Being BaptistWhat it means to be Baptist...
Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist Church affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. We adhere to the doctrinal statement as published in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. These doctrinal truths include the following core beliefs:
There is one God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the Son of God, was born of a virgin, was wholly God and wholly man, lived a sinless life, died in our place as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended into Heaven.
Jesus Christ will literally return to earth.
God the Holy Spirit is active in convincing unbelievers of their need for salvation, and is the Comforter and Guide Who lives in every believer.
The Bible is the Word of God without any error, the sole authority for life and faith.
Man is a special creation of God, made in His image, but that through the sin of the first man, Adam, mankind fell so that all men are sinners and need salvation.
Salvation is a gift received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Every person who is truly saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Those persons who die in their sins without Christ spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven through Christ spend eternity in Heaven.
Water baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation.
The church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head.
Each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ through prayer.
We believe in the separation of church and state, but not in separation of God and government. Christians are salt and light in society.