Fort Trial Baptist Church is a body of believers who voluntarily cooperate in advancing the Redeemer’s Kingdom in partnership with the Henry County Baptist Association, Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist General Association of Virginia. While this is not an exhaustive list of what we believe, these are some core beliefs which unite us and anchor our lives in ministry and worship.
We believe the Bible was written by men divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
We believe that there is one and only one living and true God, who loves us, desires fellowship with us. He is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. To Him we owe our highest love, reverence and obedience.
We believe that God loved the world so much that He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. He demonstrated His love for us all in that “while we were still sinners He died for us on the cross.
We believe that any who come to faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God; crucified, buried, risen and coming again Lord- has the promise of eternal life. Salvation is experienced when we confess our sin, repent of our sin and turn to God through faith in Jesus Christ.
We believe that the New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who serve, worship and minister together in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolic of the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried and risen Lord and symbolic of the burial of the old life and resurrection to the new life in Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby baptized believers in Jesus Christ, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, remember the death of Jesus Christ and anticipate His second coming.
We believe that as disciples we have the mandate to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Many of these statements are taken from The Baptist Faith and Message (Convention Press, 1971).