Our Beliefs

The Hardin Baptist Church is a cooperating member of the Southern Baptist Convention and our statement of faith is consistent with "The Baptist Faith and Message" adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in June, 2000.


How to Know for certain that you are a Christian


Born again, born of the Spirit, born of God.

Entered into the Kingdom of God.


God has given many descriptions and metaphors for the wondrous event of the conversion of a human soul.

Anyone who is willing by an act of faith to ask the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive them for their sin and to take ownership of their soul can receive all that God has to offer through His Son.

The apostle John describes it like this.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:   John 1:12 NKJV

Here is:

Something to believe: In His name, to call upon Him in faith.

Something to receive: It is Him whom you receive. Not just a thing, but the Person of Jesus Christ including all He is, and all He has done on your behalf.

Something to become: A child of God, with all inherent rights and benefits.


Jesus explained it to a religious leader named Nicodemus like this:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.    John 3:16

You already qualify for the love of God, for Jesus Christ has already been given for you. He has already paid for your soul on the cross.

You already qualify to exchange perishing for everlasting life. Christ “perished” on the cross so that He could give you His life.

What God requires in order for you to make this exchange is your faith in Christ. He has made it available to “whosoever believeth”, and that includes you. If you want Him, you can have Him, but you must truly believe.

A child may believe that his father will catch him if he leaps, but he remains alone until the belief in his mind becomes the action of faith, and he jumps.

The person in fear for his life may believe that he has simply to cry out for help, and he will be rescued. But he remains in mortal danger until he acts on that belief, and cries for help.

In the same way, you may believe in the reality of Jesus Christ, who He is and all He has done. You may honestly believe that He is willing and able to save you and make you a child of God. But nothing happens until you take the action that your belief demands. You remain alone and in danger of “perishing” until you exercise faith in Christ.

How do you do that? How do you take that leap of faith?

You call on Jesus Christ in prayer.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.    Romans 10:13

O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me…    Psalm 7:1

As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.    Psalm 55:16

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.    Acts 2:21


The road to salvation is indeed a plain and simple one, designed by God Himself in order to allow anyone willing to follow it. He has also placed in His Word through the writings of the Apostle Paul to the Romans, a few strategically located scriptures that help us understand the way, make sense of the process, and take the appropriate action so that we know for certain that we have exercised faith and are saved from perishing. These Scriptures have been called “The Romans Road”, and have been used to lead countless souls to Christ.



For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,   Romans 3:23

None of us are good enough, righteous enough, moral enough, godly enough. Although there are many “good people” in the world, God’s standard is absolute perfection, and only Jesus Christ measures up. Would you not agree that “nobody is perfect” as we say, and that includes you?


But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.   Romans 5:8 NKJV

The sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross proves the extent of God’s love for you, the enormous cost for sin that must be paid, and how willing He is to see you saved.


For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.    Romans 6:23

 “Wages”, as anyone with a job understands, is the payment that you rightfully deserve because of the work that you have done. When we do the “work” of sin by breaking the law of God, we earn and rightfully deserve to receive the “wages of sin”, and that is death.

These are spiritual words, and so death includes not only the physical but the spiritual as well.

Now death is a separation. When a person dies, their spirit is separated from their body, as they are separated from the world of the living. Spiritual death is separation from spiritual life. In other words, it is separation from God. To live and die in such a state of separation from God is the worst possible tragedy, and the truest meaning of hell.

But the good news is that God has a gift for you. It is not payment for work. It is not what you deserve nor have earned, but a gift. And His free gift to you is eternal life, to be united with Him in this world and the one to come.

This gift is yours through “Jesus Christ our Lord”.


That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.   Romans 10:9 NKJV

What do you honestly believe in your heart about the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you believe He is the Son of God who lived the perfect life for you? Do you believe He died for you on the cross and so paid death’s penalty for your sin? Do you believe He was buried for three days? Do you believe that He arose on the third day, showing that He has conquered sin, death, Satan, and the grave?

If what separates you from God is sin and death, and if Jesus Christ died for your sin and came back from the dead, then isn’t He just what you need?

Then your act of faith must be to “confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus”.

To confess to God in prayer that you take Jesus Christ as your Lord means more than just saying the words, it is an act of submission to His authority.

The word “Lord” means the person who is in authority over you. Your Lord is your master, king, owner, boss, and God. So to ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord is to ask Him to be in charge of you, responsible for you, and in authority over you.

In the days when these Scriptures were written, Roman citizens called the Emperor “Lord”, slaves called their owner “Lord”, and Christian believers called Jesus Christ “Lord” in exactly the same way.

But when you make Jesus Christ your Lord, you don’t get a tyrant to rule over you, or a taskmaster to enslave you, but a loving God who saves you. For the Word of God says to you that you “will be saved”. He doesn’t say you might be saved, or that some people are saved, or that if you meet further requirements. Almighty God has given you His Word that if you believe this in your heart and confess with your mouth that you want Him to be your Lord, then you will be saved. Period.


This brings us to the last step down the Romans Road.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.   Romans 10:13

Have you ever prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ like this, putting yourself under His authority, asking Him to forgive your sin and to save your soul?

If not, you can do that very thing right now. No matter who you are, where you are, or what you have done, God invites you to come to Him in prayer. He has created you, loved you, given His Son for you, and gotten His message to you for this very reason. He awaits only your prayer of faith so that He can bestow His glorious gift of eternal life.

You will be saved.

Born again, born of the Spirit, born of God.


Enter the Kingdom of God.

He is listening for you right now.

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