What We Believe

The Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.

God is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. There is one and only one living and true God. This 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.

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, 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 identified Himself completely with mankind yet was without sin. His death on the cross was the sacrifice for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead, appeared to His followers, and ascended into heaven where He is now exalted at the right hand of God.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to write the Scriptures. He enables men to understand truth. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism and service.

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. Through the temptation of Satan, man disobeyed God, inherited a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Only the grace of God can restore the relationship between God and man.

Salvation involves the redemption of sinful man, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.

The Local Church is a self-governing congregation, or body of Christ. The church's chief purpose is to extend the gospel message to the ends of the earth. In the body of Christ, each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord.

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 a crucified, buried, and risen Savior.

The Family is ordained by God as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. 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, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth.

For a fuller explanation of each of these sections and more, check out the Baptist Faith and Message.