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Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, angels and this assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love, to strive for the advancement of this Church, in knowledge, holiness and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the Church, the relief of the poor, and the spread of the Gospel through all nations.
We also engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to religiously educate our children; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drink as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the rules of our Savior, to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that, when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God's Word.

The church believes that the Bible is the perfect rule of faith and practice, and to help the church implement its teachings, the membership uses “The Manual for Baptist Churches” by Dr. J. E. Cobb as the guide for parliamentary order.

This church heartily subscribes to and agrees to defend and promulgate the Baptist Missionary Association of America Doctrinal Statement of Baptist Faith and Practice stated as follows:

1. GOD

  • There is one living and true God, the creator of the universe (Exod. 15:11; Isa. 45:11; Jer. 27:5).  He is revealed in the unity of the Godhead as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, who are equal in every divine perfection (Exod. 15:11, Matt. 18:19; II Cor. 13:14).
    • God the Father is the supreme ruler of the universe.  He providentially directs the affairs of history according to the purposes of His grace (Gen. 1; Ps. 19:1; Ps. 104; Heb. 1:1-3).
    • God the Son is the Savior of the world, born of the virgin Mary (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:26-35).  He declared His deity among men (John 1:14, 18; Matt. 9:6), died on the cross as the only sacrifice for sin (Phil. 2:6-11), arose bodily from the grave (Luke 24:6-7, 24-26; I Cor.  15:3-6), and ascended back to the Father (Acts 1:9-11; Mark 16:19).  He is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for believers (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25) until He returns to rapture them from the world (Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16-18).
    • God the Holy Spirit is the manifest presence of deity.  He convicts of sin (John 16:;8-11), teaches spiritual truths according to the written Word (John 16:12-15), permanently  indwells believers (Acts 5:32; John 14:16-17,20,23), and confers on every believer at conversion the ability to render effective spiritual service (I Peter 4:10-11). 


  • The Scriptures are God’s inerrant revelation, complete in the Old and New Testaments, written by divinely inspired men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (II Tim. 3:16; II Peter 1:21).  Those men wrote not in words of human wisdom but in words taught by the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 2:13).
  • The Scriptures provide the standard for the believer’s faith and practice (II Tim. 3:16-17), reveal the principles by which God will judge all (Heb. 4:12; John 12:48), and express the true basis of Christian fellowship (Gal. 1:8-9; II John 9-11).


  • The World–God created all things for His own pleasure and glory, as revealed in the biblical account of creation (Gen. 1; Rev. 4:11; John 1:2-3; Col. 1:16).
  • The Angels–God created an innumerable host of spirit beings called angels.  Holy angels worship God and execute His will; while fallen angels serve Satan, seeking to hinder God’s purpose (Col 1:16; Luke 10:35-36; Matt. 22:29-30; Ps. 103:20; Jude 6).
  • Man–God created man in His own image.  As the crowning work of creation, every person is of dignity and worth and merits the respect of all other persons (Ps. 8; Gen. 1:27, 2:7; Matt. 10:28-32)


  • Satan is a person rather than a personification of evil (John 8:44), and he with his demons opposes all that is true and godly by blinding the world to the gospel (II Cor. 4:34), tempting saints to do evil (Eph. 6:11; I Peter 5:8), and warring against the Son of God (Gen. 3:15; Rev. 20:1-10).


  • Although man was created in the image of God (Gen 1:26, 2:17), he fell through sin; and that image was marred (Job 5:12; James 3:9).  In his unregenerate state, he is void of spiritual life, is under the influence of the devil, and lacks any power to save himself (Eph. 2:1-3; John 1:13).  The sin nature has been transmitted to every member of the human race, the man Jesus Christ alone being excepted (Rom. 3:23; I Peter 2:22).  Because of the sin nature, man possesses no divine life and is essentially and unchangeably depraved apart from divine grace (Rom. 3:10-19; Jer. 17:9).


  • The Meaning of Salvation – Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its result (Matt. 1:21; Eph. 2:8-9).
  • The Way of Salvation–Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:9).  Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:17).
  • The Provision of Salvation–Christ died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:29, 3:16; I John 2:1-2).  Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons (I Tim. 2:4- 6).  All sinners can be saved by this gracious provision (Heb. 2:9; John 3:18).
  • The Purpose of Salvation–Election is the sovereign act of God by which He bestows His mercy of salvation upon all whom He has chosen in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, according to His foreknowledge (Eph. 1:3-5; I Pet. 1:1-2).  It is consistent with God’s sovereignty and man’s free agency (Eph. 1:11-14).  Election necessitates the preaching of the gospel to every creature, the convicting of sinners by the Holy Spirit, and belief of the truth by each repenting sinner (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15).  Within our finite limits of understanding, sinners are free to accept or reject God’s offered mercy (John 1:11-12). 


  • All believers are set apart unto God (Heb. 10:12-14) at the time of their regeneration (I Cor. 6:11).  They should grow in grace (II Peter 1:5-8) by allowing the Holy Spirit to apply God’s Word to their lives (I Peter 2:2), conforming them to the principles of divine righteousness (Rom. 12:1-2; I Thess. 4:;3–7) and making them partakers to the holiness of God (II Cor. 7:1; I Peter 1:15-16).


  • All believers are eternally secure in Jesus Christ (John 10:24-30; Rom. 8:35-39). They are born again (John 3:3-5; I John 5:1; I Peter 1:23), made new creatures in Christ (II Cor. 5:17; II Peter 1:4), and indwelt by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9; I John 4:4), assuring their perseverance in good works (Eph. 2:10).  A special providence watches over them (Rom. 8:28; I Cor. 10:13), and they are kept by the power of God (Phil. 1:6, 2:12; I Peter 1:3-5; Heb. 13:5).


  • The Nature of the Church–A New Testament Church is a local congregation (Acts 16:5; I Cor. 4:17) of baptized believers in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:41) who are united by covenant in belief of what God has revealed and in obedience to what He has commanded (Acts 2:41).
  • The Autonomy of the Church–She acknowledges Jesus as her only Head (Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18) and the Holy Bible as her only rule of faith and practice (Isa. 8:20; II Tim. 3:16-17), governing herself by democratic principles (Acts 6:16; I Cor. 5:1-50) under the oversight of her pastors (Acts 20:28; Heb. 13:7, 14, 17).
  • The Perpetuity of the Church–Instituted by Jesus during His personal ministry on earth (Matt. 16:18; Mark 3:13-19; John 1:35-51), true churches have continued to the present and will continue until Jesus returns (Matt. 16:18, 28:20).
  • The Ordinances of the Church–Her two ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  Baptism is the immersion in water of a believer as a confession of his faith in Jesus Christ  (Matt. 28:19; Rom. 6:4) and is prerequisite to church membership and participation in the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:41-42).  The Lord’s Supper is the sacred sharing of the bread of  communion and the cup of blessing by the assembled church (Acts 20:7) as a memorial to the crucified body       and shed blood of Jesus Christ (Luke 22:19, 20:1; I Cor. 11:23-26).  Both ordinances must be administered by the authority of a New Testament church (Matt.  28:18-20; I Cor. 11:23-26).
  • The Officers of the Church–Pastors and deacons are the permanent officers divinely ordained in a New Testament Church (Phil. 1:1).  Each church may select men of her choice to fill those offices under the leading of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:1-6, 20:17-18)  according to the divinely given qualifications (I Tim. 3:1-13).
  • Pastors (elders, bishops) are authorized to oversee and teach the churches under the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28, Heb. 13:7, 17, 24; I Peter 5:1-4).  Each church is responsible to follow them as they follow Christ (I Cor. 11:1; I Thess. 1:6; Heb. 13:17) and to provide a livelihood for them that they might fulfill their ministries (I Tim. 5:17, 18; Phil. 4:15-18). Pastors are equal in the service of God.
  • Deacons (ministers, servants) are servants of the churches and assistants to the pastors, particularly in benevolent ministries.  Each church may select her own deacons according to her needs, and no church is bound by the act of another church in that selection (Acts 6:1-6).
  • The Ministry of the Church–Her mission is evangelizing sinners by preaching the gospel (Matt. 28:19; Luke 24:45-47), baptizing those who believe (Acts 2:41, 8:12, 35-38), and maturing them by instruction (Matt. 28:20; Acts 2:42) and discipline (Matt. 18:17-18; I Cor. 5:1-5).
  • The Fellowship of the Church–She is free to associate with true churches in furthering the faith (II Cor. 11:8; Phil. 4:10, 15, 16) but is responsible to keep herself from those who hold doctrines of practices contrary to Holy Scripture (Gal. 1:8, 9; I John 2:19).  In association with other churches, each church is equal and is the sole judge of the measure and method of her cooperation (Matt. 20:25-28).  In all matters of policy and practice, the will of each church is final (Matt. 18:18).    


  • Human government was instituted by God to protect the innocent and punish the guilty.  It is separate from the church, though both church and state exercise complementary ministries for the benefit of society (Matt. 22:21).  Christians should submit to the authority of the government under which they live, obeying all laws which do not contradict the laws of God, respecting officers of government, paying taxes, rendering military service, and praying for the welfare of the nation and its leaders (Rom. 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13, 17; I Tim. 2:1-2).  They should vote, hold office, and exercise influence to direct the nation after the principles of Holy Scripture. 
  • Civil authority is not to interfere in matters of conscience or disturb the institutions of religion (Acts 4:18-20), but it should preserve for every citizen the free exercise of his religious convictions.
  • Churches should receive no subsidy from the government, but they should be exempt from taxation on property and money used for the common good through worship, education, or benevolence.


  • Return–Our risen Lord will return personally in bodily form to receive His redeemed unto Himself.  His return is imminent (I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 22:20).  
  • Resurrections–After Jesus returns, all the dead will be raised bodily, each in his own order; the righteous dead in “the resurrection of life” and the wicked dead in “the resurrection of damnation” (John 5:24-29; I Cor. 11:20-28).
  • Judgments–Prior to the eternal state, God will judge everyone to confer rewards or to consign to punishment (Matt. 25:31-46; II Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15).
  • Eternal States–Heaven is the eternal home of the redeemed (John 14:1-3) who, in their glorified bodies (I Cor. 15:1-18), will live in the presence of God forever (I Thess. 4:17) in ultimate blessing (Rev. 21-22).  Hell is the place of eternal punishment and suffering (Luke 16:19-31) for the devil, his angels (Matt. 25:41), and the unredeemed (Rev. 20:10-15).


  • The following statements are not to be binding upon the churches already affiliated with this association, or to require adoption by churches petitioning this body for privilege of cooperation, or to be a test of fellowship between brethren of churches.  However, they do express the preponderance of opinion among the churches of the Baptist Missionary Association of America.
    • We believe in the premillennial return of Christ to earth, after which He shall reign in peace upon the earth for a thousand years (Rev. 20:4-6).         
    • We believe the Scriptures to teach two resurrections: The first of the righteous at Christ’s coming; the second of the wicked at the close of the thousand-year reign (Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:6, 12-15).
  • Doctrinal Beliefs On Marriage and Sexuality (Approved 4-14-13)
  • We, the members of Big Creek Baptist Church, Inc., believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning, and that is marriage sanctioned by God which joins one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture.
  • We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other.  We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.
  • We believe that any form of sexual immorality—such as adultery, fornication, homosexuality, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex—is sinful and offensive to God.
  • We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the church as the local Body of Christ and to provide a biblical role model to the church members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the church in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, should abide by and agree to this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality and conduct themselves accordingly.
  • We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.  Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual is to be repudiated and is not in accord with scripture or the doctrines of the church.
  September 2022  
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