At Mentor Baptist Church we’re about… Becoming full-devoted followers of Christ by: Celebrating God’s Presence – Worship Demonstrating God’s Love to Others – Ministry Communicating God’s Truth – Outreach Educating God’s People – Discipleship

Statement of Faith

THE WORD OF GOD We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; John 10:35)

THE TRINITY We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons (the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit); that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption. (Gal. 4:4-6; Gen. 1:2; John 1:14; Gen. 1:26; Matt. 3:16-17; Matt. 28:19)

GOD THE FATHER We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Gen 1:1-2; Ps. 145:17-19; Rom. 3:21-28)

JESUS CHRIST We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth. (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 24:5-7; John 14:3; Acts 1:9; Rom. 8:34; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; Rev 19:11-16; Rev. 20:4)

THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is our abiding helper, teacher and guide. (John 14:26; John 16:7-11; Rom. 8:9-11; 2 Cor. 1:21-22)

REGENERATION We believe that all men are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:27-31; Gen. 3; Rom. 3:8-19; Gal. 3:22; John 3:16-17; Eph. 2:8-9)

THE CHURCH We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a body of “born again” believers in Jesus Christ, having, upon profession of faith, been baptized by immersion in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, united for the purpose of worship, ministry, evangelism, discipleship and fellowship. (Matt 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 12:25-28; Acts 1:8)

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT We believe that a Christian should seek to live for the glory of God and the well being of his fellowman; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 16:2; Eph. 4:11-13; 2 Cor. 6:17)

THE ORDINANCES We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord’s Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 6:1-7; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Matt. 28:19-20; Matt. 3:16)

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY We believe that every human being has direct relations with God and is responsible to God alone in matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by an ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore, Church and State must be kept as separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronages of the other. (Rom. 13:1-10; 1 Tim. 2:1-3; Acts 5:29; Matt. 22:21)

CHURCH COOPERATION We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary basis. (1 Cor. 1:2-3; 2 Cor. 8:18-19)

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY We believe that marriage was ordained by God at creation as the sacred union of one man and one woman. All sexual relations must therefore be reserved for that union. Christian marriage is a representation of Christ’s relationship to His church. We also believe that children are a blessing from the Lord, thus all human life is sacred and worthy of protection from the moment of conception. (Gen. 1:26-28; Gen 2:18-25; Ps. 127; Ps 128; Ps. 139:13-16; Matt. 19:1-10;1 Cor. 6:9-11; Eph 5:22-33; Heb. 13:4)

THE LAST THINGS We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal joy of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the lost. (1 Thess. 4:16-17; Rev. 20; Rev 21:1-4)