 6:23, I John 2:25, Revelation 20:15

Eternal Security

Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that 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 eternal power of God that gives this security.

John 10:29, II Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 10:10-14, I Peter 1:3-5

The Bible

The Bible is God’s Word to all men. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.

Psalm 12:2; Psalm 12:6, Psalm 19:7-11, Psalm 119:105, Psalm 119:160, Proverbs 30:5, II Timothy 1:13, II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21

The Church

The goal of the Church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. The five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 governs the Church, the offices of pastor and deacon, as well as other offices mentioned in scripture. Church policy is a balance between congregation and pastoral authority, emphasizing the final authority of the Church leadership. It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the leadership of the Church. Open Door Baptist Church is a pastor led, board advised, staff and volunteer run, and member owned church.


Acts 2:38-42, II Corinthians 12:12-14, II Corinthians 11:2, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:25-27

We believe the mission of the local church is found ultimately in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20):
  1. To make individual disciples (evangelize)
  2. To build up the local church (edify) (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  3. To reach others and instruct as Jesus has commanded (expansion) (Acts 1:8)