Swahili Baptist Church Sharing God’s love with Swahili speakers in the Des Moines Metro and around the world.
Sharing God’s love with Swahili speakers in the Des Moines Metro and around the world.

Our Beliefs



God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Gen.1:1, 26-27; Ps 90:2; 1 Pet. 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Matt. 28:19


Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. Jesus ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:14-15; Titus 2:1


The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Holy Spirit gives every believer at least one spiritual gift at the moment of salvation. Christian should seek to live under His control, and guides them in their daily life. 2 Cor. 3:17; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 2:12, 3:16; Eph. 1:13, 5:18; Gal. 5:25


The Bible is God’s Word to mankind. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, the Bible is the truth without any mixture of error. 2 Tim. 1:13, 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; Ps. 12:6, 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5


People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, each is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called ”sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23


Salvation is God’s free gift to people+, but a person must receive it. No person can ever make up for their sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. Only when a person turns from a self-ruled life and turns to Jesus Christ in faith are they saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into their life by faith. Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12, 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:16


Because it is God who grants each true believer eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. A person who has been genuinely saved cannot ”lose” their salvation. salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God ensures each believer this security. John 10:28-29; 2 Tim. 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5