• "By the time the average Christian gets his temperature up to normal, everybody thinks he has a FEVER!" - Watchman Nee

  • The sight of any trouble strikes terror into the heart of those who do not have faith, but those who trust Him say, "Here comes my food!"  -  Watchman Nee

  • If your faith hasn't changed you, it hasn't SAVED you. - James MacDonald

  • The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.  -  Brennan Manning

  • How could I not trust a heavenly, perfect Father who loves me infinitely more than I will ever love my kids?  -  Francis Chan

  • We read a newspaper or Web page for information, but we read the Word of God for transformation. - Greg Heisler

  • I will not pray clarity for you. Clarity is the crutch of the Christian. But I will pray trust for you, that your trust will increase. - Mother Theresa

  • If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. - Thomas Edison

  • God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. - St. Augustine

  • I will lose heart if I consider the work mine. - Jill Briscoe

  • The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. -  Helen Keller

  • The more obstacles you have, the more opportunities there are for God to do something.  -  Clarence W. Jones

  •  I am ready to burn out for God. I am ready to endure any hardship, if by any means I might save some. The longing of my heart is to make known my glorious Redeemer to those who have never heard. -  William Burns

  • We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. - Albert Einstein
  • Here am I. Send me.  -   Isaiah

  •  I have a firm conviction that I am immortal til my work is done. - Lottie Moon

  • Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her. - Maya Angelou 

  • The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven't yet come to the end of themselves. We're still trying to give orders, and interfering with God's work within us. - A.W. Tozer 

  • He must increase, but I must decrease.  -  John the Baptist

  • He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.  -  Jim Elliot

  • All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing. - Edmund Burke

  •  The best thermometer of your spiritual temperature is the intensity of your prayer. - Spurgeon

  • If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.  -   C.T. Studd

What We Believe

 

  

We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired word of God and the basis of our beliefs.

The church subscribes to the doctrinal statement of the “Baptist Faith and Message” as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. (Baptist Faith and Message)  

We voluntarily band ourselves together as a body of baptized believers in Jesus Christ personally committed to sharing the good news of salvation to lost mankind.

The ordinances of the church are Believer’s Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Some Basic Baptist Beliefs:

We accept only the Bible as the final authority in all matters of Faith and Practice.

This means that we do not accept any authority except the New Testament Scriptures. Christ is head of the Church, and it is His bride. We believe the Word of God, the Bible is complete and is given of by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness.

We reject that God is giving supposed "new" Revelation, believing that God forbids any adding to or taking away of the canon of Scriptures. We do not accept any authority over the New Testament Church, but Christ Himself, including any hierarchy to include popes, modern day prophets, or councils of churches.
  

We believe that the church is made up of Saved Baptized Believers

Baptist reject the baptism of infants flatly! The church is made up of Baptized believers only. An infant is not capable of believing, and is protected by the Grace of God until the age of accountability.

Further, only those who have made a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ and have repented of their sin and have trusted in Him as their Savior can be a candidate for baptism, and thus can be a member of the body of Christ on earth, the local church.
    
We believe in the Priesthood of All Believers

We affirm the priesthood of all believers. Laypersons have the same right as ordained ministers to communicate with God, interpret Scripture, and minister in Christ's name. That is why the Church requires strong lay involvement.

This doctrine is first and foremost a matter of responsibility and servanthood, not privilege and license.

It is of course, a perversion of this doctrine to say that all views are equally valid, that you can believe anything and still be a Baptist or that the pastor has no unique leadership role.
   
We believe in Soul Competency

We affirm soul competency, the accountability of each person before God. Your family cannot save you. Neither can your church. It comes down to you and God. Authorities can't force belief or unbelief. They shouldn't try.

Against this backdrop of religious freedom, it's important for us Baptists to set forth our convictions. By stating them in a forthright manner, we provide nonbelievers with a clear choice.
    
What we believe about Creeds and Confessions

In some groups, statements of belief have the same authority as Scripture. We call this creedalism. Baptists also make statements of belief, but all of them are revisable in light of Scripture. The Bible is the final word.

Because of this distinction, we are generally more comfortable with the word "confession." Still, we are "creedal" in the sense that we believe certain things, express those beliefs and order our institutions according. There have always been Baptist limits. And within these limits, there have always been Baptist preferences.
   
What we believe about Women In Ministry

Women participate equally with men in the priesthood of all believers. Their role is crucial, their wisdom, grace and commitment exemplary. Women are an integral part of our Southern Baptist boards, faculties, mission teams, writer pools, and professional staffs. We affirm and celebrate their Great Commission impact.

While Scripture teaches that a woman's role is not identical to that of men in every respect, and that pastoral leadership is assigned to men, it also teaches that women are equal in value to men.
   
We believe in a separation of Church and State

We stand for a free church in a free state. Neither one should control the affairs of the other. We support the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, with its "establishment" and "free exercise" clauses.

We do, of course, acknowledge the legitimate interplay of these two spheres. For example, it is appropriate for the state to enact and enforce fire codes for the church nurseries. It is also appropriate for ministers to offer prayer at civic functions. Neither the Constitution nor Baptist tradition would build a wall of separation against such practices as these.
   
What we believe about Missions

We ask the people of the world to conform to Christ and His Word, and not to our merely human traditions. We seek to lift up national leadership in the countries where we serve, and to respect the cultural expressions of their faith – we honor the indigenous principle in missions. We cannot, however, compromise doctrine or give up who we are to win the favor of those we try to reach or those with whom we desire to work. This would rob our efforts of their integrity and life.

The priority is evangelism which results in churches. This priority is consistent with strong social ministries, including medical care, emergency famine relief, water projects and agricultural assistance.
   
We believe in the Autonomy of the Local Church

We affirm the autonomy of the local church. Each church is free to determine its own membership and to set its own course under the headship of Jesus. It may enter into alliance with other churches as it chooses, so long as those other churches are willing.

The same is true for other Baptist bodies – local associations; state conventions; national conventions. They, too, may determine their membership and set their own course.

If, in its autonomy, a Baptist body expels a church from its fellowship, it does not negate that church's autonomy. The church is perfectly free to go on with its business – but not as a member of that larger Baptist body.
   
Sexuality and Sanctity of Life

We affirm God's plan for marriage and sexual intimacy – one man, and one woman, for life. Homosexuality is not a "valid alternative lifestyle." The Bible condemns it as sin. It is not, however, unforgivable sin. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. They, too, may become new creations in Christ.

Procreation is a gift from God, a precious trust reserved for marriage. At the moment of conception, a new being enters the universe, a human being, a being created in God's image. This human being deserves our protection, whatever the circumstances of conception.

 

     
     


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Are you ready?

 

Ready for What?

There is a time coming when life as you currently know it will be over. So what happens then? Does everything end? Is everything just over? Well, maybe... but what if it isn't? What if you're wrong? What if, when you die, you find yourself standing before an all righteous judge who's standard for acceptance is complete perfection? Not just pretty good but complete perfection! Then what? Will He accept you or reject you? Are you perfect, or just pretty good?

The Good News!
Well, there's good news! It's called the Gospel. And this good news says that, because of what Christ has done, we can be forgiven, be accepted by God and can live forever with Him.

Are You Willing?
But this gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be yours unless you willingly accept it. God requires an individual response from you. The following verses from the Bible show God's part and yours in this process:

  • Who is good?
  • "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10)
  • Who has sinned?
  • "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)
  • What are my options?
  • "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
  • But I'm a sinner, how?
  • "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
  • What should I do?
  • "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)
  • Is this really for me?
  • "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

I think I get it, but what do I do?
1) Realize you are a sinner in need of a savior.
2) Repent; ask for forgiveness and turn from your sins.
3) Ask Jesus to come into your life and be your savior.

You might pray something like this:

"Father, I know I am a sinner in need of a savior, and I know if I die in my sin, I will be eternally separated from you in Hell. I know your Son Jesus was the only one capable of paying my sin debt, and I know He died for me on the cross and rose again three days later and is now sitting at your right hand! I ask you to please forgive me of my sins and I ask Jesus to come into my life and be my savior. I trust in Him completely for this and will now do what He says!    In Jesus name, Amen."

OK, What now?
1) Now that you are a Christian, rejoice and tell someone.
2) Pray! Pray about everything, asking the Lord for His help and guidance.
3) If you don't have a Christian Bible, get one and read it every day. It contains God's words, and through it, the Holy Spirit will teach you how to live.
4) Find a local Bible believing and teaching church and get involved! Attend it regularly and serve where you can. This will help you grow as a Christian.
5) Find Christian friends to fellowship with! They will encourage you and you can encourage them. They will also help keep you on the right path.

Nothing can take the place of Prayer, Bible Study, Service and Fellowship. These are of primary importance. They are not rules to follow that will save you, Christ has already done that, if you have put your trust in Him. But they are key to living a life that will honor God! And maybe one day, you will hear Him say "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21) If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us at: office@rsbaptist.org! We'd love to hear from you, and to help in any way we can.



Rock Springs Baptist Church
2155 Rock Springs Rd
Greenbrier, TN  37073

Phone: 615-643-0772
Fax: 615-643-0779

Email: Info@rsbaptist.org