What We Believe

Below You'll Find Our Doctrinal Beliefs

The Scriptures are our final authority

We believe the the original manuscripts were given by inspiration of God and were without error. We believe the God who gave His word to man has taken upon Himself the responsibility for its preservation. We believe the incorruptible word of God which cannot pass away is available to the English-speaking world in the Authorized (King James) Version. We believe every word in the King James Bible is pure, exact and needs no changing, correcting or altering whatsoever. This Bible serves as our final authority.

Jesus Christ: the Triune, Creator God

We believe in the Trinity. We believe there is one God eternally existent as the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. We believe God to be the Creator and sustainer of all things visible and invisible. We believe the universe and all that is therein to be held together by the word of His power. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ to be God manifest in the flesh, virgin born, without sin, crucified, risen and coming again to receive His church, then returning to establish His kingdom.

Salvation by Grace & Eternal Security

We believe salvation is by grace through faith in the finished cross work of Jesus Christ. We believe that man-centered, human-effort plays no part at all in true biblical salvation. We believe in the eternal security of the believer. We affirm that all who have placed their faith and trust in Christ are safely secure and sealed by the Holy Spirit until the day of redemption. 

Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church

We believe that Jesus Christ is the head of the church. We believe both spiritual and temporal matters should be conducted in strict accordance to the word of God. We believe that salvation is what makes someone a member of the body of Christ. We further believe that those saved members of the body of Christ should gather themselves in a local church to serve and minister to each other.

Hell is Real...the Gospel Must be Preached to the Lost

We believe all men rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in the conscious torment of a literal lake of fire, while those receiving the Lord Jesus Christ will spend eternity in the glorious presence of God. We believe that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Therefore we believe all Christians should take personal responsibility in proclaiming the gospel to the lost. 

Water Baptism Does Not Save

We believe that water baptism is a public testimony made by the saved Christian and plays no part in salvation or in making one a member of the church. We believe that all saved Christians should obey God's word and be baptized by immersion in water. We believe this publicly identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. 

A Holy & Separated Life unto Christ

We believe that born-again Christian men and women should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord. We believe saved people should be holy in mind and body and live separated from worldly and sinful associations. However, we do not believe that righteousness comes by following a set of rules, laws or commandments; but by an inward change of heart. We trust the outward appearance will follow an inward change.

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Pilgrim Baptist Church

3661 Roberts Matthews Hwy

Sparta, TN 38583


Sunday School: 10:30 am

Sunday Morning Service: 11:15 am


Phone: 931-219-2224

Email: jimmy@pilgrimbaptist.church

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