As a Southern Baptist Church We Believe:
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. All scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:3-4, Deuteronomy 4:1-2 & 2 Peter 1:19-21
There is one and only one living and true God. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes.
God as the Father:
God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Chris.
Genesis 1:1; 2:7, Jeremiah 10:10-12, Matthew 9:11 & 1 John 5:7
God the Son:
Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He paid for man’s sin by dying on the cross thus making the way for forgiveness of sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to many as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world.
Isaiah 7:14; 53, Matthew 1:18-23 & Revelation 1:12-18; 19:11-16
God the Holy Spirit:
He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin of righteousness, and of judgment. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of redemption.
Genesis 1:2, Isaiah 61:1-3, Matthew 3:16-17 & Revelation 22:17
Man is the special creation of God, made on His own image. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was created with freedom of choice. By this free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence, and is now inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as children are capable of understanding what sin is they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into holy fellowship with God. Every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
Genesis 1:26-30, Jeremiah 17:5, Matthew 16:26 & Colossians 3:9-11
Salvation is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Savior. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Job 33:23-30, Romans 10:9-10, 13 & Revelation 3:20
God’s Purpose of Grace:
Election is the gracious purpose of God, whereby the saved are conformed to the image of Christ. It excludes boasting and promotes humility. Grace is the unmerited/undeserved favor of God.
All born again believers endure to the end. Those who have accepted Christ as Savior, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers will sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and chastisement on themselves; yet they shall be kept by the power of God.
Matthew 24:31, Ephesians 2: 8-9 & 1 John 5: 4-5
The New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, observing the two ordinances of Christ, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor and deacon is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
Acts 2:41-42 47 & Revelation 2-3
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Saviour. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership.
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby believers, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
Matthew 3:13-17 & 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
The Lord’s Day:
The first day of the week is the Lord’s Day. It commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should include exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private.
Mark 16:1-7 & Revelation 1:10-11
Christians ought to pray and to labor that the Kingdom may come and God’s will be done on earth. The full consummation of the Kingdom awaits the return of Jesus Christ and the end of this age.
Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 4:8-10, 23 & Revelation 11:15
Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
Isaiah 2:4; 11:6-9, Matthew 16:27 & Revelation 20:1-22:13
Evangelism and Missions:
The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle.
Isaiah 6:1-8, Matthew 9:37-38 & 1 Peter 2:4-10
In Jesus Christ abide all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people.
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5, 9, 14, Ecclesiastes 7:19, Matthew 5:1-2 & James 3:13-17
God is the source of all blessings; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians are therefore under obligation to served Him with their time, talents, and material possessions. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately, and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemers cause on earth.
Genesis 14:20, Malachi 3:8-12, Matthew 6:1-4 & Philippians 4:15-19
Such organizations have no authority over one another or over the churches. They are voluntary and advisory bodies designed to elicit, combine, and direct the energies of our people in the most effective manner. Cooperation is desirable between the various Christian denominations, when the end to be attained is itself justified, and when such cooperation involves no violation of conscience or compromise of loyalty to Christ and His Word as revealed in the New Testament.
Exodus 17:12, Matthew 20:1-16 & Philippians 1:15-18
The Christian and the Social Order:
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the aged and helpless. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.
Exodus 20:3-17, Zechariah 8:16-17, Matthew 5:13-16 & James 2:8
Peace and War:
It is the duty of Christians to seek peace with all men. In accordance with the spirit and teachings of Christ they should do all in their power to put an end to war. Christian people throughout the world should pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.
Matthew 5:9 & James 4:1-2
The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
Matthew 6:24 & 1 Peter 4: 12-19
It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church.
A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. A wife is to submit herself to the leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.
Children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. Parents are to demonstrate to their children God’s pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
Genesis 1:26-28, Malachi 2:14-16, Matthew 19:3-9 & 1 Peter 3:1-7