- The Scripture - We view the Bible as the ultimate authority in shaping a person's life. It is without error, flaw and it still relevant today. The Word of God is a living Word, an active Word, a penetrating Word (Heb. 4:12). It is helpful to appreciate that the Bible, while truly divinely inspired, is a human book with human characteristics, human perspectives, human interests, human thought patterns and emotions. God used people to write the Bible. Each writer had their own particular writing style, while the message is from God.
- Evangelical - We adhere to the belief that while humanity is fallen, the good news is that Christ came to pay the penalty of our sins on the cross. That penalty, now paid in full, means that God offers forgiveness and new life as a free gift. All who will receive Christ as Lord may have it.
- Heaven and Hell - We believe there is a Heaven and a Hell. People who do not place their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord will be sentenced to hell, the place of everlasting punishment. Heaven is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
- Equal Access to the Father - All Christians have equal access to God's revelation of truth through the careful study of the Bible and prayer.
- Personal Relationship with our Father - Every person has to account for themselves and their standings with our Almighty God. Nobody gets to heaven based off of other people's beliefs or status.
- Salvation by Faith Alone - It is only by faith and belief that Jesus died for mankind and that He is the one and only God that people gain entrance into heaven.
- Jesus will return - We believe in the literal second coming of Jesus Christ when God will judge and divide between the saved and the lost and Christ will judge believers, rewarding them for acts done while living on earth.
- Baptism - As indicated by their name a primary Baptist distinction is their practice of believer's baptism and their rejection of infant baptism. Baptists consider Christian baptism to be an ordinance for believers only, by immersion only, and as a symbolic act, not having any power in itself. The act of baptism pictures what Christ has done for the believer in His death, burial, and resurrection. It pictures what Christ has done for the believer through the new birth, enabling us to walk in the newness of life. Baptism gives testimony to a salvation already received; it is not a requisite for salvation. It is an act of obedience to Jesus Christ.
The Baptist Faith and Message
The 1999 Baptist Faith and Message is our summary of faith. For more information visit the Southern Baptist Convention webpage.