Dutchtown Baptist is a Southern Baptist Church. Among our core beliefs, we affirm the following doctrinal distinctives. If you would like to see a more detailed statement of our doctrinal positions, please check out the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.
God is the One and Only True God, Sovereign Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God, the Holy Trinity. (Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22 | Psalm 90:2 | Matthew 28:19 | 1 Peter 1:2)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life, and by dying on the cross offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all who would believe in Him. On the third day He arose from the dead, demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory, and will return again to Earth someday to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22,23 | Isaiah 9:6 | John 1:1-15, 3:16,17 | John 14:10-30 | Hebrews 4:14,15 | 1 Corinthians 15:3,4 | Romans 1:3,4 | Acts 1:9-11 | 1 Timothy 6:14,15 | Titus 2:13)
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 power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, conviction of sin and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer at least one spiritual gift at the moment of salvation. By continually being filled with the Spirit, Christians seek to live daily under His control. 2 Corinthians 3:17 | John 14:16,17 | John 16:7-13 | Acts 1:8 | 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16 | Ephesians 1:13 | Galatians 5:25 | Ephesians 5:18)
About the Bible
The Bible is God’s Word to us, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for all Christian beliefs and living. God’s Word supersedes all human guidelines. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. It is inerrant (without error in its original form). (2 Timothy 3:16 | 2 Peter 1:20,21 | 2 Timothy 1:13 | Psalm 12:6 | Psalm 119:105,160 | Proverbs 30:5)
Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must believe in Jesus to receive it. We can never make up for our sin by self improvement or good works. When we agree with God that we are separated from Him by sin and believe (place our faith) in Jesus Christ, we are saved by grace. Only by believing that, as God’s provision, Jesus Christ died for us and rose from the dead can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment someone by faith believes in Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:23 | Ephesians 2:8,9 | John 1:12 | John 14:6 | Titus 3:5 | Galatians 3:26 | Romans 5:1)
We believe baptism is an ordinance of the Lord by which those who have repented and come to faith express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection by being immersed in water in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a sign of belonging to the new people of God, the true Israel, and an emblem of burial and cleansing that signifies death to the old life of unbelief and purification from the pollution of sin. Romans 5:20-6:4
To avoid becoming overburdened and to allow sufficient time for prayer and Bible study, senior spiritual leadership (elders/pastors) appoint pastoral assistants; these assistants are deacons. Acts 6:1-7 Unlike elder duties, the responsibilities of deacons are not stated in Scripture, although their qualifications are. 1 Timothy 3:8-13 ”Deacon” simply means “servant,” so our deacons exist to serve the body where needed.