What We Believe
There is one and only one living and true God. ...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. - The Baptist Faith and Message
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. ...God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. - The Baptist Faith and Message
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. ...He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. - The Baptist Faith and Message
Jesus Christ lived a sinless human life and by dying on the cross offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all. On the third day, He arose from the dead demonstrating His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He exalts Christ, making people aware of their need of a Savior. He convicts the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgement of sin. From the moment of belief in Christ, every Christian is marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit who then indwells the believer. He is a Spirit of wisdom, revelation, and love who provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. Holy Spirit is a giver of spiritual gifts.
Man is the special creation of God, in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. ...By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. ... The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore every person of every race possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. - The Baptist Faith and Message
The Bible - 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. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. - The Baptist Faith and Message
Salvation involves the redemption of the whole man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, who by His own blood obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. - The Baptist Faith and Message
Salvation is God's free gift, which one receives by believing in Jesus. Sin separates us from holy God. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, and was raised to life again that we might have eternal life.
A person is saved by grace by confessing that Jesus is Lord and believing in their heart that God raised Him from the dead. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord by which those who have repented and come to faith express their union with Christ in His death and resurrection, by being immersed in water. It is an act of obedience symbolizing membership in the family of God, the true Israel. Baptism is an emblem of burial, resurrection, and cleansing, signifying death to the old life of sin and unbelief, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.