OUR BELIEFS

At Olivet, we hold to the core tenets of Christianity while at the same time avoiding the divisiveness of secondary issues. Our attitude towards this can be summarized as:

"In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, freedom. In everything, love."

THE WORD OF GOD
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Hebrews 1:1; 4:12

THE TRINITY
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
Genesis 1:1-2, 26; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:13

GOD THE FATHER
We believe in God, the Father, and infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Genesis1:1, 26; Psalm 90:2; Acts 17:24-28; 1 John 1:5, 3:1; Romans 8:15; Matthew 7:7-11; Philippians 4:6-7; John 3:16

GOD THE SON
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into Heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
Matthew 1:8; John 3:16; John 14:6-14; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 23; 1 Timothy 6:13-15

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ and that he is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide.
Genesis 1:2; Acts 1:8, 2:1-4; Matthew 1:18-21, 3:16; 1 Corinthians 2:11-13; John 14:15-17; Romans 8:26-28

REGENERATION
We believe that all men are sinners by nature an by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:20-21; Romans 5:12, 6:23, 3:19-20; 1 John 1:8-10; John 3:16; Romans 8:1-4

THE CHURCH
We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and association for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost World.
Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:19-22

THE ORDINANCES
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church; Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is a public statement of faith by the immersion of a believer into water in the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 3:13-17; Luke 22:14-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Matthew 28:19-20

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God, and the well being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of is possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
Matthew 5:15-16; Romans 5:8; Galatians 5:16-18; Philippians 2:15; Ephesians 5:8-10; Romans 14:15-19

CHURCH COOPERATION
We believe that the local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperation with one another in a denominational organization. Such an organization, whether a regional or district conference exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in a conference is voluntary and may be terminated at any time. Churches may likewise cooperate with interdenominational fellowships on a voluntary independent basis.
Acts 11:29-30

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictating or patronage of the other.
Acts 4:18, 5:29

THE LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal happiness of the righteous, and the endless sufferings of the wicked.
Romans 6:23; Philippians 3:18-21; 1 Corinthians 15:52-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Acts 1:10-11; Revelation 20:12-15


Additional Resolutions
The above describes traditional basic theology, but sometimes there are issues in society that require a more detailed application of these beliefs. Therefore, our national conference has issued a variety of biblical resolutions over the years. You don't have to agree with every detail of the conference's resolutions to worship here, but you may want to know what kind of church we are and how the Bible influences every aspect of our lives. Note: Olivet has not formally endorsed all these resolutions.

For a full list of resolutions held by our Baptist General Conference click here.

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ROOTED in worship, GROWING in faith and community, and BEARING fruit of service.