Apollo Heights Baptist Church

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Our Beliefs

Our mission statement at Apollo Heights Baptist Church is: to love and glorify our Lord Jesus Christ through Biblical worship, evangelism and ministry to our community and surrounding area.

Our church supports mission causes around our nation and world through our gifts to the Southern Baptist Convention and Baptist General Convention of Texas. Our church members individually, and in groups, use their spiritual gifts to participate in specific, hands on mission projects around our nation each year.

Our Beliefs  

Apollo Heights Baptist Church is a cooperating Southern Baptist Convention church. We believe the truths expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message of 2000. We specifically emphasize the following cherished beliefs:

The Bible is fully the Word of God, without error and is the sole authority for life. Our church seeks to be led by the Bible and our Lord Jesus Christ in all we say and do. God will never contradict His Holy Word the Bible.

There is one God: God has revealed Himself to man as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; who subsist in unity, and also as three distinct personalities or manifestations. The same God of the Old Testament, who revealed Himself as Yahweh, Jehovah, the Great I Am, is the same God of the New Testament who revealed Himself as Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

God the Son. Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, one with God the Father and God the Spirit. He is equal with God the Father and God the Spirit in authority and glory. He was born of a virgin as both God and man, lived a sinless life, died to atone for the sins of human beings, was buried, arose from the grave, ascended into heaven and will literally return to earth. One must know Jesus in a personal relationship as Savior, God and friend to be saved and enter Heaven. Jesus Christ is the only Savior and is the only way to heaven.

God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the eternal presence of God, fully divine. He is one with God the Father and God the Son. He is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son in authority and glory. He inspired men to write the Scriptures. He is the divine helper, assistant, counselor and instructor and His work is to reveal Christ, convict of sin, lead to repentance, guide believers, comfort, strengthen, and sanctify the soul. He calls persons to come to Jesus for salvation. His presence comes into the heart of every believer at the second of salvation and remains with every believer as the presence of God forever. He provides sanctification by helping the believer grow in Christ-likeness. He lives through the believer to empower the believer to use spiritual gifts for ministry to persons. He inspires, leads and directs the believer to think and act in the ways and will of God. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service. He is the Spirit and Person of God the Son Jesus Christ and God the Father.

God the Father. The Father is the eternal God, one with God the Son and God the Spirit. The Father is co-equal with God the Father and God the Son. The Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become the children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.

Human beings are the special creations of God, made in His image. They fell through the sin of the first man, Adam, and therefore, all human beings are sinners in need of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Salvation is a free gift through repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Every person who truly is saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity in Heaven, while those who reject Jesus Christ will die in their sins and will spend eternity in hell, separated from God and all things that are good. There is no work, deed nor action a person can do to help save themselves. The one work, deed and action of Jesus Christ dying on the cross accomplishes salvation and forgiveness of sins.

Apollo Heights Baptist Church believes the following about what a person must believe in order to receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life :

Jesus loves you so much that He came to earth to pay the penalty for your sins at the cross so you could live in heaven with Him forever. In order to receive God’s free gift of eternal life, you must…

1. Believe that Jesus paid the penalty for all of your past, present and future sins by His

death on the cross. John 3:16; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 4:10; Ephesians 2:8-9.

2. Believe that Jesus is alive as God in heaven. Romans 10:9; John 8:24,58; John 5:18.

3. Believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. John 14:6; Acts 4:12.

4. Believe that Jesus will become your God when you surrender to Him. Mark 1:15.

5. Believe that Jesus will forgive you forever when you ask Him to. Romans 10:13.

Baptism is by immersion after salvation and is done in obedience to Jesus Christ's command. The Lord commanded that a person should be baptized soon after the person chooses to receive Him as Savior and Lord God (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-41; 8:38-39;10:44-48). According to New Testament teachings, baptism has never been a prerequisite for salvation but shows evidence that a person has chosen to receive and surrender to Jesus as Savior and God (Acts 10:44-48). The New Testament Greek work "baptizeis" (translated "baptize" in English) literally means "to immerse." Therefore, we believe that the only true, Biblical baptism is by immersion, a person completely immersed under water by an ordained minister of a Bible believing Christian church that teaches salvation by grace, unconditional, eternal forgiveness, Jesus as God and the only way of salvation. The New Testament explains that baptism is a symbolic witness of the three Christian beliefs of the new Christian: (1) all sins have been washed away and the person is eternally clean, forgiven forever by God; (2) the old person, who selfishly lived in unrepentant sin and continually obeyed the devil, is now dead, buried and the new person, who has received the Spirit of Jesus, has been resurrected and lives as a servant of God, only to please the Lord Jesus by His power (Romans 6:4); (3) the new person in Christ believes in the death, burial, resurrection and deity of Jesus Christ. Baptism is an outward act symbolizing an inward experience of the person who surrenders to be baptized. Only baptism by immersion can symbolize all that the Lord intended this witness to symbolize.   

Christian works and obedience to the commands of God is possible only through regeneration and the power of the Holy Spirit living through a believer. Works have never been a prerequisite for salvation but shows evidence that a person has been saved.

Prayer. Every believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Every believer is commanded to pray daily and pray often about all things (1 Thessalonians 5:17; James 4:2). Jesus stated that the most important commandment is the Shema: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might" (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:34-40). Every believer should remain so close to Jesus through relational prayer (speaking to Jesus as Friend) that Jesus remains as closest companion and best friend all day and every day (Exodus 33:11;John 14:14-15).  

The church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head.

 


Our Church Covenant

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 solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.

We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the gospel through all nations.

We also engage to maintain family and secret devotions; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale of, and use of, intoxicating drinks as a beverage; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.

We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offence, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.

We moreover engage that when we remove from this place we will, as soon as possible, unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.