The Bible demands our faithfulness in both orthodoxy and orthopraxy. Orthodoxy describes right doctrine, while orthopraxy refers to the the application of Christian doctrine into real life scenarioes through acts of love, service, sacrifice, and so on. So, doctrine matters. Not only because it is given to us by God through His written word, but also because it determines how we will live as Christians.
As a cooperating church in the Southern Baptist Convention, we have adopted the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 as our most exhaustive statement of faith. Feel free to click the link and dive in deep, or just keep on reading to get a summary.
The Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
There is one and only one living and true God. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin, by his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.
Salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Christ is the eternal Son of God. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He honored the law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead, He ascended into heaven, and He is now exalted at the right hand of God. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.
A church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel. In the church, believers observe the two ordinances of Christ, exercising their gifts, and seek to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness supported by a Christian lifestyle.
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
Furthermore, God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a lifelong covenant. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She, being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
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When Eau Gallie First Baptist was established in 1889, there were less than two hundred residents in the area and no Baptist churches in the entire county. Our church has grown alongside the city, and for over 130 years, it has served as a place of connection and a beacon of hope for numerous members of the Melbourne community.
Our church has stood the test of time, but more important than our history is our future. When you enter through our doors, you would not perceive us as a traditional, historic church. We think you will discover a vibrant, friendly community. We are a modern church built on the ancient truths of the Christian faith.
Our vision is to grow as a multigenerational church that loves God, loves people, shares Jesus, and reaches the world. We plan to accomplish this by focusing on intentional discipleship, expository preaching, family connections, and gospel missions.
What does this mean for you? There’s a seat for you at Eau Galle First.
Everyone of us is imperfect and incomplete. We just know the one who is perfect and complete. So, come and join us as we worship the One who is worthy of our praise and who forms us more and more into His image.