FaithNLR is a group of people who meet in and around North Little Rock, Arkansas. Our mission is to continue the work of Jesus —
loving God and loving people,
inviting them to belong, to believe,
and to become all they were made to be
We are a fully-independent, self-governing church; but we agree and partner with the American Baptist Association of churches. Click here for a thorough list of ABA beliefs.
The following statements are a very basic summary of our most fundamental beliefs.
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God. (Genesis 1:1,26-27; 3:22 / Psalm 90:2 / Matthew 28:19 / 2 Corinthians 13:14 / 1 Peter 1:2,11)
Jesus is the Son of God, yet He and the Father are one. He lived a perfect life, which He sacrificed for all people; then He rose from the dead to demonstrate His power. Forty days later, He ascended to Heaven; but someday He will return to rule the earth. (Isaiah 9:6 / Matthew 1:22-23 / John 1:1-5; 14:10-30 / Acts 1:9-11 / Romans 1:3-4 / 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 / 1 Timothy 6:14-15 / Titus 2:13 / Hebrews 4:14-15)
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He works in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus. He also lives in every believer from the moment of salvation to provide understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-13 / Acts 1:8 / 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16 / 2 Corinthians 3:17 / Galatians 5:25 / Ephesians 1:13; 5:18)
The Bible is God’s Word to all people. It was written down by humans under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth without any error. (Psalm 12:6; 119:105,160 / Proverbs 30:5 / 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16 / 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Humans, made in the spiritual image of God, are the supreme object of His creation and love. Although people have tremendous potential for good, they are universally separated from God by an attitude of disobedience called “sin.” Created to exist eternally, human beings will either be forever separated from God by sin or forever united with God through forgiveness. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. (John 3:16 / Romans 6:23 / 1 John 2:25; 5:11-13 / Revelation 20:15)
Salvation is a gift from God to humanity. No one can atone for sin by self-improvement or good works. The only way to be saved from sin’s penalty is to receive God’s forgiveness made possible through Jesus’ sacrifice. Eternal life begins the moment a person admits who Jesus is and accepts the free gift He offers. (John 1:12; 14:6 / Romans 5:1; 6:23 / Galatians 3:26 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / Titus 3:5)