May it be said that at SCBC we look to the Bible as our sole source of authority in faith, belief and practice. With that understanding, the following synopsis of our beliefs is to help provide you with insight into who we are as a body of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. While we feel this is an accurate reflection of the truths of Scripture, we in no way espouse that the following is actually Scripture, divinely inspired, without error, or exhaustive.
About the Bible
We believe the entire Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy and is our authority in faith and practice.
We believe in the one true and living God who exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is fully and completely God, with distinct attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to have a relationship with Him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort.
We believe that salvation is the greatest need of all people. Salvation is only possible through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that He willingly offered as the only perfect sacrifice and substitutionary atonement for sin. Salvation is freely offered to all but is only received when one surrenders their life to Christ through repentance and faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus as the only sufficient payment for sin.
About the Church
We believe the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the head. The members of the church are redeemed, baptized believers who have placed their faith and trust in the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to bring glory to God through reaching people with the gospel, teaching people the Word of God, and ministering to people through the love of Christ.
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.
Jesus Christ is returning one day to judge both the living and the dead and to usher in the fullness of God's kingdom on earth.