Below is an overview of our beliefs as they pertain to core doctrines. For an expanded view
of our beliefs, please see The Baptist Faith and Message, www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp
Note: The Baptist Faith and Message document is not a litmus test for membership at The Road. However, it is our public statement of faith. Therefore, we do ask that teachers and leaders present materials and live lives that are consistent with the doctrines presented in the BF&M.
What we believe about the Bible:
We believe that the Bible is the absolute Truth and God’s final authority. We believe both the Old and New Testament is the inerrant, verbally inspired, and infallible Word of God.
What we practice through the authority of the Bible:
We accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is, “What does the Bible say?” We practice Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.
What we believe about God and the Trinity:
We believe that there is one true living God who is revealed to us as the Godhead existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and that these three are as one God. We believe that God the Father orders all things according to His own purpose for His own glory. We believe that God the Son is Jesus Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born without sin of the Virgin Mary to redeem man from sin. We believe that God the Holy Spirit is sent from God to convict of sin and righteousness, and to be an indwelling guide, teacher, and source of strength for the believer. We believe that all who receive Christ as Savior are born of the Holy Spirit.
What we believe about salvation of man through Jesus:
We believe that salvation is through Jesus Christ alone and the atonement and forgiveness He extended to us on the cross. We believe that man was created in the image of God, that man sinned (rebelled against God) and because of the fall, incurred both a physical death and a spiritual death (eternal separation from God). We believe that all human beings are born with a sinful nature. We believe that all who call upon the name of the Lord as Savior will be saved and will spend eternity with God.
What we practice through the ordinance of baptism:
We practice baptism by immersion under water—the way Jesus was baptized and the way the Bible commands. Being a church ordinance, it is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
What we practice through the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper
We observe the Lord’s Supper as a symbolic act of obedience. Baptized members of the church remember the death of Jesus and anticipate His second coming through sharing in the Lord’s Supper
What we believe about the church and the believer:
We believe that a New Testament church is an association of baptized believers. We come together through worship, small groups, and service. As the body of Christ, the church, we have diversity in our gifts and unity in our beliefs. We believe that every believer is called to a holy life of service and should belong to a Bible-believing local church for fellowship and for the furtherance of the Gospel to every person at home and around the globe.
What we practice through the autonomy of the local church:
Christ – not a person, group, or religious organization – is the recognized head of the church. We practice self-government and independence from any denominational control and team up with a network of like-minded churches for greater impact. Each congregation determines its own strategy, structure, and style.
The work of The Road Church will be Christ-Ruled, Pastor/Elder-Led, Deacon-Served, Ministry Team-Operated, and Congregation-Affirmed. Individual ministry teams operate in accountability to the Elders.
What we practice through giving:
We practice faithful giving and encourage tithing as an act of worship to our Savior and Lord. In addition to our regular tithes and offerings we contribute to mission and building needs.
Although The Road Church operates as an autonomous congregation, we understand the power of connecting and cooperating with other gospel-centered churches and organizations. To that end, we are part of a nation-wide network of over 40,000 churches called the Southern Baptist Convention. We partner together to do some amazing things. For example, our network sponsors over 5,000 missionaries who are sharing the love and message of Jesus globally. We work together to plant new churches in major cities across the U.S., operate the second largest disaster relief organization in North America, and have created seminaries to train new generations of leaders for churches around the world. We are excited about the power of this network to exponentially increase the impact of our church.
More on our affiliations can be found at:
Southern Baptist Convention sbc.net
Missouri Baptist Convention mobaptist.org
Greene County Baptist Association gbaptist.org
North American Mission Board (NAMB) namb.net
International Mission Board (IMB) imb.org
Baptist Press bpnews.net