We are a group of believers in Jesus Christ who have joined together to
follow and serve Him. Our doctrines and beliefs come directly from the
Bible. The following articles are abridged from the Baptist Faith and
Message, a general statement of beliefs for Southern Baptists. For the full
version, including scripture references,
I. The Scriptures The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is
God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine
instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth,
without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is
totally true and trustworthy. . . .
II. God There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent,
spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler
of the universe. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect
knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future . . . . To Him we
owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God
reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct
personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
A. God the Father God as Father reigns with providential care over His
universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history
according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all
loving, and all wise. . . .
B. God the Son Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus
Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. . .
. Through His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the
redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified
body and appeared to His disciples. . . . He ascended into heaven and is now
exalted at the right hand of God. . . . He will return in power and glory to
judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.
C. God the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine.
He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. Through illumination He
enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin,
of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Saviour, and effects
regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into
the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers,
and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church.
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III. Man Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. . . . In
the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with
freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin
into the human race. . . . Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy
fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. . . .
Every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect
and Christian love.
IV. Salvation Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is
offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. . . . In
its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification,
sanctification, and glorification. There is no salvation apart from personal
faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby
believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart
wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner
responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His
righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification
brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the
believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward
moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy
Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the
regenerate person's life.
D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed
and abiding state of the redeemed.
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