​We Believe

God

There is only one true living God who has revealed Himself as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Scripture
The Holy Bible is God's revelation to Humanity for the purpose of salvation and instruction.

Man
Humanity is God's special creation, made in His image.

Sin
Man's disobedience before God.

Salvation
Therefore, because of sin, salvation is made possible only through the atoning work of Jesus Christ through His shed blood at Calvary.


For a more comprehensive description of our beliefs, please see the information below.


Detailed Statement of Beliefs

God
There is one and only one living and true God (Ex. 3:14; Ex. 6:2-3; Lev. 22:2; Deut. 6:4; Is. 43:15; 1 Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6). The eternal God has revealed Himself to be the triune God; revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each have personal attributes but there is no division of nature, being, or
essence (Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19; Jn. 4:24; Jn. 5:26; Jn. 14:6-13; Rom. 8:9; 2 Cor. 13:14 ). While nearly incomprehensible to fallen humanity, God is three Persons in one essence; the Divine essence subsists wholly and indivisibly, simultaneously and eternally, in the three members of the one
Godhead: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4). God is the sovereign all powerful Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, loving, and ruler of all things (Gen. 1:1; Gen. 2:7; Deut. 32:6; Ps. 19:1-3; Is. 43:14; Rom. 3:21-26). God is all knowing and has perfect knowledge off all things, past present, and future
(Deut. 10:17; Is. 40:28; 1 Jn. 4:8).


The Scriptures
We believe that the Holy Bible is God’s revelation to man, written by men under divine influence, that we may know God, and for the purpose of salvation
(Ex. 24:4; Deut. 4:1-2; Hosea 6:6; 2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible is as it claims to be, wholly and completely infallible, inerrant, and the final authority for all life (Jn. 17:17; Ps. 119:11, 89, 105, 140, 160; Ps. 19:7; Rom. 15:4). It is the standard by which all is measured as the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and
obedience
(2 Tim. 3:16; Matt. 22:29; Is. 40:8). We believe that Scripture is a testimony to Christ, as He is the center of divine revelation (Mk. 14:49; Lk. 4:21; Lk. 21:33; Lk. 24:44-46; Jn. 1:10-13; Jn. 5:39; Jn. 16:13-15; Acts 2:16; 2 Tim. 3:15).


Man
Humanity is the special creation of God, made in His own image, and thus distinct from the rest of creation
(Gen. 1:26-27; James 3:9). God created humanity as male and female for companionship in marriage (Gen. 1:28; Gen. 2:24). Humanity is the greatest work of His creation. Humanity was created innocent, in the image of their Creator, but through free choice sinned against God, thus bringing sin into the human race and losing his original innocence. Because of this original sin, all of humanity inherits the willingness to sin. It is only through the kindness and graciousness of God, that these sins were paid for through Jesus Christ. Christ makes it possible for humanity to have a proper standing and a relationship with God. (Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah
6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9- 11).


Salvation
Salvation is graciously given to all who accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
(Matt. 1:21; Lk. 1:68-69; Jn. 1:11-14; Jn. 3:36; Jn. 5:24). Salvation is made possible by the atoning work of Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:23-25). It is through His shed blood that the believer has eternal redemption (Rom. 5:8-
10).
There is no salvation, no other way, or no other means of obtaining salvation except through personal faith in Christ Jesus. It is in Jesus that we find life; He is the only way (Jn. 14:6).

Church
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an independent local congregation of baptized believers. These believers are joined by shared agreement. These believers share in the same faith and fellowship of the gospel. This group of baptized believers observes the two ordinances of Christ. They are guided by His laws. They use the gifts, rights, and privileges given to them by His Word. They are trying to present the gospel to all people on the earth. Each congregation works under the Lordship of Christ by self-governing methods. In this kind of congregation, each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. The church’s scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. Both men and women are given gifts by the Holy Spirit for service in the church. The office of pastor is limited to men that meet the qualifications found in Scripture. The New Testament describes the church as the Body of Christ. This church includes all of the believers from throughout history. These believers come
from every people group. They come from every language group. They come from all people from every country.
(Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3;14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22- 23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3)

 Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
As Baptists, we hold that Christian baptism is the full immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Baptism is an act of obedience and a public proclamation of a life converted from sin to following the Lord Jesus Christ in faith.  Baptism symbolizes the believer’s death to sin and resurrection in the newness of Christ.  Baptism is a prerequisite to church membership. The Lord’s Supper is also an act of obedience whereby members of the church memorialize the death of our Redeemer Christ and anticipate His return.  Like baptism, the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience. (Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12)

 Evangelism and Missions
As obedient followers of Christ we have the privilege and duty to make disciples of all nations.  This is done because of our love for others and for the concern of their souls as lost people without a relationship with Christ Jesus.  We, as believers and followers, are to be witnesses to every person from every nation.  This is done through personal evangelism, missionary activities, and monetary donations in order to help those in the foreign mission field. All methods used for evangelism and missions should always conform to the Word of God. (Matthew 16:19; 22:9-10; 24:14; 28:18-20; Luke 10:1-18; 24:46-53; John 14:11-12; 15:7-8,16; 17:15; 20:21; Acts 1:8; 2; 8:26-40; 10:42-48; 13:2-3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 3:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 2:1-3; 11:39-12:2; 1 Peter 2:4-10; Revelation 22:17)

The Family
God has planned the family as the first institution of the world. It is made up of persons joined to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the joining of one man and one woman with the promise of being faithful to one another for a lifetime. Marriage is God's special gift. Marriage shows the union between Christ and His church. Marriage gives the man and the woman the way for intimate friendship. Marriage is the way of sexual expression according to the main beliefs in the Bible. The husband and wife are of the same worth before God. Both are created in God's likeness. The marriage relationship shows the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given duty to provide for, to protect, and to guide his family. A wife is to submit herself with kindness to the servant leadership of her husband. A wife submits just as the church willingly submits to the leadership of Christ. Both, husband and wife are made in the likeness of God. This makes the wife and husband equals. Children, from the moment of creation, are a blessing and inheritance from the Lord. Parents are to show to their children God's example for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and right values. Parents are to guide their children to make choices based on truths in the Bible. Parents are to guide their children by living a life faithful to God. Parents are to guide their children with loving discipline. Children are to respect and obey their parents. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7)

Fair Havens Baptist Church ​in Powell, TN

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord        -2 Cor. 4:5