What We Believe

Memorial Baptist Church ascribes to The Baptist Faith & Message 2000. A digital copy can be obtained at the Southern Baptist Convention website.

  • AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE

    • We believe that all Scripture is divinely inspired and serves as the final authority in all matters of belief and behavior [2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21). Bible-centered preaching and teaching is the foundation for all that we do.

  • WORSHIP

    • We believe that we are created by God to worship Him, and that glorifying God is the ultimate reason for our existence (Psalm 96:1-9). We will seek to praise and worship Him passionately - as individuals, as families, and as a local church. We will intentionally seek to set aside specific times for private, family and corporate prayer.

  • PRAYER

    • We believe that prayer is the privilege and responsibility of every Christian, and that God unleashes His power and leading in the lives of those who spend time in prayer (Hebrews 4:16; [1 Thessalonians 5:17).

  • FAMILY

    • We believe that the family is God's foundational institution for human society (Matthew 19:5-6; Ephesians 5:22-6:4). We encourage lifelong commitments to marriage between one man and one woman; we support the ongoing spiritual nurture of the family; and, we are committed to honoring the priority of family time through our ministries and activities.

  • FELLOWSHIP/COMMUNITY

    • We believe that God instructs Christians to cultivate loving relationships as a community of believers (Romans 12:10; 1 John 4:7-11). We will actively pursue personal, family, and ministerial relationships characterized by integrity, mutual accountability, mutual serving, mutual encouragement, and mutual honoring.

  • LIFE TRANSFORMATION

    • We believe that all Christians should daily pursue a growing, personal relationship with Christ, and are responsible for becoming more like Christ in their beliefs and conduct (Ephesians 4:13; Colossians 1:28). We will provide opportunities for every believer to develop a Christian worldview and thus engage the culture wherein he lives, works, and interacts.

  • EVERY MEMBER MINISTRY

    • We believe that God cares about the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of every person. Further, we believe that every member of this church is called to minister (Ephesians 4:11-12). We will develop lay leaders who will function effectively in their respective roles of service and, in turn, train and mentor other believers for ministry.

  • PERSONAL EVANGELISM/MISSIONS

    • We believe that every person is important to God, that God desires a personal relationship with every individual, and that He has entrusted us with the message of salvation (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20). We will endeavor to share the message of salvation with all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, or economic status, both in the MBC area and throughout the world.

  • STEWARDSHIP

    • We believe that biblical stewardship involves the proper management of all that God has given us ... time, money, abilities, etc. ... to expand His kingdom (1 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Peter 4:10). We encourage every member to adopt a lifestyle of stewardship that recognizes God’s ownership of everything and to practice the biblical principle of tithing (giving at least one-tenth of one’s income) to support the work of the church. We encourage supporting special offerings (IE: missions, benevolence and ministry events) when offered, over and above the tithe.