We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant Word and is the authority in our lives. Though methods sometimes change through the years, our message stays the same. “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) We believe that we should keep our focus on the Great Commission and be willing to sacrifice in whatever way so that people may hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, in the presence of God, and this assembly, most earnestly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
As new creations in Christ and modeled to be like God in true righteousness and holiness, we covenant, to daily put off our “old self” and put on our “new self” through the reading of scripture and fervent prayer. In this we are devoted to deepening our relationship with God to enable us to fulfill our commitment to lead our families based on scriptural principles. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and in obedience, we further commit to give to the ministry of the church through tithes, offerings and willing service - and do so with a generous spirit and a thankful, cheerful heart.
With Christ as our Head, we covenant as one unified body to join each other in spiritual fellowship, encouraging and edifying our brothers and sisters. We pledge to be continually reconciled one to another, forgiving each other in sincere and genuine love, as Christ forgave us. Bound together, we commit to use our God-given, spiritual gifts to build each other up by bearing each other’s burdens and supporting each other in continual prayer.
As a family of believers, we commit to obey the Great Commission by reaching out to the communities of Central Virginia, our state, the Nation and across the globe as ambassadors of Christ; ministering and bringing the message of reconciliation and the good news of the Gospel to all we encounter. We will look for opportunities to share with the purpose of making new disciples to whom we can minister and help grow in Christ.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
Our Statement of Belief
We believe in God. God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant Word and in its authority in our lives.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, by Him only can a person be saved. We believe that He was born of virgin, lived a perfect life, died for our sins, arose from the dead. We believe that He makes intercession for us at the right hand of God the Father, has given believers the gift of the Holy Spirit, and that He is coming again.
We believe people were created by God, have sinned against God, and matter to God. We believe that by God’s grace, through faith in Christ and repentance, people can have a relationship with God.
We believe that marriage and family is foundational to society and that they are God’s idea. Marriage is a lifelong covenant between God, a man, and a woman.
We believe that once you are saved and are a part of God’s family that you cannot lose your salvation, that a born again believer is eternally secure.
We believe that all Christians are gifted by the Holy Spirit and called to serve God and others for His glory – that all members are ministers.
We believe that the church is made up of born again believers. The church exists as the Body of Christ at large and operates through the local church. Parkway Baptist Church is an independent/autonomous church that freely cooperates with The Southern Baptist Convention and other partnerships. The two ordinances of the church are Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
We believe that we should keep our focus on the Great Commission and be willing to sacrifice in whatever way so that people may hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
We believe that people will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation.
The Baptist Faith and Message 2000 serves as a summary statement of faith for Parkway Baptist Church.