At Temple Baptist Church, our beliefs are at the core of who we are and everything we do. Our beliefs come from the Holy Bible—God’s Word. Our services are designed to give you practical instruction in living a life for the glory of God.
By the grace of God, we have created a community that fosters fellowship, service, and spiritual growth. As a congregation, we stand strongly with our beliefs and endeavor to share them through service and missions.
We believe in the plenary verbal inspiration of the Scriptures. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
We believe in the Triune Godhead. (Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 2:18; John 10:30)
We believe in the virgin birth and full deity of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:21-23; John 1:1)
We believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection and ascension back to His Father. (John 2:19-21; Luke 24:51)
We believe in the personality, the deity, and the work of the Holy Spirit. (John 16:7-14; Acts 5:3-4; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1;13)
We believe the Genesis account of creation. God created the heavens and the earth in six literal 24 hour days. (Genesis 1)
We believe in the hereditary and total depravity of man in his natural state involving his fall in Adam.(Genesis 3; Romans 5:12)
We believe in Christ’s substitutionary death for fallen man. (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 5:8)
We believe in justification before God by faith alone, without any admixture of works or self merit.(Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1; Titus 3:5)
We believe in the eternal security of the believer in Christ. We do not believe that it is possible for a born again person to ever fall away and perish. (John 10:28; I John 5:13; Romans 8:35-39)
We believe that the church is a visible, local assembly of baptized believers, congregated together by covenant to carry out the will and work of its head, Jesus Christ. (Acts 2:41-47)
We believe the two offices of the New Testament church are pastor and deacon. ( I Timothy 3)
We believe that the Lord Jesus committed unto His church two ordinances: water baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 11:17-34)
We believe that Water Baptism (immersion) is to be administered to true believers only and by the appointment of a New Testament church. It is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and has no saving merit. (Acts 8:36-39; Acts 2:41-42; Romans 6:3-5)
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance to be observed by those who are saved, baptized and in proper church membership. It was instituted by the Lord Jesus Christ himself and is symbolic of His broken body and shed blood. In holding to the Biblical position that the Lord’s Supper is “symbolic,” we reject the concept of transubstantiation in any form. (Acts 2:41-47; I Corinthians 10:16-17; 11:2,17-34)
We believe in the complete independence of the local church. We, as a church, are a self-governing body with only the Lord Jesus Christ as our Head. (Matthew 18:17-18; Colossians 1:18)
We believe in the personality of Satan. (I Peter 5:8)
We do not believe in nor will we ever be a part of modernism, neo-evangelicalism, the charismatic movement, the ecumenical movement, or extreme five point Calvinism.
We are not a part of the Charismatic Movement, nor do we believe in the gift of tongues for today. We believe that God can and does heal, but only according to His will and Word. (James 5) We do not believe in “divine healers”.
We believe in the personal separation of God’s children from the world. (James 4:4; I John 2:15-17)
We believe in the world-wide missions. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8)
We believe in the pre-millennial return of Christ to the earth after which He shall literally reign upon the earth for a thousand years. (Revelation 1:7; II Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:4)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; both of the just and unjust. The redeemed shall be raised at the return of Jesus Christ and the rest of the dead will be raised and judged after the thousand year reign of Christ upon the earth. (John 5:28-29; I Corinthians 15:23; Revelation 20:11-15)
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning and that is marriage sanctioned by God.
We believe that God ordained marriage and the family as the foundational institution of human society, and that the only legitimate marriage is a sacred and permanent covenant relationship between one man and one woman, symbolizing the union of Christ and his Church. The husband is to be the servant leader in the home and is to love his wife as Christ loves the church, and the wife is to submit herself to the Scriptural leadership of her husband as the church submits to the headship of Christ (Genesis 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6; Ephesians 5:22-25)
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Any form of child molestation, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bestiality, bisexuality, incest, pedophilia, or pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s gift of sex.
We believe God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one’s gender by surgery or appearance. (Genesis 2:22-24; 19:5,13; Leviticus 18:1-30; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 1:26-29; 7:2; First Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; Gal. 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-23; First Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
We believe in the sanctity of human life. Procreation is a gift from God, a precious trust reserved for marriage. At the moment of conception, a new life begins, a human being, a being created in God’s image. This human being is precious to God, regardless of the circumstances of conception. It is necessary to state firmly that nothing and no one should in any way condone the killing of an innocent human being, whether a fetus or an embryo, an infant or an adult, an old person, or one suffering from an incurable disease, or a person who is dying. (Genesis 1:27; Proverbs 6:16-17; Psalm 139:13-15)