The Holy Spirit inspired human authors to write the books of the Bible. God Himself chose every word of Scripture. The Bible is God’s love letter to all of humanity and is the final authority in every issue it communicates. It is complete Truth, and we can trust it for all matters in this life and eternity.
Scripture teaches that God created everything we can see (and even everything we can’t see) out of nothing. Although it might be difficult for the human mind to comprehend, the Bible teaches that He is one, yet has existed since the beginning of time as three distinct and equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is God’s Son and an equal of the Father. He has existed from the beginning of time, yet lived on earth during the first century A.D. Throughout His earthly life, He was completely God and completely human at the same time. After living a perfect, sinless life, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for every human being who has ever lived by dying on a Roman cross. After three days in the grave, He defeated sin and death by rising from the grave. He then ascended to Heaven and will return to earth one day to reign as King.
The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is a full and equal part of the Trinity. He works in the world to make all people understand their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives inside every follower of Jesus from the moment they decide to follow Him. The Spirit is our power source for life, ministry and spiritual growth. To tap into that power, we must continually yield to the Holy Spirit.
Our disobedient nature has eternally separated us from our Creator. No matter how hard we try, we can never earn our way back into God’s presence. Our only hope is to trust Jesus as God’s provision for our disobedience. When you make that decision, you step into the eternal and abundant life Jesus promises for all believers.
We believe in baptism by immersion in water as a first step of obedience upon believing in Christ. It is not a requirement for salvation, but an outward testimony of what Christ has done for us.
Your salvation is through the most trustworthy being in the universe – Jesus Christ! You didn’t do anything to earn your salvation, and you can’t do anything to lose it. Your salvation is maintained by God’s trustworthiness and love not by what you do.
God made you to exist forever. Heaven is a perfect place, and since none of us is perfect, we are all headed for an eternity of separation from God. That’s why God sent Jesus: to pay the price for our sins so that we can spend eternity with Him. What you decide about Jesus Christ in this life will determine where you will spend eternity. If you reject Him, you’ll be eternally separated from God in Hell. If you accept Him, you’ll spend it eternally connected with Him in Heaven.
The Bible tells us that the church is the body of Christ in the world today. The New Testament tells us the church is a local body of baptized believers. The head of the church is Jesus Christ. The biblical purposes of the church are worship, evangelism, fellowship, discipleship and ministry to others.
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth, the dead will be raised and Christ will judge all men in righteousness.
- Passionate Worship
We value Sunday Morning Worship as the primary occasion for exalting the Lord in passionate worship together. The purpose of our worship is not to please us, but Him by worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24)
- Sunday School
We value Sunday School as the primary means for authentic community and instruction for intentional living in our church family. It is the small church within the bigger church where lasting relationships are made. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
- Biblical Teaching
We value Biblical Teaching in all settings of Magnolia's First. All teaching is validated through Scripture and leads believers to a life of intentional living for Christ. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- Relational Evangelism
We value Relational Evangelism as the primary means of sharing our faith with others. We believe that a life of intentional living for Christ andunselfish service towards others will demand that an answer be given for the hope we have in us. (1 Peter 3:15)
- Strengthening Families
We value the Strengthening of Families knowing that the family is the primary source for the practice and instruction of passionate worship,intentional living, and unselfish service. (Joshua 24:15)
- Helping the Hurting
We value Helping the Hurting who are in our community with unselfish service that would lead them to the knowledge of and relationship with Christ. (James 2:14-18)
- Partnership Missions
We value Partnership Missions as our primary means of practicing unselfish service beyond our city and community. We join with others to multiply their efforts throughout the world while leaving a lasting impact that will be continued year round. These partnerships include physical and financial support of other established local churches, Compassion International, and Tryon Evergreen Baptist Association. (1 Corinthians 3:8-11)
"Magnolia's First Baptist Church exists to engage
people to become Christ-followers."