Welcome to the "What We Believe" page of First Baptist Church of Strongsville Garbc. As a faith-based community, we hold firm to a set of core beliefs that guide us in our mission and shape our values. We invite you to delve deeper into our beliefs and discover how they foster a sense of love, compassion, and service within our congregation and the broader community.
Our Statement of Faith
At First Baptist Church of Strongsville Garbc, we believe in the following:
1. The Bible - The Word of God
The Bible serves as the foundation of our faith. We believe it is the inspired and infallible Word of God, containing truth, wisdom, and guidance for every aspect of life.
2. The Trinity - One God in Three Persons
We acknowledge and worship the one true God who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity has distinct roles yet remains fully God.
3. Salvation - Grace through Faith
We affirm that salvation is a gift of God's grace and received through faith in Jesus Christ. It is not earned through good works or personal merit. We believe in the redemptive work of Jesus, who died and rose again to reconcile humanity to God.
4. The Church - Body of Christ
We see the Church as the universal body of Christ, composed of all believers who have been redeemed by His grace. We embrace the importance of the local church as a place of worship, fellowship, discipleship, and service.
5. Baptism - Symbol of Faith
We practice baptism as a symbolic act of obedience and identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through baptism, believers publicly declare their faith in Christ and their commitment to follow Him.
6. Communion - Remembering Jesus' Sacrifice
We observe the Lord's Supper, also known as communion, as a solemn remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Through the elements of bread and wine (or grape juice), we reflect on His body broken and His blood shed for the forgiveness of sins.
7. The Great Commission - Sharing the Good News
We are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission, as commanded by Jesus, to make disciples of all nations. We actively share the good news of salvation and strive to exemplify Christ's love and compassion in our interactions with others.
8. The Second Coming - Hope for the Future
We anticipate the return of Jesus Christ, the blessed hope of the Church. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, with eternal life for believers and eternal separation from God for those who reject Him.
These are the foundational beliefs that shape our community at First Baptist Church of Strongsville Garbc. We encourage you to explore our website further to learn about our ministries, events, and how you can get involved. Whether you are seeking spiritual growth, answers to life's questions, or a welcoming community, we are here to journey with you. Join us as we embrace these beliefs and strive to make a positive impact in the lives of individuals and our society as a whole.