First Baptist Church of St. George Island
Doctrinal Statement
 
As the name implies, we are a local gathering of Christians who believe that salvation is
by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Jesus alone. We truly desire to be a place
of grace: a place
where thirsty, hungry, tired, hurting, rejected, burned out people can
truly discover the lavished outpouring of God’s amazing Grace.

We believe that God exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We also believe that God is the
Sovereign God of this universe and that He, therefore,
does exactly as He pleases. We also believe that Jesus Christ is His only begotten Son,
that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, that He was born of the virgin Mary, that He
was crucified for our sins, that He was raised from the dead for our justification, and
that He ascended into Heaven and today sits at the right hand of God The Father in the
Most Holy Place.
 
We also believe that is was to our advantage for Jesus to ascend back to the Father
because, in doing so, He sent the Holy Spirit who would abide with us and live in us. We
believe that the Holy Spirit is the very life of Jesus in every Christian: He is our teacher,
filler, baptizer, and friend.
 
We furthermore believe that He is given to every Christian at
the point of justification.
Because we believe that the Scriptures
clearly teach that the Holy Spirit is the very
presence of Jesus in our lives, we believe that every Christian has been given certain
gifts that are manifestations of the Holy Spirit. We encourage every believer to allow the
Holy Spirit to work these gifts out in his/her life. We are not afraid to take whatever risk
might be perceived to see the Holy Spirit truly being Himself in our midst.
 
We practice water baptism by immersion. We do so because we
believe that this is the
example that Jesus set for us by His own baptism and because we believe that
immersion is the only form of water baptism that is truly symbolic of our death, burial,
and resurrection in Jesus.
 
We believe that the church is the Body of Christ. It consists of the Elect of God, those
whom He foreknew, predestined, called, justified, sanctified
and glorified.
 
We believe that salvation is of the Lord: man can contribute nothing but his own sinfulness.
We believe that man is born in Adam and that he is doomed to an eternal hell and
deserves nothing less. We are, therefore, very thankful for God’s amazing grace: that
somehow in His mercy He would choose to snatch some out of the pit and lavish them
with His amazing Grace!
 
We fully recognize that the question is not How could a loving
God allow anyone to go to hell?Much to the contrary, the question should be, How a Holy God could choose to give any of us eternal life?
 
We believe that our relationship with God is in no way dependent upon our behavior;
rather, it is totally dependent upon Jesus and what He did for us on the cross.
 
We do believe that the Law is good and holy and righteous,
but we do not believe that it
was given to make us righteous. Much to the contrary, we believe that the Scriptures
clearly teach that it was given to (1) make us aware of sin; (2) show us sin
s exceeding
sinfulness; and (3) be a schoolmaster to lead us t
o Jesus, who is our righteousness. In 1
Corinthians 15:56, Paul said,
The sting of death is sin, and
the power of sin is the law
.
Obviously, because the Law gives sin its power, it can never be an instrument of
righteousness.
Finally, we belie
ve that Christianity is not a religion, but an intimate love relationship
with Jesus: it is not a system of rules, the keeping
of
which
make us
righteous. True
Christianity is God
s gift of grace to His elect. Our righteousness is altogether in Je
sus