At Maple Avenue Baptist Church our priority is to honor and love God. We believe in one God. We believe that God communicated to us through God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible is God’s Written Word of hope and love to us.
God’s message of hope and love is also contained and demonstrated in His Son, Jesus Christ – the Loving Word. God’s Word reveals both the bad news that all men are justly condemned to hell – an actual place of eternal separation from God – because of their sin (wrongdoing) against God and their hatred of God. But the Bible also contains the wonderfully good news – actually great news or the Gospel – that God, in his love for us, sent His own Son Jesus to die in place of each of us, even we were still sinners and enemies of God (Romans 5:8). This message of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ on the cross for each of us is the heart of the Christian Gospel: though we did not deserve God’s mercy and grace, in love He sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins, to be buried, and to rise again the third day – victorious over sin and death. Personal receipt of this finished work of Christ by faith alone is the Bible’s sole remedy – the only way to God – and brings forgiveness of sins and God’s gift of eternal life.
Since Christ died for us, we live to worship God and spread His message of deliverance and salvation from sin to all men until we die or Jesus returns.