The following are the core beliefs of First Baptist Church Perkins based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.
There is one eternally existing God who has three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. He is the creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy of all glory and praise. God is perfect in love, power, holiness, goodness, knowledge, wisdom, justice, and mercy. He is unchangeable and therefore is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born from a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death, rose from the grave, ascended to heaven, is sitting at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf and will return one day for His church.
The Bible is the inspired word of God, without error and written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. We believe it is the supreme authority in all matters of faith, truth and Christian conduct. As 2 Timothy 3:16 says it is useful for teaching, rebuking, correction, and training in righteousness so that we may be built up.
When God created them, male and female, he created them in the image of God. However, when Adam and Eve chose not to obey God, they ceased to be what they were made to be and became distorted images of God. This caused them to fall out of fellowship with God, and fractured all of creation ever since that time.
Jesus Christ came to reconcile us with God. He lived a life without sin and willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our transgressions. God raised him from the dead and now, by grace, offers as a free gift eternal life to all who follow Christ, by repentance of sins and faith in Jesus. Salvation is found only in Jesus
The Church is meant to be the visible body of Christ, sent into the world to glorify God and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church is universal as well as local. Jesus is the head of the church and the church's membership are those who have placed their salvation in Jesus and followed through in believers baptism.
The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. At the moment of a person's salvation, the Holy Spirit resides in one's life. He is present to convict, guide, reveal and empower us in truth.