One of the major connection points for the members of a church is it’s agreed-upon set of shared beliefs. We do not expect every member to believe the same things about every single thing. Obviously, people will have differences of understanding in many different areas, including that of Christian doctrine.
But we do require that members share the same basic beliefs on the major doctrines of the Christian faith.
It is this set of shared beliefs (and the Christ to which each of them point) that unite us together as a Christian church.
At RMLBC, we have adopted the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message as our official doctrinal statement. We also use and refer to many other doctrinal statements, so long as they are consistent with the 2000 BFM. For the purpose of our website, however, below is a short list of our basic doctrinal positions. As you can see from the list, we are striving to be a God-centered, gospel-focused, Bible-believing, conservative, evangelical, baptistic church (plenty of other adjectives could be added, but they would all be consistent with that list).
The Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inerrant, inspired Word of the living and true God, and the sole authoritative source of information about His nature and works. (Rom 16:25-26; II Pet 1:19-21)
God the Father
God is the infinite, personal Creator of the universe. He is One in essence and Trinity in persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God does all things ultimately for His own glory. (Gen 1:1; Eph 4:6; Matt 28:19-20; II Pet 3:18; Rev 1:6)
Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who took on flesh and dwelt among us. He was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified by Pontius Pilate, rose again three days later, and ascended into Heaven where He now sits at the right hand of the Father. One day, in His own time, Jesus Christ will return to earth to bring the nations to final judgment and establish His eternal Kingdom. (Jn 1:1-14; Heb 1:1-3; I Tim 2:5-6; I Thess 5:23; Rev 19:12-15)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity. He is active in every part of creation and redemption, working in His unique role along with the Father and the Son. (Gen 1:2; Rom 8:9-11; Eph 1:13-14; Rev 22:17)
Man was created male and female in the image of God. He is not God (or a god) nor will he ever be. Adam and Eve were the first man and woman. As a result of their rebellion all mankind fell into sin and as a result is under the curse of God. (Gen 1:26-30; 3:1-24; Rom 5:12-13)
Salvation is the work of God to release mankind from the curse of judgment and to reconcile him with God. This great work is established by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is provided for all who are “in Christ” by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit and by repentance and faith. Those who are in Christ will enjoy everlasting life in the Kingdom of God and all the benefits provided to them by their loving Heavenly Father. All who are not in corporate solidarity with Christ are not saved and will face everlasting torment in Hell. (Eph 1:7-10; Rom 3:20-25; Jn 5:24; Rev 20:14-15; 21:3)
The church is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. As a collective group it is called the Bride of Christ. The establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Each local church is autonomous, which means free of any external authority and control. Believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper are the two ordinances of the church as commanded by Christ. (Acts 13:1-4; 14:27; 15:19-31; 20:17; Rom 16:1; I Cor 3:9; 16; 5:4-13; Eph 1:22-23; 5:25-27; I Tim 3:1–3; Titus 1:5–11; I Pet 5:1-4)