In many ways, Katy’s First Baptist Chruch stands in harmony with Southern Baptist and even larger evangelical world. However, there are some doctrinal distinctives that make our church unique to many churches of the larger Christian family. While these beliefs are in line with conservative doctrine, they are becoming more rare in the modern world. A few of these distinctives follow:
- Katy’s First teaches that the 66 books of the Bible are the only source of authority concerning God’s revelation of Himself of His will, and that the revelation of the Bible is complete and sufficient in all matters.
- What is often called “contemplative prayer”, “meditation”, or “hearing a word from the Lord” is a “thief and a robber.” God does not give a new word for today’s world. Biblical prayer and meditation have been lost in modern understandings and definitions.
- Katy’s First teaches a verbal plenary inspiration of the Bible.
- Every word of the original manuscripts is important to proper doctrinal interpretation and is inerrant in all matters.
- Katy’s First uses a literal approach to interpretation of Scripture.
- Unless obviously shown otherwise, the words of the text mean what words in that context would normally mean.
- Katy’s First teaches a dispensational approach to understanding God’s revelation.
- God has revealed Himself to man in such a way that not all Scripture is equally applicable to all men. For example, those in the church age are not obligated to the Law of the Old Testament.
- Katy’s First teaches a pre-tribulation rapture of the church.
- Those truly saved will be raptured out of this world prior to the beginning of the Tribulation.
- Katy’s First teaches a distinction between Israel and the church.
- The church has not replaced Israel, God’s plan for Israel remains intact.
- Katy’s First believes that the Kingdom of God is to be established physically on earth at the Second Coming of Christ.
- The Millennial reign is the Kingdom of God.
- Katy’s Frist believes that churches should be doctrinally, not practically driven.
- Pragmatics change, doctrine must never change.
These items are by no means exhaustive of our beliefs, but they are areas in which our church may differ from other Southern Baptist or Evangelical churches.