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WHAT WE BELIEVE

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

Core Beliefs

The following are the core beliefs of First Baptist Church Terrell based on the foundational truths taught in the Bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.

The Bible

The Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired. It is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God as its author, salvation as its end, and truth without error for its matter. It is the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The Bible is alive and relevant to live by today.

God

There is only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is holy and perfect in all aspects. He reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit though His Word, the Bible, and His Son, Jesus.

Jesus Christ

Jesus is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. During his life on earth, Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, living his life fully free of sin. He suffered and was crucified on a cross as redemption for mankind’s sin. Following His death by crucifixion, He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples. He ascended into heaven and is now eternally exalted at the right hand of God. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His mission to redeem from sin those who believe in Him.

The Holy Spirit

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He comes to dwell within us through the person of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that inspired holy men to write the Scriptures that became the Bible. He enables men to understand God’s truth, convicts of sin, and exalts Jesus.

Heaven & Hell

Heaven and hell are actual places. God’s heaven is perfect, therefore God cannot permit sin into heaven. Those who accept Jesus as their personal Savior are forgiven of their sin, allowing them to have eternal life with God in heaven when they die, or when Christ returns. For those who have not accepted Jesus as Savior, they will stand in judgement for their sin and will be condemned to eternal torment and separation from God in hell.

Mankind

Man was created by the special act of God, in God’s own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin. By his free choice, man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. By his nature man is sinful. Only the grace of God can bring man back into a relationship with God. God has made this work possible through the person, life and death of Jesus Christ.

Grace & Salvation

God makes salvation from sin possible solely through His grace. Due to our sinful nature, mankind can do nothing to earn God’s favor or salvation, other than accept Jesus as Savior. By faith, man accepts the free gift of salvation from sin that God has been made available through His Son, Jesus. God’s grace is a glorious display of His love for man and the forgiveness He makes possible. Those whom God has accepted in Christ will never fall away from their state of grace and forgiveness.

The Christian Life

God makes salvation from sin possible solely through His grace. Due to our sinful nature, mankind can do nothing to earn God’s favor or salvation, other than accept Jesus as Savior. By faith, man accepts the free gift of salvation from sin that God has been made available through His Son, Jesus. God’s grace is a glorious display of His love for man and the forgiveness He makes possible. Those whom God has accepted in Christ will never fall away from their state of grace and forgiveness.

The Church

The church is where a local group of believers come together for the purposes of worshiping God, ministering to the needs of others, seeking to become more like Christ in how we live, growing in fellowship together with other Christians, and seeking to lead others to know and accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord. As a part of Jesus’ body (the church), we are called to live and treat others as Jesus would.