We believe the Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired by God. We accept the the fullness of the Bible in its entirety from the beginning in Genesis to Revelation with God as its author. It is a perfect gift from God to humanity that shows us His nature, how He judges humanity, and the path to salvation found only in His son Jesus Christ. Since it is the perfect gift from God the Bible is therefore without error, contradiction, and is completely infallible and will remain until the end of the world. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. (Psalm 19:7-10; Isaiah 34:16; Jeremiah 15:16, 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.)
We hold that there is only one true and living God that is the creator and ruler of the entire universe. God is powerful, perfect, full of infinite holiness, is all loving, and is all knowing. His all knowing nature encompasses all of time including past, present, and future. As our perfect creator He is owed the highest levels of love, obedience, and reverence. He is a triune God who reveals himself to us, his creation as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11; 20:1; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8)
The first person of the trinity is the Father who reigns with providential care over the entirety of the universe and things that have been created. He is all powerful, wise, and knowing. While being transcendent He is also fully and actively involved in His creation who He offers an eternal relationship through His son Jesus Christ. (Matthew 6:9; John 5:19-24; Ephesians 1:3-6, 2:1-10)
Jesus is the eternal and everlasting son of God the father. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary. Christ is both fully man and fully God. Jesus perfectly fulfilled the will of the Father taking on human form and identified Himself completely with humanity yet lived entirely without sin. He was before all things, through Him all things were created, and all things hold together by the power of His word. His nature is completely perfect and is the only Savior for the sins of all humanity. This was accomplished by His blood being shed on the cross and dying in our place. Through dying in our place and living a perfect life He revealed perfect love while also upholding divine justice. His sacrifice on the cross allows all those who trust in Him to have all of their guilt from sin removed and be fully reconciled with God the Father as His heirs. Three days later He would be raised from the dead proving once and for all His power over death and evil. After His resurrection he appeared to many and performed many convincing proofs that He had indeed been raised from the dead. He would then ascend into heaven where He still is reigning with all power and authority seated at the right hand of the Father. Jesus is the head of His church also known as the body and should be loved, adored, served, and obeyed by all of creation. (Genesis 18:1; Psalms 2:7; 110:1; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.)
The Holy Spirit is the fully divine spirit of God. He inspired the authors to write the Holy Bible. Through His brilliance He enables humanity to understand truth. He exalts Christ and convicts all of humanity of sin, righteousness, and final judgement. He calls people from every tribe, tongue, & nation to salvation through Jesus Christ and brings about the regeneration of believers at the very moment of conversion baptizing them into the body of Christ. He tends to and cultivates every believer’s character, comforts them, and grants them spiritual gifts which are used to further the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit seals all believers until the return of Christ and the final redemption. ( Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.)
We were created in the image of God and made to be in an intimate relationship with Him for all eternity. However, sin would enter the world because of the willful disobedience to God by Adam and Eve the first man and woman infecting the whole of humanity. Now with a sinful nature we have been separated from God, rendered spiritually dead, and destined to a physical death, and eternity separated from our heavenly creator. (Genesis 1-3; Romans 1:18-32; Romans 3:5; Psalm 1; Isaiah 6:5; Ephesians 2:1-3)
Salvation comes only by faith in Jesus, saving us through God’s grace for all who believe in Christ, and brings about a complete redemption of that person who believes in their heart and surrenders to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This redemption was obtained by the shedding of the blood of Christ on the cross and eternally secures those who call upon His name to be saved. There is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ. (John 14:6; Titus 3:4-7; Acts 4:12; John 1:12; Romans 3:21-26; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8-9; Hebrews 10:10-12; I John 5:11-13; Galatians 3:26; John 3:16).
Christian Baptism is by full immersion of the believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is a symbolic act by the believer professing belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Supper is the symbolic act carried out by the body of Christ to memorialize the death and second coming of our Redeemer. We partake of bread and the fruit of the vine that symbolize both the body of Christ and His blood which He freely poured out for our sins on the cross. (Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.)
A creed or confession of faith is little different from a sermon in this sense. It is a restatement of the Word for a particular purpose—in this case to summarize the overall teaching of that Word on various topics. To the degree that it expresses the doctrines of Scripture accurately, it is an expression of the Word just as accurate preaching is said to be an expression of the Word (2 Tim. 4:2). In fact, the impulse to compose confessions of faith finds biblical encouragement by the example of brief confessions quoted in Scripture itself (1 Cor. 15:3ff, Eph. 4:4–6, 1 Tim. 3:16).Read More
SBC Baptist F&M
Our confessions of faith are rooted in historical precedent, as the church in every age has been called upon to define and defend its beliefs. Each generation of Christians bears the responsibility of guarding the treasury of truth that has been entrusted to us [2 Timothy 1:14]. Facing a new century, Southern Baptists must meet the demands and duties of the present hour.Read More