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ABOUT GOD…

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2


ABOUT JESUS CHRIST…

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus, while upon the earth, was God revealed in the flesh. He was both fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, died a substitutionary death on the cross, was resurrected bodily from the grave, ascended to heaven, and currently sits at the right hand of God. He is coming again personally and visibly to claim His bride, the Church, and will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 52:12-53:12; Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 20:28; 26:37-39; John 1:1-18; 1:29-34;


ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT…

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with the power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift(s) when they are saved to be used in ministry to others. As Christians, we seek to live daily under His control. John 16:7-13,14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 1:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18


ABOUT THE BIBLE…

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. Psalm 12:6; 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5; 2 Timothy 1:13,3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21


ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS…

People are made in the spiritual image and likeness of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. However, through the original disobedience of the first humans, mankind fell from His creator and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death. He became corrupt in his whole nature through an attitude of disobedience God calls sin. Because every person is marred by sin, all of mankind is therefore separated from God and without hope apart from salvation in Jesus Christ. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1,2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21


ABOUT SALVATION…

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. John 1:12; 10:28,29; 14:6; Romans 5:1; 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8,9; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 3:5; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5


ABOUT ETERNITY…

Each individual will exist either forever separated from God by sin or in everlasting union with God through forgiveness and salvation that is found in Jesus alone. To be separated from God is hell. To be in union with Him is heaven. Heaven and hell are real places as the Bible describes. John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Revelation 20:15


ABOUT THE CHURCH…

The church (composed of all believers throughout the world) is the spiritual organism of which Christ is the Head. The church universal is a collection of local churches that have unity not in every detail of philosophy and doctrine but in a common head, Jesus Christ, and a common mission. The local church (a portion of the body of Christ) is an autonomous (self-ruled) group of believers who have organized themselves to do the work of God’s ministry. The Church exists to worship God, disciple and care for believers, and to evangelize a lost world. The two church ordinances in which all believers are to participate are water baptism (by immersion) and communion. God has appointed and called elders in each local church to give ultimate oversight, direction, and government to that local body of believers. Matthew 3:13-17; 16:13-19; 28:18-20; Mark 14:22-26; Acts 2:38; 8:38-39; 18:8; 20:17-18,28; Romans 6:1-5; 1 Corinthians 11:23-34; Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-11; 1 Peter 5:12


ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. John 10:28-29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5


ABOUT THE MIRACULOUS/SPIRITUAL GIFTS

The church was founded by, has been sustained by, and continues to grow by the power of God working graciously and miraculously through His people. God continues to work in the world today in any way He chooses – both in ways seen explicitly in the Bible and in unique ways consistent with the principles of the Bible but not seen explicitly. One role of the Holy Spirit is to empower every believer for service to others by imparting spiritual gifts for the building up of His church. All the spiritual gifts seen in the New Testament church are active and available to present day believers through the enablement and choosing of the Holy Spirit. None of these gifts have ceased to exist nor have ceased to play a vital role in the mission of the church. All the gifts are important to the church today, but each will cease to exist when Jesus returns for His church. John 14:12-14; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-13:13; Ephesians 4:11-14


ABOUT MARRIAGE & SEXUALITY

We believe that men and women can fully honor God with their lives through either marriage or singleness. Marriage was created by God as a gift to humanity, and it is a station of life that is honored, encouraged, and celebrated at Louisville Baptist Temple as God calls us into it. As a covenant union between a man and a woman, marriage is designed to be an incredible picture of our relationship with Christ that is intensely sacred and holy. It is an intentional commitment and promise that is genuine, serious, lasting, and deeply loving. Those who are married are called to remain faithful and pure to their spouse physically, emotionally, and spiritually (avoiding all forms of sexual perversion and pornography), and to diligently resist divorce.

In conjunction with this Biblical view of marriage, it is God’s design that romantic relationships be strictly heterosexual, and that all expressions of sexuality be reserved for a marriage relationship between a man and a woman. While Louisville Baptist Temple strives to create an environment that is welcoming to all regardless of their past and present circumstances, we do not support or condone a lifestyle of sexuality immorality (including but not exclusive to living together, homosexuality, swinging, and open marriages). Those who are currently living an unrepentant, sexually immoral lifestyle or other immoral activities are invited to participate at Louisville Baptist Temple, but they must also understand that they cannot become a member and will be encouraged and challenged towards the healing and freedom Jesus provides. Gen. 2:24-25; Matt. 19:1-6; Eph. 5:22-31; Gen 19:1–11; Lev 18:22; 20:13; Rom 1:26–27; 1 Cor. 6:9-11;


Baptism

What is Baptism and Why should I be Baptized? 

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus has changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus or that He is doing a new work in you, and it allows others to celebrate with you (Acts 16:31-34). Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s an expression and celebration of salvation we have already received (1 Peter 3:21). The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!


Why Baptism by immersion is important?

Baptism by immersion serves as a remarkable symbol or picture of Jesus’ death burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) as well as a believer’s spiritual death, burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). In the original Greek of the New Testament, the word typically used for baptism literally means to dip down in the water or to be submersed. In fact, every baptism in the Bible was by immersion, including the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10).