Suncoast Baptist Church is a Bible-believing, non-affiliated, historical baptist church. We are a God-centered, family-oriented church characterized by sound doctrinal preaching and warm Christian fellowship with one primary goal: magnifying Jesus Christ. We are a church with a passion for reaching people with the gospel through local evangelism and world-wide missions.
As Bible believers we hold to these historical and Biblical truths:
In all matters of faith and practice, we believe that The Authorized King James Bible is our inspired, inerrant, and preserved instruction manual for life, marriage, godliness, and Christian conduct. (See Psalms 12:6-7; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 17:17; Acts 17:11; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20–21.)
Autonomy or self-governing power of the local church. We believe that every local church is accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ and that there is no denominational head of any local church in the Bible. (See Colossians 1:18; Acts 13–14, 20:19–30; Ephesians 1:22–23.)
Priesthood of Believers
Through the merits of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the wall between sinful man and a holy God has been broken down. Because of that, we as blood-washed believers can enter into the presence of Almighty God without the means of a priest or a church (See Hebrews 4:14–16; 1 Timothy 2:5–6; 1 Peter 2:5–10.)
Two Church Officers
We believe that the term “bishop, pastor, elder” are interchangeable terms and that the Bible speaks only about pastors and deacons (See Philippians 1:1; Acts 6:1–7; 1 Timothy 3:1–13; Titus 1:6–9; 1 Peter 5:1–4.)
Individual Soul Liberty
Soul liberty allows a man to practice independence in his relationship to matters of faith, practice, and conscience. This principle alone led our Baptist forefathers to never sanction of any established relationship with the State nor to control the consciences of men through coercion. (See Romans 10:9–17, 14:1–23.)
Separation of Church and State
This principle states that the wall of separation that limits or prohibits the control of the state over the church, should limit government intrusion into church life, while not obstructing the influence of the church on the state. (See Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29–31; Romans 13:1–4.)
Two church Ordinances.
As a church, we practice baptism and the Lord’s Supper, not as sacraments, which “convey grace,” but ordinances, which remind us of God’s wondrous grace outpoured through His death, burial, and resurrection. (See Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26; Acts 2:38–43, 8:36–38; Romans 6:1–6)
Saved Church Membership.
A church is a group of saved, baptized believers who voluntarily join themselves together to carry out of the Great Commission. Although the church is public and visible, it still remains a spiritual body of believers, who have confessed Christ with their hearts and followed Him in baptism. (Psalm 74:2, Acts 2:41, I Corinthians 1:2)