What We Believe

Core Doctrines

  1. The Bible is uniquely, verbally, and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and it was written without error (inerrant) in the original manuscripts.
  2. The Bible is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.
  3. There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
  4. Jesus Christ is God, the Living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever.
  5. Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.
  6. Christ arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which he lived and died.
  7. Christ ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and men, continually makes intercession for His people.
  8. Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. That historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation.
  9. Man’s nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
  10. The salvation of man is wholly a work of God’s free grace and is not the result, in whole or in part, of human works, goodness, or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight.
  11. It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment at which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written Word.
  12. The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, and continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and is appropriated in the believer’s life by faith.
  13. Every believer has died to the reign of sin and is called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that he will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh, but will bear fruit to the glory of God.
  14. Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, His body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith.
  15. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures, for mutual encouragement and training for service.
  16. At physical death the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing.
  17. At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation.
  18. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth – personally, visibly and bodily – to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
  19. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of this Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to “Him that loved us and gave Himself for us.”
  20. Jesus established His church to carry on His work of carrying the gospel to the entire world, until He comes again.

Connected Beliefs

Boulevard is a Southern Baptist Church, cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Missouri Baptist Convention, and the Greene County Baptist Association. It is listed on the SBC Founder’s website as a “Founder’s Friendly Church.” Information about the Founder’s Movement is available on the website (www.founders.org).

Boulevard subscribes to the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message. The London Baptist Confessions of 1646 & 1689 as well as the Philadelphia and New Hampshire Confessions demonstrate a very healthy commitment to the grace of God and a doctrinal richness which shouldn’t be lost.

Pastor Doug’s conviction is that the doctrines of God’s grace and salvation were best represented by the principles of the Protestant Reformation. The slogans Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), and Sola Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be the Glory) are still essential today.

We are committed to the first principle of “Scripture Alone.” All our doctrines, our teaching, and our preaching must be tested by the Word of God. Scripture is our final authority.

The Cross Centered Life

 Far too many believe the gospel is only what gets you into the kingdom. After you get in, you  need something else to live the Christian life. This is a dangerous error.

 C.J. Mahaney’s The Cross-Centered Life, declares the gospel is the beginning, the middle and the end of Christian living. We believe this book is so important, we give it away. If you’re tired a performance-driven version of Christianity, read this book. The gospel really is good news!

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Solas of the Protestant Reformation

Sola Scriptura

Bible is the sole written divine revelation and alone can bind the conscience of believers absolutely.

Sola Fide

Justification is by faith alone. The merit of Christ imputed to us by faith is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are remitted.

Solus Christus

Christ is the only mediator through whose work we are redeemed.

Sola Gratia

Our salvation rests solely on the work of God’s grace for us and in us.

Soli Deo Gloria

To God alone belongs the glory