Beliefs





Historically, the Christian Church believes as we do that:

  • God is the Sovereign Creator and Preserver of the universe.  (Hebrews 11:3; Colossians 1:16-17))
  • Jesus Christ is God, the Son, the only Savior and Lord of all people. (Romans 5:8; John 3:16)
  • The Holy Spirit is the gracious initiator who enables Christian life and growth.  (Ephesians 2:4-5)
  • The Bible is the infallible Word of God, the only rule of faith and life and without error in all that it teaches.  (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21)
  • The Ten Commandments tell us how to love God and our neighbor.  (Matthew 22:36-40; Exodus 20:1-21)  We sin by failing to love God and our neighbor.  The good news is that Jesus came to perfectly keep the commandments we fail to keep and he died to pay the penalty of our sins.  (I Peter 3:18)
  • Therefore, salvation is by God’s grace, repenting of our sins and embracing Jesus by faith.  It is not earned by what we do.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • Believers may join our church by professing or reaffirming faith in Jesus.  (I John 5:11-13)
  • Giving our entire life, our time, talents, and treasure, to serve God and neighbor is our grateful response for what Jesus has done for us.  (I Corinthians 6:20; Romans 12:1-2;  Malachi 3:10-11)
  • God’s greatness is supremely important because life is about Him!  (Romans 11:36)

Back Creek Church belongs to the family of churches whose roots go back to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.  That was an attempt to reform the church as it had strayed from the Bible to human traditions.  This is always our sinful tendency.

  • Our church leadership structure is Presbyterian.  A group of elders elected by the congregation oversee the spiritual well being of the people.  Deacons who are also elected care for the physical needs of people.
  • The sacrament of baptism is given to believers and their children.  (Genesis 17:7; Acts 2:38-39)  All forms of Christian baptism are recognized.
  • Those who have publically professed faith in Jesus and are in a right relationship with God and their neighbor are welcome at the Lord’s Table.  (I Corinthians 11: 23-28)

Our ultimate standard is God’s Word, the Bible, which is without error and the only infallible guide for faith and life.  A topical summary of what we believe can be found in the Westminster Confession of faith, The Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

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