Our beliefs are summarized in The Baptist Faith & Message (2000). This statement of faith was adopted by our church in 2012 and reflects the doctrinal outlook of our church. Nonetheless, the Bible (Old & New Testaments) is our inerrant and final authority in matters of faith and lifestyle (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Also, our Church Covenant was adopted by OBC in 2013 and reflects the mutual commitments and obligations that the members of our church have before God and each other.
Having been brought by divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and having been baptized upon profession of faith in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we covenant together to glorify God by making disciples of all nations.
Together, we will draw near to God in worship. We will delight in the glory of God, grow in the knowledge of God, and submit to the Word of God as the all‐sufficient authority in our lives and in His church. We will strive to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age.
Together, we will hold fast to the hope we profess. We will regularly participate in communion as we solemnly and joyfully remember the past work of Christ on the cross, celebrate the present work of Christ at the Father’s right hand, and anticipate the future work of Christ in His return for His bride. Until then we will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Together, we will spur one another on to love and good deeds. We will meet with one another consistently, pray for one another regularly, and serve one another selflessly. We will endeavor to bring up those under our care in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We will share each other’s joys and bear each other’s burdens. We will edify one another with our speech and encourage one another with our example, using restraint in activities to avoid harming another’s faith. We will humbly and gently confront one another and receive correction from one another. We will give cheerfully and generously to the support of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We will submit to the leadership of shepherds who have been entrusted by God to serve and care for this body by teaching the Word of Christ to us and modeling the character of Christ before us, and we will affirm deacons as leading servants in the church. If we move from this local body, we will as soon as possible unite with another local church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s Word.
Humbly confessing our need, we pray for grace to keep this covenant to the glory of God alone.