We believe in the King James Version of the Bible. We believe that the Holy Spirit worked through men to translate the original manuscripts in order to preserve the inspired Word. The Bible is completely true in all matters including history, theology, and philosophy.
The Bible tells us that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross as payment for our sins, and rose from the grave after three days. He showed Himself to His followers then ascended into Heaven forty days later. Right now, Jesus is in Heaven waiting for the day when His church will join Him.
We believe that the only way a person can go to Heaven when he dies is to first place his faith in the payment that Jesus Christ provided with His shed blood on the cross. The Bible explains that, since the sin of Adam and Eve, every man and woman has been born with a sinful nature. Because every human being is a sinner, we all deserve to suffer the punishment for our sin. That punishment is death. After the physical body is dead, the punishment continues. Without the gift of Salvation, everyone is destined to be held in the lake of fire for eternity. The only way to avoid eternal suffering in hell is by accepting the Salvation that Jesus paid for on the cross over two thousand years ago. In order accept Salvation, you must believe you are a sinner, believe that Jesus lived a sinless life on earth before dying for all sin and rising up from the grave three days later, accept the fact that you deserve to spend eternity in hell to pay for your sins, and trust Jesus completely to take you to Heaven by sincerely asking Christ to forgive your sins and redeem your sinful soul. No one can physically see the process or event of Salvation. It is purely between you and God. The Bible says that Salvation is by the grace of God Who was loving and forgiving enough to let His Son die for wicked men and through the child-like faith which God has given to every man and woman.
Salvation can never be undone. What takes place is irreversible. When a person gets saved, he is sealed by God Himself until the day when Jesus returns to earth to take the Christians who are still living back to Heaven.
Once a person is saved by putting his faith in Jesus, he is commanded to be baptized by immersion to show to others he is not ashamed of what took place when he trusted Christ; he does this in obedience, not to be saved but to let everyone around him know that he is trusting Jesus Christ to save him from hell.
We also believe in participating in the Lord's Supper on a regular basis to remember the payment Jesus made for us and to express our love to Him for that payment. The Lord's Supper is not kept to take us to Heaven but to thank Jesus for His sacrifice. When Jesus died, He paid for sins that He did not commit. We committed the sins that He paid for. Now that we are enjoying the benefits of His great sacrifice, we owe it to Him to set aside time to stop and think about all that He did and continues to do for us. Jesus does not want Christians to forget what He did for them. That's what communion is all about.
At High Street Baptist Church, our beliefs are very important. No one can make you believe something if you choose not to believe it. That is why we strive to be more like Jesus. People believed Him because they saw the way He lived. If we choose to do everything that non-believers do, they will never see the difference that Christ can make in a person's life. In order to point as many people to Jesus as we can, we choose to live as Christians who have been called out from the ways of the world and ordained to proclaim His love and holiness. Our standards of separation are not for the purpose of lifting ourselves up or trying to condemn those around us. Our standards help empower us to share the plan of Salvation with the world. The way we dress, the words we speak, the wealth we share: all of these forms of separation distinguish a child of God from a slave to sin.