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Elm Grove Baptist Church is denominationally aligned nationally with the Southern Baptist Convention, regionally with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, and locally with the Purchase Area Baptist Association.
Summary of Core Beliefs:
1. The Bible.
We believe that the Holy Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the verbally inspired and inerrant Word of God, wholly without error as originally given by God, and is entirely sufficient as our only infallible rule of faith and practice.
We believe in the one true and living God, the creator and sustainer of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, and is revealed to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus Christ.
The Son is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament, Jesus Christ, who was born of the virgin Mary, hence, the God-man. He died on the cross to redeem man, was buried and three days later rose again from the dead to justify the believer, ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes for us, and in the Father's own time will return in visible, personal form to overthrow sin and judge the world.
4. Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the One sent from God to convict the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment, to regenerate and cleanse from sin. He is the resident guide, teacher, and strengthener of the believer.
5. Satan and Sinful Man.
We believe that man was created innocent, that he was tempted by Satan and sinned; because of this men have been born in sin since that time and are by nature the children of wrath. We believe that Satan is a personal devil who with his angels carries on the work of iniquity in this world. Sin is rebellion against God, and the end of sin is eternal separation from God in a literal Hell.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the only Savior from sin. He atoned for our sins on the cross and rose again for our justification. Apart from Jesus Christ there is no salvation. All men are under condemnation through personal sin, and escape from condemnation comes only through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. This righteousness is imputed to the believer by grace through faith. The Holy Spirit regenerates the one who makes the life commitment to Jesus, and the life begun in regeneration is never lost.
A believer's relationship with God is strengthened by worship and fellowship with other believers. Meanwhile, each believer has personal access to God by the blood of Jesus, and has no need of other religious leaders or others to pray, seek God, obtain forgiveness of sin and fellowship with God. This priesthood of the believer is always subject to the teachings of the Scripture and must never serve as absolute freedom from service and fellowship with other believers.
7. Evangelism and Missions.
We believe it is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. Receiving the love of God in our hearts necessarily means one desires to share that love with others. It is the duty of every child of God to obey the commands of Christ and to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by personal effort and all other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
We believe in the final resurrection of all men, just and unjust. We believe that those who commit their lives to Jesus Christ during this life will be raised to everlasting life in Heaven, but those who are not committed to Jesus Christ in this life will be raised to everlasting condemnation.
9. The Church.
We believe that a New Testament Church is a voluntary association of baptized believers in Christ who have covenanted together to follow the teachings of the New Testament in doctrine, worship, and practice. We believe that the only two church ordinances are baptism and the Lord's Supper.
We likewise believe that only those who have committed their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord are Scriptural subjects for baptism and that total immersion is the only proper method to practice baptism. This ordinance identifies us with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and is done as an outward, public testimony of an inward change.
We believe that the Lord's Supper is a memorial to the Lord's death, and anticipates His second coming. The bread symbolizes His body, which was given for us, while the fruit of the vine symbolizes His blood, which was shed for us. We believe that a church is a democratic organization served by two types of officers, pastors and deacons.
10. The Family.
We believe that God established the family even before government or the church, and has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church, and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel for sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife must submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.