Beliefs Tell About Us
“…the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptists is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.” This is a quote from The Baptist Faith and Message, the belief statement of Chesterton Southern Baptist Church.
The statement describes the traditional Christian beliefs that we follow.
► What does it mean to “grow in faith” or “grow in grace?”
“Growing in faith” involves knowing God better and becoming more like Jesus. You first must come to faith when the Holy Spirit encourages your heart as you seek the truth.
► What does it mean to be a Christian?
Being a Christian means having a right relationship with Christ. This is offered to everyone. It means having peace with God in your heart about what will happen to your spirit when your body dies.
It means being a new creation, having the Holy Spirit living within you. He will know and love you, watch over and comfort you, listen to you and speak to you, show you things and never part from you. Marriage was designed by God to mirror this relationship.
► How do we grow in faith?
One way to grow is to hear from God by reading from his Word daily. A good start is the book of John, but there are many Bible reading plans. Begin by asking God to teach you what He wants you to know.
Praying regularly and often helps faith to grow. Prayer includes confessing any sin to God and asking for his forgiveness. It can praise Him for all that He is, thank Him for what He does, and ask for His perfect will to be done. Being right with Jesus Christ is the key to being heard.
Going to a Bible-believing church matters; so does keeping company with other Christians, sharing experiences, discussing beliefs, and telling the unique story of how you came to know Christ and what He has done for you.