Our Beliefs at Open Door Baptist Church
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God; that it was written by men who were moved by the Holy Spirit so that their writings, in the original, were supernaturally and verbally inspired and free from error. They are the complete and final revelation of the will of God to man, and so are a supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, boundless in love, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son.
We believe in Jesus Christ, God the Son, pre-existent with the Father, begotten by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary: Sinless in His nature and life, infallible in His teaching, making atonement for the sins of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into Heaven, His perpetual intercession for His people and His glorious second coming according to promise. We believe that the promise of His second coming includes: First: “The Blessed Hope” of the believer, namely, the personal, pre-millennial and pre-tribulation return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to rapture His church according to I Thess. 4:13-18: Second: His return with His saints to set up His millennial reign.
We believe in the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit. We believe that He came from God to convince and convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment: and to regenerate, sanctify, indwell and comfort and empower those who believe in Jesus Christ.
We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God. We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought and deed by choice.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who by faith receive Him as their personal Savior, are justified on the ground of His blood shed on Calvary and His resurrection from the dead and are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby become the children of God.
We believe in the visible local church which is a company of believers in Jesus, baptized on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, Word and fellowship. We believe that to these visible churches was committed for perpetual observance, two ordinances; the baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that God has laid upon these churches the task of preaching the Gospel to every creature, and edification of the individual members of the Body of Christ.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, the saved to eternal life and blessedness in Heaven and the unsaved to eternal, conscious suffering and woe in Hell.
We believe in the eternal security of the believer.