EBC Beliefs & Values
Elizabeth Baptist Church strives to be a church that is Christ-centered, Bible-based, and Missions-minded. We want to see every member GROWING in a relationship with Jesus Christ, GOING as representatives of Christ to serve others, and GIVING of their time, talent and treasure to further the cause of Christ.
We believe in the only true God (John 17:3), the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. He exists eternally in three persons and these three are one God, having the same nature, attributes, and perfections, worthy of the same worship and obedience (Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matthew 28:19- 20; Acts 4:3-4). He created all things (Revelation 4:11) and upholds all things by His word and power (Hebrews 1:3). He is loving, holy, all-knowing, all-powerful, and ever present (Acts 17:28).
We believe in the total deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the manifestation of God in the flesh (John 1:1-18; 14:8-11). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary — fully God and fully man (Luke 1:26-38). He was sent by the Father into the world to save sinners (John 3:16). He lived a sinless life on earth and sacrificed Himself on a cross for our sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). He was bodily raised from the dead and ascended to the Father in heaven where He is the head of the church and intercedes for be-lievers (Mark 8:31; Acts 1:9; 1 Timothy. 3:16). He is coming again to earth personally, visibly, and bodily to reign as Lord (Acts 1:11; Romans 8:34).
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:14). The Holy Spirit regenerates the sinner upon belief in Christ, baptizing the believer into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, fills, comforts, and empowers believers for godly living (Mark 13:11; John 14:26; 16:13; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 3:16). The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, of God's righteousness, and of coming judgment (John 16:8-11).
We believe the Scriptures of the Old Testament and New Testament are inspired by God and inerrant in their original writings (Psalm 119:97-104, 160; Matthew 5:18; John 5:46-47; 10:35; 2 Timothy 3:15-16). The 66 books of the OT and the NT are God's complete and sufficient revelation and therefore carry God's authority for our lives. The Scriptures are infallible in their instruction (Proverbs 6:32; 2 Peter 1:19), sufficient for counsel in every area of life (Psalm 19:14-17; 2 Timothy 3:16), and eternal in duration (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:23-25).
We believe man and woman were created in innocence under the law of his Creator, but by voluntary disobedience, fell from their sinless and happy state (Genesis 3:1-6). Consequently, all mankind is sinful, not only by inheritance, but also by each person’s own choice (Romans 3:10-19). Therefore, each person is under just condemnation without defense or excuse before Holy God (Romans 1:18,32). Every person is totally depraved and in need of Jesus as a Savior (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice (Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Each person who by faith receives Him as personal Savior and Lord is justified on the basis of Jesus' shed blood on the cross, escaping the wrath due for their sin and instead receiving eternal life in heaven (Colossians 2:13-14). Each person who receives Christ as personal Savior and Lord is born again by the Holy Spirit and becomes eternally secure as a child of God (John 3:3-8; Romans 8:37-39; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
Heaven, Hell and the Second Coming of Christ
We believe in the personal, visible, and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return has a vital bearing on the life and service of every believer (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected. The saved are raised to eternal life in heaven (Matthew 25:34; John 14:2; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Revelation 2:7) and the lost are raised to eternal torment in Hell separated from God (Matthew 8:11; 10:28; 13:49-50; Luke 12:5; Revelation 21:8).
Upon accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, a believer becomes part of His body, the church. There is one church universal which is composed of all those throughout the world who follow Christ, but many, many local churches. The Scriptures command believers to gather in order to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of the ordinances, fellowship, service, and outreach (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-46; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24-25).
We believe that marriage was created by God and the only marriage sanctioned by God is one which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:1-12).
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman (Ephesians 5:1-5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8).
Concerning our beliefs…
In essential beliefs we have unity (Ephesians 4:4-6).
In nonessential beliefs we have liberty (Romans 14:1-22).
In all our beliefs we show love (1 Corinthians 13:2).