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Southern Baptists have prepared a statement of generally held convictions called The Baptist Faith and Message. It serves as a guide to understanding who we are. Copies are available at most Southern Baptist churches. The topics here provide only a brief, partial summary. The full text on the issue discussed is also available.

 

- Our Beliefs -


The Scriptures

The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.

God

He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future.
 

God the Father

God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. "God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
 

God the Son

Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. "He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin.
 

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. "He exalts Christ. He convicts of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. "He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
 

Man

Man was created by the special act of God, in His own image, and is the crowning work of His creation. "By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. " The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every man possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
 

Salvation

Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, sanctification, and glorification.
 

God's Purpose of Grace

Election is the gracious purpose of God, according to which He regenerates, sanctifies, and glorifies sinners. "All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end.
 

The Church

A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.
 

Baptism & the Lord's Supper

Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water. "It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.

The Lord's Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members " memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
 

The Lord's Day

The first day of the week is the Lord's Day. "It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion.
 

Last Things

God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. "Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly"the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. "The righteous" will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
 

Evangelism & Missions

It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations " to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort.
 

Education

The cause of education in the Kingdom of Christ is co-ordinate with the causes of missions and general benevolence there should be a proper balance between academic freedom and academic responsibility. "The freedom of a teacher in a Christian school, college, or seminary is limited by the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ, by the authoritative nature of the Scriptures, and by the distinct purpose for which the school exists.
 

Stewardship

God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel, and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents, and material possessions.
 

Cooperation

Christ's people should " organize such associations and conventions as may best secure cooperation for the great objects of the Kingdom of God. Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. "Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations.
 

The Christian & the Social Order

Every Christian is under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. ... The Christian should oppose in the spirit of Christ every form of greed, selfishness, and vice.
 

Religious Liberty

Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal.
 

Family

God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the unity of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.

 


 


 

- Vision -
 

Loving…Teaching…Reaching

The Word of God tells us in Proverbs 29:18 “where there is no vision, the people perish.”

It is so important to have vision and direction for the future.  This is vital in the life of a believer and in the life of a church family.

God has put Long Leaf Baptist Church as a resource right here at 317 Shipyard Blvd.  We as a body of believers must have a vision for how we can best bring honor and glory to Him.

Our vision, here at Long Leaf Baptist to be a church family that is Loving…Teaching…Reaching.

This vision is rooted in two passages of Scripture in the Word of God. 

As a church family we strive to ensure our ministries, activities and lives reflect these three areas.

 

Matthew 22:36-39 the Scripture says:

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Part of what we are about here at Long Leaf Baptist is to be a Loving people. 

We are to first and foremost love the Lord, and out of our love for the Lord we should be a people that love others.

We want to challenge ourselves and ask, how am I doing with this in my life?

Am I loving the Lord with all my heart? Further am I sharing the love of Christ with others.  We also want to be a people that love both on people in our church family and outside of the church walls.

 

Matthew 28:19-20 the Scripture says

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Here in this passage we are reminded that we are to also be a Teaching and Reaching people.

Part of the way we fulfill the Lord’s command of making disciples is by teaching the Word of God.  All of us have varying gifts but as we pour into the Word of God and draw closer to the Lord we will be better equipped to teach and disciple the lost, new disciples and fellow believers.  We want to be a people that are digging into the Word of God ready to teach and disciple.

We also fulfill the Lord’s command of making disciples by doing the “Go” part of the great commission.  Part of what we are about is to be a “Reaching” people.  We want to be a people that are focused on reaching the lost.  We must minister to our body of believers but we also must “reach” outside the church walls.

Regular Schedule
Sunday
  • Sunday School
    – 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM
  • Sunday Service
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Servicios todos (Iglesia Manantial de Vida)
    – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Children's Church
    – 11:25 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday
  • Wednesday Dinner
    – 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Adult Bible Study
    – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Little Leaf's Children's Choir
    – 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Youth Meeting
    – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Kids of Faith
    – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Estudios Biblicos (Iglesia Manantial de Vida)
    – 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Choir Practice
    – 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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