STATEMENT OF FAITH
At Priceville Baptist Church, we use scripture as the foundation for everything we do.
We believe the Bible contains God's revelation of Himself to us, seen most clearly in Jesus Christ.
Below are the core beliefs of Priceville Baptist Church, and the scriptural support for each.
1. GOD the Father
We teach that there is only one living and true God. He shows himself to us as
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is Father only to those who become his children
through faith in Christ. Yet God acts Fatherly to all men as he rules with kind care
over all his creation (Deut. 6:4-5; Gen. 1:31).
2. GOD the Son
We teach that Jesus Christ is God. He is both fully God and fully man. He remained
sinless throughout his life on the earth and thereby remained qualifed to take
the punishment for our sins as a pure sacrifce. He died in our place, rose in our
place and ascended to heaven in our place. He now acts as our Advocate to
the Father and will return to judge both the living and the dead (Matt. 1:18-25; John
1:1-3, 14; Acts 1:11; I Cor. 15:1-8; Phil. 2:5-9; Col. 1:15).
3. GOD the Holy Spirit
We teach that the Holy Spirit is God. Primarily he exalts Jesus. He does this by
convicting people of their sin so that they might turn to Christ. He also does this
by graciously giving gifts to every believer so that the church might build itself
up to be more like Jesus and glorify him. The Holy Spirit lives in every believer and
empowers every believer to live a godly life and guides them into truth. The Holy
Spirit also seals our salvation into eternity (John 14:16-19; John 16:13; Romans 8:9; I Cor. 6:19-
20; Eph. 1:13-14; Eph. 4:11-16; Titus 3:5).
4. The Bible
We teach that the entire Bible was revealed by God and written by humans. It
is without error in all that it affirms. The Bible is the center of Christianity because
Jesus is the center of the Bible. We recognize the King James Version as the
authoritative version. (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21).
We teach that in the beginning God created mankind in his image. From the
very beginning man was created to worship God and to have dominion over
the earth. He was created innocent. Mankind was originally created with the
ability to live perfectly for God’s glory (Gen. 1:17, 31).
We teach that Adam, the frst man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in
the fall of all mankind; therefore, all people have sinned and lost their ability to
live for the glory of God. Mankind’s fall has incurred both physical and spiritual
death on all until there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God (Gen. 3:1-
24; Rom. 3:10-23, 5:12-21, 6:23).
We teach that the salvation of lost and sinful mankind is a free gift of God’s
grace apart from human works. It is based solely upon Christ’s dying in our place
on the cross. Salvation can be received only through faith in Jesus (II Cor. 5:21; Eph.
8. Eternal Security
We teach that since God gives us eternal life through Christ, we are secure in our
salvation forever. Our salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God,
not by the efforts of the believer (John 10:29-30; II Tim. 1:12; Heb. 7:25; I John 5:11-13).
We teach that marriage is a lifetime covenant commitment of one man and
one woman. We teach that the family, composed of persons related by blood,
marriage, or adoption, is ordained by God as the foundational institution of
human society. This relationship is designed to refect the union of Christ and
his church. The framework of marriage provides the intimate expression of
companionship and sexual relationship, including procreation, according to
biblical standards. Children, from the moment of conception, are to be valued
as a gift of life from God. Parents are to love, teach, disciple and model biblical
truth before their children; children are to honor and obey their parents (Prov. 22:6;
10. The Church
We teach that the church is the body of Christ and family of God. It is made
up of saved and baptized believers, who regularly come together for worship,
fellowship, and ministry (Matt. 16:18; I Cor. 12:12-14; Heb. 10:25).
We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim
the good news of Jesus Christ and to seek to make growing disciples. Since faith
comes by hearing we believe that we must speak the gospel to those who do
not yet know Jesus. Evangelism is incomplete if we have only modeled what it
looks like to follow Jesus with our lives. We must also speak the truth about Jesus
(Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:17).
We believe man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally
separated from God by sin or in union with God through salvation. To be eternally
separated from God is hell. To be eternally with God is heaven. Heaven and hell
are places of eternal existence (John 3:16, 2:25; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:15).
13. Baptism & the Lord’s Supper
Jesus instructed his followers to remember his death and resurrection. He gave
the church two visible symbols (called “ordinances”) as reminders. These two
ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism by immersion is a onetime
act of identifcation with Jesus as Lord. It serves as an outward sign of
conscious confession of repentance and faith. The Lord’s Supper is an ongoing
symbol remembering our Lord’s death, burial, resurrection, and promised return
(Matt. 26: 26-29, 28:18-20; I Cor. 11:23-32).
About Our Pastor:
Donald was born again in 1982, and surrendered to preach and ordained in 1983. He has been preaching for 35 years, and has been in pastoral leadership for 13+ years.