We believe there is one God who is the Creator and the Ruler of the universe (Gen. 1:1). He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19).
About Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; we believe in His virgin birth (Matt. 1:23), His sinless life (Heb. 4:15; 7:26), His death on the cross as the only sacrifice for our sins (1 Cor. 15:3), His resurrection on the third day (John 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:4), His exaltation to the right hand of the Father (Heb. 1:3), and that He will return again to reign as Lord of lords (Acts 1:11; 1 Tim. 6:13-16).
About the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to convict of sin and make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ (John 16:7-13). He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation (John 14:16-17) (I Corinthians 6:19-20). He provides the Christian with power for godly living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. To truly live the Christian life a believer must submit daily to the control of the Holy Spirit.
About the Bible
We believe that the entire Bible is the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God and that men were inspired by the Holy Spirit as they wrote the Word of God (2 Pet 1:20-21). The Scriptures are profitable for teaching, correction, and equipping Christians for a life of righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
We believe that human beings were created by God and not from any previously existing form of life. Human beings were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him (Gen. 1:26); but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience (Gen. 3). As a result, humanity is totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by one's own effort (Rom. 5:12-19).
We believe that the sacrificial shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross solely provides for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 10:45) and eternal life in heaven. Therefore, salvation is received only when a person acknowledges his sin, repents of his sin, asks forgiveness for his sin, and places his faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as the only sufficient payment for sin (Acts 2:38). This salvation is not earned but is a gift available by the grace of God, based upon a person's faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8-9).We believe in the eternal security of the true believer (John 10:27-28).
About the Christian Life
We believe that for every Christian, the old way of living for oneself is in the past and the new way of living for Christ is for the present and for the future (2 Cor. 5:17). By obedience to the Scriptures and daily yielding to the Spirit, we will mature and become conformed to the image of Christ, which will be shown by obedience to God, love for God, and for others (Matt. 22:37-39).
About the Church
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus is the Head (Col. 1:18). The purpose of the church is to gather believers to honor and glorify God through worship, and by being a powerful witness for Jesus Christ in a lost world (Matt. 28:18-20). God wants to edify and build up His church, this is why the Holy Spirit gives a variety of spiritual gifts to believers such as; encouragement, serving, teaching, prophecy, etc. (Romans 12, I Cor. 12,) Therefore true believers are to be committed to the local church, the body of believers, to edify and strengthen one another in the faith (Heb. 10:24-25). We practice two ordinances in the church: baptism by immersion (Luke 3:21-22) and the Lord's Supper (Luke 22:14-20).
We believe that after this life every person will exist eternally; either separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal union and eternal life with God. (John 3:16; John 14:1-6; Romans 6:23; Matthew 25:41) The Bible teaches there is a literal Heaven prepared for those who put their faith in Jesus Christ and a literal Hell for those who reject Jesus Christ.
About the Return of Christ
We believe that Christ will come again in the same manner that he ascended into heaven. (Acts 1:9-11).
For more information see the Southern Baptist doctrinal positions of The Baptist Faith and Message.