They devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching, and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers

​Acts 2:42

What We Believe...        

                  

About the Bible
The Bible, both old and new testaments, is God's Word.  It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit.  It is the supreme and final authority for what we believe and how we live.  The Bible is inspired by God and is without errors in its origional manuscripts.  There are no other writings similarly inspired by God.  (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 12:6, 119:105,160; Proverbs 30:5)

About God
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  The three persons of the Trinity have distinct, but complimentary roles in the fulfillment of God's flawless plan.  (2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:1,26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; Ephesians 4:5-6)

About God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love.  We believe that He involves Himself in this world, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.  (Revelation 1:18; John 17:3; Jeremiah 10:12 Job 9:14; 1 John 4:8, 5:11-12; Psalm 86:15, 89:35; Deuteronomy 4:7, 7:9)

About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is the Son of God  He is co-equal with the Father.  Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception, lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross.  He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death.  He ascended into Heaven where He is the only Mediator between God and people.  Jesus will return again to earth someday and will reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)

About the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God.  He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ.  He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation.  He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance for doing what is right.  As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.  (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25)

About Humanity
Humans were created in the image of God.  We are the supreme objects of God's creation.  Every human being will live forever, either in heaven or hell.  Although we have tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred from birth by an attitude of rebellion toward God called sin.  Sin seperates people from God, temporarily on earth, and eternally in heaven or hell.  (Genesis 1:27, 3:1-24; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23)

About Salvation
Salvation is a free gift from God to all people.  Men and women can never remove the guilt and penalty of their sin by self-improvement or good works.  Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can a person be saved from sin's penalty.  Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith, and continues for all eternity in heaven.  (Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6, 17:3)

TEACHING, WORSHIP, COMMUNITY, AND PRAYER

Valley Baptist Church | 860 Saint Croix Trail South, Lakeland MN 55043 US | 651-436-5278