St John Baptist Church in Columbia believes that God is infinitely creative, which is why we express our faith in infinitely creative ways. We’re Spirit-led without being weird, and mission-minded without diluting the message of Jesus. We’re not scared of the culture we live in nor are we seduced by it. Our approach to church isn’t traditional, but our commitment to Jesus shapes everything we believe, say, and do.
We believe God has given us a book, the Bible, that is true and can be trusted. It was written by men but inspired by God — and every part of it points to Jesus.
Everything that’s described below may be helpful, but when the dust settles, the Bible is our statement of faith.
We believe in God. He created everything, including you and me. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present, and worthy to be loved with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind.
We believe God is revealed fully in Jesus Christ, who was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, willingly died on a cross for our sins, and supernaturally rose from the dead, and will return one day to call us home to Heaven.
We believe the Holy Spirit is God in his power and presence, drawing people to Him, saving us, and empowering us with gifts to work for Him and develop fruit in our attitudes and relationships that testify to Him.
We believe all human beings are spiritually lost, wandering around trying to make sense of this life, and consistently messing it up. Only through Jesus can we be found, and this is very much what God wants. If we submit to Jesus’ leadership as Lord, we will be saved — if we continue on our own path, we will end up separated from God forever. This is something God does not want. That’s why Jesus came.
We believe in the church. It’s a community where people can find Jesus and follow Him fully. The church isn’t perfect, but Jesus, our leader, is. God doesn’t want us to experience spiritual life in isolation, which is why he created the church — which He is totally committed to. The church is incredibly important — we have a much better chance of succeeding in our spiritual journey when surrounded by others moving forward in theirs.