Statement of Purpose

Camp Creek Baptist Church is a body of believers organized into a New Testament Church to carry out both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. In meeting these objectives, special emphasis is placed upon discipleship, relationship, and worship (Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 22:36-40; Acts 2:42).

  1. Discipleship includes both the evangelization of the lost and the equipping of saints.
  2. The building and strengthening of relationships encompasses relationships with unbelievers designed to bring them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and relationships with other believers for mutual encouragement and admonition.
  3. We commit to worship the Lord in corporate assembly, with our families, and in our private lives.

Statement of Faith

  1. The Scriptures are inspired of God, or "God breathed" (II Timothy 3:16). They are infallible, inerrant, preserved and indestructible (Psalms 12:6-7, Isaiah 40:7, Matthew 24:35). The Authorized Version is the translation used by the church.
  2. There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) who is Creator, sovereign, divine, holy, just, immutable and all powerful. God is revealed in three persons: Father, Son (Word) and Spirit (I John 5:7). All are co-equal and co-eternal. All have a part in creation and salvation.
  3. The person of Christ - He is God's only begotten Son, born of a virgin, sinless, holy and the only mediator between God and man (I Timothy 2:5). He is God in the flesh - 100% God and 100% man (John 5:18; John 1:1; I Timothy 3:16). The work of Christ was done on Calvary by the shedding of blood for the payment of the sins of man once and for all (Hebrews 9:22; Hebrews 10:10,12). He was buried, and on the third day He was bodily resurrected from the grave. He ascended up into heaven to make intercession for the saints (Hebrews 7:25) and to save those that call on His name (Romans 10:13).
  4. The Holy Spirit is a Person Who can be quenched, grieved, blasphemed and rejected. He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19). The work of the Holy Spirit is to draw sinners to the Savior (John 6:44). The work of the Holy Spirit is to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 16:8). The Holy Spirit indwells the believer at salvation, seals the believer until the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13-14), and convicts and makes intercession for the believer (Romans 8:26-27).
  5. Salvation is by grace through faith, not of works. For salvation to take place, a person must have faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When the blood that Christ shed for the remission of sins is applied by faith, then the soul is converted by the Holy Spirit using the Word of God (I Peter 1:23). The believer is eternally saved by the power and work of Christ (I Peter 1:5) and is secure forever in the hands of God (John 10:28,29).
  6. The church is a body of believers who have been "called out" of the world's darkness (II Corinthians 4:3,4) and into His marvelous light (I John 1:5,7; I Peter 2:9). An individual who has been saved by the grace of God and scripturally baptized should join with his fellow believers in a local assembly to pray for others, witness, and encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25). God does His work through the body of believers (the church) to send out missionaries and to plant and establish other New Testament churches.
  7. There are two ordinances of the local church - 1.) Water baptism by immersion once a sinner has been converted (Acts 8:36-39; John 3:23) and 2.) Communion service (I Corinthians 11:23-34).
  8. Satan is the enemy of God and the believer. He deceives and destroys, and is called the father of liars (John 8:44), and the god of this world (I Corinthians 4:4). Throughout human history, he has worked through the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (I John 2:15-17). Satan's eventual, eternal home is the Lake of Fire (Revelations 20:15).
  9. Man was created by God with a spirit, soul and body (I Thessalonians 5:23). Unlike the common beasts, man was made in the image of God so that he has a mind to think like God thinks, a heart to feel as God feels, and a free will to act accountably before his Creator. The breath of life breathed into man by God (Genesis 2:7) is eternal in nature and will continue forever united with God in heaven or separated from Him in hell.
  10. The Second Coming of Christ to this world is imminent and unpredictable (Matthew 24:36, 42, 44). At the end of this age, Christ will gather His Church out of this world (I Thessalonians 4:13-18, I Corinthians 15:51-54) in an event commonly called the Rapture. While the saints are rewarded in heaven, sinners are judged in the world below until Christ and His followers return at the end of a seven year Tribulation to defeat Satan and his hosts at Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-16).
  11. Following the Tribulation, Christ will reign over all the world for a thousand years of peace in what is often called the Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:4-6). At the end of this time, the heavens and the earth which are now marred by sin will be destroyed, and God will create new heavens and a new earth which will be free from the curse of sin forever.
  12. The Great Commission is Christ's final command to His followers to share the gospel with the world, to baptize those who receive it, and to teach them everything that the Lord taught His first disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).
  13. At the moment of salvation, God separates the new believer from the world unto Himself. The Christian's subsequent life becomes a quest to display outwardly all of the changes that salvation has begun to produce within him (Philippians 2:12). The believer desires to project his faith in every area of his new life. In his thoughts, speech, behavior, appearance, entertainments and associations, the child of God is distinctively different from the world (II Corinthians 6;14-18, Titus 2;14, I Peter 2:9, I John 2:15-17).

How to Become a Christian

The word "Christian" simply means "like Christ". People who talk and live like Jesus are distinguished by their love and holiness as His followers. But this only describes how one behaves after becoming a Christian. It doesn't tell what makes people like Christ in the first place.

Nobody is really born acting like Jesus. In fact, God says the very opposite. As Adam's children, we inherit his fallen nature. Romans 5:12 says "by one man sin entered into the world, and . . . all have sinned". We aren't sinners because we commit sins - we commit sins because we were born sinners from the start.

Some try to change themselves using will power. With discipline, one can control his behavior and act outwardly better than he really feels. But this only hides the problem. True goodness is not just skin deep - it arises from a righteous heart and overflows into a person's lifestyle. It cannot be disciplined from without. A person who is truly holy does not require heroic discipline just to behave - goodness defines his nature.

So how does someone born naturally sinful make this change? He must be reborn with a righteous nature. This, of course, requires a miracle, but God gives this new birth to all who receive Christ by faith in His name. John 1:12-13 says, "But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born not . . . of man, but of God".

Anyone who turns from sin and offers God the sacrifice Jesus made to pay for those sins is born again. He becomes a new person inside, and this changes his life without. What about you? Has God transformed your life through the miracle of the new birth? Would you like Him to? Then simply pray from your heart something like this: "God, be merciful to me, a sinner. I believe Jesus paid for my sins on the cross, and was buried and rose again, and I offer you His sacrifice for my pardon. I repent of my sins, and I accept Your forgiveness by faith. I trust your grace to deliver my soul in the Day of Judgment. Amen!"