What We Believe

Prospect Baptist has adopted the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 as our doctrinal statement. We encourage you to read this document to become familiar with our beliefs. Below is a brief summary of the doctrinal statement as well as a link to the complete confession of faith. 


The Bible

is God’s Word to all people. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it was inspired by God, the Bible is truth without any mixture of error and is completely relevant to our daily lives.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2; Psalms 119:11; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; John 16:13-15; John 17:17; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 3:16

Trinity – God Three In One

God has existed in relationship with Himself for all eternity. He exists as one substance in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Although each member of the Trinity serves different functions, they each possess equal power and authority.

Deuteronomy 6:4Isaiah 61:1Matthew 28:19Mark 1:9-11Luke 1:35John 5:21-23John 14:10Romans 8:9-111 Corinthians 8:62 Corinthians 13:13Hebrews 1:8-10James 2:19

The Father

is all powerful, all knowing, ever present, unchanging, completely worthy of our trust, and above all, holy. It is in Him that we live, move and exist. He is loving, compassionate, and faithful to His people and His promises.

Exodus 3:14Numbers 23:19Leviticus 11:44-45Leviticus 19:2Psalm 11:4-6Malachi 3:6John 3:16John 4:24John 5:26John 14:1Acts 17:28Romans 3:3-4

The Son

Jesus Christ is completely human but, at the same time, completely God. He is the only plan for bringing people who are far from God back into a right relationship with God. He lived a perfect life, so that He could be a substitution for us in satisfying God’s demands for perfection. He defeated death in His resurrection so that we could have life.

Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-23Matthew 3:17Matthew 8:29Matthew 14:33Matthew 16:16Matthew 28:5-6Luke 22:70Luke 24:46-47John 1:1John 1:14John 10:30John 11:25-27John 17:1-5Acts 1:9Acts 2:22-24Acts 7:55-56Romans 1:3-4Romans 3:23-26Romans 8:1-3Romans 10:41 Corinthians 8:62 Corinthians 5:19-21Gal 4:4-5Philippians 2:5-11Colossians 1:15; 2:9; 1 Timothy 2:5-63:16

The Holy Spirit

His presence assures us of our relationship with Christ. He guides believers into all truth and exalts Christ. He convicts people of their sin, He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and makes us more like Christ.

Genesis 1:2Psalms 51:11Psalms 139:7 ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3Joel 2:28-32Mark 1:10Lk 1:35Luke 4:1Luke 11:13Luke 12:12John 15:26John 16:7-14Acts 1:8Acts 2:1-4Acts 13:2Romans 8:9-11Romans 8:14-16Romans 8:26-271 Corinthians 3:16Ephesians 1:13-142 Peter 1:21Revelation 22:17

Eternity

Man was created to exist forever. He will exist either eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.

John 3:16John 3:36Romans 6:231 John 2:251 John 5:11-13Revelation 20:15

Man

is made in the image of God. Man was created to have fellowship with God but became separated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man cannot attain a right relationship with God through his own effort.

Genesis 1:26-30Genesis 2:7Genesis 2:18-22Psalms 8:3-6Psalms 32:1-5Psalms 51:5Isaiah 6:5Jeremiah 17:5Acts 17:26-31Romans 1:19-32Romans 3:10-18Romans 2:23Romans 5:6Romans 6:6Romans 7:14-251 Corinthians 1:21-311 Corinthians 15:191 Corinthians 15:21-22; Ephesians 2:1-6; Colossians 1:21-22Colossians 3:9-11

Salvation

The blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way of salvation through the forgiveness of sin. Salvation occurs when people place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation is a gift from God, and it cannot be earned through our own efforts.

Isaiah 1:18Isaiah 53:5-6Isaiah 55:7Matthew 1:21Matthew 27:22-28:6Luke 1:68-69Luke 2:28-32John 1:12John 3:16John 3:36John 5:24Acts 2:21Acts 4:12Acts 16:30-31Romans 1:16-18Romans 3:23-25Romans 5:8-101 Corinthians 1:182 Corinthians 5:17-20Galatians 2:20Galatians 3:13Ephesians 2:8-10Philippians 2:12-13Hebrews 9:24-28Revelation 3:20

The Church

is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ and it seeks to bring the Gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.

Matthew 16:18-19Matthew 18:15-20Acts 2:41-47Acts 5:11-14Acts 13:1-3Acts 14:23Acts 16:5Acts 20:281 Corinthians 7:171 Corinthians 9:13-14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-12; Ephesians 1:22-23Ephesians 2:19-22Ephesians 3:10-12Ephesians 5:22-32Colossians 1:18Colossians 3:151 Timothy 4:141 Peter 5:1-4Revelation 21:2-3

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Here is our full statement of faith.

BF&M 2000

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