What We Believe
I. We believe the Bible is the infallible, inerrant, inspired Word of God.
II. We believe God created everything, including the earth and all that is in it.
III. We believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
IV. We believe in the Death of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins.
V. We believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
VI. We believe in the Visible and Imminent Return of Jesus Christ.
VII. We believe in a literal Heaven where the saved shall live eternally, and a literal Hell, where the lost shall forever be separated from God in torment.
VIII. We believe that Salvation is a Gift from God based upon His grace alone and extended to those who will repent of their sin and place their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
IX. We believe that all believers must be baptized by immersion.
X. We believe that is it the duty and privilege of every Christian to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.
We affirm, teach, and support the principles of Scripture as explained in the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message.
How to Experience Salvation and Become a Member of Slayden Baptist Church
By profession of Faith in Jesus Christ and Baptism:
Publicly stating your faith in Christ, and following Him as Lord and Savior of your life, is the first step in becoming a Christian and a member of a Baptist Church. This is followed by believer's baptism by immersion, an act not necessary for one's Salvation, but one that serves as a visible symbol of what Christ has done to a person's heart. Believer's baptism by immersion is a prerequisite for Slayden Baptist Church membership.
By transfer of letter:
If you are a member of another Baptist Church, you might choose to transfer membership from that church to Slayden Baptist Church. You do this by coming forward and expressing your wish to the pastor, ministerial staff, deacon, or counselor.
If you are presently a member of another denomination of like faith, or if your letter is not obtainable, but have professed faith in Christ and experienced baptism by immersion, you may choose to join by statement. This may be done by coming and expressing your wish to a pastor, ministerial staff member, deacon, or counselor.
Our Vision Statement
Our vision statement is built upon the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
The Great Commandment: "Jesus said, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart...soul...mind...and strength. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.'"
The Great Commission: "Jesus said, 'Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
To "Love God with all your heart" is WORSHIP.
To "Love your neighbor as yourself" is MINISTRY.
To "Go and make disciples" is EVANGELISM.
To "Baptize" is to incorporate new members, FELLOWSHIP.
To "Teach them to obey everything" is DISCIPLESHIP.
Our Mission Statement
"Building up the Body of Christ"
Ephesians 4:16 says, "From [Christ] the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."
Our mission is...
To help Christians find their CALLING
(Eph. 4:11) "It was Christ who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers..."
To help EQUIP Christians for their ministries
(Eph. 4:12) "...to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..."
To aid Christians in MATURING in their faith
(Eph. 4:13-14) "...until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of meant in their deceitful scheming."
To continue GROWING first as a Christian and also as a Church
(Eph. 4:15-16) "Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."