What we believe

at First Baptist Church of Waverly

1. The Bible 
he entire Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are without error in its teachings. The Bible is the only infallible authoritative rule of faith and practice.

2. God 
There is one God, in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—known together as the Trinity. Each part of the Trinity is eternal and equal in power and worth. God is the creator and sustainer of all things.

3. Jesus 
Jesus, the Son, is God. He was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit, born to a virgin. Jesus led a faultless, perfect life and died on a cross as a substitute for our guilt; Jesus overcame death, and rose from the dead. He ascended to the right hand of the Father and will literally, personally and visibly return with glory and power.

4. The Holy Spirit 
The Holy Spirit actively confronts us with our guilt before God, leading us to reject evil and turn to God for forgiveness and grace. The Holy Spirit becomes part of every believer, enabling each person to know God personally, and live a godly life. The Holy Spirit also grants each believer a spiritual gift that prepares the believer for effective service within the church family.

5. Mankind 
God created mankind in his own image and that man is not a result of evolution. Mankind was originally created with the ability to live perfectly for God's glory. However, the first man, Adam, rejected God's rule and disobeyed. All men have since been born into disobedience and are incapable, on their own, of living for the glory of God.

6. Forgiveness 
That recognizing man's inability to do right, God offered freely his undeserved forgiveness. Forgiveness is based solely on the death of Jesus in our place. Forgiveness is received by faith in Jesus.

7. Eternal Life 
That all who place their faith in Jesus will live eternally in God's presence and glory, which is heaven. Those who reject the work of Jesus will live eternally in separation from God, which is hell.

8. The Church 
God has created the church as the family of God, which is made up of people who have placed their faith in Jesus and have been baptized into his church. The church joins together regularly for worshipping God, rejoicing together and serving others.

9. Evangelism
hat it is the responsibility of every Christian to tell others the good news about Jesus and to help others grow in a relationship with God.

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