The following are the core beliefs of Rothwell Baptist Church 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.
The Bible is the divine word of God given to men to write down. It is inerrant, infallible, and inspired. The Scriptures are the basis of all our beliefs.
There is only one living and true God. He exists in three unique persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Trinity). God is all-powerful, all-present, and all-knowing.
Sin and Man
Man is created in the image of God. In the beginning, man was innocent of sin and was endowed by the Creator with freedom of choice. Man chose to sin against God; therefore sin was brought into the human race, and man fell from his original innocence. Sin has separated man from God. Only the grace of God can bring man back into a restored relationship with Him.
Jesus (The Son) gave His life to give us the free gift of salvation. His blood covers the multitude of sin and redeems the whole man for all those who accept Him as Lord and Savior. They are adopted into the family of God at that very moment. Salvation is not obtained by any means other than grace through faith. No one can earn their salvation. Once one becomes a child of God, they will never fall away from God’s grace. Nothing can take us from His hand.
The New Testament church is an autonomous local family united by its faith in Jesus and purpose in its mission. Each individual should use his/her God-given gifts to build up the church and seek to reach more people with the Gospel message.
Baptism and Communion
Baptism is an act of obedience in which a believer is immersed in water. This symbolizing dying to sin, burying the old self, and coming up as a new creation. Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. Communion is a symbolic act of obedience by believers in which we remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and anticipate the return of Christ.
Evangelism and Missions
The new life of a believer cultivates a new desire to see others come to a saving relationship with Jesus. It is the duty and privilege of believers to make disciples of all nations. The Lord has commanded us to preach the gospel to all people. Our mission field is where we are located at the moment. From our neighborhoods, our cities, our state, and all across the world, our mission field is vast. It is our duty as believers to constantly share the Gospel with those we come into contact with. This is our way of life.
Christ and the Culture
All Christians must seek to make the will of God their first priority and live it out on a daily basis in the culture they are a part of. Christ did not conform to the culture but sought to transform the culture with the truth of the Word of God. As followers of Christ, we are to hold to the clearly spoken Word of God and not to the cultural norms of the world.
God ordained the family as the foundation of human society. God wonderfully and immutably created each person as a biological male or biological female. These two distinct and complementary genders, together, reflect the image and nature of God. In the beginning, God designed marriage as the greatest bond between the two. Marriage is exclusively the uniting of one man with one woman in a biblical covenant relationship for a lifetime. Marriage carries with it the framework for intimate companionship. It is the channel of sexual expression according to the biblical standards and the means for procreation of the human race.
Human life is sacred and created by God in His image. All stages of life have great value, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. Each person is valued by God, and all believers are called to love each another as they would love themselves. Therefore, we are called to defend, protect, and value all human life.