We Believe In The Truth Of God's Word,
There is one God. He is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and one. He is perfect in His many attributes of holiness, love, power, knowledge, justice and mercy.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22 | 2 Corinthians 13:14 | 1 Peter 1:2 | Matthew 28:19 | Psalm 90:2
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He serves as Divine assistant, counselor, teacher, and helper. He is here to let people know how much they need Jesus Christ. Every Christian has him from the moment of salvation, too. He gives the Christian strength for daily living, a comprehension of spiritual truth, and direction for doing the right thing. Every believer who is saved receives a spiritual gift from the Father. Christians constantly strive to live under God's authority.
2 Corinthians 3:17 | Acts 1:8 | Ephesians 1:13; 5:18 | John 16:7-13; 14:16-27 | 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16 | Galatians 5:25
Salvation is God’s free gift to us. We receive this gift through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Turning away from our sin and toward Christ is what is meant by repentance. Faith is placing our whole and total confidence in Christ to atone for our sins. Jesus Christ's perfect obedience is credited to us when we put our faith in Him, making us appear to God as having His righteousness. Those who die in their sins will spend eternity in Hell isolated from God, whereas everyone who is truly saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ and will spend eternity there.
Romans 6:23 | Titus 3:5 | John 14:6; 1:12 | Galatians 3:26 | Ephesians 2:8-9 | Romans 5:1
Jesus Christ is God’s Son. He is co-equal with the Father. He is both God and man. He came from a virgin. He led a spotless human life and gave His life on the cross as the ultimate payment for the sins of His people. He died to serve as a substitutionary atonement for His people's transgressions. After three days, He was resurrected to show that He had power over sin and death. He ascended to the glories of Heaven and will one day return to rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords on earth.
Matthew 1:22-23 | Romans 1:3-4 | Hebrews 4:14-15 | Isaiah 9:6 | Acts 1:9-11 | John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, 14:16-17
The Bible is God’s Word to us. Under the supernatural direction of the Holy Spirit, it was penned by human authors. For Christian ideas and behavior, it is the only ultimate source of truth. The Bible is true and error-free because it was written by God and inspired by him. It is life's only source of authority.
2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16 | 2 Peter 1:20-21 | Psalm 119:105, 160; 12:6 | Proverbs 30:5
To be like God in character, humans are created in His spiritual image. We were created with dignity in mind because we are the most important piece of God's creation. But because of Adam's transgression, the entire creation fell into depravity, along with all of his offspring. As a result, we are all stained by what the Bible refers to as "sin," which is rebellion and disobedience against God. Sin keeps individuals from God and leads to a host of issues in life.
Genesis 1:27 | Psalm 8:3-6 | Romans 3:23 | Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2
It was intended for people to live eternally. Either we will spend all of eternity apart from God because of sin, or we will spend all of eternity with God if we are saved and pardoned. Eternal life is to be in union with Him forever. Real places of eternal existence exist in both heaven and hell.
John 3:16 | Romans 6:23 | Revelation 20:15
The Lord's Supper is an ordinance of the church. When the Lord consumed the Passover meal prior to being crucified, it was established. We regularly observe the Lord's Supper in commemoration of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection for our sins. It proclaims His death and assures the second coming of Jesus. We only invite people to partake in the Lord's Supper if they have publicly professed their faith in Jesus Christ. Bread and grape juice are used as representations of Christ's broken body and the blood He spilt to atone for our sins.
1 Corinthians 11:23-32 | Matthew 26:26-29 | John 6:53-59
We believe in the church's local sovereignty. Every church has the right to run its own affairs but only under Christ's authority. Cooperation is not incompatible with freedom. We are a Southern Baptist Convention-cooperative church. This means that we work together with other Baptist churches to pool and distribute funds to support missionaries and ministries both at home and abroad.
Jesus Christ is the means by which God grants us eternal life. You cannot lose your salvation if you have truly put your faith in Jesus. Salvation is maintained by the grace and might of God, not by the Christian's own self-effort. We are able to maintain our faith to the very end because of God's grace and might.
John 10:29 | Ephesians 2:1-10 | 1 Peter 1:3-5 | Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14 | 2 Timothy 1:12
The act of baptism is symbolic. Immersion baptism accurately represents our subsequent faith in Jesus Christ and His atoning death, burial, and resurrection on our behalf. Although it is not a requirement for salvation, it is an act of obedience and is closely linked to it because it best expresses our new identity in Christ.
We believe in believer’s baptism. A person must first exercise faith in Jesus Christ, trusting that He died on the cross for their sins, was buried, and rose again. It is impossible for a child or someone who does not comprehend God's plan of salvation to make such a commitment. According to the Bible, belief comes first, then baptism. Only those who have personally accepted Jesus Christ as Savior are eligible for baptism.
Mark 1:9-11 | Matthew 28:18-20 | Mark 16:15-16 Acts 8:12 | Matthew 3:13-17 | Colossians 2:12
ACCESS TO GOD
God is accessible to everyone. There is no need for a third party to instruct someone on how to pray, understand the Bible, or cast their church vote. All Christians serve as God's ministers. Therefore, there is no special class of priests in the evangelical church. By virtue of Christ's death, every member is made into "priests unto God." Between God and man, there is only one mediator, and that is Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:5-6 | Ephesians 4:11-12 | 1 Timothy 2:5 | Romans 12:1 | 1 Peter 2:5