Who We Are
General Baptists are a network of churches voluntarily banded together to do the work of Jesus Christ through the Great Commission. We believe that Jesus Christ tasted death and provides redemption for all mankind. We are dedicated to teaching and training believers in the Word of God so they may become mature, fully-developed disciples of Christ. We understand the importance and monumental task of carrying out the Great Commission and realize that numerous churches and ministries are necessary to do together what we cannot do alone. The General Baptist network of churches are uniquely positioned in various parts of the world. In the United States, General Baptist churches are impacting both rural and metropolitan communities, in the Midwest, California, Florida, and Georgia. General Baptists have a long history of taking the Good News to the people of our world and have established orphanages, schools, Bible colleges, and other international ministries in various areas, including the Philippines, India, Honduras, Mexico and Saipan.
Our Vision as General Baptists
We envision a denomination winning thousands of people to Jesus Christ and His mission, believing Christ tasted death for every man.
The General Baptist theological belief that “. . . whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 13
Having a New Testament understanding of the church engaged in evangelism and discipleship.
We envision a group of people, through the power of the Holy Spirit, impacting our world,
enhancing the ministry of established churches and starting new churches.
Mission & Ministry Summit – July annual gathering
Next Level Training – Churches effective for 21st century
Church Leadership Seminars
We envision a group of people sending missionaries throughout the world to unreached peoples and discipling them to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ and His mission.
Ministering in Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Saipan, Philippines, India, China, and Hong Kong.
We envision a group of people building healthy churches, working in their communities and raising up new leaders. We envision leaders who are seeking God’s will and passionately pursuing His purpose.
Helping churches be healthy and growing.
God calling pastors and missionaries from our churches.
Churches caring for pastors.
Education and training through Oakland City University and the self-study course LAMP (Leaders Advancing in Ministry Program).
We envision General Baptists unified in spirit, giving sacrificially,
…doing together what we cannot do alone.
Teaching stewardship in the family, church and he General Association of churches.
Unified Giving program
General Baptist Investment Fund
Unite into one fellowship all the local associations and churches of General Baptists.
We believe that there is only one true, living, and eternal God and that the Godhead is revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
II. THE BIBLE
We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the Old and New Testaments, the inspired and infallible Word of God, and therein is found the only reliable guide of Christian faith and conduct.
We believe that God created man in His own image to bring Him honor through obedience, and that when man disobeyed, he became a fallen and sinful creature, unable to save himself. We believe that infants are in the covenant of Gods grace and that all persons become accountable to God when they reach a state of moral responsibility.
We believe that salvation (regeneration, sanctification, justification and redemption) has been provided for all mankind through the redemptive work (life, death, resurrection, ascension, and intercession) of Jesus Christ, and that this salvation can be received only through repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
V. ASSURANCE AND ENDURANCE
We believe that those who abide in Christ have the assurance of salvation. However, we believe that the Christian retains his freedom of choice; therefore, it is possible for him to turn away from God and be finally lost.
VI. CHRISTIAN DUTIES
We believe that Christians should live faithfully by serving in and through the local church, praying diligently, witnessing earnestly, practicing tolerance, showing loving kindness, giving as God prospers, and conducting themselves in such a way as to bring glory to God.
VII. THE CHURCH
We believe that the Church Universal is the Body of Christ, the fellowship of all believers, and that its members have been called out from the world to come under the dominion and authority of Christ, its head. We believe that a local church is a fellowship of Christians, a part of the Body of Christ, voluntarily banded together for worship, nurture, and service.
We believe that baptism and the Lords Supper are ordinances instituted by Christ to be observed by Christians only. We also believe that the Biblical mode of baptism is immersion and that participation in the Lords Supper should be open to all Christians. (Note: Several associations and local churches recognize feet washing as an ordinance. We believe that this should be left to the individual, and that neither the practice nor the non-practice of it should be any bar to fellowship, either in the church, the local association, the Presbytery, or the General Association.
IX. THE LORDS DAY
We believe in the Sanctity of the Lords Day, the first day of the week, and that this day ought to be observed by worshiping God, witnessing for Christ, and ministering to the needs of humanity. We believe that secular work on Sunday should be limited to cases of necessity or mercy.
X. LAST THINGS
We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ, and in the bodily resurrection of the dead. We believe that God will judge all mankind by Jesus Christ; that He will reward the righteous with eternal life in heaven, and that He will banish the unrighteous to everlasting punishment in hell.