Briarchase is connected by doctrine and structure to other Evangelical Missionary Baptist churches and is defined by faith, worship, and community. We encourage, equip, and empower our members in five key areas: worship, discipleship, stewardship, fellowship, and relationship.
God is the Creator and absolute ruler of the universe. He is eternally existent in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one and the same God.
Jesus Christ is the virgin born Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on the cross. Three days after His death and burial, He arose from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended back to Heaven, after His resurrection, and assumed His place of glory at His Father's right hand. Soon, He will return to the earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He accomplishes this by making men aware of their sinful condition and pointing out the truth concerning who Jesus Christ is. He also lives in every Christian from the very moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing the right thing. The Christian seeks to live under the power of the Holy Spirit every day.
Man is created in the spiritual image of God Himself, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's wonderful creation. Although man possesses great power to do good, he is absolutely marred by sin and is inherently wicked. Mankind possesses an attitude of disobedience toward God and His Law. This disobedient spirit and the resulting acts are called sin. Sin separates mankind from God.
Salvation is God's gift to humanity. Men, left to themselves, can never produce salvation through their good works or self-improvement. Salvation is produced only by trusting Jesus Christ as God's perfect offer of forgiveness. Eternal life begins the instant a person receives Jesus as his personal Savior. Salvation is a product of God's sovereign grace. Man is only responsible for believing, by faith, what the Word of God says concerning salvation in Jesus Christ.
Because salvation is God's gift to mankind, the believer is eternally secure in His salvation. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of Almighty God, not by the self-effort of the believer. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
Man was created to live forever. He will live forever in one of two places. Man will either dwell with God in Heaven, through the forgiveness of his sins faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, or he will exist forever in Hell, eternally separated from God. To receive Jesus into one's heart produces salvation which will result in an eternal union between the believer and God. To reject Jesus Christ will guarantee that the unbeliever will spend eternity in Hell, forever separated from the presence of God. Heaven and Hell are the only places of eternal existence.
The Holy Bible is the Word of God. It was written by human authors under the direct supervision and supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for all Christian beliefs and practices. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error whatsoever.
One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, "Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!" But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? "And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong." And he said, "Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!" And Jesus said to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23:39-43)