Beliefs

Beliefs

God

We believe in one true God, eternally existing in three distinct Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom is fully God. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, and the source of all that is good. God created the world out of nothing, and He continues to sustain and care for it. He can be known truly, though not completely.

Jesus Christ

We believe that God has revealed Himself supremely in the Person of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who is both fully divine and fully human. Jesus entered into His creation when He was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, died, and was buried. He rose bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He is now the only Mediator between God and humanity.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity and is fully God. The Holy Spirit applies to humanity the saving work of Christ. He convicts the world of sin and regenerates fallen sinners. When a fallen human being puts their faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit permanently indwells them and places them into His universal Church (the Body of Christ). He works in us to restore the tarnished image of God, enables us to grow in godly living, and empowers us for service. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to each follower of Christ for building up His Church.

Humanity

We believe that all men and women are created in God’s image and are to live a life of dependence on Him. We chose to live independently of God, disobeying and rebelling against Him. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, the image of God in us is tarnished, we are incapable of pleasing Him, and we are under God’s wrath. Divine intervention is our only hope since we are incapable of rescuing ourselves.

Salvation

We believe that Jesus Christ died in our place to pay the penalty for our sins and restore our broken relationship with God. We appropriate God’s offer of forgiveness and restoration by turning from ourselves and our sin (repentance) and trusting in God’s provision through Jesus Christ (faith). Our salvation depends totally on God’s free grace, apart from any works or merit of our own. Those who turn back to God and trust Him enjoy a restored relationship with Him and will spend eternity with Him.

The Bible

We believe that God has spoken infallibly through the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. These Scriptures are God-breathed (inspired) and without error in their original writings. They are the complete revelation of God’s will for our salvation, and the supreme and sufficient authority for what we believe and how God wants us to live.

Human Destiny

We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person. When Jesus returns the dead will be raised and judged. Those who have turned back to God and are trusting in His provision of forgiveness and restoration will spend eternity in His presence. Those who have refused to submit to God and have chosen to live independently of Him will be banished from His presence into eternal, conscious torment.

The Church

We believe in one universal Church, composed of all who have been united with Jesus Christ by faith. This universal Church is manifest in local churches, of which Woolwich-Wiscasset Baptist Church is one instance, for the purpose of corporate worship, mutual edification, and united witness.

Ordinances

We believe that God has given His Church two ordinances – Baptism and Communion – to visibly express the Gospel and strengthen our faith. They are not means of salvation.