|Today it seems whether it is in church or corporate America everyone is developing a “mission statement.” Would you believe that this is not a new concept? In fact, we have discovered that Jesus Himself voiced the “mission statement” for His church almost 2,000 years ago. Since there is no improving perfection, our desire at SCBC is to carry out the mission Jesus left for us and we believe that it is “Mission Possible!”|
|“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)|
|May it be said that at SCBC we look to the Bible as our sole source of authority in faith, belief and practice. With that understanding, the following synopsis of our beliefs is to help provide you with insight into who we are as a body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. While we feel this is an accurate reflection of the truths of Scripture, we in no way espouse that the following is actually Scripture, divinely inspired, without error, or exhaustive.|
|We believe the entire Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy and is our authority in faith and practice.|
|We believe in the one true and living God who exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully and completely God, with distinct attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.|
|We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to have a relationship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort.|
|We believe that salvation is the greatest need of all people. Salvation is only possible through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that He willingly offered as the only perfect sacrifice and substitutionary atonement for sin. Salvation is freely offered to all but is only received when one surrenders their life to Christ through repentance and faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus as the only sufficient payment for sin.|
|We believe the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the head. The members of the church are redeemed, baptized believers who have placed their faith and trust in the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to bring glory to God through reaching people with the gospel, teaching people the Word of God, and ministering to people through the love of Christ.|
|We believe evangelism and missions are our ultimate priority in fulfilling our ultimate purpose of bringing glory to God. Jesus came to “seek and save that which was lost” and following His commission we are to “go and make disciples.” This is the privilege and responsibility of every believer locally, nationally, and internationally.|
|We believe that the family is ordained by God as the foundational institution of society and principle location of spiritual development. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant with God for life. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God each fulfilling distinct roles according to His gifts and calling. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.|
|If you would like more details concerning “What We Believe,” please refer to the “Baptist Faith and Message 2000” provided in the PDF attachment below. Also, if you have any specific questions, feel free to contact us at 334-569-2482 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|The Baptist Faith & Message 2000|
Shoal Creek Baptist Church represents over a century of the Lord’s work. Founded in 1902, SCBC was originally located on the banks of Shoal Creek, only a quarter mile from its present location. The church was established as a result of the founding members' belief that their ultimate purpose was to reach others with the good news of Jesus Christ.
In 1908, the church relocated “up on the hill” to its present location. The schedule for services and Sunday School remained the same until 1937 when they began to be held twice a month. Due to continued growth, in the 1940’s the church began meeting three times a month and in 1951 began to meet weekly.
From 1951-2005, the Lord’s hand was evident at SCBC. Whether evidenced by those who came to faith in Christ, the spirit-filled revivals, the godly leadership, the addition of facilities, or the church’s continued influence in the community, God’s favor continually sustained His people.
Building upon the history and heritage of over 100 years, 2006 was the “dawn of a new day” at SCBC. Although still in a rural location, the surrounding area was beginning to bloom with new growth. The question before the church was the same one God posed to Isaiah “who will go for us?” Remembering their heritage and the ultimate purpose for all believers to reach others with the gospel, the people of SCBC responded “we will go.”
Currently SCBC is living the truth of Scripture that the Lord blesses the obedience of His people. The evidence of His blessings can be seen in those coming to a personal relationship with Christ, the relationships being built in small group Bible studies, the excitement of the worship services, and the opportunities to serve the Lord locally, nationally, and globally.
In short, Shoal Creek Baptist Church is not a social club, religious group, or Sunday pastime... We are and will continue to be, by the Grace of God, a vibrant and visible expression of the life-changing, thirst-quenching, soul-satisfying work of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to represent Him well from Deatsville to Alabama to America and even to the end of the earth