OUR BELIEFS

The Scriptures: We believe that the Bible is without error in the original manuscripts, infallible, and that every word is inspired by God. It is the ultimate source of wisdom and the supreme authority of all faith and practice.

 

God: We believe in one God, eternally existing, unchanging, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He concurrently manifests Himself in three distinct Persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

The Person and Work of God the Son: We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus. He is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, suffered and was crucified, rose bodily from the grave, and ascended into heaven where He serves as our High Priest and Mediator. His substitutionary death on the cross for our sins is all-sufficient, the one and only means of salvation.

 

God the Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person, possessing all the distinctive divine attributes. He is the Administrator of the things of God –convincing, revealing truth, and restraining evil. As promised by Jesus, the Holy Spirit fully indwells every believer at the moment of salvation, energizing them in matters of prayer and service. He imparts spiritual gifts to believers uniquely, based on His divine prerogative.

 

Man and Creation: We believe that God made and sustains the universe. God made man in His own image. The Scriptures record of the fall of man through willful disobedience to God. Man, both by nature and by choice is "dead in trespasses and sins." However, God loves mankind and sent His Son to die for our sins.

 

Salvation: We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, wholly apart from human merit or effort. Every individual is a sinner by birth and by choice and, therefore, must exercise personal faith in the redeeming work of Christ on the cross in order to be saved.

 

Satan: We believe that Satan exists as an evil, personal being. He is the avowed enemy of God and mankind - a subordinate, created angelic being who attempted equality with God and was cast out of heaven for his sin. His ultimate eternal destiny is to be judged by Jesus Christ and cast into the lake of fire.

 

Heaven and Hell: We believe there is a heaven of eternal joy for all whose names are found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and that admission is based solely on faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. There is eternal separation and conscious suffering in the lake of fire for all who reject the free gift of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and whose names are not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

 

The Local Church: We believe that the local church is a voluntary association of baptized believers, equal in rank and privileges, subject to the authority of the Word of God, independent of any external ecclesiastical control whatsoever. It is the privilege and duty of every believer to worship, fellowship, support, serve, and promote unity in a local church.

 

Church Ordinances: We believe that God's Word commands every believer (and only believers) to be baptized, and that the only scriptural method is by immersion. We believe the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper should be observed as Christ said, “in remembrance of His broken body and shed blood” for us. The Lord’s Supper is open to all believers but should not be taken in an “unworthy manner.”

 

Evangelization and Missions: We belive that it is the solemn obligation of every believer to become a disciple of Christ and to make disciples for Christ. Every believer is to do his utmost to carry out the Savior’s command to be His witness and to present the Gospel to the whole world.

 

Christ's Return: We believe that the next major prophetic event is the personal, physical, premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ at a time known only to God. This is the blessed hope of the universal church and the ultimate triumph of mercy and justice.

MACHIAS VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH

8 Broadway | Machias, Maine | 04654

(207) 255-4476

Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am

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