CONCERNING THE SCRIPTURES
We believe that the Holy Bible (consisting of 66 books) is supernaturally inspired Word of God, inerrant in its original manuscripts, and is a perfectly preserved treasure of heavenly instruction (II Timothy 3:16,17); that it has God for its author, salvation for its end (II Timothy 3:15), and truth without any mixture of error for its matter(Proverbs 30:5, 6); that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us (Romans 2:12); and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the age, the true basis of Christian unity (Philippians 3:16), and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried (I John 4:1). By inspired we mean that the books of the bible were written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, in such a definite way that their writings were supernaturally and verbally inspired, and preserved only in the King James Bible.
CONCERNING THE TRUE GOD
We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent, perfect Spirit and personal Being, the Creator, Preserver and Supreme Ruler of the Universe (John 4:24), inexpressibly glorious in holiness (Exodus 15:11) and all other perfection’s, and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love (Mark 12:30); that in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons: the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19); and that these three are equal in every Divine perfection (John 10:30), and executing distinct, but harmonious offices in the great work of redemption (Ephesians 2:18).
CONCERNING THE FALL OF MAN
We believe that man was created by the special act of God (Genesis 2:7). We believe that man was created in a state of holiness, under the law of his Maker (Genesis 1:27), but through the temptation of Satan, he voluntarily transgressed and fell from this holy state (Genesis 3:6-24) in consequence of which all mankind are now sinners(Romans 5:19), not by constraint, but choice (Isaiah 53:6), being by nature utterly void of that holiness required by the law of God, positively inclined to evil, and therefore under just condemnation (Ephesians 2:13) without defense or excuse (Ezekiel 18:19-20).
CONCERNING THE WAY OF SALVATION
We believe that the salvation of sinners is completely of grace (Ephesians 2:8), through the mediatorial offices of the Son of God (John 3:16), Who pre-existed (John 8:58), and Who, by the appointment of the Father, and Who, by the Holy Spirit was conceived, and born of the virgin Mary, freely took upon Him man’s nature, yet without sin (Philippians 2:6, 7); honored the Divine law by His perfect obedience (Hebrews 5:8, 9), and after a miraculous ministry, by His death made a full atonement for our sins (Isaiah 53:4, 5); that having risen from the dead bodily, He is now enthroned in heaven (Hebrews 1:8), to reign in eternal sovereignty and uniting in His wonderful person the tenderest sympathies with Divine perfections, He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, compassionate and all-sufficient Saviour and Lord (Hebrews 7:25).
We believe that the great Gospel blessing which Christ (John 1:16) secures to such as believe in Him is justification (Acts 13:39), that justification includes the pardon of sin (Romans 5:9), and the promise of eternal life on the principles of righteousness (Romans 5:17); that it is bestowed, not in consideration of any works of righteousness which we have done, but solely through faith in the Redeemer’s blood (Romans 4:4, 5); by virtue of which faith His perfect righteousness is freely imputed to us of God (Romans 5:19); that it brings us into a state of most blessed peace and favor with God, and secures every other blessing needful for time and eternity (Romans 5:1, 2).
CONCERNING THE FREENESS OF SALVATION
We believe that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel (Isaiah 55:1); that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a cordial, penitent, and obedient faith (Romans 16:25, 26); and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth (John 5:41) but his own inherent depravity and voluntary aggravated condemnation (John 3:19).
CONCERNING THE GRACE IN REGENERATION
We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be regenerated or born again (John3:3); that regeneration consists of giving a holy disposition to the soul (II Corinthians 5:17); that it is effected, in a manner above our comprehension, by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with Divine truth (John 3:8), so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the Gospel (I Peter 1:22-25); and that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruits of repentance and faith and newness of life (Ephesians 5:9).
CONCERNING THE REPENTANCE AND FAITH
We believe that repentance and faith are sacred duties, and also inseparable graces, wrought in our souls by the regenerating Spirit of God (Mark 1:15); whereby, being deeply convinced of our guilt, danger and helplessness, and of the way of salvation by Christ (John 16:8), we turn to God with unfeigned contrition, confession, and supplication for mercy (Luke 18:13); at the same time heartily receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as the only and all sufficient Saviour (Romans 10:9-11).
Hi, I am Pastor Shawn Bickel
I grew up going to a Lutheran church, not one time did they tell me how to be saved. Upon graduating from high school I joined the military and was invited to an Independent Baptist Church outside the post gate, Maranatha Baptist Church in Oak Grove, KY, October 13, 1998 where I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. God called me to preach in November of 1999. I have served in Sunday School ministries, bus ministries, and new convert ministry. From 2012-2014 I served as the Assistant Pastor of Faith Promise Baptist Church. God called me to Gallatin, TN in 2014 to start Hope Baptist Church