To give every man, woman, and child multiple opportunities to see, hear, and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by proclaiming truth, loving others, and sharing hope.
Antioch is a Missionary Baptist Church who finds its theological identity in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, is true God and true man, is the only Savior of mankind, and is the proper object of our worship.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who reproves the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; that He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing and indwelling all believers in the body of Christ, and indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption; that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth, and that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God; that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition.
We believe that faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, who died, was buried, arose from the dead, and has ascended to the right hand of the Father, is the only hope of salvation; that this faith is begotten through the hearing of the Word of God wholly apart from human works, and that by a new birth one dead in trespasses and sin is quickened unto eternal life, made righteous, justified, made partaker of the Divine nature, and is eternally secure unto the praise of His glory.
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever; that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an excuse for willful sin.
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; that separation from all religious apostasy, practices, and associations is commanded of God.
We believe that a local church is a congregation of immersed believers, associated by covenant of faith and fellowship of the Gospel, observing the ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, and exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in it by His Word; that its officers are pastors and deacons and that it has the absolute right of self government directed by the Holy Spirit and is answerable only to Christ; that in all matters of membership, polity, government, discipline, and benevolences the will of the local church is final.
We believe that there are two church ordinances: baptism and the Lord's Supper.
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord. There in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, where the soul and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. We believe the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery after death until the second resurrection. Then, with the soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgement, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment.
Antioch is a family of brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
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 Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels, 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 devotion; to educate our children religiously; 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 conduct; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating substances; to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over each other in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, 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 another church of like faith, where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.